Monthly Archives: June 2017

Publishers Corner: July 2017

Publishers Corner: July 2017

The Golden Age of Travel Memorabilia by Maxine Carter-Lome The Golden Age of Travel, representing the decades leading up to and into the first half of the 20th century, was a first class experience for the wealthy and a rising middle class who could afford to travel in style, whether by land, rail, sea or […]

Antiques Peek: June 2017

Antiques Peek: June 2017

Fairground Prizes by Jessica Kosinski Most of us have been to a fair or carnival on more than one occasion. Fairs can be a lot of fun, especially the games. Some carnival games that originated many years ago are still popular today, but many of them have been altered from their original forms to keep […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Navajo Ute-style chief’s blanket, $132,000, John Moran Auctioneers

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Navajo Ute-style chief’s blanket, $132,000, John Moran Auctioneers

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A Navajo Ute-style First Phase chief’s wearing blanket sold for $132,000 at a three-session auction held April 25th by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, Calif. Also, an abstracted dragon in lacquer on panel by the Japanese artist Shiryu Morita (1912-1999) went for $84,000; a […]

In the Beginning: 19th Century World’s Fairs

In the Beginning: 19th Century World’s Fairs

By Maxine Carter-Lome When the gates to the Crystal Palace opened on May 1, 1851 to welcome guests to the Great Exhibition, they opened the door to the future. Thirty-two countries from around the world mounted more than 13,000 exhibits to showcase the “Works of Industry of All Nations.” The exhibits included almost every marvel […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Jackie Robinson game bat, $255,000, Goldin Auctions

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Jackie Robinson game bat, $255,000, Goldin Auctions

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A bat used by baseball great Jackie Robinson in the 1955 World Series sold for $255,000 at the 70th anniversary Jackie Robinson Auction held April 29-30 by Goldin Auctions, based in Runnemede, N.J. Also, Robinson’s game-worn hat from 1955-1956 was a hit for $65,025; […]

Collecting with Jeff: June 2017

Collecting with Jeff: June 2017

Cricket, By Jiminy By Jeff Figler Did you know that the world’s second most popular sport, next to soccer, can sometimes take days to complete a match? You may know that I am referring to cricket. Although the sport is not popular in North America, it is in most other parts of the world. But […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: German Marklin battleship, $150,000, Bertoia Auctions

Gavels 'n' Paddles: German Marklin battleship, $150,000, Bertoia Auctions

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A Marklin German toy battleship HMS Edward VII, 20 ½ inches long, well preserved and complete, sold for $150,000 at a Spring Signature Auction held March 25th by Bertoia Auctions in Vineland, N.J. Also, an early German loofah sleigh with Santa driver and two […]

Motown Legend’s Bass Sets World Record in $1.2 million Entertainment & Music Event at Heritage Auctions

Beatles memorabilia claims five of auction’s top 10 lots DALLAS, Texas (June 21, 2017) – A bass owned and played by James Jamerson, the 2000 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee who Base Player magazine named the “Greatest Bass Player” of all time, set a world record for the most valuable bass ever offered […]

Let’s Go To The Fair!

Let’s Go To The Fair!

By Bill Thornbrook It seems people can find almost any excuse to throw a party. And a party is even more fun when the whole community is invited. That’s the principle behind fairs and festivals. Celebrations begin with “first night” events in January, followed by ice carnivals and similar wintertime galas in the North. Then […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Elvis Presley’s revolver, $195,500, Rock Island

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Elvis Presley’s revolver, $195,500, Rock Island

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall Elvis Presley’s engraved, inlaid and carved Smith & Wesson Model 19-2 double-action revolver, which he gifted to then-Vice President Spiro Agnew, sold for $195,500 at a Premiere Firearms Auction held May 5-7 by Rock Island Auction Company in Rock Island, Ill. Also, Presley’s Colt […]