Tag Archives: London

The View From Where You Sit: Personal Magnification Devices

Microscope: 3 convex lenses in the inner cylinder, fitting into shagreen (snakeskin)- covered tube, with gilt-bronze finial cap and tripod stand, optics by Passemant, ingénieur du roi, France, c. 1750 photo: metmuseum.org

by Melody Amsel-Arieli   Simple magnification devices, like water-filled spheres and rock crystal (quartz) “burning glasses” were known around the Mediterranean and across the Middle East in ancient times. These evidently served not only to light kindling but also to cauterize wounds and enlarge texts. According to Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder, Nero viewed gladiator […]

Great Collections: November 2017

Great Collections: November 2017

The Glove Collection Trust Gloves have been found in the tomb of Tutankhamen, on the hands of newly crowned monarchs, and running the entire length of woman’s arms to help demonstrate that “diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” But it was S. William Beck who wrote an intricate book on gloves in 1883 who stated […]

What's Selling on eBay: December 2016

What's Selling on eBay: December 2016

by Deborah Abernethy and Mike McLeod $1,547 (31 bids, 13 bidders): Mobile Space TV Unit with Trailer Rosko-Nomura c. 1962 Battery Op PA114. Circa 1962, made in Japan, battery-operated, the toy is working. Rare toy, wonderful original condition. Bright litho, no damage or rust. No missing components. Bump-and-go action, lighted screen, moving camera, rotating antenna. […]

Six alternative photos for The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album cover expected to bring $60,000 Oct. 27 in New York

A very rare and complete set of the six alternative photos for The Beatles iconic Abbey Road album cover taken and autographed by Iain Macmillan in 1969 is estimated to bring in $60,000-$80,000 at Heritage Auctions’ public auction in New York City. Now part of Beatles folklore, Paul McCartney had drawn out his idea for the Abbey Road album cover while […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Pele's Jules Rimet trophy, $573,000, Julien's Auctions

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall World-famous soccer star Pele’s Jules Rimet trophy sold for $573,000 at a Pele: The Collection Auction held June 7-9 at Mall Galleries in London, England by Julien’s Auctions, based in Beverly Hills, Calif. Also, Pele’s game crown given in honor of his 1,000th professional […]

What's Selling on eBay: June 2016

What's Selling on eBay: June 2016

by Deborah Abernethy and Mike McLeod $1,426.45 (25 bids, 10 bidders): Solid Silver Shooting Butt Marker, London 1899. A beautiful condition, rare, late Victorian solid silver game shooting butt marker, which was made by London silversmith John Milward Banks and is fully hallmarked with full London assay office silver stamps that date it to 1899, […]

Gavels n Paddles: Thomas Brooks etagere, $63,250, Stevens Auction

Gavels n Paddles: Thomas Brooks etagere, $63,250, Stevens Auction

Results of Recent Auctions From Around the World by Ken Hall A rosewood rococo etagere with a bonnet top, crafted by 19th century furniture maker Thomas Brooks, sold for $63,250 at an estates auction held April 18 by Stevens Auction Company (based in Aberdeen, Miss.) in Meridian, Miss. Also, a mahogany heavily-carved Chippendale-style grandfather clock […]

Ken’s Korner: Mural by Banksy brings $1.1 million

Ken’s Korner: Mural by Banksy brings $1.1 million

Ken’s Korner: Mural by Banksy brings $1.1 million News & Views From the World of Antiques & Collectibles By Ken Hall A mural by the mysterious guerrilla graffiti artist known as Banksy (his real identity is a closely guarded secret) has been sold at a private auction in London for $1.1 million. The mural, titled […]

Ken's Korner: Most expensive Rolls Royce ever sells for $7.1M

Ken’s Korner: Most expensive Rolls Royce ever sells for $7.1M – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – September 2012 A 1912 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost – also known as The Corgi, for a line of toys modeled after the car – has sold for $7.1 million at Bonhams auction house’s Goodwill Festival of Speed […]

Ken's Korner: London Gallery will try to buy Donne portrait

Ken’s Korner: London Gallery will try to buy Donne portrait – The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles – April 2006 London’s National Portrait Gallery said it will try to come up with asking price of $2.94 million to buy a 1595 portrait of the late poet John Donne, best known for the lines “No man […]