Faberge egg-style miniature portrait frame sells for $57,300

A Faberge egg shaped miniature portrait frame sold for nearly as much as several important paintings during a May 21-22, 2011 Maine fine art and antique auction. Telephone, floor and internet bidders aggressively pursued the circa 1910 gold frame, composed of white guilloche face, a seed pearl liner, a deep blue enamel outer band and gold riband top with ruby cabochon. The active bidding helped the frame piece achieve a final selling price of $57,300.
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How I Started Collecting: Reader’s reflect on their first experiences with collecting

From broken soup tureens to granddad’s Indian arrowhead hunting trips, Antique Trader subscribers share their most valued memories of their first experiences in collecting. These funny, poignant letters reflect Antique Trader’s ongoing effort to foster a new generation’s appreciation for the hunt for precious objects. All letters are eligible to win a copy of the out of print book "Secrets to Affordable Collecting" by Frank Farmer Loomis IV.
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Ming-style vase sets new record at $1.38M

America’s oldest auction house and one of Philadelphia’s oldest business experienced great success March 19 as Freeman’s auction house realized over $4.7 million in their Spring Fine & Decorative Asian Arts auction. With a packed gallery and more than 15 phone lines, the competition was heated for the most prized item of the day, the large and important Chinese blue and white Ming-style vase, which ultimately sold for $1.385 million to an in-room bidder from mainland China.
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Massachusetts’ finest estates and collections coming May 21, 2011

More than 500 lots of top market antique furniture, vintage lighting, fine art, decorative accessories, period furniture, clocks, estate jewelry and watches, including a 12-piece R.J. Horner figural carved dining set is set to light up a May 21 sale in Pittsfield, Mass. The sale is punctuated by several pieces from Tiffany studios. A key find is a bronze inkwell with the fine figure of a crab, its claws reaching forward, pinching the coiled handles of the inkwell pot mounted with an oyster shell.
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Sir Daniel Donohue’s ‘white glove’ collection of fine antiques and precious objects grosses $4 million

The collection of Sir Daniel Donohue, a single-owner estate sold April 4-5, attracted a crowd of more than 200 people to Bonham’s Los Angeles saleroom, many of whom traveled from abroad to participate. The remarkable two-day  sale brought more than $4 million and featured nearly 1,000 lots. The entire collection will be sold at four different auctions during the next three months.
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