Category Archives: Columns

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: American Flyer train, $5,400, Weiss Auctions

An American Flyer S gauge smoke-in-tender Northern 332 steam locomotive, 1946 or 1947, with a bronze brake tank, sold for $5,400 at a Toy & Train auction held February 24th by Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, NY.

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall An American Flyer S gauge smoke-in-tender Northern 332 steam locomotive, 1946 or 1947, with a bronze brake tank, sold for $5,400 at a Toy & Train auction held February 24th by Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, NY. Also, a boxed Lionel 2296W Canadian Pacific set from […]

The Civil War Collector

Union soldier Benjamin Gustin’s letters worth more than the usual average price of $20 each, but the content will determine final values.

by John Sexton Q: Mr. Sexton, I am writing hoping you can help me identify a pistol that has passed down through my wife’s family from her great x? Grandfather. The original owner of the pistol in my wife’s family was Alexander Maxwell, who to the best of our knowledge, served the CSA in a […]

In the Maker’s Hands: Connecting objects with their makers enhance our understanding of the antiques we value

At the heart of the items that we collect and admire are the stories behind their creation, craft, and use. While an object might bear the mark or label of a company or business, the hands that produced the object are typically invisible and unknown, especially when it comes to handmade items such as tools, […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: 1787 gold doubloon coin, $9.36 million, Heritage

1787 gold doubloon coin, $9.36 million, Heritage

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall   A 1787 gold doubloon coin, the finest example of just the seven known to exist, graded NGC MS65, sold for $9.36 million at an auction of important U.S. coins held January 21st by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, TX. It was the most ever paid […]

Great Collections: The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments

Early 19th century English Glasschord by Chappell & Sons. According to Wikipedia, the glasschord is a crystallphone that uses keyboard-driven hammers to strike glass bars instead of metal bars. photo: Yale School of Music

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments was established in 1900, when Morris Steinert, an entrepreneurial figure who played an important role in shaping New Haven’s music scene, gave his private musical instrument collection to Yale, consisting primarily of keyboard instruments, seeding the Collection. The acquisition of the Belle Skinner Collection (1960) and the Emil Herrmann […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Kobe Bryant road jersey, $337,334, Grey Flannel

Kobe Bryant road jersey, $337,334, Grey Flannel

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall A 2009 Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers NBA Finals game-worn road jersey sold for $337,334 in a Winter Catalog Auction held January 23rd by Grey Flannel Auctions in Scottsdale, AZ. Also, a 1997-1998 Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls game-used home jersey was a slam-dunk for $230,401; […]

“Collecting Music in the Virtual Age.” Now that music is online and digital-based, what is left to collect?

The ways we listen to music are always changing, but the people who feel the need to amass as much of it as possible never go away. Yet, with so many of these forms now online and digital-based, what’s physically left to collect? Nothing has changed more in the last century than recorded sound and […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Hasselhoff’s K.I.T.T. car, $345,000, Diligent Auction

Hasselhoff’s K.I.T.T. car, $345,000, Diligent Auction

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall   Actor David Hasselhoff’s personal K.I.T.T. Knight Rider car, with full conversion, sold for $345,000 at The Hoff Auction (items from the career archive of David Hasselhoff), held January 23rd by Diligent Auction Services, based in Canoga Park, CA. The auction was handled exclusively through […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Lovebird carnival display, $8,540, Pook & Pook, Inc.

Lovebird carnival display, $8,540, Pook & Pook, Inc.

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall   A lovebird carnival display by Baranger, a maker of colorful and cleverly electric animated motion window displays that were rented to small-town jewelry stores from the 1940s to the 1960s, sold for $8,540 at a Christmas Antique Toy Auction held December 4th by Pook […]