Crazy Collections: These collectors only want zany and obscure antiques

unusual wristwatch

Sometimes collectors yearn for the unusual. They search for items that appeal to their sense of whimsy, or perhaps items that reflect cultural and historical values that may not have been thought of as collectible. Here you’ll meet collectors of the weird: funerary items, dental or medical items, prisoner art, condom tins, neckties, corkscrews, Salem witch-related items. Collectors of the esoteric are many and they open up an entire new world to us when we look at those items through their eyes. Read More +

Tim’s Auctions supports St. Jude as Yankees World Series ring sells for $15,600

Auctioneer Tim Chapulis is dwarfed by this gorgeous Kerman carpet that hammered for $4,425.

An aggressive bidder from New York bought an actual 1996 New York Yankees World Series ring once owned by former ballplayer Rey Quinones for $15,600 on March 25, 2012 at Tim’s Auctions of Bristol, Conn. Admittance to the auction came in the form of a suggested $10 donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Tim’s has raised more than $45,000 for the charity against a goal to reach $50,000 in 2012, St. Jude’s 50th year. Read More +