Monthly Archives: July 2016

Museum Highlights: July 2016

Museum Highlights: July 2016

Mood Indigo: Textiles from Around the World On Exhibit Through October 9, 2016 The Seattle Asian Art Museum – Seattle, WA This summer, the Seattle Asian Art Museum celebrates a color rich with history in the exhibition Mood Indigo: Textiles from Around the World. Drawn primarily from the Museum’s textile collection, the exhibit illuminates the […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: King Farouk Magician Box, $1.21 million, Sotheby's

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall The celebrated King Farouk Magician Box timepiece, made in Geneva, Switzerland circa 1820 and attributed to Piguet & Meylan, with the goldsmith’s mark of Chenevard Jouvet & Cie, sold for $1.21 million at an Important Watches Auction held June 8 by Sotheby’s in New […]

Antiques Peek: July 2016

Antiques Peek: July 2016

by Jessica Kosinski Tin Toy Cars Since this issue is all about toys from the attic, let’s take a peek at two of the most well-known names in toys, Hot Wheels and Matchbox. Most of us had these cars as kids. Those who still have them in the attic might be sitting on quite a […]

Pokémon Go app sparks boost in vintage trading cards

DALLAS — Parents, is it time for revenge? If you had kids in the 90s, you’re still scarred from the shouting, begging, and hair pulling induced by Pokémon. These mystical creatures sailed to the United States from Japan in 1997, and as trading cards hit the shelves a year later, Pokémon became a craze. Children worldwide […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: 2-player Mermaid gun game, $317,200, Morphy Auctions

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A one-cent Mermaid and Artillery two-player gun game sold for $317,200 at a Premier Coin-Op & Advertising Auction held May 14-15 by Morphy Auctions (based in Denver, Pa.) in Las Vegas, Nev. Also, an Automatic Target Machine Company pistol arcade game hammered for $195,200; […]

What's Selling on eBay: July 2016

What's Selling on eBay: July 2016

by Deborah Abernethy and Mike McLeod $1,439 (29 bids, 9 bidders): Obsolete Antique City of Toledo Chief of Police Badge. Measures approximately 2.75 x 2.25 inches across. The pin on the back is broken off. (Photo: eBay seller sisterkess) DBA: This badge is known as the “Fort Industry Design” and was first issued on July […]

An unrestored copy of Action Comics #1 – featuring the first appearance of Superman – Coming to Auction

DALLAS –  An unrestored copy of Action Comics #1 – featuring the first appearance of Superman and considered a cornerstone of pop culture – could sell for as much as $750,000 in Heritage Auctions’ Comics & Comic Art Auction Aug. 4-6 in Dallas. “It’s pretty tough to beat this in the comic world,” said Lon […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Marklin tunnel and tower, $84,000, Bertoia Auctions

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A Marklin tunnel with mountain castle tower, railed base, hand-painted, sold for $84,000 at the auction of Jerry and Nina Greene’s personal toy train collection held April 9 by Bertoia Auctions in Vineland, N.J. Also, a Marklin gauge 1 girder bridge, 85 inches long […]

The Emergence of Toys at Auction

The Emergence of Toys at Auction

by Dick Friz Dr. Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary, published in 1755, defined “toy” as a “petty commodity, a trifle; a thing of no value, a plaything or bauble.” Today, the good Doctor must be spinning in his grave. Toys, of almost infinite variety, forever evoke fond, poignant memories of a care-free childhood. Live, in-house antique toy […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: French automaton doll, $44,800, Theriault's

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A French musical automaton, 30 inches tall, the extremely rare Bebe Triste facial model, sold for $44,800 at an antique doll auction titled Soiree, held May 14 by Theriault’s (based in Annapolis, Md.) in Las Vegas, Nev. The doll’s intricate movements included a tumbling […]