Author Archives: Collector

Ken's Korner: Rare Bach portrait found in Alabama

Ken’s Korner: Rare Bach portrait found in Alabama News & Views from the World of Antiques & Collectibles By Ken Hall A rare portrait of German composer Johann Sebastian Bach, attributed to the relatively obscure painter Elias Gottlob Haussmann, has been discovered, in all places, in Alabama, and has been subsequently sold at auction for […]

Ken's Korner: Man charged with smuggling fossils

Ken’s Korner: Man charged with smuggling fossils News & Views from the World of Antiques & Collectibles By Ken Hall Eric Prokopi of Florida, a self-described “commercial paleontologist,” has been charged with smuggling dinosaur fossils into the United States from Mongolia. He faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted of all the charges […]

Ken's Korner: ‘Victory or Death’ letter at the Alamo

Ken’s Korner: ‘Victory or Death’ letter at the Alamo News & Views from the World of Antiques & Collectibles By Ken Hall Next year, visitors to the Alamo in San Antonio, Tex., will be able to view, for the first time, the legendary “Victory or Death” letter written by Col. William Barrett Travis, head of […]

Ken's Korner: Thieves steal artwork worth $100 million+

Ken’s Korner: Thieves steal artwork worth $100 million+ News & Views from the World of Antiques & Collectibles By Ken Hall Thieves working quickly and using brute force stole seven paintings collectively worth over $100 million from a museum in the Netherlands. Works by Matisse (shown), Picasso, Gauguin, Monet and others were ripped from the […]

Ken's Korner: McJordan BBQ sauce sells on eBay for $10K

Ken’s Korner: McJordan BBQ sauce sells on eBay for $10K News & Views from the World of Antiques & Collectibles By Ken Hall A 20-year-old container of McJordan barbecue sauce – used to put on McJordan Burgers by McDonald’s as a brief promotion in the 1990s, honoring basketball legend Michael Jordan – has sold on […]

Ken’s Korner: Babe Ruth’s Lincoln purchased by a Texan

Ken’s Korner: Babe Ruth’s Lincoln purchased by a Texan News & Views from the World of Antiques & Collectibles By Ken Hall Lonnie Shelton, a classic car collector from Texas, has purchased the last car owned by Babe Ruth before his death from cancer on Aug. 16, 1948 – a blue 1948 Lincoln Continental two-door […]

Ken’s Korner: Marie Antoinette’s slippers fetch $82K

Ken’s Korner: Marie Antoinette’s slippers fetch $82K News & Views from the World of Antiques & Collectibles By Ken Hall A pair of slippers believed to have been worn by Marie-Antoinette, the wife of France’s Louis XVI, sold for $82,275 at a sale of “Historic Memories of Royal Families” held Oct. 17 by the Paris […]

Ken’s Korner: Border Patrol agents find ancient artifacts

Ken’s Korner: Border Patrol agents find ancient artifacts News & Views from the World of Antiques & Collectibles By Ken Hall U.S. Border Patrol agents working in southern Arizona’s Patagonia Mountains have stumbled on a pair of artifacts that could be 1,000 years old. While making their rounds, the agents spotted two pieces of Native […]

Ken’s Korner: Batcave is made from Lego pieces

Ken’s Korner: Batcave is made from Lego pieces News & Views from the World of Antiques & Collectibles By Ken Hall Carlyle Livingston II and Wayne Hussey have created a replica of the Batcave (home of the comic book character Batman) using more than 20,000 Lego pieces. The two unveiled their creation at the 2012 […]

Ken’s Korner: The Neiman-Marcus catalog is a laugh riot

Ken’s Korner: The Neiman-Marcus catalog is a laugh riot News & Views from the World of Antiques & Collectibles By Ken Hall The Neiman-Marcus annual holiday catalog is always good for laughs, because it contains items that nobody (except those evil one percenters) could possibly afford. Samplings from this year’s catalog (their 86th): “his and […]