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Antique Trader

Antique Trader May 1, 2021

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Whether you're looking for a trusted place to bid in auctions, buy or sell, Antique Trader is the top resource to find online auction sites, auction houses, and expert advice about antique furniture, jewelry and collectibles. Thousands of antiques and collectibles are for sale in each issue as well as hard to find items to buy, sell, or trade. Antique Trader also contains the most current and comprehensive information on antique shows and stores and earns best-selling honors year after year by providing precise descriptions and current pricing.

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Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Active Interest Media
Frequency:
Biweekly
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24 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
brimfield to open

BRIMFIELD, Mass. — The small Massachusetts town known for its outdoor summer antiques shows has given the go-ahead for them to resume this year, but not everyone is on board. The Brimfield Select Board recently voted to allow this year’s Brimfield Outdoor Antiques Shows and Flea Markets to go on after the town’s health board met with state officials to discuss the logistics of the shows, The Telegram & Gazette reported. The shows bring tens of thousands of people to town to shop a mile-long stretch of markets, but some promoters who provide the space for vendors said they will opt out of the May shows, citing COVID-19 concerns. “It would be impossible to conduct a successful show for either our vendors or our shoppers under the current regulations,” said Klia Ververidis,…

2 min.
rare video game sells for $660k

It sat. Forgotten. In a desk drawer. For almost 35 years. The sealed copy of the Nintendo video game Super Mario Bros. was going to be a Christmas present for nephews. That was the plan anyway. Instead, decades later it became the most valuable video game in the world. In an astonishing development, the forgotten, would-be present sold at Heritage Auctions April 2 for a whopping $660,000, the most ever paid for a video game at auction. “It stayed in the bottom of my office desk this whole time since the day I bought it,” said the seller who asked not to be identified. “I never thought anything about it.” Thinking the video game had little value, the seller posted the video game on eBay to sell, only to be shocked when someone offered $2,500…

3 min.
the bitter sweet truth

The package arrived in such classic style that I hesitated to open it. Some things you just don’t rush into. When your mailbox is usually filled with flyers and bills and generic junk, a package wrapped neatly in brown paper, secured with enough industrial-strength Cellophane tape to keep Fort Knox safe, and with your name and address precisely handwritten in dark ink, well, you take notice. This was a package of substance. Clearly. Smallish, sure, but it looked and felt both comfortable and exotic. Best to take your time. Admire the craftsmanship. After all, the package just completed a 1,900-mile journey from the state of Washington to my home in Wisconsin. It needed a moment to rest. And I needed a moment to find a scissors. No way I was getting this bad boy…

5 min.
‘a little fun to match the sorrow’

One of the most unusual newspapers in the United States in the first half of the 20th century was devoted to a niche readership and constantly violated copyright laws, yet still had a surprisingly long print run. The Hobo News, established in New York City by Patrick “The Roaming Dreamer” Mulkern and Benjamin “The Coast Kid” Benson, hoboes themselves, was tailored to hoboes and the hobo culture, including “hobo sympathizers and hobo intellectuals.” The paper ran from February 1937 to April 20, 1948 and should not be confused with an earlier publication from 1915-1929 that had the same name and was published by the International Brotherhood Welfare Association. With its banner motto, “A little fun to match the sorrow,” The Hobo News featured poems, cartoons, pin-ups, essays, songs about politics, law enforcement, employment…

2 min.
‘groundbreaking’ digital artist sets record

NEW YORK — After a frenzy of more than 180 bids in the final hour, a JPG file made by digital artist Mike Winkelmann, known as Beeple, sold at Christie’s in March for $69.3 million, setting a new record for the increasingly popular market for digital-only art. The online sale of the NFT, or non-fungible token, makes Beeple’s piece the third most-expensive work sold by a living artist at auction, behind Jeff Koons and David Hockney, according Christie’s. This also beats the physical art of museum-valorized greats like J.M.W. Turner, Georges Seurat and Francisco Goya. Billed by Christie’s as “a unique work in the history of digital art,” “Everydays — The First 5000 Days” is a collage of all the images that Beeple has been posting online each day since 2007. The artist,…

8 min.
jell-o-mold madness

When Mrs. John E. Cooke of New Castle, Pennsylvania entered a recipe contest in 1904 that was co-sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens and Knox Gelatin, she could not have known that her dish would ignite a culinary phenomenon that would last for decades. Called Perfection Salad, it had several typical elements of a salad: shredded cabbage, celery, red pepper and chopped green olives. But Mrs. Cooke added a special twist by wrapping these ingredients inside of a soft, jiggly blanket of gelatin spiked with lemon juice and vinegar, and molding everything into a shimmery blob. She called for the molded salad to be diced and served with mayonnaise, “in cases made of red or green peppers,” and she liked to eat it with fried oysters. Although the judges, one of whom…