Handcrafted marionettes have always been a souce of fascination to me ever since my mother found my first one, Howdy Doody, in a thrift store many years ago for almost next to nothing. So, I was pretty amazed to see … Read More +
A dress worn by Prince William’s fiancee Kate Middleton at a university fashion show in 2002, which reportedly sparked the royal’s interest in his bride-to-be, fetched $105,000. Including commission, the see-through mesh slip dress designed by Charlotte Todd sold for … Read More +
A discovery auction coming April 8-10, 2011 features 1,000 unreserved lots of stylish and practical property from traditional through the 21st century. Tucked inside the sale are several sleeper lots of famous 20th century design including pieces by George Nakashima, Mies Van Der Rohe and Charles & Ray Eames. Many more lots include furniture, rugs, pottery, metal, lighting, fine art, Asian, sports memorabilia and more. An unmarked, walnut art deco side table, standing 23 1/2 inches high by 24 inches in diameter, is expected to bring $700 to $900.
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My client, and stage and screen star Debbie Reynolds, has been a life long movie buff and the custodian of an enormous Hollywood memorabilia collection, valued at over 50 million dollars. Throughout her lifetime, she has had a passion for … Read More +
I wrote an article on my own collecting interests (“What’s on Tap,” Antique Trader, Nov. 25, 2009) and received a number of contacts from readers with Knapstein brewery items and stories. It’s great to know there are still wonderful items … Read More +
In early 2010, TV talent scouts were looking for a female estate liquidator for a reality television show. One of those executives happened to land on Cari Cucksey’s website, called her, and the rest, shall we say, is Her-story… Soon … Read More +
After 50 years of collecting toy trains, Jerry Greene has amassed a collection of over 40,000 pieces, worth tens of millions of dollars, and has a ticket to ride … . One look at this collection would convince anyone that … Read More +
It’s been more than 13 years since Princess Diana’s death, but an exhibit featuring items from her life is now on display in Grand Rapids, Mich,. until Feb. 16, 2011. The Grand Rapids Art Museum is currently home to “Diana … Read More +
Laura Bell of Roscommon, Michigan used lint from her dryer to make a 14′ by 4′ reproduction of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper. The AP reports: “ell says she needed about 800 hours to do enough laundry to get the … Read More +
A beautiful and varied collection of art, first-rate antique furniture and finely crafted treasures from Russia and the Orient will be featured at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries Feb. 5-6. Bidders also will have the opportunity to obtain estate jewelry, early firearms, furs, gold coins, fine carpets and Native American works.
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