May 19, 2000
A yucky, muddy day here in the Big Apple. Which makes it a perfect day to
stay inside and write to you!
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF I GUESS IVANA HAD BETTER ATTORNEYS
Marla Maples is auctioning the diamond solitaire engagement ring she received from Donald Trump. The nearly 7 1/2 carat ring will be sold on June 2 in Detroit, with a pre-sale estimate of up to $150,000. The Donald pronounced the move "pretty tacky". And I guess someone who brought his girlfriend along on a ski trip with his wife would know tacky when he sees it.
SO YOU THOUGHT THE COWS WERE HILARIOUS LAST SUMMER DEPARTMENT
The city of Cincinatti, OH, not to be outdone by Chicago, is holding its own pseudo livestock event this summer. It's called the Big Pig Gig. Seriously. If you want to learn more about it, you can visit the event's website at www.bigpiggig.com/default2.htm where, among other things, you will find a Pig Latin translator. For those of you who just can't get the hang of how Pig Latin works (don't make any plans to be a brain surgeon when you grow up), you can just type in what you want to say, print out the translation, and read it to your friends. You can rest assured that you will be hearing more about this event in the Newsletter - it's just too good to pass up. Many thanks to Accumulator Vince Smith for alerting me to this important story.
IF THIS PAINTING COULD TALK!
The Sage Colleges of New York state hired an appraiser to evaluate the various works of art scattered around the campus. In the common room of one student dormitory hung a painting identified by the appraiser as the work of John William Godward, a British Victorian era artist. The painting, a portrait of a woman, had been donated to Sage in 1957 by Elmer Schacht, a college trustee, and had been hung in the dorm and forgotten, lo these 43 years. College administrators put the painting up for sale at Sotheby's where, on May 3, it realized $337,750. The money will be used to refurbish the Schacht Fine Art Center, coincidentally named for the painting's donor. No extra charge for the mustard, beer and water balloon stains.
ONE OF JUDITH'S HELPFUL HINTS FOR COLLECTORS
Sometimes, when you are repairing or restoring an antique or collectible, sanding is necessary. If the object is a small or finely detailed one, it is sometimes difficult to maneuver sandpaper into the little nooks and crannies. For this, I use an emery board.
This weekend we are off to face the mighty Deck Monster yet again. If the
rain lets up, of course. Our power screw drivers are crossed. Hope it's
nice enough where you are for you to get out there and hit a few yard sales
or flea markets. Have a great week, Accumulators. Happy hunting!
© 2000 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #121
U.S. Library of Congress
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