Monthly Archives: July 2013

Ken’s Korner: New record price paid for colorless diamond

Ken’s Korner: New record price paid for colorless diamond

Ken’s Korner: New record price paid for colorless diamond News & Views From the World of Antiques & Collectibles By Ken Hall A new world auction record for a colorless diamond was set in May when a pear-shaped, 101.73-carat stone sold for a staggering $26.7 million at a Magnificent Jewels Auction held by Christie’s in […]

Beatles-played guitar, $408,000, Julien's Auctions

Beatles-played guitar, $408,000, Julien's Auctions

Beatles-played guitar, $408,000, Julien’s Auctions Gavels ‘n’ Paddles Recent Auctions from Near & Far By Ken Hall A rare VOX guitar played by two legendary Beatles – John Lennon (while recording a video session for Hello, Goodbye) and George Harrison (while practicing I Am the Walrus for The Magical Mystery Tour) – sold for $408,000 […]

Ken’s Korner: This gold-plated iPad costs more than $4K

Ken’s Korner: This gold-plated iPad costs more than $4K

Ken’s Korner: This gold-plated iPad costs more than $4K News & Views From the World of Antiques & Collectibles By Ken Hall If you want your iPad tablet to truly stand out, consider buying a solid gold plated model, offered by Amosu for around $4,300. Except for its 24kt gold jacket and an Apple logo […]

Cartier Mystery Clock, $515,000, Doyle New York

Cartier Mystery Clock, $515,000, Doyle New York

Cartier Mystery Clock, $515,000, Doyle New York Gavels ‘n’ Paddles Recent Auctions from Near & Far By Ken Hall A rare Cartier Art Deco rock crystal and diamond Model A Mystery Clock sold for $515,000 at a sale of jewelry, timepieces and objets de vertu from the estate of Consuelo Vanderbilt Earl (1903-2011), held Apr. […]

Ken’s Korner: Fisherman finds world’s oldest message in bottle

Ken’s Korner: Fisherman finds world’s oldest message in bottle

Ken’s Korner: Fisherman finds world’s oldest message in bottle News & Views From the World of Antiques & Collectibles By Ken Hall Andrew Leaper, a Scottish fisherman, has discovered the world’s oldest message in a bottle. Inside the bottle, bobbing by his vessel, was a postcard written in June 1914 by Capt. C.H. Brown of […]

Camargo sculptural relief, $302,500, Bonhams (N.Y.)

Camargo sculptural relief, $302,500, Bonhams (N.Y.)

Camargo sculptural relief, $302,500, Bonhams (N.Y.) Gavels ‘n’ Paddles Recent Auctions from Near & Far By Ken Hall A sculptural relief composition by artist Sergio Camargo, titled Relief 329 (1970), sold for $302,500 at a Contemporary Art Auction held May 14 by Bonhams in New York City. Also, an ethereal acrylic style investigation into color […]

Ken’s Korner: Danish teenager finds Viking coins

Ken’s Korner: Danish teenager finds Viking coins

Ken’s Korner: Danish teenager finds Viking coins News & Views From the World of Antiques & Collectibles By Ken Hall A 16-year-old Danish boy using a simple metal detector has unearthed the most important discovery of Viking-era coins since 1939. Stokbro Larsen was sweeping a field in northern Denmark when he came upon the trove […]

1927 Yankees team photo, $275,706; SCP Auctions

1927 Yankees team photo, $275,706; SCP Auctions

1927 Yankees team photo, $275,706; SCP Auctions Gavels ‘n’ Paddles Recent Auctions from Near & Far By Ken Hall A 1927 World Champion New York Yankees team-signed photograph sold for $275,706 in an online auction that ended Apr. 18 by SCP Auctions, based in Laguna Niguel, Calif. Also, a Babe Ruth game-used bat was a […]

Ken’s Korner: Number of rhinoceroses in Mozambique is zero

Ken’s Korner: Number of rhinoceroses in Mozambique is zero

Ken’s Korner: Number of rhinoceroses in Mozambique is zero News & Views From the World of Antiques & Collectibles By Ken Hall It’s official: There are no rhinoceroses left in Mozambique, Africa. They’ve been hunted down and wiped out by poachers, anxious to claim the horns for their alleged healing properties (although none of these […]

Pair of silver trophies, $42,000, Skinner, Inc.

Pair of silver trophies, $42,000, Skinner, Inc.

Pair of silver trophies, $42,000, Skinner, Inc. Gavels ‘n’ Paddles Recent Auctions from Near & Far By Ken Hall A pair of Victorian gilded silver herd trophies sold for $42,000 at a sale of European Furniture & Decorative Arts held Apr. 6 by Skinner, Inc., in Boston, Mass. Also, a Russian icon depicting Our Lady […]