Category Archives: Columns

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: 1830 center table, $46,875, Doyle

A circa 1830 Continental center table, probably German, having a giltwood base lavishly carved with lions, Bacchic masks and floral swags supporting an alabaster top sold for $46,875 at an English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts auction held May 26th by Doyle in New York City.

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall   A circa 1830 Continental center table, probably German, having a giltwood base lavishly carved with lions, Bacchic masks and floral swags supporting an alabaster top sold for $46,875 at an English & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts auction held May 26th by Doyle in […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: WWII binoculars, $22,800, Cowan’s

A US Navy ship’s bridge binoculars from World War II sold for $22,800 at an Arms & Armor auction held May 25-26 by Cowan’s in Cincinnati, OH

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall   A US Navy ship’s bridge binoculars from World War II sold for $22,800 at an Arms & Armor auction held May 25-26 by Cowan’s in Cincinnati, OH. Also, a 1902 DWM Luger carbine with stock and hardcase hit the mark for $10,455; a JP […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Figural weathervane, $258,000, Morphy’s

A late 19th century molded and gilded-copper weathervane depicting a full-bodied standing Massasoit Indian with bow and arrow atop directional arrow, made by Harris & Co. (Boston) sold for $258,300 at a Fine & Decorative Arts auction held June 8-9 by Morphy’s in Denver, PA

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall   A late 19th century molded and gilded-copper weathervane depicting a full-bodied standing Massasoit Indian with bow and arrow atop directional arrow, made by Harris & Co. (Boston) sold for $258,300 at a Fine & Decorative Arts auction held June 8-9 by Morphy’s in Denver, […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Leicaflex 35mm camera, $1,280, Crescent City

A Leicaflex 35mm camera with a Leitz Summicron 1: 2/90 lens and a Summilux lens 1:1.4/50, sold for $1,280 at a Summer Decorative Arts & Interiors Auction held June 18th by Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans, LA

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A Leicaflex 35mm camera with a Leitz Summicron 1: 2/90 lens and a Summilux lens 1:1.4/50, sold for $1,280 at a Summer Decorative Arts & Interiors Auction held June 18th by Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans, LA. Also, a 20th-century green onyx pedestal on […]

July Column: History Contained – A less literal, more ‘out-of-the-box’ interpretation of the topic

For this month’s theme, “History Contained,” we selected feature subjects that reflect a less literal, more ‘out-of-the-box’ interpretation of the topic beyond the obvious examples of antique and vintage general store tins, antique packing crates, apothecary bottles, candy jars, crocks, and spice containers. Secret compartments for containing private papers and concealing precious belongings were a […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Picasso painting of his muse, $103.41 million, Christie’s

Pablo Picasso’ portrait painting of his muse (Marie-Thérèse), titled Femme assiste pres d’une fenetre (1932)

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall Pablo Picasso’ portrait painting of his muse (Marie-Thérèse), titled Femme assiste pres d’une fenetre (1932), sold for $103.41 million at a 20th Century Evening Sale held May 13th by Christie’s in New York City. Also, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work titled In Case went for $93.1 million; […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Janet Jackson jacket, $81,250, Julien’s Auctions

Janet Jackson jacket, $81,250, Julien’s Auctions

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall Singer Janet Jackson’s epochal Rhythm Nation jacket with 1814 metal plaque, cap and gloves sold for $81,250 at an auction of items from the career and life of Ms. Jackson held May 14-16 by Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles. Also, Jackson’s iconic single key earring […]

Antiques Peek: Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

by Jessica Kosinski Atlantic City has one of the most well-known boardwalks in the United States, and arguably the world. One of the most popular attractions on the Atlantic City Boardwalk today is the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, a museum housing odd and unusual exhibits from around the world. However, the current museum […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Letter from Hamilton to Madison, $113,850, Lion Heart Autographs

Letter from Hamilton to Madison, $113,850, Lion Heart Autographs

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A letter written by Alexander Hamilton to James Madison in 1790, mentioning Thomas Jefferson, sold for $113,850 at an auction held April 28th by Lion Heart Autographs, Inc. in New York City. Also, Mahatma Gandhi’s quote on faith realized $11,500; a handwritten Stopping by Woods […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Supertest petroliana sign, CA$21,240, Miller & Miller

Supertest petroliana sign, CA$21,240, Miller & Miller

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A Canadian Supertest Service Station double-sided porcelain hanging sign from the 1940s sold for $21,240 in an online Petroliana & Advertising auction held May 15th by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. in New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada. Also, a Canadian 1930s Goodrich Tires “Mountie” porcelain sign […]