Author Archives: Maxine Carter-Lome

Superman movie cape, $193,750, Julien’s Auctions

The original cape worn by actor Christopher Reeve in the movie Superman (Warner Bros., 1978) sold for $193,750 at an Icons & Idols: Hollywood Auction held December 16th by Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles. Also, two paintings by Frank Sinatra, one from 1965 and one from 1953, both signed, brought $75,000 and $21,250; Dan Aykroyd’s […]

Patek Philippe watch, $31 million, Christie’s

A one-of-a-kind Patek Philippe men’s wristwatch sold for $31 million at an Only Watch auction held November 9th by Christie’s in Geneva, Switzerland. It was the most ever paid for a watch at auction, shattering the previous record set in 2017 for a Rolex Daytona once owned by Paul Newman that realized $17.7 million. The […]

Television Academy Foundation Launches 2020 Spring Auction

The Television Academy Foundation launched its 2020 Spring Auction featuring once-in-a-lifetime television experiences for fans including exclusive set visits, celebrity meet-and-greets, television show memorabilia and tickets to the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards and Governors Ball! Proceeds benefit the Television Academy Foundation’s renowned educational programs. Bidding for the auction on Charitybuzz began at 11 a.m. (PST) on […]

Rare 1847 circus poster, $11,400, Potter & Potter

A rare circus poster for Raymond & Company’s Menagerie for 1847 sold for $11,400 at a Circus, Sideshow & Oddities Auction held November 16th by Potter & Potter Auctions in Chicago. Also, Buffalo Bill’s first Wild West performance program made $9,600; an astrology sideshow banner for The Graysons’ How the Stars Bring Success brought $6,000; […]

Pair of Hamblin portraits, $64,350, Jeffrey S. Evans

A pair of Sturtevant Hamblin (American, 1817-1884) folk art portraits of a brother and sister from a Bath, Maine family (one shown) sold for $64,350 at an Americana Auction held Nov. 15-16 by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mt. Crawford, Va. Also, a Stirewalt family paint-decorated box finished at $38,025; a Plains Native American […]

February 2020 Issue: A Solute to Americana

By Maxine Carter-Lome The best definition of Americana that I have come across is, “material ephemera of the distant American past.” Many kinds of cultural artifacts fall within the definition of Americana. The things involved need not be ‘antique’ old or ‘primitive,’ but are usually associated with some quintessential element of the American experience. In […]

‘Black Cat’ slot machine, $96,000, Morphy Auctions

A Caille Bros. 5-cent ‘Black Cat’ musical upright cabinet slot machine, very rare and in fine working order, sold for $96,000 at a Coin-Op & Advertising Auction held Nov. 20-21 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, an oversize (47 inches tall) Coca-Cola leaded-glass display bottle, made in the 1920s by Metropolitan Art Glass Co. […]

It’s All About Disney at Potter & Potter’s Feb. 8 Auction

Disney fans are in for a thrill when Potter & Potter Auction presents over 750 lots of Disneyana on Saturday, February 8th, including highlights from legacy attractions including The Haunted Mansion, It’s A Small World, Cinderella’s Castle, and Snow White’s Scary Adventures. The park decorations and focal points on offer present enthusiasts a once in a lifetime […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Anthony Bourdain knife, $231,250, Lark Mason

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Anthony Bourdain knife, $231,250, Lark Mason

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall The late chef Anthony Bourdain’s Bob Kramer steel and meteorite chef’s knife sold for $231,250 in an online auction that ended October 30th by Lark Mason in New York City. Also, Bourdain’s U.S. Navy jacket from the U.S.S. Nashville, with a Tony Bourdain patch, […]