Odd Antique News

19th century folk art lion brings $1,622

Attesting to the continued popularity of American folk art, this carved and painted folk art lion brought $1,622 at Litchfield County Auctions‘ July 20, 2011 sale in Litchfield, Conn. The finely detailed roaring, semi-crouched lion is from the 19th century and measures 17 inches by 25 inches by 13 inches wide. Condition issues include...

More than 20,000 vintage casino chips found under parking lot

Here’s a fascinating story out of Carson City, Nev., this week as members of the Casino Chip & Gaming Token Collectors Club are still finding (and now selling) vintage chips from the Travelodge Casino, closed since 1979. Stopping for a soda on his way home from work, Mike Olson spotted a few men digging...

Reward offered for stolen Taylor Cook doorstop

The owner is offering a $300 reward for information leading to the return of a stolen doorstop and the arrest of those who stole it. The missing doorstop is a Taylor Cook No. 1, copyright 1930. It was stolen while on display at the Elm Bank Reservation Antiques Show and Sale in Wellesley, Mass.,...

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...