Monthly Archives: January 2020

Pair of Hamblin portraits, $64,350, Jeffrey S. Evans

A pair of Sturtevant Hamblin (American, 1817-1884) folk art portraits of a brother and sister from a Bath, Maine family (one shown) sold for $64,350 at an Americana Auction held Nov. 15-16 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mt. Crawford, Va. Also, a Stirewalt family paint-decorated box finished at $38,025; a Plains Native American […]

February 2020 Issue: A Solute to Americana

By Maxine Carter-Lome The best definition of Americana that I have come across is, “material ephemera of the distant American past.” Many kinds of cultural artifacts fall within the definition of Americana. The things involved need not be ‘antique’ old or ‘primitive,’ but are usually associated with some quintessential element of the American experience. In […]

Comic Character Collectibles

Marvel Comics #1 $1,26 mil

By J.C. Vaughn Marvel Comics #1 Joins the $1 Million Club A CGC-certified 9.4 copy of Marvel Comics #1 has joined Action Comics #1, Detective Comics #27, and Amazing Fantasy #15 as the only comics to date to hit or top the $1 million threshold. The copy became the latest to cross the seven-figure mark […]

Oleg Cassini: Defining American Vintage

Oleg Cassini

By Maxine Carter-Lome “My preoccupation is to make women look beautiful.” Oleg Cassini, Time , 2005. Although identified as a great American designer, and best known as the “man that dressed Jackie” during her White House years, Oleg Cassini was actually born Oleg Aleksandrovich Loiewski in Paris in 1913 to an aristocratic Russian family with […]

‘Black Cat’ slot machine, $96,000, Morphy Auctions

A Caille Bros. 5-cent ‘Black Cat’ musical upright cabinet slot machine, very rare and in fine working order, sold for $96,000 at a Coin-Op & Advertising Auction held Nov. 20-21 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, an oversize (47 inches tall) Coca-Cola leaded-glass display bottle, made in the 1920s by Metropolitan Art Glass Co. […]

It's All About Disney at Potter & Potter's Feb. 8 Auction

Disney fans are in for a thrill when Potter & Potter Auction presents over 750 lots of Disneyana on Saturday, February 8th, including highlights from legacy attractions including The Haunted Mansion, It’s A Small World, Cinderella’s Castle, and Snow White’s Scary Adventures. The park decorations and focal points on offer present enthusiasts a once in a lifetime […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Anthony Bourdain knife, $231,250, Lark Mason

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Anthony Bourdain knife, $231,250, Lark Mason

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall The late chef Anthony Bourdain’s Bob Kramer steel and meteorite chef’s knife sold for $231,250 in an online auction that ended October 30th by Lark Mason in New York City. Also, Bourdain’s U.S. Navy jacket from the U.S.S. Nashville, with a Tony Bourdain patch, […]