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GLASSAMMLUNG UND WERKE DER KÜNSTLERFAMILIE REIDEL

May 17th, 2010 by

The Reidel Collection

www.auctions-fisher.de

Auktion: 12. Juni 2010
Auction: June 12th 2010

Vorbesichtigung:
München: 27. – 30. Mai 2010
JokersArtRoom, Clemensstraße 75 (eine Auswahl)
Heilbronn: 7. – 12. Juni 2010
Trappenseeschlösschen

Viewing:
Munich: May 27th – May 30th 2010
JokersArtRoom, Clemensstraße 75
(a selection of glass and works)
Heilbronn: June 7th – June 12th 2010 Trappenseeschlösschen
Fon: ++49 7131-15 55 7-0 / Fax: ++49 7131-15 55 7-20
info@auctions-fischer.de / www.auctions-fischer.de

Auktionshaus Dr. Fischer
Trappenseeschlösschen, 74074 Heilbronn, Germany

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Dallas Auction Gallery – ANTIQUES, FINE ART & ASIAN AUCTION

May 17th, 2010 by

Wednesday, May 26 – 5 P.M.
Preview begins Monday, May 24, 10am to 5pm
The Complete Catalog is available online at: Dallas Auction Gallery & Live Auctioneers
Live online bidding now through Live Auctioneers


Jules Gustave Le Roy oil on canvas,
24″ x 36″

Steuben plum jade double acid cut back,
10″ Dia.


L & JG Stickley, no. 645 bookcase
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Surprise Steiff Finds at Auction

May 14th, 2010 by

It’s always so much fun to hear where Steiff enthusiasts find their next big, well, find! Check out this question from a reader who is wondering if she has scored big with Steiff at a recent local auction. Leslie writes:

“Hello,

I picked up two stuffed animals at an estate sale that were touted as “Steiff” by the auctioneer; but when I purchased them I saw that neither had an authentic tag of any kind, the one simply had a handmade white hang-tag that had ‘Steiff’ written on it.
Here’s the pair: a cute fawn and kitty. I’m thinking the kitty isn’t Steiff but that the fawn might be. I don’t know a lot about Steiff other than the ones I’ve seen in antique stores and the fawn looks more in keeping with the fabric and style that I’ve seen. I did some hunting online and didn’t find any critters that looked like either to use as a reference so I am clueless.

The fawn is 8.5″ high and 8.5″ tall. She appears to be made of velveteen with what I assume is mohair in the ears, under the tail and on the chest and tummy. The eyes are a solid black/dark brown rounded beads with a white leather piece attached behind the bead. The nose and mouth are stitched, though the one side of the mouth stitching is missing on part of it. The feet and ear tips appear to be painted or dyed on the velveteen. Seems to be stuffed with excelsior and have a wire frame as her long legs and neck/body are very sturdy.

The cat is 10″ nose to tail and 3.5″ high. She seems to be made of mohair with a fiber stuffing, possibly excelsior in the legs as they sound a little “crunchy” when I squeeze them. She has stitched slits for eyes in black and an aged light pink stitched nose and mouth. Her eyes appear to look “closed” and she is sleeping face-down.

Any information or advice you can give would be greatly appreciated. Either way, they are clearly old and sweet.

Best, Leslie”

Leslie, yes, this sweet set is definitely made by Steiff and congratulations on your great score! They were both produced basically in the same time frame, so Steiffgal wouldn’t be surprised if they were purchased together for a lucky youngster maybe 40+ or so years ago. It is always nice to keep sets like this together, like old friends.

Let’s take a look at each item, and the interesting histories that accompany them.

First of course is the dear deer. But this isn’t just any forest friend, this is Steiff’s Bambi Reh or Bambi deer. She is standing, unjointed, and mostly made from light brown velvet with lighter tan spots on her back. Her chest, tail, and ears are light tan mohair. She has mile-long legs and the most precious face imaginable. Her eyes are huge almond shaped peepers with detailed white and tan painted backings. Bambi was produced from 1951 through 1972 in 14 and 22 cm. She was manufactured under a license from the Walt Disney Company. When Bambi was new, she had a special chest tag noting that partnership arrangement.

It is interesting that the Walt Disney Company released their now famous animated feature, Bambi, in the summer of 1942. This was just a few months before the time that Steiff temporarily stopped producing playthings due to the war, in 1943. Steiff began toy manufacturing again in the late 1940′s. This Steiff Bambi model was one of the very first licensed items in the line post-war, in 1951. And given that it can take months or years to secure a co-branded license, work on bringing a Bambi to the Steiff line probably was one of the earlier Steiff initiatives undertaken once the factory was open for business in 1948 or so.

It appears that the next treasure entered Leslie’s life on little cat’s feet. This cat-napping cutie is Steiff’s Floppy Kitty Cat. Kitty is made from tan mohair which has been hand-airbrushed with black stripes. She is in a flat, lying position. She is unjointed, and very soft – after all, she was designed as a sleeping companion for children (or people who used to be children!) Kitty has closed black embroidered eyes and a pink embroidered nose and mouth. She left the factory in Giengen with a bright red bow around her neck. Kitty was made from 1953 through 1969 in 17 and 28 cm.

Kitty is one of Steiff’s beloved “sleeping” style animals. Steiff produced a great number of these precious animals during the 1950’s through the 1970’s. These included a Zotty Teddy and panda bear, fox, Cocker Spaniel, Siamese cat, tabby cat, seal, and elephant, among others. They were all prone in position and referred to as “floppy” or “cosy” animals. Most were made in two standard sizes, 17 and 28 cm; all were stuffed with soft foam. Each animal had one of a number of “sleeping eyes” designs. All of these bedtime companions were simplified versions of well-known Steiff animal designs. Most, if they had legs, had them splayed out from their torsos like a “V”. The picture above on the left shows Steiff’s sleeping tiger and baby lion, other well known floppy “cats” from the same time frame as Leslie’s Kitty.

Steiffgal hopes that all readers, like Leslie, run across Steiff treasures with great legacies in the most expected – and unexpected – places!

Have a question about one of your Steiff collectibles? Let’s talk! Click here to learn more.

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Rare Buffalo nickels and Lincoln cents lead Heritage Long Beach Event

May 14th, 2010 by

June 3-6 Auction offering examples from The Brenda John Collection, including 1916 Double Die Obverse Nickel MS64

DALLAS, TX — A dazzling array of Buffalo nickels and Lincoln cents from The Brenda John Collection anchor the upcoming Heritage Auction Galleries U.S. Coin Auction, with floor sessions held June 3 – 4 in conjunction with the Long Beach Coin Expo in Long Beach, CA.

“Where do you start with a collection like this?” said Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auction Galleries. “Incredible rarities in incredible grades… no Buffalo nickel or Lincoln cent collector will want to miss this auction.”

Many famous varieties are represented in The Brenda John Collection. Among the Buffalo nickels is the dramatic 1916 Doubled Die Obverse graded an astounding MS64 by NGC.

“The 1916 Doubled Die Obverse has the date boldly doubled, so much so that many early descriptions called it the 1916/1916,” said Rohan, “but the variety was not discovered until well after its release, and the survival of Mint State coins is a matter of chance. This MS64 example is one of the ‘best of the best.’”

Similarly important is a 1918/7-D nickel graded MS65 by NGC. Gem examples of this bold and popular overdate are extremely rare, and there are none in higher grades.

Among the very popular Lincoln cents is an off-metal error, a 1944-D cent struck on a steel planchet from 1943 graded AU55 by NGC, with another rare and impressive selection being a 1969-S Doubled Die Obverse cent graded MS64 Red and Brown by PCGS.

Important condition rarities in the collection include a 1909 VDB cent graded PR65 Red by PCGS, a 1917-S nickel graded MS67 by NGC, the sole finest coin known to NGC or PCGS, and Lot 420, a 1926-S nickel graded an astounding MS66 {star} by NGC.

Silver and gold collectors will find plenty of desirable coins to bid on as well. High on the list is a trio of Morgan dollars that traveled as part of the legendary PCGS Tour: an 1891-O dollar graded MS65 Deep Mirror Prooflike by PCGS with CAC attestation, an 1892-O dollar graded MS65 Deep Mirror Prooflike by PCGS, and an 1894 dollar graded MS65 by PCGS with CAC attestation.

“The PCGS Tour brought together some of the most amazing Morgan dollars known at the time,” said Rohan. “While nearly two decades have passed since then, some of these Morgan dollars remain the best of their kind. The New Orleans Morgan dollars, in particular, are nearly unknown in Deep Mirror Prooflike.”

Collectors of earlier U.S. silver are sure to be delighted a legendary Judd-7 1792 half disme graded Good 6 by PCGS.

“The 1792 half dismes appear on the borderlands between patterns and money,” said Rohan. “They were struck late in the year, after the Mint Act was passed but before the Philadelphia Mint building was in operation. While they have been collected as patterns in the past, the wear on many pieces like this lot would indicate that they served as money.”

Among the gold coin highlights a 1908 Indian quarter eagle graded MS67 by PCGS. It is one of just two 1908 Indian quarter eagles so graded by PCGS, and one of just four MS67 coins certified by that firm in the entire series.

Proof gold of the 19th century is also well-represented by an 1859 three dollar gold piece graded PR65 Ultra Cameo by NGC, an important early issue that is rarely found with Ultra Cameo surfaces. Also in the auction are a pair of pieces pedigreed to the famous Amon Carter Collection: an 1894 half eagle graded PR66 Cameo by NGC, and an 1883 eagle graded PR65 Ultra Cameo by NGC.

Heritage Auctions, headed by Steve Ivy, Jim Halperin and Greg Rohan, is the world’s third largest auction house, with annual sales more than $600 million, and 500,000+ registered online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and gain access to a complete record of prices realized, along with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com.

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Picking with Reyne – Vol 3 – By Reyne Haines

May 13th, 2010 by

Last week we touched a bit on some of the things you will need when hitting this summer’s flea markets.   I thought I’d expound a little more on a few of these areas.

Let’s face it; knowledge is power in the world of collecting.  It doesn’t matter if you are a dealer, or a collector – you need to know all there is to know about the items you are buying.

What you don’t know can cost you money.  No one likes making mistakes, but you are going to from time to time.   When on the road searching for those elusive treasures, you need backup.  What do I mean by backup?  A variety of tools that can help you make a wise purchase, or ones to stop you from making a bad one.

So what tools am I talking about?

  1. Bring along an array of pocket guides that will help you quickly look up items for additional information on size, colors it was made in, period it was made, any significant markings to look for, and reproduction information.  There are several publishers that have paperback guides you can throw in the backseat of the car for quick reference.  Krause Publications offers their pocket-guides online at http://www.krausebooks.com/category/antiques_collectibles
  2. A measuring tape can not only tell you the size of an item (I don’t know about you, but I am terrible at guessing the size of something) but it can also tell you if a piece has been cut down, or if it is a reproduction.  Many items were originally made in very specific sizes, and reproductions of these items are usually a little smaller or a little bigger.  By measuring the item you can often tell if the one you are looking at is new or old.
  3. A cell phone or I-pad.  Not only can you “phone a friend” but you can take a quick digital photo to show a friend or customer of an item you are considering.   Beyond the photo capabilities, you can hit the Internet to research current market value.
  4. Where to research?  There are lots of places you can go to find price realized on collectibles.  eBay of course is one place for more common items, but many of the auction houses have online catalogs with prices realized.  You can do a few keyword searches on places like Sotheby’s and Christie’s for free.  If what you are looking at falls somewhere in-between eBay merchandise and Sotheby’s worthy, try purchasing a subscription at Artfact.com or Priceminer.com.  Both sites offer photos, item descriptions, estimates and prices realized on a variety of art, antiques, collectibles, jewelry and more.

By arming yourself with these tools you certainly stand a better chance of paying the right price when you come across your next treasure!

Did you think of a tip I missed?  Make sure to comment here!

Happy Hunting!

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Fellows & Sons – Antique & Modern Jewellery

May 13th, 2010 by

Catalog Now Online

Auction of Antique & Modern Jewellry

May 20th, 2010  10:30am

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Artrageous – Gala Dinner & Art Auction

May 13th, 2010 by

This year’ ARTrageous promises to be the best ever!

Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds will be performing Live. Babyface is a 10-time Grammy winner and one of the most prolific creative forces in music history.  He has worked with everyone from Michael Jackson,  Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, Madonna and Mariah Carey.

After party DJ performance by Donna D’ Cruz!

May 24th, 2010  6:30

Cipriani Wall Street

New York

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REYNE GAUGE: The Urban Market

May 13th, 2010 by

One of the finest antique shows in Houston opens its doors to the buying public May 15th and 16th.

This is not just any antique show, but one filled with high profile antique dealers. Most are from Texas, but you will also find dealers from around the country. They are bringing some of their best inventory to Houston for one day, well…and one evening.

This year marks the first time this show has been open more than a day.  For a fee ($25), early buyers can bring their pocketbooks and shop for 2 hours from 4-6pm on May 15th. It gives shoppers an exclusive opportunity over the Sunday crowd.  Not only can you get in early, but they are also providing hors d’oeuvres and complimentary beverages for the early-bird shoppers.

The show is held outdoors, under tents, North of the Heights in the Knights of Columbus Field (see address below).

What can you expect to find at the show?  First of all, great deals!  These dealers have essentially one day to unload a ton of merchandise. That means lots of great things to acquire, and dealers should be willing to negotiate.

I spoke with the show promoter, Jackie Sharbrough and she told me “Many in this crowd are on a quest. They are regulars to the show and they know the deals you can find at this antique market.”

That’s great news for buyers in this topsy-turvy economy.  Everyone is looking for a bargain and apparently, this is the place to find it.

Second, a vast array of merchandise such as fine art, antiques and decorative objects, along with furniture, are a fit for most any style home.  Much of the merchandise brought to The Urban Market is fresh from Europe.  Several dealers travel abroad a few times a year to hand pick furniture, sculpture, porcelains and fabrics to bring back to the states to sell.

Another thing to consider if contemplating buying antiques for your home is they’re environmentally friendly.  Antiques are one of the oldest forms of “Green.”  Beyond being “recycled products” they also represent a piece of history.  There is a story behind each and every piece!  Be it the history behind the artist that created it or the family that owned it before you.

Finally, unlike a new piece of furniture or porcelain, when you acquire antiques you know that they retain their value as you drive away from the show.  And three months from now, chances are they will still have the same value.  Three years from now not only should they still be worth what you paid, but most often they have appreciated in value as well.

The Urban Market – 607 E. Whitney  – Houston Texas 77022

For directions, or a list of dealers, please visit their website at:  www.theurbanmarkethouston.com

Show Hours: May 15th 4pm – 6pm

May 16th – 9am – 4pm

Rain or shine!

Sunday admission $5 – Children are Free!

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Las Vegas history – links to The Sands and Bugsy Siegel’s Flamingo – center stage as historic casino chips come up for auction

May 12th, 2010 by

Rare Sands $5 “cowgirl leaning on hourglass issue” chip expected to bring $30,000+ in Heritage Political & Americana auction, May 22

DALLAS, TX – In a time when Las Vegas casino revenues have dropped steeply during the recession, some of the city’s historic gaming chips have increased, literally, thousands of times in value. A Sands Las Vegas $5 Casino Chip, ninth issue, circa late-1950s, is expected to bring $30,000+ as part of Heritage Auctions May 22 Political & Americana Auction, in-person at Heritage’s Turtle Creek headquarters at 3500 Maple Avenue, and online at HA.com.

The auction will include some 60 lots of scarce and rare casino chips from a variety of legendary Vegas casinos, with values ranging from several hundred to tens of thousands of dollars.

This ninth issue Sands $5 chip, with its connection the great Sands hotel, and the famous ‘hourglass’ logo, is a direct link to the history, glamour and glory of all that made Vegas what it is today,” said Tom Slater, Director of Americana Auctions at Heritage. “For a city whose hallmark is constant change this is a remarkable survivor from the golden age when the town earned its reputation as ‘Sin City.’”

This ‘hourglass’ chip features one of the best-known vintage Vegas logos; it was used in advertising and promotion throughout the 1950s and was a very appropriate emblem back when Vegas was a western-themed town. Even more impressive is the fact that this is one of only three good Sands $5 chips known, with one additional chip drilled (a common practice at casinos used to make tourist key chains of defunct chips). Of the top four chip sales to break the $100,000 mark, two were Sands chips, with a $100 eighth issue bringing $145,000. This example comes from an old collection and has not previously been offered for public sale.

This new wrinkle in the Political & Americana category marks the first time that Heritage will be including the beautiful gaming markers in one of its auctions. It is, however, a category that the company believes has great potential.

“This is a comparatively small, but growing hobby,” said Slater, “with a national organization of nearly 2000 adherents and its own magazine. What it’s lacked is a viable national auction platform to effectively serve it while also providing the visibility the hobby needs to attract new collectors. With our 500,000+ bidder-members and unparalled internet presence, Heritage is the perfect vehicle to do just that.”

Among the more intriguing of these visually stunning and valuable chips is a rare Flamingo $5 Las Vegas Casino Chip, First issue, R-6, dating to 1946. This chip is a Bugsy Siegel issue, probably the most popular chip from this famous casino as depicted in the film Bugsy. The chip is estimated at $4,000+.

“This great-looking die-cut brass inlay chip is one that top collectors cherish as they are seldom offered for sale, especially in this top-grade condition,” said Slater. “With the Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky mafia affiliation, and its long and fabled history on the strip, chips and memorabilia from the Flamingo are very popular and highly sought-after by collectors of all levels.”

Two more early Vegas chips provide added heft to the collection, with a Desert Inn $5 Las Vegas Casino Chip, “Wilbur Clark’s,” Seventh Issue, R-9, Circa 1950s expected to bring between $4,000-$7,000, and a Hacienda $5 Las Vegas Casino Chip, First Issue, R-9, Circa 1956 estimated to bring $4,000-$6,000. There are only five to seven of the blue, odd-colored “Wilbur Clark face” chips known to be in collections, and the Hacienda chip, one of just six or seven known, is a rare and desirable early original chip showing the distinctive Gaucho on a Horse image that mirrored the same famous image on the revolving marquee outside the Hacienda Hotel before it was imploded in 1996.

“Heritage has been fortunate to obtain the expertise of the man universally regarded as the guru of casino chip collecting, James Campiglia,” said Slater. “Along with co-author Steve Wells, Campiglia is the author of ‘The Official U.S. Casino Chip Price Guide, the bible for serious hobbyists. James has inspected and cataloged every lot, and each chip will be sold with a certificate of authenticity signed by him. There is no better assurance of quality and accurate presentation.”

Further Highlights include, but are not limited to:

Flamingo $5 Las Vegas Casino Chip, Fifth Issue, R-8, Circa 1950s: The Fabulous Flamingo is vintage Vegas. Opened originally in 1946, it is the oldest resort on the strip still open. This casino drilled their chips as souvenirs, though some – like this one – didn’t get drilled all the way. Obverse looks just like an undrilled chip and reverse just has a partial hole. One of only two known like this. Estimate: $2000-4000.

Harrah’s $25 Reno and Lake Tahoe Casino Chip, Third Issue, R-10, Undrilled, Circa 1950s: There are a large variety of colorful Harrah’s chips to collect spanning many years from their original locations. The first Harrah’s Club opened in Reno in 1946 and, in 1955, Harrah’s Tahoe opened. Harrah’s has grown to become the largest casino chain in the world. This is an odd colored $25 chip from when black chips were predominately $100 in value. Estimate: $1500-2500.

Dunes, Roulette, 1st issue, 1955, R-8: There are approximately 10 of these chips known, which is not nearly enough to satisfy collector demand. A challenging set to complete with 19 colors logged. The Dunes likely had three tables, each with six chips. The additional chip is probably a color variant due to a re-order or a change out of a regular house chip. Until the manufacturer’s records are found, we can only speculate. Estimate: $1200-2500.

Pioneer Club, 7th issue, c. 1950, R-5: The Pioneer Club opened in 1942 in downtown Las Vegas at First & Fremont. “Vegas Vic,” whose picture is seen on the inlay of this chip, is an icon of Fremont Street and Las Vegas. Since 1951, this famous 40 foot-tall neon cowboy has been welcoming tourists and gamblers to town. Though the Pioneer Club closed in 1995, the sign is still there in front of the souvenir shop that replaced the casino. Not an extreme rarity but certainly a classic chip in the old hub mold. Estimate: $500-800.

Heritage Auctions, headed by Steve Ivy, Jim Halperin and Greg Rohan, is the world’s third largest auction house, with annual sales more than $600 million, and 500,000+ registered online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and gain access to a complete record of prices realized, along with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com.

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