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Dressing table made by Althin, 1900-1913 photo: private collection

Crafting a Legacy: The Life and Work of Olof Althin

by Erica Lome, Ph.D. Today, few people outside of the antiques trade recognize the name Olof Althin (1859-1920), a Swedish-born ...
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  The “Cloud” guitar custom-made by Minneapolis Luthier Kurt Nelson in the 1990s for the musician Prince sold for $132,868 in an online auction that began on Feb. 19 and ended March 10 by RR Auction, based in Boston.

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Prince’s “Cloud” guitar, $132,868, RR Auction

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall             The “Cloud” guitar custom-made by Minneapolis Luthier Kurt Nelson ...
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Rare Pitkin reverse swirl inkwell and flask

The Power of Pitkins: An American Classic Uncorked

by Kary Pardy If patterned antique glass has ever caught your eye, you’ve likely appreciated the flowing lines and swirling, ...
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Four jailhouse logbook pages bearing 12 signatures of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and five signatures of his associate Ralph Abernathy, signed during their 1963 incarceration at the Birmingham (AL) jail, sold for $130,909 at Premier Auction #231 held Feb. 24-25 by Hake’s Auctions in York, PA.

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: MLK jailhouse logbook, $130,909, Hake’s Auctions

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall     Four jailhouse logbook pages bearing 12 signatures of ...
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West African peoples have adorned themselves with Venetian millefiori beads, intermixed with locally-made jewelry (left to right): blue-and-white “sand beads” made from powdered glass Vicks and Milk of Magnesia jars (Krobo and southern Ghana groups); reddish-brown bauxite, or aluminum ore, beads (Ghana); cast bronze bracelet (Baule); and cast bronze beads (Ashante).

Millifiore Glass Beads Glass: Gardens of “A Thousand Flowers”

by Sarah Turnbaugh Millefiori beads made in Venice, Italy, reached lofty technical and aesthetic heights in the late 1800s to ...
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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.

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

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall An American Flyer S gauge smoke-in-tender Northern 332 steam locomotive, ...
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A carpet loom by Carl Engel with a Jacquard machine on top, ca. 1860. Photo by Dmm2va7; CC BY-SA 3.0

A World of Weaving

by Mike McLeod Just imagine a world—if you can—in which the process of weaving was never discovered. Without weaving, people ...
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Union soldier Benjamin Gustin’s letters worth more than the usual average price of $20 each, but the content will determine final values.

The Civil War Collector

by John Sexton Q: Mr. Sexton, I am writing hoping you can help me identify a pistol that has passed ...
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In the Maker's Hands: Connecting objects with their makers enhance our understanding of the antiques we value

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 ...
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Pacific “Elite,” New Zealand, 1934

Industrial Design and the Radio – When Art Met Industry

By Peter Sheridan When it comes to radio design, the years from 1930 to 1940 presented a pocket of opportunity ...
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Amy Beach featured on the cover of Etude magazine in November, 1929.

Amy Beach: A Composer of Musical Firsts

by Maxine Carter-Lome, publisher “It has happened more than once that a composition has come to me, ready-made as it ...
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1787 gold doubloon coin, $9.36 million, Heritage

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: 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 ...
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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

Great Collections: The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments was established in 1900, when Morris Steinert, an entrepreneurial figure who played an important ...
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French Victorian Lyre Music Stand

Antiques Peek: Take A (Music) Stand

by Jessica Kosinski In the world of music, there are many instruments you could choose to play. However, deciding on ...
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An example of the Hohner Marine Band harmonica

The Harmonica: Musical Phenomenon of the Century!

By Judy Gonyeau, managing editor What do you think of when you see a harmonica? A blues player with hands ...
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"Antiquities: The Subject of New Regulations." How this will affect what you buy and sell

“Antiquities: The Subject of New Regulations.” How this will affect what you buy and sell

On January 1, 2021, the Senate voted to override President Trump’s veto of the massive, $741 billion US National Defense ...
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Kobe Bryant road jersey, $337,334, Grey Flannel

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: 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 ...
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Reality … What a Concept, 1979 At the age of 27, Robin Williams was already considered comedy’s darling. He had just finished season 1 of Mork & Mindy and was on the cover of TIME magazine.

Vinyl Laughter

by Maxine Carter-Lome Some of the earliest albums recorded for commercial distribution were comedy albums. Various collections of humorous short ...
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"Collecting Music in the Virtual Age." Now that music is online and digital-based, what is left to collect?

“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 ...
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The first cover by Rea Irvin (Feb. 21, 1925) establishing the personification of the New Yorker as Eustas Tilly

Writing With Images: The Creation of THE NEW YORKER Humor

by Judy Gonyeau with heavy reference from Defining New Yorker Humor by Judith Yaross Lee Launched in 1925, The New ...
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Hasselhoff’s K.I.T.T. car, $345,000, Diligent Auction

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: 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 ...
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BOZO the CLOWN!

Wowie Kazowee! It’s BOZO the CLOWN!

by Maxine Carter-Lome In 1946, Capitol Records writer/producer Alan Livingston introduced Bozo the Clown to the world via a children’s ...
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Lovebird carnival display, $8,540, Pook & Pook, Inc.

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: 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 ...
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1920s Adam’s Fine Marshmallows tin aka “snake in a can”

Antiques Peek: Gifting For Gags

by Jessica Kosinski Giving gifts is always fun, but there’s a special kind of gift that can sometimes be extra ...
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Lot 740: Steve Martin Oscars poster signed by celebrity attendees at The 2010 Academy Awards ceremony

Great Collections: The Collection of Steve Martin at Julien’s Auctions

Emmy, Grammy, People’s Choice, and Academy Award Winner hardly begin to describe Steve Martin, who has entertained us for decades ...
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