This elaborate renaissance style tapestry by "Point de l'Halluin" is of fairly modern 20th Century type, but very high quality. Tapestries like this look far older than they are because they reproduce the look of originals made from the Gothic...Continue Reading
January 12, 2014
An extremely rare toy bank, discovered in an attic in Scotland, has sold at auction for more than $250,000. The bank featured a child on a sled, sliding down an incline with a coin slot.
The bank appeared in an advertisement in...Continue Reading
This whisical looking bust is by the Czech Artist Pravoslav Rada (1923- 2011). Rada's life was in producing figurative pieces, ranging from animal sculptures (fish, cats, and birds), mythical creatures (elfs, angels, and archangels) to human...Continue Reading
Because of its use by Hitler and the Nazis many people in the West since the 1930s associate this ancient symbol primarily with Nazism, and white supremacy in general. This was not always the case, as the Swastika is a "good luck" or religious...Continue Reading
January 7, 2014
That handsome devil in the photo, above, is Humphrey Bogart, holding the lead statue from The Maltese Falcon, the 1941 film in which he starred. The statue, one of two made for the film, but the only one that actually appeared in...Continue Reading
This plate was made to commemorate Glen's flight in Friendship 7 in 1962. Like most historic events, manufacturers are quick to promote and profit from this one, mass producing items from John Glen lunch boxes to ashtrays. From what we can find...Continue Reading
The marking on this pottery bust bears the German Eagle and Swastika indicates it was made with the approval of the Nazi Government, generally there would be a company marking beneath the Nazi eagle symbol, but this one is unmarked. Without a...Continue Reading
January 3, 2014
That's a sculpture by Jeff Koons, above. It depicts Lady Gaga.
Koons was among the exhibitors are the Art Basel/Miami shows in Miami in December 2013. One of his sculptures sold during the first hour of the show, for $8 million....Continue Reading