Sexy vintage art from Femme Fatales magazine up for bids

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A collection art and artifacts from the mid-20th century’s obsession with B-movies are some of the most unusual items Old Town Auctions has ever brought to auction. Its Nov. 18-20, 2011 sale features 200-250 lots from the collection of Bill George, the original editor of Femme Fatales magazine whose now-closed private museum in Baltimore was devoted to horror film and B-movie “scream queens.” Another featured collection consists of pressed-steel automotive toys amassed over many years. Read More +

Rare trove of Walt Disney drawings and family stocks show business was in his blood

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RENO, Nev. – A rare and unusual trove of stock certificates and family correspondence from the Walt Disney family crosses the block Nov. 29-30. The collection includes an original, autographed illustration by Walt Disney and several stock certificates issued to his father, Elias, by the O-Zell Jelly Co. of Chicago. “Everything in this auction is great stuff,” Fred Kagin told Antique Trader. “When I saw this, I flipped.” Read More +

Pulp Renaissance: Hard-boiled, cliffhanger stories viewed as collectible American fiction

Blazing six-shooters and galloping horses. Screams in a fog shrouded alley. Green-skinned aliens towering over a scantily clad woman. Sleek silver spaceships cutting a path across the star specked universe. Tales of adventure in the far-flung Orient. These are but some of the indelible images that thrilled a generation of pulp magazine readers during its heyday of the ‘30s and ‘40s. Read More +