Monthly Archives: February 2013

Small version, The Thinker, $2.2 million, Bukowskis

Small version, The Thinker, $2.2 million, Bukowskis

Small version, The Thinker, $2.2 million, Bukowskis Gavels ‘n’ Paddles Recent Auction Results From Near & Far By Ken Hall A small version of the world-famous sculpture Le Penseur (The Thinker), originally designed for the Gates of Hell in Paris by French artist Auguste Rodin, sold for $2.2 million at an auction of The Marabou […]

Ken’s Korner: Sale of barbed wire from Nazi camp is called off

Ken’s Korner: Sale of barbed wire from Nazi camp is called off

Ken’s Korner: Sale of barbed wire from Nazi camp is called off News & Views From the World of Antiques & Collectibles By Ken Hall The planned sale of pieces of barbed wire dug up at the site of a Nazi camp in Holland has been called off because of outrage from Jewish groups opposing […]

Lee Man Fong painting, $9,440, Michaan's Auctions

Lee Man Fong painting, $9,440, Michaan's Auctions

Lee Man Fong painting, $9,440, Michaan’s Auctions Gavels ‘n’ Paddles Recent Auction Results From Near & Far By Ken Hall An oil painting by Indonesian artist Lee Man Fong, titled Young Woman With Junk Boat, sold for $9,440 at an auction held Dec. 2 by Michaan’s Auctions in Alameda, Calif. Also, a 19th century Continental […]

Ken’s Korner: Top Declaration signer: Button Gwinnett (who?)

Ken’s Korner: Top Declaration signer: Button Gwinnett (who?)

Ken’s Korner: Top Declaration signer: Button Gwinnett (who?) News & Views From the World of Antiques & Collectibles By Ken Hall Quick, which signer of the Declaration of Independence is most valued by collectors? John Hancock? Benjamin Franklin? Thomas Jefferson? Try Button Gwinnett, one of Georgia’s founding fathers. Gwinnett’s signature is prized among collectors for […]

English glass decanters, $46,215, Kaminski Auc.

English glass decanters, $46,215, Kaminski Auc.

English glass decanters, $46,215, Kaminski Auc. Gavels ‘n’ Paddles Recent Auction Results From Near & Far By Ken Hall A pair of 19th century English decanters, depicting the continents of America and Europe, sold for $46,215 at an auction held November 24 by Kaminski Auctions in Beverly, Mass. The decanters boasted sunburst stoppers and a […]

Chinese porcelain bowl, $29,500, Weschler's

Chinese porcelain bowl, $29,500, Weschler’s Gavels ‘n’ Paddles Recent Auction Results From Near & Far By Ken Hall A Chinese porcelain famille rose ground Medallion bowl sold for $29,500 at a Capital Collections Estate Auction held Nov. 16 by Weschler’s in Washington, D.C. Also, a pair of Chinese blue and white porcelain Lotus Scroll bowls […]

Ken’s Korner: Pizza Hut creates a dough-scent perfume

Ken’s Korner: Pizza Hut creates a dough-scent perfume News & Views From the World of Antiques & Collectibles By Ken Hall Pizza Hut – no stranger to unusual marketing strategies in the name of increased sales – has created a limited-edition perfume (unnamed) that reportedly smells like freshly baked dough with a little bit of […]

Tiffany Venetian lamp, $103,500, James D. Julia

Tiffany Venetian lamp, $103,500, James D. Julia Gavels ‘n’ Paddles Recent Auction Results From Near & Far By Ken Hall A Tiffany Venetian leaded table lamp with intricate micro-design done with exceptional glass sold for $103,500 at a Glass & Lamp Auction held Nov. 28-29 by James D. Julia, Inc., in Fairfield, Maine. Also, a […]

Ken’s Korner: 18th-C French chateau torn down by mistake

Ken’s Korner: 18th-C French chateau torn down by mistake News & Views From the World of Antiques & Collectibles By Ken Hall Workers hired to renovate a 140,000-square-foot manor in southwest France and tear down a much smaller building on the same property somehow mixed them up and reduced the chateau to rubble. The residents […]

Ken’s Korner: Man tries to pass $500M bank note

Ken’s Korner: Man tries to pass $500M bank note News & Views From the World of Antiques & Collectibles By Ken Hall Ever seen a 1930s-era Federal Reserve note for $500 million? That’s because they don’t exist, but that didn’t stop Cleland Ayison, 32, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from walking into a Palm Beach County […]