Category Archives: Columns

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Huanghuali cabinet, $471,000, Christie’s

Huanghuali cabinet

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A diminutive Chinese huanghuali compound cabinet and hat chest from the 19th century sold for $471,000 during Asian Art Week, a series of online auctions held July 7-24 by Christie’s in New York City. Also, a painting by Wang Xuetao (Chinese, 1903-1984), titled Fowl and […]

Facebook Live: If you are a Facebook follower then you know it’s getting a lot noisier on your feed these days. The change has changed me as a user and social media follower.

If you are a Facebook follower then you know it’s getting a lot noisier on your feed these days. Pre-recorded videos with audio and live broadcasting have replaced traditional image posts as the newest way to break through noise and get attention. The use of audio, video, and live streaming on Facebook has grown exponentially […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: LeBron James rookie card, $1.845 million, Goldin Auctions

LeBron James rookie card

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A 2003-04 UD “Exquisite Collection” #78 LeBron James signed rookie card (#14/23), graded Gem Mint 9.5/BGS 10, sold for a record $1.845 million in a Summer Premium Auction held July 18 by Goldin Auctions, based in Runnemede, N.J. Also, a 1984-85 Michael Jordan rookie season […]

Great Collections: Harvard’s Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments and Its Founder, David P. Wheatland

David P. Wheatland

Sara J. Schechner, Ph. D. (photos: Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard University)   This is a story of the impact a collector can have on creating one of the world’s most celebrated of specialized museums. The museum is Harvard University’s Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments and the man responsible is David P. Wheatland of […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Majolica pineapple tea set, $12,100, Strawser Auction

Majolica pineapple tea set

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A George Jones majolica pineapple tea set with 17-inch tray, tea kettle, cream, sugar and flour and cups and saucers sold for $12,100 at a four-day auction held May 20-23 by Strawser Auction Group in Wolcottville, Ind. Also, a watercolor silhouette portrait of a young […]

Comic Character Collectibles: In the Time of COVID-19: Pop Culture Thriving?

This Swedish one-sheet for Casablanca nearly tripled its estimate when it sold for $55,000 at Heritage. ­Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

by J.C. Vaughn In recent discussions, a handful of auction houses and high-end comic book insiders confessed that in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic they really didn’t know how the market was going to go. Within a couple of weeks, though, it became clear that at least some of the people staying home […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Amish crazy quilt, $3,125, John Moran

Amish crazy quilt

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A double-sided Amish contained/pierced bar quilt rose to $3,125 at a Blanket Statements auction held June 30 by John Moran Auctioneers in Monrovia, Calif. Also, an Amish contained bars quilt knocked down for $2,812; an Amish double wedding ring/Chinese coins quilt gaveled for $1,375; an […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: U.S. Grant slot machine, $2,640, Potter & Potter

U.S. Grant slot machine

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall   A Mills figural Ulysses S. Grant 5-cent slot machine, 72 inches tall, sold for $2,640 at an Eclectible Collectible Auction held June 20 by Potter & Potter Auctions in Chicago, Ill. Also, a jazz, blues, ragtime and African American sheet music collection changed hands […]