Rare Robert Crumb counterculture cartoonist archive brings $16,950

An archive of material pertaining to the famous counterculture cartoonist Robert Crumb – including a pair of original hand-drawn personal greeting cards and a 13-page sketchbook – sold March 4-6 for $16,950. The sketchbook, measuring 5 inches by 8 inches, was crammed with the quirky and humorous drawings that have made Crumb famous since he burst on the scene in the 1960s. Included were a four-page story/poem titled The Moonlight March, illustrations depicting folk singers Judy Collins and Joan Baez, a two-page spread of the New York City skyline and more.
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Newly discovered vintage Robert Crumb sketches offered in March 4 sale

A recently discovered diary/sketchbook from counterculture cartoonist Robert Crumb is just one of hundreds of quality, fresh-to-the-market lots in a rainbow of categories will cross the block the weekend of Mar. 4-6. The sale also feature a group of a dozen original Star Wars figures and a nice collection of cast-iron still banks and toys including Arcade, Hubley and Kenton.
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Antique tobacco tins and sign collection totals $560,000

An early, richly illustrated Home Run Cigars, featuring a runner sliding across home plate easily surpassed its $8,000-$12,000 estimate to achieve $18,400 and top lot honors in a sale of advertising tins, signs, store displays amassed by Chicago design executives David and Marcia Hirsch. The entire collection brought $560,000 and was presented in an heirloom quality auction catalog meticulously designed by the Hirsches themselves.
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Guess which celebs’ sigs are faked: Elvis Presley, Babe Ruth top 2010′s list of most dangerous celebrity autographs

Buyers beware: many alleged Babe Ruth autographs are bogus and many purported Elvis Presley signatures should be marked "return to sender." More than half of the signatures of some famous sports, historical and entertainment figures submitted in 2010 to PSA/DNA Authentication Services of Santa Ana, Calif., were judged to be fakes. You may be surprised to learn which celebs’ autographs are the most likely to be faked.
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Kentucky Derby winner’s blanket marks new sports collectible debut

The official white fleece winner’s blanket worn by Big Brown in the 2008 (134th) Kentucky Derby sold Dec, 9 for $3,630 in an online auction held by Grey Flannel Auctions. Auctioneer Richard Russek said the one of a kind historical item marks a brand new collecting area for sports fans since blankets worn by prize-winning horses are much rarer than modern-era baseball jerseys. "While a baseball player might wear many hundreds of jerseys in his career, a thoroughbred horse runs in only so many races, and there are only so many blankets or halters per race." Read More +