Monthly Archives: February 2021

“Antiquities: The Subject of New Regulations.” How this will affect what you buy and sell

On January 1, 2021, the Senate voted to override President Trump’s veto of the massive, $741 billion US National Defense Authorization Act (S.4049 /H.R. 6395) and pass it into law. Among many non-defense-related additions to the bill are anti-money laundering provisions that are specifically directed at the antiquities trade. These amendments to the 1970 Bank […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Kobe Bryant road jersey, $337,334, Grey Flannel

Kobe Bryant road jersey, $337,334, Grey Flannel

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A 2009 Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers NBA Finals game-worn road jersey sold for $337,334 in a Winter Catalog Auction held January 23rd by Grey Flannel Auctions in Scottsdale, AZ. Also, a 1997-1998 Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls game-used home jersey was a slam-dunk for $230,401; […]

Vinyl Laughter

Reality … What a Concept, 1979 At the age of 27, Robin Williams was already considered comedy’s darling. He had just finished season 1 of Mork & Mindy and was on the cover of TIME magazine.

by Maxine Carter-Lome   Some of the earliest albums recorded for commercial distribution were comedy albums. Various collections of humorous short stories recited by vaudeville comedian Cal Stewart were released by Edison Records as early as 1898, according to Ronald L. Smith, author of Comedy on Record: The Complete Critical Discography. Cal Stewart recorded monologues […]

“Collecting Music in the Virtual Age.” Now that music is online and digital-based, what is left to collect?

The ways we listen to music are always changing, but the people who feel the need to amass as much of it as possible never go away. Yet, with so many of these forms now online and digital-based, what’s physically left to collect? Nothing has changed more in the last century than recorded sound and […]

Writing With Images: The Creation of THE NEW YORKER Humor

The first cover by Rea Irvin (Feb. 21, 1925) establishing the personification of the New Yorker as Eustas Tilly

by Judy Gonyeau with heavy reference from Defining New Yorker Humor by Judith Yaross Lee   Launched in 1925, The New Yorker is a mostly-weekly magazine dispersing information through a myriad of journalistic articles, commentary, satire, fiction, criticism, its famous cartoon comments, and poetry. It continues to be renowned for its journalism covering everything from […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Hasselhoff’s K.I.T.T. car, $345,000, Diligent Auction

Hasselhoff’s K.I.T.T. car, $345,000, Diligent Auction

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall   Actor David Hasselhoff’s personal K.I.T.T. Knight Rider car, with full conversion, sold for $345,000 at The Hoff Auction (items from the career archive of David Hasselhoff), held January 23rd by Diligent Auction Services, based in Canoga Park, CA. The auction was handled exclusively through […]

Wowie Kazowee! It’s BOZO the CLOWN!


by Maxine Carter-Lome In 1946, Capitol Records writer/producer Alan Livingston introduced Bozo the Clown to the world via a children’s record entitled Bozo at the Circus – a first-of-its-kind record album with an illustrative read-along book set. It lasted an astounding 200 weeks on Billboard’s “Best Selling Children’s Records” chart and sold over one million […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Lovebird carnival display, $8,540, Pook & Pook, Inc.

Lovebird carnival display, $8,540, Pook & Pook, Inc.

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall   A lovebird carnival display by Baranger, a maker of colorful and cleverly electric animated motion window displays that were rented to small-town jewelry stores from the 1940s to the 1960s, sold for $8,540 at a Christmas Antique Toy Auction held December 4th by Pook […]

Great Collections: The Collection of Steve Martin at Julien’s Auctions

Lot 740: Steve Martin Oscars poster signed by celebrity attendees at The 2010 Academy Awards ceremony

Emmy, Grammy, People’s Choice, and Academy Award Winner hardly begin to describe Steve Martin, who has entertained us for decades on radio and TV, in the movies, on music-hall stages, and in comedy clubs across the country and around the world. His brand of homespun and goofy humor and always charming and memorable characters are […]