Nobel Prize founder’s historic arms collection leads arms, armor sale

Who knew Alfred Nobel, creator of the Nobel Prize awards, was a top-tier knife collector? Bonhams & Butterfields Antique Arms, Armor and Modern Sporting Guns auction on June 20 brought an impressive $1.2 million, with top lots consigned from the Nobel Family Collection. Leading the sale was a fine gold-inlaid nephrite hilted Ottoman jambiya, from the Nobel Family Collection, that brought $304,000. When translated, an inscription above the jambiya’s hilt reads: "The work of Feyzollah of Sustar," and "Help from God and Early Victory."
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1914 Albert Marque masterpiece doll sells for $168,000

Sculpted by the renowned French artist Albert Marque (1872-1939), an extremely rare 1914 portrait doll originally commissioned for the Paris boutique Margaine-Lacroix sold to rousing applause for $168,000 (inclusive of 12 percent buyer’s premium) at Frasher’s July 9 auction. The buyer, who beat out four phone bidders and additional on-site bidders at the KCI-Expo Center in Kansas City, was new to Frasher’s client roster.
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Prospero Collection of ancient Greek coins may rewrite numismatic history

The multi-million dollar Prospero Collection contains more than 600 coins from the Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic Greek periods and includes some of the rarest and most historically important examples of Greek coinage. The sale takes place Jan. 4, 2012 at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel as part of The New York Sale XXVII-XXVIII conducted by Baldwin’s auctions.
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World’s Fair mechanical bank sets new world record at $45,325

Everyone waited with anticipation for the final lot of RSL’s auction featuring the John Jirkofsky mechanical bank collection. That’s because serious bidders knew the rarity behind the pristine, multicolored J. & E. Stevens mechanical bank commemorating the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. Only about five of the color variation offered at the sale were known to exist. Estimated at $14,000-$18,000, the bank depicting Christopher Columbus sitting on a rock, with the Santa Maria at one side and an Indian chasing a buffalo on the other side, "discovered" its true market value at a record $45,325.
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Preston Evans’ Opportunities charges out of retirement with jukebox and music machine sale

After a four-year hiatus, the well-known vintage items auction known as Preston Evans’ Opportunities Auction is back with a selection of choice, seldom-offered antiques and collectibles that will bedazzle even the most seasoned collectors. This oportunity auction is made possible by Evans’ dear friend, who has never sold even one item from his collection that was  amassed over four decades. His love for jukeboxes is evident upon viewing the 75-plus handpicked jukeboxes that will now be sold. The event is scheduled for Sept. 16-17, 2011.
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Jaw-dropping vintage celebrity and sports memorabilia offered Aug. 4, 2011 during Chicago’s National Sports Show

"Shoeless Joe" Jackson’s "Black Betsy" bat, Bobby Jones’ personal Augusta National Green Jacket, 1908 Cy Young Boston Red Sox Uniform, a 1952 baseball signed by both Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe – all are major highlights in Heritage’s Aug. 4, 2011 sports memorabilia auction taking place during the Chicago National Sports Show. The jaw-dropping gathering of important sports memorabilia is expected to be led by Lou Gehrig’s 1934 Tour of Japan game worn uniform, straight from The Lou Gehrig Collection, which could sell for an astounding $300,000.
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Louis XVI bedroom suite brings $72,000 in California antique furniture auction

At a time when furniture is down in most circles, a June 14 auction in Los Angeles delivered what bidders wanted in their antique furniture: quality, variety and provenance. A Louis XVI style gilt bronze mounted mahogany suite of bedroom furniture, dating to the late 19th century, sold for $73,200 and a ; a Louis XVI style gilt bronze mounted marquetry bois satine and George III mahogany secretary bookcase from the estate of director, writer, producer and actor, Tim Whelan and his wife, actress and Los Angeles interior decorator, Miriam Seegar, sold for $30,500.
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Scholarship program benefitting from sale of Native American deaccessions

SANTA FE, N.M. – All eyes will be upon Santa Fe Aug. 13-14 when the most comprehensive group of works by Birger Sandzén (1871-1954) makes its way into the history books during the 7th annual Auction In Santa Fe. The 11 pieces were selected by the Bethany College Art Committee, then deaccessioned to be sold to support the general scholarship fund of the college.
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Astrid Kirchherr Beatles photographic archive heads to auction

While shooting the music scene in Hamburg, Germany, young photographer Astrid Kirchherr met a captivating group of musicians performing under the name The Silver Beatles. Despite the charms of members Paul, John and George, Astrid’s affections were captured by Stuart …. Stuart Sutcliffe, aka, the "fifth Beatle." Kirchherr’s photographs of what would become the world-famous Beatles will cross the block at Guernsey’s this fall. The vast majority of her material focusing on the Beatles and the Liverpool scene has been hidden … until now. This large body of work might well be described as a "remarkable untapped archive of never-before-seen imagery." More simply put, it is a vast collection of previously unknown Beatles photos.
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