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Antique Trader 2015 Article Index

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Jan. 7, 2015; 56 pages;
Vintage Advertising Signs by Eric Bradley
Readers’ Letters: Confederate stamps tell a tale of their own; Ask the Experts: Heywood Wakefield wicker set may draw $1,000 by Dr. Anthony Cavo; Behind the Gavel: Finding more time in the day using online tools by Wayne Jordan; Bottle Treasures Uncorked: Singing the praises of stoneware bottles by Michael Polak; Behind the Spine: Polak’s ‘Bottle King’ reign 40 years strong by Paul Kennedy. SOLD: Batman memorabilia. In the News: Cowan’s and Little John’s Auction services join forces; Churchill painting sells for $2.8 million; Desirable Steiff ‘Bully’ dog fetches $2,844; Trio of Tiffany lots total $188,300; Garth’s announces expansion into Florida; Canadian pleads guilty in NY rhino horns case; Bobblehead Hall of Fame coming to Wisconsin; Pair of Tiffany Wisteria lamps each top $1 million; Fate of Vicksburg doll museum remains unclear by John Surratt; Alex Cooper Auctioneers Inc. marks 90th year. Weird Museums: Strange collections await off the beaten path by Donna Gordon Blankenship.


Jan. 21, 2015; 56 pages;
Collectible and Vintage Farm Toysby Antoinette Rahn
Readers’ Letters: Seller precautions aid in positive eBay selling experience; Ask the Experts: Once-popular parlor tables found in abundance by Dr. George Marchelos; Behind the Gavel: Using web tools to spot trends by Wayne Jordan; Furniture Detective: Colonial Revival table by Fred Taylor. Collector Feature: Indiana collector sees value in old lamps by Dale Moss. Special Feature: Fulper Pottery by Donald-Brian Johnson. In the News: Lucas Museum names president; Rare vampire movie poster sells for $478K; Monroe’s lost love letters sell for $121K; Help sought after museum theft; Arkansas town’s original general store reopens by Michelle Corbet; Auction firm seeking return of stolen antiques. Auction Highlights: Tiffany Dragonfly table lamp flies to $142K. Victorian Casino Antiques now operating as Morphy Auctions Las Vegas. Man pleads guilty to selling fake Jackson Pollock art. Illinois collector reuniting postcards by Angel Sierra. Old silver inspires bidding frenzy in New Orleans; E. Howard & Co. wall regulator clock strikes a new record at $356,950.


Feb. 4, 2015; 56 pages;
Grand Tour Mementos by Karen Knapstein
Readers’ Letters; Ask the Experts: Cylinder search ends with Dr. Young’s dilators by Dr. Anthony Cavo; Art Markets: Alberto Giacometti – Redefining modern art in sculpture and sketches by Mary Manion; Furniture Detective: Tap dresser’s top drawer for trademark details by Fred Taylor; Postcard Ponderings: Scenic French postcards by Karen Knapstein. In the News: Marble Museum staying open after fundraising; Iowa’s Hoover Presidential Library raises admission; Auction house, president guilty in smuggling case. Antique Trader 2014 Article Index. Century-old baseball cards fetch $200,000; Rare 1792 penny auctions for $2.5 million; Futurliner raises millions for charity; Gehrig’s Yankee paycheck soars to $22,600; Civil War photo sketchbook draws $144K. Ten Things You Didn’t Know: Little Golden Books.


Feb. 18, 2015; 56 pages;
Country Store Collectibles by Eric Bradley
Ask the Experts: Lithograph subject’s history adds to regional appeal by Dr. George Marchelos; Behind the Gavel: Bolstering one’s antiques knowledge with books by Wayne Jordan; Behind the Spine: Of Fathers, Sons and Sacrifice Remembered by Paul Kennedy; Knowing Your Business: Islander Trading Post by Antoinette Rahn. Collector Feature: Cast iron collector is a seasoned expert by Dashiell Paulson. Knowing Your Business: James D. Julia. In the News: Appraisal institute releases survey findings; Fire damages caboose at Texas museum; Deadwood revamping monuments to better accommodate selfies; MLK’s children working to settle dispute over Nobel Prize. Auction Highlights: Art Deco diamond bracelet clasps $14,400; Bank of India banknote cashes in $18,270; Lincoln assassination collection gathers $800,000. Revamped North Dakota museum sets attendance mark.


March 4, 2015; 56 pages;
Asian Cinnabar by Melody Amsel-Arieli
Ask the Experts: Uncommon cupping table may bring $2,500 by Dr. Anthony Cavo; Slag glass lamp with motif design stands apart by Susan Mullikin; Behind the Gavel: Bank on sound planning, not pop-culture clichés by Wayne Jordan; The Buck Stops Here: Self-awareness leads to self-assessment by Melanie C. Thomas; Furniture Detective: ‘Lollipop’ rocker boasts unique history and value by Fred Taylor. In the News: Sale of Elvis ‘museum collection’ shakes up fans; Elvis Presley’s first record auctions for $300,000. Collector Feature: Vintage fishing lures tempting collectors as well as fish by Gina Kinslow. Final auctions liquidate remaining Fenton Art Glass Museum holdings by James Measell. Auction Highlights: Cremona “K” nickelodeon cranks up $33,000. Archives International appoints Cuhaj as VP of Cataloging and Consignor Relations; Work begins to raise CSS Georgia from Savannah River; Peter Jackson helping to open WWI museum in New Zealand. Ten Things You Didn’t Know: “The Sound of Music” by Antoinette Rahn.


March 18, 2015; 56 pages;
Maritime Art & Artifacts by Jessica Leigh Brown
Readers’ Letters; Ask the Experts: Uncommon cast-iron drip pan could capture $125 by Dr. George Marchelos; Behind the Gavel: Can your antiques business pass the acid test? by Wayne Jordan; Furniture Detective: Small spinet desk may hold a value of $400 by Fred Taylor. In the News: Missouri museum expanding after large donations. Knowing Your Business: Family of restorers rebuilding broken mementos by Antoinette Rahn. Auction Highlights: Woodblock prints impressing collectors; 18th century bible box closes up $9,600; Letter from Titanic survivor climbs to $11,875. Spanish police arrest nine on suspicion of selling fake art; 400-year-old books stolen in Italy found in Calif.; Rare Native American pendant found as crew digs Ohio trench; Auction of car collection raises $9.5 million for Nevada education; Wasserman authors guide to quilt care; Man who tried to sell stolen art gets four-year prison sentence.


April 1, 2015; 56 pages;
Figural Liquor Decanters by Karen Knapstein
Ask the Experts: Wooden cash register comes with timeless tale by Dr. Anthony Cavo; Arts & Crafts lamp boasts ties to famed sculptor by Susan Mullikin; Postcard Ponderings: Easter greetings celebrate springtime renewal by Karen Knapstein. In the News: Rockwell’s ‘Puppy Love’ donated to museum; Rago’s appoints Wise as Director of Fine Silver; Survey reports strong art, antiques spending. Auction Highlights: Black Forest hall tree carves out $19,600; Brilliant cut glass vase polishes off $23,000. EBay, Sotheby’s launch joint auction site; Minneapolis Institute of Art receives rare East Asian art; American tourists facing Colosseum vandalism charges; Texas severs group’s 110-year control of Alamo; Man accused of selling $1 million in vintage airplane parts for scrap. Ten Things You Didn’t Know: Pyrex.


April 15, 2015; 56 pages;
Vintage Linens by Melody Amsel-Arieli
Picker’s List; Ask the Experts: Great White Fleet embroidery may stitch up $1,000 by Dr. George Marchelos; Behind the Gavel: Simple keys boost outdoor show sales by Wayne Jordan; Furniture Detective: Breaking up a bedroom set may result in better sales by Fred Taylor; Bottle Treasures Uncorked: Spring means warmer temps and bottle shows by Michael Polak; Behind the Spine: Beatlemania remains eight days a week by Paul Kennedy. SOLD: Baseball advertising grand slam at auction. Collecting Feature: Online auction specializes in corkscrews. In the News: Heinz-Kraft deal: The stories behind the brands; Tunisians assure Star Wars sets safe from Islamic State; WWII souvenirs among $30K of items taken. Auction Highlights: Tiffany Studios lantern rises to $133,100. Mall floorwalker wins hospitality honor; Vintage vehicle stockpile found at deceased man’s home; Invaluable releases new iPhone app; Krause releases Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles 2016, Bellomo pens 20th edition of Toys & Prices; New research says Anne Frank likely died a month earlier; Illinois antique market under new ownership.


April 29, 2015; 56 pages;
Animation Art by Noah Fleisher
Readers’ Letters; Ask the Experts: Great-great-grandfather’s glass cane a family treasure by Dr. Anthony Cavo; ‘Fruit & Carafe’ print may realize upward of $200 by Susan Mullikin; Behind the Gavel: Rousing customers’ senses leads to closing sales by Wayne Jordan; Furniture Detective: Rocking toward the truth about American rocking chairs by Fred Taylor; Knowing Your Business: Nurse Nancy healing injured and run-down dolls by Tad Sooter. In the News: Savannah tour guides press ahead with speech lawsuit; Rhino horns case gets Canadian man 2-1/2 years in US prison; Appraisal Foundation adopts updated standards; Looted portrait returned to rightful owners. McLean’s ‘American Pie’ manuscript/notes brings $1.2 million at auction; Madison Square Garden exec resigns, accepts same roles at Sotheby’s. Tiffany & Co. silver vases polish off $33,600.


May 13, 2015; 56 pages;
Early Medical Devices by Melody Amsel-Arieli
Ask the Experts: 20th century spice rack couples function with style by Dr. George Marchelos; Behind the Gavel: Getting into the mindset of transaction pricing by Wayne Jordan; Furniture Detective: Bins and boards aid in verifying baker’s table by Fred Taylor; Art Markets: Bessie Pease Gutmann by Mary Manion. In the News: Firm recommends living artists approve restorations; Challenges to settling Gerlitt art trove ongoing; Norman Rockwell’s ‘Rosie the Riveter’ model dies; Code breaker Turing’s notes net $1 million at auction. Fresh faces turn up at Red Wing Collector Society’s MidWinter Event. Rare Honus Wagner baseball card sells for $1.32 million; Etsy stock surges in trading debut; Old King Cole store displays captivate bidders, earn $29K. Man says CSS Georgia photo was a hoax; Civil War’s 150th anniversary failed to resonate. Automaton clock sets record at $270,000. Fossil hunting proves deadly; Prosecutors seeking custody of Asian, Indian artifacts; Jury sides with Illinois gunowner; $400,000 in art stolen from ‘Simpsons’ creator’s foundation; Purple Heart found among Arkansas’ unclaimed property. Ten Things You Didn’t Know: Charles & Ray Eames.


May 27, 2015; 56 pages;
Vintage Technology by Eric Bradley
Readers’ Letters; Ask the Experts: World’s Fair postcard offers valuable history lesson by Dr. Anthony Cavo; Behind the Gavel: When does a hobby become a business? by Wayne Jordan; Furniture Detective: Table inspired by example in Colonial Williamsburg by Fred Taylor. Antiquing on the Road: Midwest antiquing trip restores the soul by Susan Mullikin. Special Feature: ‘Strange Inheritance’ uncovering the tales behind family heirlooms by Greg Bates. In the News: Hundreds of vintage Mardi Gras pieces missing from Tulane University collection. Auction Highlights: WWII sniper rifle caps off $3,650; Van Gogh work fetches more than $66 million. Skinner expands to NYC. Photos from Monroe’s “Last Sitting” bring $80,000.


June 10, 2015; 56 pages;
American Frontier Artifacts by Antoinette Rahn
Ask the Experts: Condition is king, especially with common pieces by Dr. George Marchelos; Hurricane shade takes on new character when lit by Susan Mullikin; Furniture Detective: ‘Phyfe,’ ‘Stickley’ descriptions often used in error by Fred Taylor. In the News: Stolen art database hastens resolution of dispute. Collecting Feature: garden antiques. Auction Highlights: Queen Anne tea table commands $299,000. WorthPoint releases upgraded iOS app; Unpublished Orson Welles draft memoir obtained by University; Painting looted by Nazis causes extradition fight; Arizona mineral museum frets over uncertain future; Moonwalker backpack strap sells for $41K. 1756-dated Poor Richard’s Almanac takes $11,377.


June 24, 2015; 56 pages;
Belleek Porcelain by Melody Amsel-Arieli
Ask the Experts: Looking for help to solve figural jewelry mystery by Dr. Anthony Cavo; Behind the Gavel: Employee mis-classifications leading to crackdown on small businesses by Wayne Jordan; Furniture Detective: Small furniture deceptions a matter of style by Fred Taylor. Insider Interview: Author shedding light on vinyl record values. In the News: Morphy launches Antique & Vintage Fishing Tackle department; Missouri art collection earns $2.32 million; Man charged for theft of $50,000 coin collection; Paris auction of Hopi artifacts stirs protest. Collector Feature: Citgo baseball coins by Doug Koztoski. Hermes Birkin handbag sells for $222,000; Unpublished Kennedy photos snap up $32,500.


July 8, 2015; 56 pages;
Musical Marotte Dolls by Chriss Swaney
Readers’ Letters: Bad checks strike a chord with readers; Ask the Experts: Possible Seven Sages bowl could command $150 by Dr. Anthony Cavo; Navajo blanket, sideboard exhibit symbolism by Susan Mullikin; Behind the Gavel: Spending in bricks-and-mortar stores may increase over next five years by Wayne Jordan; Furniture Detective: Even when called by another name it’s still a chair by Fred Taylor; Knowing Your Business: Jim ‘The Book Man’ Andrews by Antoinette Rahn. In the News: Corning Museum applauding Pyrex glass; James D. Julia sells Advertising, Toy, Doll Division to Morphy’s; Middle school student finds rare fossil on expedition; Paintings missing since WWII return to Germany; Authorities confiscate looted antiquities; German court approves return of paintings from Gurlitt trove. Auction Highlights: Bronze buffalo sets artist Henry Merwin Shrady record at $276K. Ton of Ivory crushed in Times Square; Former officer arrested on theft allegation. Vuitton steamer trunk closes up $6,875.


July 22, 2015; 72 pages;
Vintage Fireworks by Antoinette Rahn
SPECIAL SECTION: Auction Consignment Guide & Directory
Ask the Experts: Vintage soapstone vase cleans up at $100-$125 by Dr. Anthony Cavo; Behind the Gavel: Understanding the auction consignment process by Wayne Jordan; Furniture Detective: Chair originates in Czech beech forests by Fred Taylor; Guest Column: Executors will sing praises if you create an inventory of your collection by John Adams-Graf; Knowing Your Business: Phillip J. Pirages Fine Books and Manuscripts by Barbara Curtin; Behind the Spine: Calling attention to the Warman’s Advantage by Paul Kennedy. Collecting Feature: Spongeware by Donald-Brian Johnson. In the News: Pearl discovered in policeman’s soup sells for $16,500; Gemr acquires GoAntiques from Worthpoint; Louisiana’s state art collection to be housed in Alexandria; Antique store owner pleads guilty to theft. Auction Highlights: Part II of Berry bank, toy collection earns $2.92 million; Commemorative Spanish-American War quilt stitches up $3,840. Leslie Hindman launches new online marketplace, Ten Things You Didn’t Know: Steiff bears & toys by Antoinette Rahn.


Aug. 19, 2015; 56 pages;
Hawaiiana by Karen Knapstein
Reader report on Omaha ‘Antiques Roadshow’ experience by Vikki Eilts; Ask the Experts: WWII drawings significant to specialty collectors by Dr. George Marchelos; Hindenburg menu is a seldom-seen treasure by Susan Mullikin; Behind the Gavel: Avoid falling victim to the ‘sunk cost fallacy’ by Wayne Jordan; Furniture Detective: Alterations, reproductions affect desk’s value by Fred Taylor. In the News: Vandals destroy Colorado sculpture; Oregon man pleads guilty to art forgery scheme; Oregon Attorney General halts subscription scam; Collector Feature: Marriage by Mail: Postcards serve as record of ancestors’ courtship by Nelda Rachels. Appraisal school launches web-based learning option; Antique collector’s cannonball detonated; Shirley Temple memorabilia collection incites 13-hour auction at Theriault’s.


Sept. 2, 2015; 56 pages;
Saturday Evening Girls Pottery by Antoinette Rahn
Ask the Experts: Gummed lithographs by Dr. Anthony Cavo; Behind the Gavel: Operating is risky business without insurance; Furniture Detective: Chair’s greatest value will come from its service; Bottle Treasures Uncorked: Civil War bottles by Michael Polak. In the News: Mother donates son’s Medal of Honor to Smithsonian; Former archaeologist held for allegedly pilfering digs; US returns stolen books to Sweden. Planned ivory rules not fazing San Francisco’s Chinatown shops by Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press writer. Lloyd Currey joins Heritage Auctions’ rare books team. Gallery owner pleads guilty to conspiracy. Perfume bottle auction sets record. Auction Highlight: Spitler chest closes up $356K.


Sept. 16, 2015; 56 pages;
Italian Capodimonte Porcelain by Melody Amsel-Arieli
Ask the Experts: Discerning ivory from plastic requires personal inspection by Dr. George Marchelos; Behind the Gavel: Achieving higher prices through storytelling by Wayne Jordan; Furniture Detective: Colonial Revival server displays Federal Era lines by Fred Taylor. On the Bookshelf: Mangle Boards of Northern Europe; Red & White Quilts – Infinite Variety. Scott Antique Markets flaunt fabulous interior design by Jessica Munday-McGee. In the News: Antiques Young Guns launches annual award; Inherited painting discovered to be $1 million C.M. Russell; Cowan’s brokers sale of historic tomahawk; Reward offered for return of stolen Confederate currency; Malachite & sterling vases polish off $13K; Rare Fairyland Lustre box tallies up $23,692. Ten Things You Didn’t Know: Johannes Spitler.


Sept. 30, 2015; 56 pages;
Luxury Handbags as Investments by Noah Fleisher
Readers’ Letters; Ask the Experts: Unique Philadelphia artist scenes by Dr. Anthony Cavo; Western art may draw interest even without artist identity by Susan Mullikin; Behind the Gavel: Why lenient refund policies can increase online sales by Wayne Jordan. Collector Feature: ‘Toy Lady’ seeking forever home for collection by Antoinette Rahn. In the News: Regional American painters of the ‘Dust Bowl Years’ find receptive audience in London; Freeman’s expands to Richmond; Quinn & Farmer restructures ownership; Landfill-dug Atari games post score of $100,000; North Dakota couple finds their treasure by opening vintage shop; New antique mall opening in Arizona; Mich. antiques festival receives honor; Florida’s Treasure Coast Salvors searching for gold, jewels, artifacts.


Oct. 14, 2015; 56 pages;
Frankart: Remnants of the Roaring ’20s by Jessica Leigh Brown
Ask the Experts: Saddle maker’s bench by Dr. George Marchelos; Behind the Gavel: Caution helps minimize fraud by Wayne Jordan; Furniture Detective: Tri-legged wig/wash stand by Fred Taylor; The Buck Stops Here: Rules of the house rankle some customers by Melanie C. Thomas; On the Road by Jeremy Schneider. In the News: Controversy surrounds Texas’ claim of Alamo artifacts ownership; Conn. businessman arrested on art fraud charges. Ill. antiques mall heralds value of antiques to young people. Auction Highlights: Superman collection flies to more than $250K; Bidder claims monumental signed Daum Nancy winter scene vase for $12,000. Legal dispute continues over Oklahoma gun museum; After years of squabbling, Civil War era quilt finds new home in Nebraska museum.


Oct. 28, 2015; 56 pages;
Atomic Design by Melody Amsel-Arieli
Readers’ Letters. Ask the Experts: Confirming identity of Mission piece could be worth $225 by Dr. Anthony Cavo; Behind the Gavel: Antiques tourism by Wayne C. Jordan; Furniture Detective: Re-tieing spring, fixing fringe may add value to chair by Fred Taylor. In the News: M.S. Rau hosting free exhibition of original Saturday Evening post illustration art. SOLD: Nippon porcelain. Auction Highlights: Automotive toys, German railway rarities achieve strong prices at $1.57 million sale. Appraisal societies unite to warn public about using uncredentialed appraisers; Virginia auction house closes after 21 years; Egypt restoring King Tut mask after ‘hasty’ epoxy fix; MoMA presenting Picasso sculpture exhibit; Old boarding house finds new life as bookstore; Graffiti artist going on trial; Paris launches major perfume museum. Flash Gordon original art commands $155,350.


Nov. 11, 2015; 64 pages;
Antique Trader Favorite Finds 2015
Book with signatures of Civil War leaders sells for $55,000; Smith & Wesson rifle shoots past $16,000; 18th century Chinese famille rose dish realizes $612K; Wyeth’s ‘Bert’s Cabin’ finishes at $138,000; Carved white jade seal soars to $90,000; ISA offering online appraisal studies core course. On the Bookshelf: The Collector’s Guide to Playing Cards; Looking for Me: A Novel; Ultimate Guide to LEGO Sets; Picker’s Pocket Guide series. Ten Things You Didn’t Know: Banks.


Nov. 25, 2015; 56 pages;
Wintertime Playthings by Doug Koztoski
Ask the Experts: Dr. George Marchelos; Behind the Gavel: Blogging for dollars by Wayne Jordan; Furniture Detective: Consider perspective when weighing experts’ insights by Fred Taylor; Knowing Your Business: Seattle Decorative Art Restoration Services; Exclusive Excerpt: Collecting Children’s Books by Noah Fleisher; In the News: 19th century caning shop facing development threat; On the Bookshelf: Currier & Ives Dinnerware; Double Eagles; Meiji Ceramics. Modigliani nude fetches record $170.4M; 1844 Polk campaign piece sells for $185K; Photography enjoying resurgence at auction; Angelou story quilt wraps up $461K; Folk art portraits carrying $600 estimate soar to $63K.


Dec. 9, 2015; 56 pages;
Antiques Dealers’ Efforts For Historic Conservation by Chriss Swaney
Readers’ Letters; Ask the Experts: Regionality plays into popularity of vintage newspapers by Dr. Anthony Cavo; Unique vintage light bulb continues to shine by Susan Mullikin; Behind the Gavel: The downside of Facebook marketing by Wayne Jordan; Furniture Detective: There’s no such thing as an antique coffee table by Fred Taylor; Behind the Spine: LEGO sets building strong collector interest by Paul Kennedy. In the News: Nebraska antiques store owner, 90, still operating 40-year business; Estate sale specialist launches website to aid aspiring entrepreneurs; Obsession leads to foundation of accordion museum by Alan Bisbort; Missing Ronald McDonald statue found; New museum exhibit attracts marble collectors; Entertainer Steve Martin gets serious as art curator; Recovered N.C. Wyeth paintings go on display; Florida dealer pleads guilty to smuggling Pakistani artifacts; Antiques dealer sentenced in NY for rhino-horn smuggling; Sheriff says woman shot in face at auction in ‘freak accident’; Book explores world of children’s literature; Racing memorabilia auction raises $500K for family of driver who died; FBI joins hunt for belts stolen from Boxing Hall of Fame; Mammoth tusk unearthed in Idaho may go on display in 2016; Germany hopes to exhibit some works from Gurlitt collection; Tycoon buys 7-year-old daughter $77M in diamonds; Nevada gives eBay $30M in tax incentives. Auction Highlights: Scarce Britain Boer War set captures $22,800; Civil War photographer’s chair seats $449,000; Chief’s blanket wraps up $43,750; Aesthetic Movement pitcher polishes up $26,550; Tony Soprano’s Escalade sells for $119,780. SOLD: War of the Worlds original illustration art. Ten Things You Didn’t Know: J.C. Leyendecker by Antoinette Rahn.


Dec. 23, 2015; 56 pages;
Comic Books by Barry Sandoval
Readers’ Letters; Ask the Experts: Tiffany Santa Fe Railroad tray by Dr. G. Marchelos; Behind the Gavel: Gauging new store potential with research data by Wayne Jordan; Furniture Detective: Baker’s table predates familiar Hoosier cabinets by Fred Taylor. In the News: Proposal calls for Ray Bradbury museum at shuttered Illinois library; Woman gets three-year prison term from Illinois museum break-in; Signed Lincoln document sells for $2.2M; John Lennon’s acoustic Gibson guitar sells for $2.4M; World art coming to US movie theaters; Lawsuit over alleged stolen art at University of Oklahoma suspended; Krause releases 2nd edition of “Case Knives”; Poster stash turns up during renovation. SOLD: Christmas-Themed Collectibles. Collecting Feature: Star Wars toys. Special Feature: Yankee Craftsman light restoration shop. Auction Highlights: Mikan 1948 rookie card sells for $403K; Art critic Fairfield Porter’s painting earns $51K; Porcelain wig stands return to China for $1,500; Kenbak-1 personal computer tallies up $45,500.


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