Monthly Archives: April 2017

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Wayne Thiebaud still-life, $78,650, Clars Auction

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Wayne Thiebaud still-life, $78,650, Clars Auction

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A still-life painting by Wayne Thiebaud (Am., b. 1920), titled Watermelon Slice (1958), sold for $78,650 at an auction held Feb. 18-19 by Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, Calif. Also, Thiebaud’s Skyline, New York City (1956) hit $48,400; a watercolor by Chiura Obata (Am./Jap., […]

Antiques Peek: April 2017

Antiques Peek: April 2017

Hit Me With Your Best Shot! by Jessica Kosinski Shot glasses (sometimes written as one word) are some of the most recognizable small glass collectibles in the United States. They aren’t quite as common in many other countries, but they certainly do exist around the world as well. Here are some interesting facts and tips […]

Superman, Spider-Man Set Records (Again)

Superman, Spider-Man Set Records (Again)

Comic Character Collectibles by J.C. Vaughn Among the more notable prices realized for vintage comic books over the past few months were two transactions at ComicLink. First, the company brokered a CGC-certified 9.2 copy of Amazing Fantasy #15, the first appearance of Spider-Man, for a record price of $460,000. They followed that up by brokering […]

Tiffany Mosaics At the Corning Museum of Glass

Tiffany Mosaics At the Corning Museum of Glass

The Creation of the First Major Exhibition of Tiffany Glass Mosaics “God has given us our talents, not to copy the talents of others, but rather to use our brains and imagination in order to obtain the revelation of true beauty.”  – Louis Comfort Tiffany When viewing the results of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s drive for […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: George V casket, $68,750, Bonhams

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall An important George V 18kt yellow gold London Freedom Casket by Mappin & Webb, Sheffield, sold for $68,750 at an Elegant Home Auction held Feb. 27-28 y Bonhams in Los Angeles. Also, a magnificent German Baroque walnut secretary from the first half of the […]

Great Collections: April 2017

Great Collections: April 2017

The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Lamps An amateur poet, Dr. Neustadt wrote a sentimental poem entitled “The Choicest Lamp” that he included as the preface to his landmark 1970 publication, The Lamps of Tiffany. The Choicest Lamp We passed a tiny basement store, Walked down a wooden ramp And soon her eager eyes did spot […]

Glistening Glory: Collectible Cased Glass

Glistening Glory: Collectible Cased Glass

Article and photos by Donald-Brian Johnson “Bend me, shape me, any way you want me …” Glass. You can bend it and you can shape it. You can also mold, slump, fuse, or crackle it. Pressed glass? Check. Blown glass? That’s on the list, too. Plus, there’s sculpted glass, engraved glass, woven glass, and, of […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Carved minstrel figure, $157,950, Thomaston Place

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Carved minstrel figure, $157,950, Thomaston Place

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A circa-1870 American carved polychrome wooden minstrel figure of “Jim Crow” (or “Daddy Rice”) sold for $157,950 at a Winter Feature Sale held Feb. 11-12 by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries in Thomaston, Maine. Also, a 19th century weathervane in the form of an American […]

Indiana Church Strikes Gold With Early “In God We Trust” Rare Coin

Indiana Church Strikes Gold With Early “In God We Trust” Rare Coin

Historic 1866 Double Eagle is one of only ten known examples, survived an attempted theft, was donated to a Valparaiso church and now could bring $300,000 or more when offered by Heritage Auctions DALLAS (April 18,2017) – A valuable 19th century U.S. gold coin featuring one of the earliest uses of the motto, In God […]

Collecting with Jeff: April 2017

Collecting with Jeff: April 2017

Team Mascots By Jeff Figler From Fredbird to Bernie Brewer, the Slider to the Phillie Phanatic, mascots have been a relatively new and entertaining innovation to Major League Baseball. Although Max Patkin, a former minor league player, was known as the “Clown Prince of Baseball,” he was not playing the role as an “official” mascot, […]