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Gavels n' Paddles: Lifetime space collection, $678,983, RR Auction

Gavels n' Paddles: Lifetime space collection, $678,983, RR Auction

Results of Recent Auctions From Around the World by Ken Hall The lifetime space collection of Leon Ford sold for a combined $678,983 in an auction held live (June 25, in Cambridge, Mass.) and online (June 18-24) by RR Auction, based in Boston, Mass. Over 100 items were in the collection, including Charles Conrad’s Apollo […]

Gavels n' Paddles: Dior perfume bottle, $66,000, IPBA Auction

Gavels n' Paddles: Dior perfume bottle, $66,000, IPBA Auction

Results of Recent Auctions From Around the World by Ken Hall A 1957 Christian Dior Limited Edition perfume bottle in the shape of a dog, signed “Tien Dior” (Dior’s nickname), sold for $66,000 in an auction held April 30-May 3 at the 27th annual International Perfume Bottle Association’s (IPBA) 27th annual convention in Spartanburg, S.C. […]

Gavels n' Paddles: Grotto bust of Neptune, $9,000, John Moran

Gavels n' Paddles: Grotto bust of Neptune, $9,000, John Moran

Results of Recent Auctions From Around the World by Ken Hall A “grotto” bust of Neptune attributed to Anthony Redmile, with columnar stand, sold for $9,000 at a Decorative Arts Auction held June 16 by John Moran Auctioneers in Pasadena, Calif. Also, a chair designed by the Italian decorator and artisan Carlo Bugatti (1856-1940) realized […]

Gavels n' Paddles: 1800 Spitler blanket chest, $356,500, Jeffrey S. Evans

Gavels n' Paddles: 1800 Spitler blanket chest, $356,500, Jeffrey S. Evans

Results of Recent Auctions From Around the World by Ken Hall A circa 1800 Shenandoah County (now Page County), Va., yellow pine blanket chest, decorated by Johannes Spitler, made $356,500 at an Americana & Fine Antiques Auction held June 20 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mt. Crawford, Va. Also, a Shenandoah Valley fraktur […]

Collector's Showcase: September 2015

Preserving, Sharing, and Wearing Vintage “I truly believe that clothes call to the person,” says Lisa Zelonka, vintage collector and owner of Three Graces Vintage in Stafford Springs, Connecticut. Lisa has been a serious collector of vintage clothing and accessories for over 30 years. “The first piece I ever saved I was in 7th grade. […]

Gavels n' Paddles: Fu Baoshi hanging scroll, $1.41 million, Michaan's

Gavels n' Paddles: Fu Baoshi hanging scroll, $1.41 million, Michaan's

Results of Recent Auctions From Around the World by Ken Hall A hanging scroll painting by the renowned Chinese artist Fu Baoshi (1904-1965), titled Lady by the Bamboo, sold for $1.41 million at a Fine Asian Works of Art Auction held June 22 by Michaan’s Auctions in Alameda, Calif. Also, Lin Fengmian’s Boats at Shore […]

Whiting & Davis Purses: The Perfect Mesh

Whiting & Davis Purses: The Perfect Mesh

“No single gift is tugging at the heart of a nation of women so appealingly right now as a beautiful Whiting & Davis Mesh Bag.” Ladies’ Home Journal, December, 1923 By Donald-Brian Johnson Photos by Leslie Pina Mesh handbags: what accounts for their enduring appeal? Since debuting in the late 1700s, these bags have continued […]

Gavels n' Paddles: Warhol's One Dollar Bill, $32.77 million, Sotheby's

Gavels n' Paddles: Warhol's One Dollar Bill, $32.77 million, Sotheby's

Results of Recent Auctions From Around the World by Ken Hall A 1962 casein and pencil on linen by Andy Warhol, titled One Dollar Bill (Silver Certificate), sold for $32.77 million at a Contemporary Art Evening Auction held July 1 by Sotheby’s in London. Also, an oil on canvas self-portrait by Francis Bacon, rendered in […]

Gavels n' Paddles: 1844 political banner, $185,000, Heritage

Gavels n' Paddles: 1844 political banner, $185,000, Heritage

Results of Recent Auctions From Around the World by Ken Hall A hand-painted double-sided jugate banner from the 1844 Presidential campaign of James Knox Polk sold for $185,000 at a sale of Part II of the Merrill C. Berman Collection of political memorabilia held June 2 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Tex. Also, a political […]

Gavels n' Paddles: Nobel Peace Prize photo, $125,000, Carter Center

Gavels n' Paddles: Nobel Peace Prize photo, $125,000, Carter Center

Results of Recent Auctions From Around the World by Ken Hall A photograph signed by four Nobel Peace Prize Laureates sold for $125,000 at an auction to benefit The Carter Center (in Atlanta, Ga.), held June 24-28 in Vail, Colo. Also, a fly fishing trip with President and Mrs. Carter, at Brigadoon Lodge, hammered for […]