Estate sale holding Shirley Temple glassware, Matchbox cars, Tonka toys and more to be carried live online July 30, 2011

Specialists of the South come July 30, 2011 is overseeing the massive collectibles estate sale of John and Jean Robertson, collectors who amassed a staggering number of items in a wide array of categories over the course of their rich lifetime together. Offered will be soda collectibles, advertising signs and clocks, radio tubes, vintage table radios, a gumball machine, vintage fans and hats, Shirley Temple memorabilia, Matchbox cars, Tonka toys, cigar boxes, American Fostoria, composite roosters, elegant etched glassware and china, children’s books, Rhine wine (Hock) glasses, Hummel figures, Haviland china and Christmas decorations.
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Ivory and rhino-horn trove from TV’s Storage Wars in Presley March 5-6 auction

A selection of unusual Chinese antiques found during an episode of "Storage Wars" will cross the block March 5-6 at at Don Presley’s gallery in Orange, Calif. Presley, who has conducted on-air appraisals for Storage Wars, received the Asian consignment from David Hester, whom he jokingly describes as the "villain" among the regulars appearing on A&E’s popular Wednesday night show. Hester’s storage-locker find includes an extensive selection of Chinese ivory necklaces, bracelets, earrings and pendants; rhino- and buffalo-horn pendants, and a pair of foo dogs. Collectively, their value is estimated to be as much as $10,000. Read More +

Newly discovered vintage Robert Crumb sketches offered in March 4 sale

A recently discovered diary/sketchbook from counterculture cartoonist Robert Crumb is just one of hundreds of quality, fresh-to-the-market lots in a rainbow of categories will cross the block the weekend of Mar. 4-6. The sale also feature a group of a dozen original Star Wars figures and a nice collection of cast-iron still banks and toys including Arcade, Hubley and Kenton.
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From funky rock posters to vintage postcards, ephemera conference attracts all kinds

OLD GREENWICH, Conn. – The Ephemera Society of America and Flamingo Eventz, LLC, announce Ephemera 31 – the 31st annual Ephemera Society of America International Paper Fair and Conference – will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Old Greenwich, Conn. March 18-20, 2011. Treat yourself to a special weekend of conferences, presentations & the finest Ephemera fair in America! Read More +

Legacy of the Russian Icons: Authentic Russian lacquer boxes follow artistic tradition

Russian lacquered boxes, miniature painted works of art that developed from icon painting in the 18th century, abound in depictions of folklore, fairy tales, costumes and traditions. There are four distinct styles, represented by four schools of Russian lacquer art, which are named for the villages of their creation, Fedoskino, Palekh, Mystera, and Kholui. Read More +