With gallery in limbo, Don Presley Auctions moves online

Don Presley Auction

Don Presley offers Middle East photos online after city officials force him to shutter his Orange, Calif., auction house or pay as much as $60,000 to retrofit his auction gallery. While he investigates a new headquarters, Presley is brining more than 650 lots of fresh to the market goods to auction including an album of Middle Eastern images. Dating to the second half of the 19th century, the album was reportedly given to an American sailor on duty in Constantinople from 1919 to 1921. Read More +

‘Haunted Objects’ explores tales of the unexplained

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This is an exclusive excerpt from the new book ‘Haunted Objects, Stories of Ghosts on Your Shelf,’ by veteran ghost hunters Christopher Balzano and Tim Weisberg. (F+W Media, 2012). Each page of “Haunted Objects” reveals unsettling accounts of unexplained paranormal activity surrounding everyday items. From dolls to rings, these innocent looking items have disturbing tales to tell. Read More +

Chiparus sculpture brings $24,000, Pa. painted blanket chest brings $1,200

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A Chiparus sculpture titled “Vested Dancer” sold for $24,000 during a May 19-20 fine art auction. Other highlights of the sale included a 45-inch Chinese signed and jeweled ivory tusk at $6,000, a Pennsylvania painted blanket chest, made circa 1800, sold for $1,200 and a pair of lady’s Victorian 18K and enamel buckle-form bracelets brought $2,300. Read More +