Monthly Archives: June 2018

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Gershwin manuscript, $27,500, Leslie Hindman

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Gershwin manuscript, $27,500, Leslie Hindman

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A George Gershwin autographed musical manuscript, signed twice to Hyman Sandow, dated Aug. 17, 1928, sold for $27,500 at a Fine Books & Manuscripts Auction held May 1st by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago, Ill. Also, Conradus de Halberstadt’s Concordantiae bibliorum went for $27,500; […]

A Comic Book Market Snapshot

A Comic Book Market Snapshot

Comic Character Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn In keeping with this issue’s special focus on comic books, it seemed like an opportune time to check in with two of the comic book industry’s leading figures, ComicLink’s Josh Nathanson and Metropolis Collectibles’ Vincent Zurzolo. Both operate in the highest ranks of dealers or comic book-centric auction houses, […]

Publisher’s Corner: July 2018

Publisher’s Corner: July 2018

Time in a Bottle By Maxine Carter-Lome Antique glass bottles (essentially those made before World War I) are interesting historical artifacts – hand-made, mouth-blown works of art crafted in beautiful shapes and vivid colors not typically seen today. For these reasons and others, they are appreciated by historians, serious collectors, and enthusiasts who can’t resist […]

What's Selling on eBay: June 2018

What's Selling on eBay: June 2018

by Deborah Abernethy and Mike McLeod $11,687 (76 bids, 25 bidders): Antique Stevens Painted Cast Iron Monkey Velocipede Tricycle Bell Pull Toy. Measuring 8 1/2 inches long by 8 1/4 inches to the top of the monkey’s hat, this rare Tricycle Bell Toy is in amazing condition except for one problem. In the close-up photographs […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Harry Houdini scrapbook, $66,000, Potter & Potter

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Harry Houdini scrapbook, $66,000, Potter & Potter

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A mostly 1922-1925-era, two-volume spiritualism scrapbook signed, kept and annotated by Harry Houdini sold for $66,000 at a Magic Memorabilia Auction held April 28th by Potter & Potter Auctions in Chicago, Ill. Also, Houdini manuscripts and an archive chronicling Elliot Sanford’s year with the […]

Manga: A Brief History

Manga: A Brief History

A Brief History and its Place in a Collector’s Market By Carrie Wood A significant chunk of the worldwide comics market has long been held by manga. Though it’s entirely likely that your typical western comic book fan would consider manga to be something of a “niche” market, it’s hardly so. Manga is a multibillion-dollar […]

Coveted Frank Frazetta original cover art, CGC-graded comic books headline Hake’s July 10-12 Pop Culture & Memorabilia Auction

YORK, Pa. – So far this year in the world of pop culture, only Avengers: Infinity War has been able to rival the excitement level generated by Hake’s record-setting March auction. Led by a fresh-to-the-market issue of Detective Comics #27 that sold for a staggering $569,000, the sale took in $2.35 million and emphatically validated […]

Great Collections: June 2018

Great Collections: June 2018

Winter Soldier Originals: Collecting Steve Epting’s Captain America Art An Interview with Two Key Collectors by J.C. Vaughn In many ways, Nick Katradis and Jason Versaggi are as different as could be. Katradis, a successful mortgage broker, husband, and father of three, switches between English and Greek instantaneously (even if the listener doesn’t speak Greek) […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Babe Ruth signed contract, $282,325, Goldin Auctions

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Babe Ruth signed contract, $282,325, Goldin Auctions

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A 1934 Babe Ruth signed New York Yankees player contract sold for $282,325 at a Spring Premium Live Auction held April 26th by Goldin Auctions, based in Runnemede, N.J. Also, a 1929-1930 Babe Ruth game-used Louisville Slugger R34 bone-rubbed bat was a hit for […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Francis N. Souza painting, $235,000, Weiss Auctions

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Francis N. Souza painting, $235,000, Weiss Auctions

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A large oil painting by the Indian-American artist Francis Newton Souza (1924-2002), titled Head in a Landscape, sold for $235,000 at an auction held May 17th by Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, N.Y. Also, three artworks by Russian artist Mihail Chemiakin (b. 1943) – a […]