Monthly Archives: March 2013

Ken’s Korner: Vermeer’s ‘Girl’ will tour the U.S.

Ken’s Korner: Vermeer’s ‘Girl’ will tour the U.S.

Ken’s Korner: Vermeer’s ‘Girl’ will tour the U.S. News and Views from the World of Antiquing and Collecting By Ken Hall For the first time in nearly 20 years, Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer’s timeless painting Girl With a Pearl Earring will make a three-city swing through the United States, beginning in San Francisco (where it […]

Russian St. Anne medal, $59,000, Kaminski Auctions

Russian St. Anne medal, $59,000, Kaminski Auctions

Russian St. Anne medal, $59,000, Kaminski Auctions Gavels n Paddles Recent Auction Results from Near and Far By Ken Hall A Russian St. Anne medal, enamel, with the red guilloche cross and openwork panels set with 106 rose cut diamonds, sold for $59,000 at a New Year’s Auction and décor auction premiere held December 29-30 […]

Ken’s Korner: Restoration of Spitfire WWII plane takes 11 years

Ken’s Korner: Restoration of Spitfire WWII plane takes 11 years News and Views from the World of Antiquing and Collecting By Ken Hall A World War II-era British Spitfire MkXVI fighter plane that hadn’t been flown in nearly 60 years has been restored back to airworthy status by a team of technicians working in their […]

Two Emile Gruppe artworks, $21,000, Woodbury Auction

Two Emile Gruppe artworks, $21,000, Woodbury Auction

Two Emile Gruppe artworks, $21,000, Woodbury Auction Gavels n Paddles Recent Auction Results from Near and Far By Ken Hall A pair of Emile Gruppe oil on canvas artworks – titled Gloucester Winter and Afternoon Light Vermont (shown) – sold for $10,800 and $10,200, respectively, at an annual Holiday Fine Estates Auction held December 9 […]

German model 104 doll, $212,800, Theriault’s

German model 104 doll, $212,800, Theriault’s

German model 104 doll, $212,800, Theriault’s Gavels n Paddles Recent Auction Results from Near and Far By Ken Hall A rare German model 104 doll from the K*R art character reform series of 1910 sold for $212,800 at a Marquis Doll Auction held January 12 in Newport Beach, California, by Theriault’s, based in Annapolis, Maryland. […]

Ken’s Korner: Scottish woman has huge Smurf collection

Ken’s Korner: Scottish woman has huge Smurf collection

Ken’s Korner: Scottish woman has huge Smurf collection News and Views from the World of Antiquing and Collecting By Ken Hall A museum curator living in Scotland named Karen Bell has a museum of sorts in her own home: a room dedicated entirely to her massive collection of Smurf figurines and memorabilia, estimated to be […]

Album of 720 mug shots, $36,000, Swann Auction

Album of 720 mug shots, $36,000, Swann Auction

Album of 720 mug shots, $36,000, Swann Auction Gavels n Paddles Recent Auction Results from Near and Far By Ken Hall A San Francisco police department album containing 720 mug shots sold for $36,000 at a Fine Photographs & Photobooks Auction held December 11 by Swann Auction Galleries in New York City. Also, a group […]

Ken’s Korner: 12-lb. gold nugget found in Australia

Ken’s Korner: 12-lb. gold nugget found in Australia

Ken’s Korner: 12-lb. gold nugget found in Australia News and Views from the World of Antiquing and Collecting By Ken Hall A massive gold nugget weighing 177 ounces (a little over 12 lbs.) has been discovered by an Australian prospector fanning the ground with a hand-held metal detector. The find was made in the town […]

Historic 1792 half disme, $1.41 million, Heritage

Historic 1792 half disme, $1.41 million, Heritage

Historic 1792 half disme, $1.41 million, Heritage Gavels n Paddles Recent Auction Results from Near and Far By Ken Hall An historic 1792 half disme (the colonial spelling for “dime”) sold for $1.41 million at the U.S. Coin Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Signature Auction held January6-14 in Orlando, Florida, by Heritage Auctions, based in Dallas, […]

Raphael chalk drawing, $47.9 million, Sotheby’s

Raphael chalk drawing, $47.9 million, Sotheby’s

Raphael chalk drawing, $47.9 million, Sotheby’s Gavels n Paddles Recent Auction Results from Near and Far By Ken Hall A black chalk drawing by the Renaissance Master Rafaello Sanzio (better known as Raphael), titled Head of a Young Apostle, sold for $47.9 million at an Old Master & British Paintings Evening Sale held December 5 […]