Nadeau’s records 958 antiques auction bidders, sells Howard silver tea service for $11,000

Ranking as one of its largest auctions ever, Nadeau’s New Year’s Day sale saw 958 registered bidders vie for 690 lots of fresh-to-the-market merchandise. Some of the top lots in the sale are Attilio Pratella’s "Napoli" oil selling for $18,400.00, Joan Miro’s "Ouvrage du Vent" (1962) selling for $2,875.00, a six piece sterling silver tea and coffee set bring $6,900.00 and a Howard eight piece sterling silver tea and coffee service estimate selling for $11,040.00.
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Faberge teamed with Civil War rarities in Feb. 19 auction

Although you can often find a pair of Carl Faberge silver figural candelabra alongside a selection or rare and important figural clocks, it’s rare to find them paired in a sale of Civil War uniforms and pistols. Fontaine’s Auction Gallery is set to sell these and more in a marathon auction Feb. 19. In addition to Russian silver and estate jewelry, the auction will feature a metal-bodied Queen’s Lancer drum, 10 1/2 inches high by 15 1/2 inches wide, colorful and complete with two drumsticks.
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Civil War shop owner asks: What makes people think I want to buy their old gold?

Civil War artifact dealer and new Antique Trader columnist Melanie Thomas asks: When did owning an antique store become synonymous with being a pawn shop/thrift shop/junk shop owner? "Dozens of people have called, e-mailed and traipsed through the doors of our Civil War artifact store lately in an attempt to hawk something. Do you see any costume jewelry in here? I don’t either."
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19th-century Italian micromosaic expected to take top lot honors

A remarkable Italian micromosaic artwork depicting the Roman Forum and attributed to Vatican artist Cesare Roccheggiani has emerged from a Florida residence after nearly 90 years of unobtrusive display and will be auctioned on Jan. 30, 2011. The important estate discovery will be offered at Myers Auction Gallery in St. Petersburg as the star attraction in a 500-lot sale of fine European and Asian antiques.
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Bidders investing in wine, Chinese pagoda cabinet brings $34,500

A gorgeous 19th century Chinese pagoda form wood and ivory display cabinet breezed to $34,500 at a Dec. 3-4 auction held in a new, state-of-the-art gallery in Hillsborough, N.C. The first day of the two-day sale was devoted entirely to wines, resulting in six bottles of Chateau Lafite Rothschild (French, 2000), with the original tissue, selling for $12,880.
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