Herter, Belter and Meissen: Three generations comprise 101-year-old Mississippi estate

The estate of the late Mrs. Flossie Stallworth, who accumulated many antique and beautiful items over the course of her 101 years, will be sold on-site March 5, 2011 in Quitman, Miss. A pair of Belter chairs is certain to wow the crowd – one being an armchair in the Spring Meyer pattern, the other a beautiful example in the Rosalie pattern. Two etageres are also expected to juice the crowd, one a rosewood Victorian bonnet-top piece by Thomas Brooks, the other a walnut Victorian etagere.
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Coins, rare antiques and fine collectibles discovered in Minnesota estate

More than 400 cataloged lots of coins, rare antiques and fine collectibles from two estates are expected to result in a banner sale for the James Peterson Co. of Edina, Minn. Among the discoveries include French gilt bronze clocks, a leather bound edition of Adolf Hitler’s "Mein Kampf," an 1802 Liberty gold coin, an Italian carved marble bust, diamond rings and a rare $1,000 greenback.
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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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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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A passion for vintage fashion: Secrets of a Vintage Maven

Holding an article of vintage fashion from another era makes you wonder how many women had a grand time wearing this particular piece of material history. Where did they go? How incognito had they been? One of the more fulfilling joys of this wacky world we call vintage fashion is in the interesting artifacts we find, but the most rewarding aspect is the fabulous people met along the way.
Dec. 30, 2010
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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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