Archive for 2014

JAN
13
2014

Point de l'Halluin Tapestry

By mwilcox

Tap1

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...

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JAN
13
2014

RARE MECHANICAL BANK SELLS AT AUCTION

By judith

Toybank

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...

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JAN
11
2014

Pravoslav Rada (1923- 2011)

By mwilcox

Rada

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...

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JAN
10
2014

The Swastika Connection- 18th Century Chinese?

By mwilcox

Swaztikatextile

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...

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JAN
07
2014

MALTESE FALCON SELLS FOR MORE THAN $4 MILLION

By judith

Falcon

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...

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JAN
06
2014

John Glenn- Space Flight Memorabilia

By mwilcox

Glennplate

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...

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JAN
05
2014

Bust of a World War Two German Soldier

By mwilcox

Soldierbust

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...

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JAN
03
2014

BIG ART SELLS FOR BIG BUCKS

By judith

Gaga

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....

Tags : appraisals, Art, Art Basel, and Miami
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