Antique Trader November 1, 2021

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chinese dragon bowl roars to auction high

GARNET VALLEY, Pa. – The highlight of Briggs Auction’s recent Fine Estates Auction was a Chinese covered porcelain bowl that received intense bidding. Beautifully decorated with an enamel dragon design and a double-ring Yongzheng mark, the bowl gaveled for $200,000, including buyer’s premium, soaring way above its estimate of $200-$300. The bowl was part of a collection from a descendant of Thomas Alexander Scott (Pennsylvania, 1823-1881). “It was very exciting and gratifying to see this rare piece of Chinese decorative arts be so competitively fought over by bidders across the globe,” said Stephen Turner, president of Briggs. “The intense interest this small bowl generated almost from the day the auction was posted online showed us that we had an incredibly special piece on our hands. We’re very happy not only for the consignor’s…

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a $5 garage sale find sells for $87,500

DALLAS – A fresh-to-market work by Gil Elvgren that was bought at a garage sale for $5 has just sold for $87,500. The owner of the work even tried to give it away three times, but luckily, she researched the artist and brought it to Heritage Auctions, where it sold in a recent sale of illustration art. The oil-on-canvas calendar illustration by the great American pin-up artist is titled A Weighty Problem and from 1960. The painting was reproduced in Gil Elvgren: All His Glamorous American Pin-Ups by Charles G. Martignette and Louis K. Meisel (Taschen, 1999). The illustration was one of six Elvgren works offered in the auction, including two others that also sold for five figures: Measuring Up, Happy Holidays from 1963, shown above, hammered at $68,750, while Squirrely Situation from 1969…

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for the pun of it

Some believe a warm-hearted greeting of “Happy Halloween!” is best done verbally on the day itself, at the front door, while dropping candy into the plastic pumpkin buckets of vibrating, pint-sized trick-or-treaters. And while it’s always a good idea to acknowledge the hordes at your door on Halloween, it’s hardly necessary. Kids are on a costumed mission. As long as you’re handing out Kit Kats, Skittles, Peanut Butter Cups or other like candies, you could mumble shout “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” and they wouldn’t care, so focused are the mobs of masked munchkins racing through our neighborhood. So many houses. So little time. If the holiday’s front line doesn’t work, how should you cheerfully welcome friends and family to these festive times, whose roots stretch back more than a thousand years when…

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what a blast!

I thoroughly enjoyed your article “Fun with Science” in Antique Trader (August 1, 2021) as it touched on the “toys” that stimulated and nurtured my interest in science. I got my first A.C. Gilbert chemistry set in 1955 when I was 6 years old for a Christmas present along the U238 Atomic Energy Lab for my birthday. For the next three to four years, I got bigger chemistry sets by A.C. Gilbert and Skilcraft. I set up a home chemistry lab where I developed an interest in explosives and solid fuel rocket engines. I would bicycle to the Providence (Rhode Island) Public Library where I read all the books on chemistry and related subjects. I used to go to the local Rexall Drug Store where I would buy chemicals like salt peter…

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Iwasn’t even sure how to pronounce the latest toy craze my grandsons were going crazy about. Who is Pokémon? Who is Pikachu? Who is Goomy? Why do they want these cards so much? But all of a sudden there is “Pokémania” and if you were paying attention to the news, adults have been fighting over these cards at stores. Now stores have stopped displaying them and after you have to ask the cashiers if they have Pokémon cards, and are limited to how many packs you can purchase! You can imagine my surprise to see Pokémon on the cover of the latest Antique Trader (September 15, 2021). I didn’t know anything about their history, or what makes them valuable, or why the latest craze. The article was very informative which went…

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apocalypse wow!

DALLAS – Illustrator Robert Peak is so often cited as “The Father of the Modern Movie Poster” that when you Google the latter, you inevitably get the former. The ad man and maker of Time magazine covers painted more than 130 film posters in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, and was feted time and again “for injecting vitality and vibrant colors” into those works, as The New York Times noted upon his untimely death in 1992. His original painting of a Marlon Brando movie poster for Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 Vietnam War epic, Apocalypse Now, has just set a new record for the artist, after selling for $212,500. The most iconic artwork of Brando as Col. Kurtz was a centerpiece of the recent Illustration Art sale at Heritage Auctions. Peak’s poster has everything going…