Tag Archives: California

What’s in a Name? Sascha, Marc, and Sometimes, Matthew

Rooftops irregular plate by Sascha Brastoff, 10-1/2” longest side, $75-$100

Story and photos by Donald-Brian Johnson In the world of mid-twentieth-century décor, it wasn’t enough for a designer to be a household name. What sold everything—from dinnerware to dishwashers to draperies—was exactly the right household name. That name had to be exotic, but not so exotic as to frighten away customers. It had to suggest […]

What’s Selling on eBay: November 2017

What's Selling on eBay: November 2017

by Deborah Abernethy and Mike McLeod $1,125 (12 bidders, 18 bids): Victorian Austrian Solid Silver Baby’s Rattle/Whistle/Teether/Comforter. This antique Victorian baby’s silver rattle/whistle/teether measures 145mm (5.75 inches) long and weighs 62 grams. It is unmarked as far as I can see and tests as silver. It is certainly continental in origin, and my best guess […]

Governor Brown Signs AB 228 Into Law

Governor Brown Signs AB 228 Into Law

Governor Brown signs AB 228 into law, reducing impediments to auction companies doing business in California Measure corrects problems created by provisions in AB 1570 (Chang) Signed Memorabilia [Ch. 258, Stat. 2016] SACRAMENTO, Calif. – On Oct. 12, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 228 into law, immediately reducing impediments to auction companies doing business […]

Publisher’s Corner: March 2017

Publisher's Corner: March 2017

AB1570: A Game Changer? by Maxine Carter-Lome On September 9, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB1570 Collectibles Sale of Autographed Memorabilia into law. An expansion of an existing consumer protection law (CA Civil Code §1739.7) that applied just to sports memorabilia, AB1570 requires individuals who are “principally in the business of selling or offering […]

Collector’s Showcase: August 2016

Collector's Showcase: August 2016

Coca-Cola Collectibles: It’s The Real Thing Dan Deane of San Bernadino, California is more than a Coca-Cola fan – he leads their fan club as president of the National Coca-Cola Collectors Club. A retired police officer, Dan has been collecting Coke memorabilia for over 35-years, his interest and passion having more to do with the […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: California gold map, $39,000, PBA Galleries

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A map of the California gold region, published in Boston in 1848 and a precise tracing of the map of pioneer and land surveyor James Bidwell by Thomas Larquin, an American businessman and entrepreneur, sold for $39,000 at Part 3 of The Warren Heckrotte […]

Collector’s Showcase: June 2015

Collector's Showcase: June 2015

Museum Sommelier The collecting of wine and related accessories is not a unique or exclusive hobby, but for Jim McCormick it is a lifetime passion that has resulted in a collection that represents the history of viticulture and wine making in the state of California. Jim started his collection over 30 years ago by buying […]

On the Road to… California

California has it all in June – fun in the sun weather, beaches, the mountains, wine, music, museums… and outdoor flea markets and antique shows up and down the coast, and throughout the state. ANTIQUE SHOWS, FLEA MARKETS, COLLECTIBLE EVENTS Pasadena Antique Show and Sale May 29-31, 11am-7pm Pasadena, CA  www.bustamante-shows.com The Pasadena Antique Show […]

Ken’s Korner: 1967 Austin Healy Car stolen in 1970 is found – on eBay

Ken’s Korner: 1967 Austin Healy Car stolen in 1970 is found – on eBay – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – September 2012 Even 40-plus years after his 1967 Austin Healy was stolen from his Philadelphia home in 1970, California resident Robert Russell never gave up hope he’d one day be reunited with the […]

Ken’s Korner: Getty museum will re-open, sans curator

Ken’s Korner: Getty museum will re-open, sans curator – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – January 2006 The J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, Calif. — which houses more than 40,000 antiquities, most of them from classical Greece and Rome — is about to re-open following completion of a six-year, $275 million renovation. But there will be […]