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 +

Tancredi oil on canvas leads Clars’ largest sale in 40 years

Parmeggiani Tancredi

Clars Auction Gallery is celebrating the largest fine art and antiques sale in the firm’s 40 year history, following its May 19-20, 2012 fine art sale. “It was phenomenal to watch the bidding come in from around the world and energy on the sale room floor,” said Deric Torres, Clars’ director of decorative art and furnishings. An important abstract by Italian artist Parmeggiani Tancredi lead the sale at $225,950. Read More +