December 14, 2001
It's a foggy soggy day in The Big Apple - gray and rainy and puddly
everywhere. I've already been out jumping in puddles all morning, and am
now back indoors, all dried off and ready to type to you.
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF JUST IN CASE YOU THOUGHT AMERICANS WERE THE SILLIEST
PEOPLE ON EARTH
A television station in the UK plans to auction a kidney stone allegedly passed by Robert De Niro in 1981. I know right now you are asking yourself, "Gee, how can I get in on this? How can I bid on this historically significant artifact?" You may want to reconsider. First off, you should know that the station hopes to realize 3,000 pounds (about $4,500) from the sale of this charming piece of De Niro memorabilia. And, secondly, Stan Rosenfeld, De Niro's agent, says "We know Mr. De Niro passed a stone in 1981, whether this is the stone is debatable". Horrors! Shaky provenance is the worst thing that can happen to the price of an objet d'art.
A SEAT FOR TRUDEAU DEPARTMENT
A firm in Canada has begun marketing women's panties with the image of the late former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau on them. And they're selling like - um - hotcakes. Underwear designer Trish Tacoma says she first painted a portrait of Trudeau, whom she describes as "very sexy", to adorn the wall in her bedroom. From that she made a silkscreen image, and you know the rest I'm sure. "The nice downcast eyes, a little smirk on his face. I think he looks really sweet there," she said, referring to the image on the undies. A spokesman for the Montreal-based Trudeau Foundation has refused to comment. Probably too busy on the phone ordering a dozen pairs for his wife.
COLLECTIBLES FROM THE NEXT FRONTIER
If you're into space collectibles, and I don't mean Star Wars toys, you'll
enjoy this site. It's a shame that the US space program is plagued with
cost overruns, but part of the problem may be fuel costs, and yet NASA
insists on increasing the payload by sending up all sorts of souvenirs that
collectors clamor for when the space ship comes back down. Seriously, could
you tell the difference between an item that's been up in space and one
that hasn't? If you simply must have one of these space mission-related
items, go to CollectSpace and see what they have to offer. The URL is
And so we come to the end of another newsletter, Dear Accumulators. He Who
Is The Light Of My Life is home from work, and we don't get to see all that
much of each other during the week, so I think I'll go into the other room
and bother him. On Sunday we'll be attending the gala Christmas party at
the home of our dear friend and auctioneer, Vince Bambina. This party is
even more special because we'll be celebrating the 60th (yes, 60th!)
wedding anniversary of his parents. They are two lovely and charming
people, which may be part of why they have stayed together for 60 years.
Happy Anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Bambina - and many, many more!
As for you, Accumulators, I hope you have a great weekend, and a great
week, full of holiday cheer and happiness - which we need more than ever
this year. Happy hunting!
RIP George Harrison. Thank you for the many gifts you've given us through
© 2001 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #165
U.S. Library of Congress
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