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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Firecracker Flask’ sets new world record at $100,620

ANTIQUE TRADER EXCLUSIVE WOODSTOCK, Conn. – A new world record for the highest selling bottle at auction was set this morning after Heckler Auctions sold a light blue bottle, dubbed the “Firecracker Flask,” for $100,620. The bottle is referred to as the “firecracker flask” because of the names of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson embossed on...

What’s with all the million dollar comics?

It’s enough to make Clark Kent smell a bigger story. Yesterday a copy of Action Comics No. 1 sold to a private collector for $1.5 million at the auction website ComicConnect. This edition of Action Comics No. 1 is considered the Holy Grail among collectors because it features the first appearance of Superman and...

In Memoriam: Dr. Edmund P. Pillsbury – 1943-2010

Edmund P. (“Ted”) Pillsbury, Heritage Auctions‘ Chairman of Fine Arts and Director of Museum Services, died this morning of an apparent heart attack suffered Thursday afternoon. Pillsbury was a well known and respected scholar of fine arts. Below is a  statement from Heritage Auctions Co-Founders Steve Ivy and Jim Halperin on Pillsbury’s sudden passing:...

Recent graduate pays her student loan with $6,000 antique shaving mug

Her three year career selling on eBay just hit a jackpot for emerging antiques dealer Cynthia Kelly of Seattle. She recently sold an antique occupational shaving mug on eBay for almost $6,000. That’s an astounding price for an independent dealer considering some of the recent auctions held for occupational shaving mugs. The mug (which...

Caskey-Lees cancels New York International Tribal & Textile Arts Show

Show promoters Caskey & Lees are citing rising rents and a lack of dealers as the reason behind canceling the New York International Tribal & Textile Arts Show which was scheduled for late May. The show is held in conjunction with major tribal and ethnographic auctions held every spring. Founded in 1995, the New...

Changing times call for a changed Antique Trader

Redesigning a magazine is a lot like planning a large holiday dinner: It takes a lot of planning, you want to serve up your favorites, offer something fresh and everyone should be comfortable. With a new era of the hobby upon us, collectors are looking for new ways to interact with their precious objects....

Free Antique Trader Traveler ready for download

The Spring 2010 edition of Antique Trader Traveler, a free online supplement, is ready for download here. Traveler is a special section we produce every quarter. It’s a benefit for collectors who travel across the country in search of antiques or fine museums that exhibit precious objects. This season’s Traveler reaches across the four...

JFK love letters bring $115,000

In an age of seemingly constant political scandals, there’s one celebrity whose exploits have captivated collectors and historians: John F. Kennedy. Legendary Auctions announced today it has sold the collection of personal letters and telegrams exchanged between then-U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy and a young Swedish woman, Gunilla von Post, for more than $115,000....

Big changes to Antique Trader

As all of our readers — be they collectors or dealers — have changed with the evolution of antiques trade, so have the publications that cover the hobby. Our goal has always been to create a resource that is valuable and useful for all types of buyers and sellers. For the last few months...

McCoy art pottery keeps Cabin Fever at bay

Every so often a line from Pixar’s Ratatouille pops in my head: “The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations … the new needs friends.” So whenever a new shop opens up I try to be the first in line. Such was the case with a local shop that specializes in Art...