Monthly Archives: March 2016

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Musgo Gasoline sign, $164,700, Morphy's

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A Musgo Gasoline sign  featuring an Indian in full headdress graphics sold for $164,700 at a Premier Automobilia and Petroliana Auction held Jan. 9-10 by Morphy’s in Denver, Pa. Also, a Smith-o-Lene Aviation Brand gasoline sign with airplane graphics soared to $134,200; a Beacon […]

Comic Timing

Comic Timing

by J.C. Vaughn After a period in which a number of character watches enjoyed values that we might call “overly robust,” the market has stabilized and it seems that we’re now in period of some real bargains. “Character watches have always been very popular. So many different characters have been represented, so the cross-over appeal […]

Fontaine's February 27 Auction Grosses $1.6 Million

Pair of rare Chinese animated bracket clocks realize a combined $435,600 at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery’s February 27th Catalog Auction PITTSFIELD, Mass.  Two Chinese animated bracket clocks  one a rare two-sided model, the other a triple fusee example  sold for a combined $435,600 at a cataloged antique and clock auction held February 27th […]

Lifetime Collections to be Sold by Showtime Auctions Services, Apr. 1-3

The three-day event will be held at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds in Ann Arbor, Michigan ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN….The lifetime country store and advertising collection of Tom and Mary Lou Slike, and the equally impressive coin-op collection of Deke and Joanie Richards, will co-headline a three-day auction slated for the weekend of April 1-3 by Showtime […]

Museum Highlights: March 2016

Museum Highlights: March 2016

By Erica Lome The Luxury of Time: European Clocks and Watches On Exhibit through March 27, 2016 Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, NY The Metropolitan Museum of Art is currently showing “The Luxury of Time: European Clocks and Watches”, an exhibition drawn from its extensive collection of French, English, Dutch, German, and Swiss timepieces. […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: American pewter collection, $282,800, Pook & Pook, Inc.

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A collection of American pewter from Jeanne and Bernard Hillman, grouped into 145 lots and including a pair of circa 1780 fine Philadelphia tankards attributed to William Will that made $28,800 and $19,200 (one shown), sold for a combined $282,800 at an Americana Auction […]

Antiques Peek: March 2016

Antiques Peek: March 2016

Carriage Clocks by Jessica Kosinski Human beings have been interested in time for centuries, but keeping track of how time passes has changed a lot throughout different cultures and time periods. One of the most notable advancements was the invention of the carriage clock. In order to understand why some carriage clocks are still highly […]

The Artistry of Amanda Conner Debuts at GEM

The Artistry of Amanda Conner Debuts at GEM

Comic Character Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn “In the world of hardcore comic book fans, it’s not always an easy thing to get the seasoned veterans and excited newcomers to agree on what’s good, much less what’s great or even spectacular. If you’ve spent any amount of time trying to bridge the two groups, you know […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Tononi violoncello, $209,000, Freeman's

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall An Italian violoncello, crafted in Italy circa 1690 by Joannes Tononi of Bologna (1640-1713), sold for $209,000 at a Musical Instruments Sale held Nov. 20 by Freeman’s in Philadelphia. Also, a Martin 0-40 guitar, built circa 1880 by C.F. Martin & Co. in Nazareth, […]

The Wristwatch

Collecting with Jeff By Jeff Figler When I was in China a few years ago, there was a gentleman in my traveling group that owned a print shop in the Phoenix area. From an outside vendor he negotiated to buy 50 Rolex watches, one for each of his employees for about a dollar a piece. […]