San Antonio historian restores antique Pearl Beer delivery wagon

Pearl Beer wagon San Antoino Texas

San Antonio historian Bob Dale restored an antique Pearl Beer keg delivery wagon and calls it the only wagon from Texas beer brewing heritage. This small beer wagon dropped kegs at the Menger Hotel of Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough-Rider fame, the wild and woolly Ironfront, the legendary Buckhorn (still operating on Houston Street), and Billy Keilman’s infamous “Beauty Saloon” in the rip-roarin’ red-light district of old San Antonio. Read More +

Fine art auction features horse head prop from ‘The Godfather’

Godfather horse head prop

More than 3,000 lots of fine art and antiques are expected to change hands at James D. Julia’s Aug. 21-24, 2012 auction, the largest in the firm’s history. Among the highlights are 30 folk art weathervanes, 725 paintings and 1,200 lots of Asian art and artifacts. A historical item of an entirely different nature is the actual taxidermy horse’s head used during the rehearsals and filming of the 1970s Oscar winner, “The Godfather”. Acquired from a former employee of Paramount Studios, it now comes with an estimate you can’t refuse of $10,000-20,000. Read More +

With gallery in limbo, Don Presley Auctions moves online

Don Presley Auction

Don Presley offers Middle East photos online after city officials force him to shutter his Orange, Calif., auction house or pay as much as $60,000 to retrofit his auction gallery. While he investigates a new headquarters, Presley is brining more than 650 lots of fresh to the market goods to auction including an album of Middle Eastern images. Dating to the second half of the 19th century, the album was reportedly given to an American sailor on duty in Constantinople from 1919 to 1921. Read More +