Author Archives: Collector

Guess What? December 2012

Guess What? December 2012 By Bob Cahn – “The Primitive Man” Traditional re-creation but still baffling! This month’s Guess What is a working re-creation and an over-the-counter functional working implementation of a classic everyday object. It’s hand-carved of a hard wood (possibly camphor wood) and buffed to a high finish. This primitive native assembly line […]

Large moon rock, $330,000, Heritage

Large moon rock, $330,000, Heritage Gavels ‘n’ Paddles Recent Auction Results From Near & Far The fourth largest piece of the Moon ever made available to the public sold for $330,000 at a Natural History Signature Meteorite Auction held Oct. 14 at the Fletcher Sinclair Mansion in New York City by Heritage Auctions, based in […]

Kyser & Rex 'Mikado' bank, $198,000, Morphy Auctions

Kyser & Rex ‘Mikado’ bank, $198,000, Morphy Auctions Gavels ‘n’ Paddles Recent Auction Results From Near & Far A Kyser & Rex ‘Mikado’ cast-iron mechanical bank in the rare blue variation sold for $198,000 in a sale of Antique Toys, Banks, Dolls and Sports Memorabilia held Sept. 13-15 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, […]

Copy of Declaration, $10,620; Archives Int'l

Copy of Declaration, $10,620; Archives Int’l Gavels ‘n’ Paddles Recent Auction Results From Near & Far A circa-1840s Peter Force copy of the Declaration of Independence sold for $10,620 at an auction held Oct. 20-21 and Oct. 23 by Archives International Auctions in New York City (at the Museum of American Finance) and Fort Lee, […]

Wurlitzer PianOrchestra, $120,000, Showtime Auc.

Wurlitzer PianOrchestra, $120,000, Showtime Auc. Gavels ‘n’ Paddles Recent Auction Results From Near & Far A 1905 Wurlitzer Style 17 PianOrchestra in excellent working condition, with about 40 Style #17 rolls, sold for $120,000 at an auction held Oct. 5-7 by Showtime Auction Services in Ann Arbor, Mich. Also, an early 1800s Ephraim Thayer hand-drawn, […]

Colt SAA Sheriff's Model, $201,125, James D. Julia

Colt SAA Sheriff’s Model, $201,125, James D. Julia Gavels ‘n’ Paddles Recent Auction Results From Near & Far A factory-engraved Colt SAA Sheriff’s Model built for legendary Western lawman Jeff Davis Milton in 1916 sold for $201,125 at a Firearms Auction held Oct. 1-2 by James D. Julia in Fairfield, Me. Also, a cased 1st […]

High End Comic Sales Continue Despite Economy

High End Comic Sales Continue Despite Economy Comic Character Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn One of the interesting things about the market for vintage, rare, high grade comics is that there has been no end to the record prices paid even with the prolonged negative economy. While dealers or collectors offering mid-grade have had to get […]

Ken’s Korner: Joan Crawford’s Oscar is auctioned for $426K

Ken’s Korner: Joan Crawford’s Oscar is auctioned for $426K Ken’s Korner News & Views from the World of Antiques & Collectibles By Ken Hall The Oscar that Joan Crawford won for her performance as Mildred Pierce in the 1945 film of the same name has been sold at auction for $426,732. The statue was offered […]

Ken’s Korner: Sculpture carved from a meteorite

Ken’s Korner: Sculpture carved from a meteorite Ken’s Korner News & Views from the World of Antiques & Collectibles By Ken Hall German researchers at the University of Stuttgart say that an ancient Tibetan sculpture about 1,000 years old was probably carved from a 15,000-year-old meteorite. The “iron man” statue depicts the god Vaisravana, the […]

Ken’s Korner: An earlier version of the Mona Lisa?

Ken’s Korner: An earlier version of the Mona Lisa? Ken’s Korner News & Views from the World of Antiques & Collectibles By Ken Hall Did Leonardo Da Vinci paint an earlier version of his masterpiece the Mona Lisa a dozen or so years before the famous painting that hangs in the Louvre? That’s what the […]