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Spoon collectors meeting in Dayton, Ohio, Sept. 14-17

DAYTON, Ohio — The Northeastern Spoon Collectors Guild (NSCG) announced that they will host the 2011 souvenir spoon convention in Dayton, Ohio, Sept. 14-17, 2011. This year’s event is themed “Spooners Fly High.” Dayton, known as the “Birthplace of Aviation,” is the home of the Wright Brothers Museum, The Air Museum at Wright-Patterson Airfield...

Martin Codina and Karen Knapstein team up on Peddler Hour

On July 23, Martin Codina of Fine Estate Sales and Liquidation and I had the opportunity to talk with Debra Santavicca during her online radio show, The Peddler Hour. Based in the Philadelphia area, Santavicca provides a national buy-sell-trade platform and takes the opportunity to introduce and talk to experts in various antiques and...

Coral carving expected to rank high at Asian art auction

CINCINNATI – Cowan’s has announced its first auction dedicated solely to Asian art. The auction will be held over two days, Aug. 26-27, in Cowan’s salesroom. The auction will feature more than 790 lots including a wide selection of ivory, jade and porcelain, prints, Chinese furniture, scroll paintings, and reference material. Some of the...

Caroline Ashleigh Blog: Drama, Suspense, Intrigue: Art Crime 101

On June 13 a dozen participants and I arrived in Philadelphia for the first ever Art Crime Investigation Seminar, conducted by former FBI Special Agent, and real Indiana Jones, Robert Wittman. The week, consisting of five days of instruction and discussion with field experts and industry leaders, was a one-of-a-kind seminar in which each...

Al Capone’s ‘Police Positive’ revolver sells for $109,080

Photo courtesy Christie’s. SOUTH KENSINGTON, England – Christie’s June 22, 2011 sale of Antique Arms, Armour and Collectors Firearms saw the Colt .38 ‘Police Positive’ revolver formerly owned by notorious American gangster “Al” Capone sell for $109,080, earning the top spot in the sale. Perhaps the most famous American gangster of all time, Alphonse...