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Oak Reel block dated 1846, Enoch and Mary Worrall quilt, dated 1850. (Starley Quilt Collection)

Friendship Quilts: A Gift of Remembrance

by Maxine Carter-Lome, Publisher In the summer of 1854, inside an enormous four-story brick house at the corner of Main ...
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Michael Jordan collectibles bring in high prices at auction this season.

What’s Michael Jordan worth this season at auction?

Michael Jordan‘s legend is almost unfathomable, made even greater by this year’s ESPN documentary The Last Dance. In the wake of ...
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Wodehouse pocket watch

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Wodehouse pocket watch, $4,375, Freeman’s

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far By Ken Hall Author P.G. Wodehouse’s pocket watch, elaborately engraved with his monogram, ...
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Dr. Cargo and Yvonne Wells

Great Collections: Robert and Helen Cargo Collection of African-American Quilts at the International Quilt Museum

The International Quilt Museum at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is home to the world’s largest publicly held quilt collection. With ...
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Crewelwork sampler, one of the early projects worked by Erica at the Royal School of Needlework. Their first few projects were designed for them. Students had to pay for their own materials and most proudly kept their projects for the whole of their lives. 2015.0047.004 A, B, Gift of The Family of Erica Wilson, Courtesy of Winterthur Museum

Erica Wilson: Sharing Joy through Embroidery

By Linda EatonJohn L. & Marjorie P. McGraw Director of Collections and the Senior Curator of Textiles at Winterthur Museum Until ...
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Stankiewicz sculpture

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Stankiewicz sculpture, $162,500, Doyle

Recent Auction Results from Near & Far  By Ken Hall A sculpture from the mid-1950s by Richard Stankiewicz (1922-1983) titled ...
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Rocking chair given by Bob Dylan to his best friend Louie Kemp in 1974 when Dylan and The Band toured the U.S.

The best seat in the house is up for sale at Heritage Auction’s Entertainment & Music Memorabilia event to be held online at HA.com, August 8-9.

 This isn't just a rocking chair for sale. It was, in 1974, the best seat in the house when Bob Dylan ...
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An Education in Needle Work

An Education in Needle Work

In eighteenth-century America, a girl was expected to grow up, get married, have children, and take care of a home ...
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Frye “Mae West” gas pump, CA$7,800, Miller & Miller

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Frye “Mae West” gas pump, CA$7,800, Miller & Miller

Recent Auction Results From Near & Far By Ken Hall A Fry visible “Mae West” gas pump made in America ...
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John James Audubon, Self-portrait, 1822-23

John James Audubon: A Short Reflection on His Life and Works

by Pat Raynock, Biologist and Audubon Collector As a career biologist, I have spent a lifetime looking at the beauty ...
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‘Tutti Fruiti’ Cartier bracelet, $1.34 million, Sotheby’s

Gavels 'n' Paddles: ‘Tutti Fruiti’ Cartier bracelet, $1.34 million, Sotheby’s

Gavels 'n' Paddles: ‘Tutti Fruiti’ Cartier bracelet, $1.34 million, Sotheby’s Recent Auction Results From Near & Far By Ken Hall ...
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Lyrics to Hey Jude, $910,000, Julien's

Gavels 'n' Paddles: 

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Lyrics to Hey Jude, $910,000, Julien's Recent Auction Results From Near & Far By Ken Hall Paul McCartney’s ...
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Figure 2: Henry D. Thoreau, ambrotype by Edward Sidney Dunshee, 1862. Th33b, Henry D. Thoreau, Gift of Mr. Walton Ricketson and Miss Anna Ricketson (1929). photo courtesy of the Concord Museum

Collecting Inspiration: Henry David Thoreau & Nature

by Erica Lome, Ph.D. One April morning, when Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was fishing in a stream outside the center ...
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Tiffany table lamp, $206,250, Freeman’s

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Tiffany table lamp, $206,250, Freeman’s

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Tiffany table lamp, $206,250, Freeman’s Recent Auction Results From Near & Far By Ken Hall A Tiffany Studios ...
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The Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants on permanent exhibition at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, Harvard University Herbaria. Photo by Jennifer Berglund

Inspired by Plants: The Glass Flowers as a Window into Botanical Education

By Donald H. Pfister and Jennifer Brown, Harvard University Herbaria Unless otherwise noted, all images courtesy of the Ware Collection ...
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Carl Akeley, considered the father of modern taxidermy, was also a talented sculptor, naturalist, and an inventor. He worked on these elephants at the Field Museum but also has a history of working with another famous elephant. While an apprentice at Ward’s Natural Science Establishment, he preserved P. T. Barnum’s beloved elephant Jumbo after a train accident. The project took five months. Fighting African Elephants, photo: Field Museum

Taxidermy: Exploring one of the Most Complicated Collectibles

by Kary Pardy Someone mentions taxidermy and a few main themes come to mind: trophies in hunting lodges, decor in ...
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Navajo chief’s blanket, $40,625, John Moran

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Navajo chief’s blanket, $40,625, John Moran

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Navajo chief’s blanket, $40,625, John Moran Recent Auction Results From Near & Far By Ken Hall A Navajo ...
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A portrait of Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) in buckskin, without his trademark glasses. This portrait is dated 1885, the year he retired to his ranch in the Dakota Territory, following the death of his mother and first wife. photo: TIME

Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.: A Naturalist Collector of Specimens

by Maxine Carter-Lome, publisher In 1867, Theodore Roosevelt began what he called the Roosevelt Museum of Natural History. It consisted ...
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Beatles Shea Stadium poster, $137,500, Heritage Auctions

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Beatles Shea Stadium poster, $137,500, Heritage Auctions

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Beatles Shea Stadium poster, $137,500, Heritage Auctions Recent Auction Results From Near & Far By Ken Hall A rare ...
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1933 Invisible Man poster, $182,400, Heritage Auctions

1933 Invisible Man poster, $182,400, Heritage Auctions

A rare movie poster for the 1933 classic film The Invisible Man sold for $182,400 at an auction held March ...
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Collecting Natural History

Collecting Natural History

Growing up in New York City, one of my favorite places to visit on cold and rainy days when you ...
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Diahann Carroll ring, $56,325, Bonhams

Diahann Carroll ring, $56,325, Bonhams

A diamonds and cultured pearl ‘toi et moi’ ring sold for $56,325 at an auction of items from the estate ...
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Viking Glass Epic Line Rooster

Viking Glass – A Colorful History

Viking Glass grew out of its predecessor, New Martinsville Glass Company, which was established in 1900 by Mark Johnson and ...
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Collection of seven antique mercury glass vessels selling for $750 at charish.com

Mercury Glass: Encasing the Brilliance of Silver

Mercury glass is not all it is wrapped up to be as there is no actual mercury used in the ...
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The Declaration of Independence boasts of a plethora of signatures from some of America’s most famous men, but whose do you think is the most valuable? The podcast Radiolab conducted in an investigation and the winner is Button Gwinnett! Surprised? Gwinnett’s obscurity increased the value of his signature. He only has 51 documented signature examples and was killed in a duel in 1777. photo: Andrea Izzotti/ Shutterstock and Reader’s Digest

Forged Signatures: Tips to Help Collectors Find the Real Deal

By Kary Pardy, writer of “Exploring Antique Technology” Mickey Mantle’s baseball, a celebrity-signed photograph, the copy of the Declaration of ...
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