Washington & Clay antique bottle flask soars to $52,650

Antique flask Washington portrait

A rare portrait flask of George Washington and Henry Clay, made circa 1840-1860 by Bridgeton Glass Works, was sold for $52,650 Feb. 1, 2012 by Norman C. Heckler & Co. The portrait flask was the top lot in a session that grossed around $440,000. “Glass as an antique collecting category has drawn interest from collectors who recognize the historical significance and beauty of antique bottles and glass,” auctioneer Norman Heckler, Jr. said. Read More +

Top tier pedal car and toy collection offered live and online at Showtime

Moxie soda pedal car

Over 2,000 lots of investment-grade antiques and collectibles from over 100 consignors will change hands March 30 to April 1 in Showtime Auction Services’ spring sale. In addition to pedal cars and toys, the auction will feature banks, pottery, Wave Crest, trade signs, advertising signs, folk art, soda fountain, Coca-Cola, Western, Native American, country store, paintings, farm signs, match safes, tip trays, whiskey and breweriana. Read More +

Rare Watts & Co. coffin phone may headline wide-ranging collector auction

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DENVER, Pa. – A large percentage of the world’s population has never even seen a dial-face telephone, but that certainly wasn’t the case with the late Bill Daniels. The massive collection of antique and vintage phones that filled his home comprised a chronological archive of Alexander Graham Bell’s 1876 invention and contained models ranging from primitive turn of the 20th century curiosities to ultra-cool mid-century designs. Read More +

What’s hot in this year’s antique glassware market is a matter of taste

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Like most collectible areas, the glass market is slowly recovering from tough market conditions. Prices of smalls were off 20 to 40 percent because of the recession. Like the real estate market, glass experienced a bubble of unrealistically high prices. In this excerpt we look at which segments of glass collecting show strength and why the market is less regionalized than it was before the crash.
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Entire town – Scotch Grove, Iowa – and new old stock to be sold live and online

For almost 50 years, more than a dozen century-old buildings in the farming community of Scotch Grove, Iowa, have guarded a time capsule. Recently, representatives from two auction companies opened the doors of these 16 buildings to find hundreds of thousands of retail, wholesale and service items still on shelves and floors — some still in their original packaging and store displays. The discoveries will be sold Sept. 15-17, 2011.
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