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Audubon studio proof, $85,400, Leslie Hindman

Audubon studio proof, $85,400, Leslie Hindman

Audubon studio proof, $85,400, Leslie Hindman A rare studio proof of The Great Blue Heron (Plate CCXI), by the renowned illustrator James Audubon, sold for $85,400 at a Fine Books and Manuscripts Auction held August 8 by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago, IL. Also, a small watercolor of a chipmunk, likely an early study attributed […]

Ken's Korner: Worst art restoration in history? You decide.

Worst art restoration in history? You decide.

Ken’s Korner: Worst art restoration in history? You decide. It’s being called the worst art restoration project in history – the disfiguring of a century-old ecce homo (a depiction of Christ, bound and with a thorny crown, just before his crucifixion) by a Spanish woman in her 80s who may have been acting on her […]

Ken's Korner: Historic town is pulled from auction

Historic town is pulled from auction

Ken’s Korner: Historic town is pulled from auction The town of Garryowen, MT (population: 2) was listed for sale on eBay recently, with an asking price of $6.9 million, but it was pulled from the site without a single bidder coming forward. This would not be newsworthy except for the fact that Garryowen is located […]

Glazed pottery urns, $12,870, Michaan's

Glazed pottery urns, $12,870, Michaan's

Glazed pottery urns, $12,870, Michaan’s A pair of monumental glazed pottery floor urns, signed on the base Henry Weiss and Thomas Gorham, each one 36 inches tall, sold for $12,870 at an Estates Auction held August 5 by Michaan’s Auctions in Alameda, CA. Also, a jadeite, diamond, 14 kt white gold ring hammered for $17,550; […]

Marklin 3-tiered castle, $28,175, RSL Auction

Marklin 3-tiered castle, $28,175, RSL Auction

Marklin 3-tiered castle, $28,175, RSL Auction A Marklin three-tiered  castle, made circa 1895, with a parade ground that would have been driven by a Marklin steam plant, sold for $28,175 at a sale of Fine Antique Toys, Train Stations, Banks and Americana held July 1 by RSL Auction Co., based in Timonium, MD. The sale […]

Madame Alexander set, $88,000, Theriault's

Madame Alexander set, $88,000, Theriault's

Madame Alexander set, $88,000, Theriault’s A six-doll “mystery portrait doll” set by Madame Alexander created in 1951 sold for $88,000 at a sale of Doll and Childhood Ephemera held July 22-23 by Theriault’s, based in Timonium, MD. The sale was conducted in New Orleans, LA. It was a new record for a set of American […]

Louis Vuitton trunk, $34,500, James D. Julia

Louis Vuitton trunk, $34,500, James D. Julia

Louis Vuitton trunk, $34,500, James D. Julia An early 20th century French-made Louis Vuitton wardrobe steamer trunk sold for $34,500 at an auction held August 21-24 by James D. Julia, Inc., in Fairfield, ME. The trunk (serial #020608) had a quilted interior that opened to a handsome compartment tray. The front had a pair of […]

Antique vending machine – $28,200 – Morphy's Auctions

Antique vending machine, $28,200, Morphy's Auctions

Antique vending machine, $28,200, Morphy’s Auctions An antique Stollwerck and Chiclets porcelain and wood back vending machine, designed to dispense both chocolate candy and chewing gum, sold for $28,200 at a sale of Antique Advertising and Mechanical Music held August 10-11 by Morphy’s Auctions in Denver, PA. Also, an antique occupational shaving mug with an […]

Britains Air Corps set, $5,860, Old Toy Soldiers

Britains Air Corps set, $5,860, Old Toy Soldiers

Britains Air Corps set, $5,860, Old Toy Soldiers A Britains 16-piece U.S. Army Air Corps toy soldier set (#1905, 1940-1941 issue only) sold for $5,860 at an auction held June 2-3 by Old Toy Soldier Auctions in Pittsburgh, PA. Also, a Britains #1873 non-cataloged set from the Historical Series, made exclusively for FAO Schwarz and […]

Ken's Korner – Rare MLK audio tape found in man’s attic

Martin Luther King, Jr. - Rare Audio Tape Found in Man's Attic

Rare MLK audio tape found in man’s attic Rare MLK audio tape found in man’s attic. A rare reel-to-reel audio tape of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., from an interview he gave to a Chattanooga insurance salesman, has been found by the man’s son in the attic of his father’s home. Stephon […]