Newsletter #158

October 18, 2001

Greetings Accumulators!

Okay, stop looking at yourself in the mirror, trying to see if there are any brown scaly sores on you. If you don't work for Tom Brokaw, Charlie Gibson, or the USPS, you're probably safe. Part of me thinks they'll discover some day that anthrax occurs naturally in the air and the reason we are finding it in some places now is because we're actually testing for it - something we've never done before. And the rest of me thinks this is a pretty lame war of psychology launched by a bunch of so-called terrorists who are finding it a bit harder to frighten Americans than it is to terrify all those poor women in their own countries. I want to say, "Go buy another veil for your long-suffering wife and stop annoying us, you cowardly little worms!"

Amongst the celebrity efforts and donations aimed at helping the WTC relief effort, are a couple of standouts. Jay Leno recently auctioned off a limited edition motorcycle autographed by, among others, Nicole Kidman, Arnold Schwartzenneger, Ellen Degeneres and John Travolta. The buyer, who paid $360,200 for the bike is, according to Leno's publicist, just "some guy who has a lot of money who thought it would be a cool thing to do". Since it came with an appearance on "The Tonight Show", I guess that's true. And, Spike Lee is auctioning off a courtside seat ticket to see Michael Jordan's return to professional basketball against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The winner gets to sit with Spike, since it's his wife's ticket you'll be using. The price for the ticket is now at $72,300 and there are only three days left to bid, so go empty that piggy bank and get over to Yahoo auctions.

In recent years, it's been all the rage for museums to establish branches far from the nest. Well now, New York's Guggenheim Museum has gone and done it. They've opened not one, but two branches in the World Capital of Tack, Las Vegas. Let's face it, if you look up "tawdry" in the dictionary, there's a picture of Las Vegas there. The two new Guggenheims are both housed in the Venetian Hotel (how conveeen-ient!), and they are of two decidedly different bents. So you can see both motorbikes and Miros. For more info, go toGuggenheim

You'll all be pleased to know that Playboy has just announced a new line of "fashion dolls". The dolls are "anatomically correct" replicas of Playboy Playmates. Which is pretty funny when you think about the fact that most Playboy Playmates are not anatomically correct. Unless you count silicon, air-brushing, and computer alteration as anatomy. The dolls are 16 inches tall and have a "life-like outer skin, with no visible joints" (always a plus, or am I thinking of "double-jointed"?). This, according to the manufacturer, - I'm not making this up - Evil Genius Toys. Each doll comes in a window box with accessories such as lingerie and jewelry (no doubt so you can undress them at home), and the plan is to release four each year. I can hardly wait.

So, Accumulators, we come to the end of another little tete-a-tete, you and I. Get out there and have some fun. Turn off the TV and go spend some time with people. Artie and I are going our separate ways - for the afternoon, anyway. He Who Is The Light Of My Life is attending some computer geek techie event with his friend, Marty, and I am going to watch my adorable, perky, blonder-than-Blondie niece do the cheerleader thing at her high school football game. Wishing you a week of peace and calm and great collectible finds. Oh, I'm teaching a course on the state of the collectibles market at CW Post College on Long Island on the next two Tuesday evenings. Call the Office Of Continuing Education if you want to attend. Have a great week, Accumulators. Happy hunting!


2001 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #158
U.S. Library of Congress
ISSN 1520-4464


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