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Glazed pottery urns, $12,870, Michaan's

Glazed pottery urns, $12,870, Michaan's

Glazed pottery urns, $12,870, Michaan’s A pair of monumental glazed pottery floor urns, signed on the base Henry Weiss and Thomas Gorham, each one 36 inches tall, sold for $12,870 at an Estates Auction held August 5 by Michaan’s Auctions in Alameda, CA. Also, a jadeite, diamond, 14 kt white gold ring hammered for $17,550; […]

Marklin 3-tiered castle, $28,175, RSL Auction

Marklin 3-tiered castle, $28,175, RSL Auction

Marklin 3-tiered castle, $28,175, RSL Auction A Marklin three-tiered  castle, made circa 1895, with a parade ground that would have been driven by a Marklin steam plant, sold for $28,175 at a sale of Fine Antique Toys, Train Stations, Banks and Americana held July 1 by RSL Auction Co., based in Timonium, MD. The sale […]

Madame Alexander set, $88,000, Theriault's

Madame Alexander set, $88,000, Theriault's

Madame Alexander set, $88,000, Theriault’s A six-doll “mystery portrait doll” set by Madame Alexander created in 1951 sold for $88,000 at a sale of Doll and Childhood Ephemera held July 22-23 by Theriault’s, based in Timonium, MD. The sale was conducted in New Orleans, LA. It was a new record for a set of American […]

Louis Vuitton trunk, $34,500, James D. Julia

Louis Vuitton trunk, $34,500, James D. Julia

Louis Vuitton trunk, $34,500, James D. Julia An early 20th century French-made Louis Vuitton wardrobe steamer trunk sold for $34,500 at an auction held August 21-24 by James D. Julia, Inc., in Fairfield, ME. The trunk (serial #020608) had a quilted interior that opened to a handsome compartment tray. The front had a pair of […]

Antique vending machine – $28,200 – Morphy's Auctions

Antique vending machine, $28,200, Morphy's Auctions

Antique vending machine, $28,200, Morphy’s Auctions An antique Stollwerck and Chiclets porcelain and wood back vending machine, designed to dispense both chocolate candy and chewing gum, sold for $28,200 at a sale of Antique Advertising and Mechanical Music held August 10-11 by Morphy’s Auctions in Denver, PA. Also, an antique occupational shaving mug with an […]

Britains Air Corps set, $5,860, Old Toy Soldiers

Britains Air Corps set, $5,860, Old Toy Soldiers

Britains Air Corps set, $5,860, Old Toy Soldiers A Britains 16-piece U.S. Army Air Corps toy soldier set (#1905, 1940-1941 issue only) sold for $5,860 at an auction held June 2-3 by Old Toy Soldier Auctions in Pittsburgh, PA. Also, a Britains #1873 non-cataloged set from the Historical Series, made exclusively for FAO Schwarz and […]

Ken's Korner: Vast book collection hits the auction block

Vast book collection hits the auction block

Vast book collection hits the auction block Larry McMurtry is one of America’s greatest living writers. His books include The Last Picture Show and Lonesome Dove (he won the Pulitzer Prize for the latter). With a partner, he also wrote the screenplay for the movie Brokeback Mountain. McMurtry is also a collector of books – […]

Ken's Korner: Border Agents find Native American Pots

Border agents find Native American pots – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles U.S. Border Patrol agents looking for signs of illegal immigration in the mountains of southern Arizona stumbled on a most unusual find: several intact ancient Native American pots believed to be hundreds of years old. The reddish-brown pots were likely used for […]

Ken's Korner: The Colosseum in Rome is leaning

The Colosseum in Rome is leaning

The Colosseum in Rome is leaning News & Views From the World of Antiques & Collectibles By Ken Hall The Colosseum in Italy – the 2,000-year-old scene of bloody gladiator fights in the days of the Roman Empire – is leaning about 40 centimeters lower on the south side than the north, and officials are […]

Ken's Korner: Rare Antique Stradivarius violin turned in to lost-found

Rare Stradivarius violin turned in to lost-found

Ken’s Korner: Rare Antique Stradivarius violin turned in to lost-found A rare antique Stradivarius violin worth millions of dollars was turned in to a Swiss post office lost-and-found after an absent-minded musician left it on a train in Bern. The owner of the instrument lent it to a friend, who got off at a stop […]