Monthly Archives: July 2018

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Hockney photo portfolio, $75,000, Millea Brothers

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Hockney photo portfolio, $75,000, Millea Brothers

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A David Hockney 1976 photo portfolio from the collection of Ileana Sonnabend sold for $75,000 at a Spring Select Auction held May 17-19 by Millea Brothers in Boonton, N.J. Also, a 17th or 18th century Italian specimen marble top on table base made $43,750; […]

What's Selling on eBay: July 2018

What's Selling on eBay: July 2018

by Deborah Abernethy and Mike McLeod $24,080 (11 bids, 7 bidders): Wayne Visible Gallon Gas Pump 492 Antique. Wayne 492 10-gallon visible gas pump with Roman column. Original glass. Roman column and level indicators are in good condition. Both glass and pump lock are in pristine condition. (Photos courtesy of eBay seller jprinesho.) DBA: This […]

Neil Armstrong’s Private Collection to be Sold at Heritage Auctions

Neil Armstrong’s Private Collection to be Sold at Heritage Auctions

First Moonwalker Neil Armstrong’s Private Collection to be Sold at Heritage Auctions November 1 & 2 The vast personal collection of Neil Armstrong, who as the first man to walk on the moon changed the course of human history, will be presented in a series of auctions beginning November 1-2, 2018 by Heritage Auctions. The […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: First edition, The Federalist, $223,500, PBA Galleries

Gavels 'n' Paddles: First edition, The Federalist, $223,500, PBA Galleries

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A rare first edition copy of The Federalist (1788), one of only 500 printed and considered the most important book in the political history of the U.S., sold for $223,500 at an auction held May 31st by PBA Galleries in San Francisco. Also, a […]

Presidential Glass

Presidential Glass

Since at least the 1820s, North American memorabilia has appealed to the patriotic spirit by portraying the presidents who Americans so dearly loved. Manufacturers of material goods charmed the working class-especially the women, who had control over their parlor rooms that “overflowed with store-bought mass-produced objects, carefully arranged …” These items distributed to the American […]

Great Collections: July 2018

Great Collections: July 2018

The National Bottle Museum Inside an unassuming, historic 1901 three-story brick commercial building in downtown Ballston Spa, NY, you will find The National Bottle Museum, and its Director and Collections Manager Gary Moeller, on a mission to preserve the history of bottle making and the story of a time when glass was made by hand […]

Diggin’ Old Bottles

Diggin' Old Bottles

By Maxine Cart-Lome Collectors will tell you it’s the thrill of the hunt for what they love that drives their passion for collecting. That’s certainly true among bottle collectors, who have many places to look and dig through to find their treasures outside of antique shops, eBay, auction houses, flea markets, and bottle dealers. Whether […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Watling mid-‘30s 5-cent slot machine, $3,250, Holabird Western Americana

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Watling mid-‘30s 5-cent slot machine, $3,250, Holabird Western Americana

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A mid-1930s Watling three-reel 5-cent slot machine sold for $3,250 at an Americana, Railroad, Mining & More Auction held May 7-10 by Holabird Western Americana Collections in Reno, Nev. Also, an 1871 general and business directory for the residents of four counties in Nevada […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Nirvana signed photo, $14,323, RR Auction

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Nirvana signed photo, $14,323, RR Auction

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall An oversized color glossy photo of the grunge rock group Nirvana, signed by the late frontman Kurt Cobain, bassist Krist Novoselic and drummer Dave Grohl, sold for $14,323 in an online auction held May 10-18 by RR Auction (www.rrauction.com). Also, a copy of the […]

Kola Wars

Kola Wars

By Dennis Smith On an early May day in 1886, an Atlanta chemist named John Pemberton walked down Marietta Street carrying a quart whiskey bottle bearing a hand-lettered label identifying the contents, Coca-Cola syrup. His destination was Jacob’s Drug Store, and the soda fountain of Willis Venable. Venable mixed a glass and declared it good […]