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Last week, a six year old Doberman pinscher named Barney “went berserk” according to authorities and destroyed a collection of hundreds of rare and antique teddy bears. The collection, which was being displayed at a children’s museum in Wells, England, was worth over $900,000.
Among the bears destroyed was one that had belonged to the King himself, Elvis Presley. Mabel, a bear made by the German company Steiff in 1909, had belonged to Elvis in his youth and was on loan to the museum from Benjamin Slade. Mr. Slade had purchased the bear at an auction in Memphis, Tennessee.
A volunteer at the United Way in Arlington noticed recently that Mikey, with all his wealth, had not made any contributions. The volunteer thought, with all this money, he surely would want to donate something. So he calls Mikey up and says, “according to our research, you haven’t made a contribution to the United Way, would you like to do so? Mikey responds, "A contribution? Does your research show that I have an invalid mother who requires expensive surgery once a year just to stay alive?"
A spectacular Victorian Era carved Renaissance Revival rosewood bed made in the mid 1800’s sold for $9,900 at an auction in Roanoke, Alabama. The bed, believed to have been carved by Thomas Brooks stood about 5.5’ high and about 8’ wide, and featured cherubs on the headboard.
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The Thomas Brooks & Company Furniture and Upholsterers Warehouse, was located on Fulton Street in Brooklyn, New York in the late 19th Century and was one of the premier cabinet makers of the time. Their work is well documented and is found in a lot of museums. Signed pieces from Thomas Brooks are rare.
The bed was sold to a phone bidder from Houston at the Grand View Antiques and Auctions. The winner was also was lucky enough to purchase a companion piece, a marble-top, deep well dresser also attributed to Thomas Brooks for about $4,400. A third piece, a marble top half commode was sold to a different bidder for about $2,200.
Collectors will have the opportunity to shop Atlantique City, the World’s Largest Indoor Antiques and
Collectibles Show, a day earlier than usual during the October 14-15, 2006 fair. A newly introduced $99 VIP ticket package entitles
holders to four hours of early shopping time from 2 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 13, admission to a special cocktail party at the Sheraton Atlantic
City Convention Center Hotel and a canvas tote bag filled with surprises. The ticket also allows admission to the show on Saturday
The Atlantique City VIP ticket package is designed to offer special privileges to serious shoppers and to welcome dedicated collectors to the most unique antiques and collectibles show in the world,” said the event's producer, Eric Bradley. “We’re proud to offer collectors something they've told us they want - a ticket that allows first pick of the nation’s finest antiques dealers.”
Known as “The Big One”, the Fall 2006 edition of the show will be held Oct. 14 and 15 at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, N.J. Regular show hours are Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A two-day advance ticket for Saturday and Sunday is $24. Saturday-only admission is $15 in advance, and Sunday-only admission is $10 in advance. Tickets may be ordered online at www.AtlantiqueCity.com, or by calling (800) 726-9966, ext. 836, or by writing 700 E. State St., Iola, WI 54990.
Lillian B. Gottschalk, the antiques toy collector, aficionado and author has died at the age of 84. Mrs. Gottschalk was originally inspired to collect toys by her husband Bill, who himself collected vintage cars. Starting one day with a cast iron car, over the years, she had amassed a collection of hundreds of toy cars. She collected all forms, from cast iron to tin and wood. Her collection was once housed in their barn in Parkton, Maryland.
The volunteer is feeling a bit embarrassed and says, "Well, no sir, I'm..." "Does your research show that my sister's husband was killed in a car accident? She has three kids and no means of support!" The volunteer is feeling quite embarrassed at this point. "I'm terribly sorry..." "Does your research show that my brother broke his neck on the job and now requires a full time nurse to have any kind of normal life?" The volunteer is completely humiliated at this point. "I am sorry sir, please forgive me..." "The gall of you people! I don't give them anything, so why should I give it to you!"
In 1985, Mrs. Gottschalk wrote a comprehensive and well documented book titled, “American Toy Cars and Trucks.” The book is filled with hundreds of photos by Bill Holland. After her husband died of cancer, the family decided to sell the collection. In a two day sale in New Hope, Pennsylvania, the more than 715 lots brought in more than $1.5 million.
TIAS.com (http://www.tias.com) the Webs largest online antique and collectible mall released their monthly "Hot List" of
Antiques & Collectibles. The TIAS "Hot List" has been published monthly since 2002. These top ten lists are based on hundreds
of thousands of searches by people using the online search engines at the indicated Web sites in the month of July 2006.
Keep in mind that these searches are what people were looking for, not necessarily what they were buying. In many cases, people will search for items when they are just trying to determine a value of a specific item that they have in their possession.
TIAS.com AntiqueArts.com Kovels.com
1. Dolls 1. Mirrors 1. China
3. Milk Glass 3. Limoges 3. Dolls
4. McCoy 4. Nippon 4. Books
5. Avon 5. Tables 5. Furniture
6. Carnival Glass 6. Tiffany 6. McCoy
7. Limoges 7. Sofas 7. Hummels
8. Chairs 8. Staffordshire 8. Roseville
9. Mirrors 9. Desks 9. Avon