January 2, 1998
Welcome to this fresh, bright, exciting New Year. May it bring you health, happiness and prosperity - and
lots of rare and beautiful pieces for your collection!
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF YEAH, BUT WHAT IF CINDY CRAWFORD IS ON THE COVER?
As we all know, shelter magazines demonstrate and/or influence collecting trends by what they show in room settings. Here's what's been spotted in some recent issues of magazines dedicated to the "country look": picnic baskets, Indian clubs, hunting clothes, leather basketballs, tramp art objects. Thank goodness they haven't discovered porcelain bedpans!
Frito-Lay just purchased Cracker Jack. They've announced their intention to produce updated packaging, and better toys. I'm all for the better toys, but I'll miss the current package. Anyway, the point is that if you have any Cracker Jack prizes, their value will go up when the new toys - better or not - hit the market. As we all know, quality alone doesn't determine price.
FOR THOSE WHO DIDN'T GET A DRUMSTICK AT THANKSGIVING
Continuing the never-ending trend of auctioning celebrity memorabilia, Christie's East is holding a sale in New York City on February 4, its first devoted to pop memorabilia since 1995. Included in the sale are Hank Williams' 1951 Gibson acoustic guitar (estimate available only upon request. Hmmm), Dr. Timothy Leary's head tank (created for cryogenically preserving his head after his death. Yuck), Bob Marley's flute (est. $20,000 - $30,000) and my personal favorite: Cab Calloway's personalized orchestra baton (estimate. $1,500 - $2,000). Also featured: the world's largest collection of drumsticks, including the personal sticks of Ringo Starr, Alex Van Halen and Ginger Baker (est. $10,000 - $1 5,000). For further information contact Christie's East at 219 East 67th Street, NYC, or call (800)395-6300.
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING A LITTLE MORE REALISTIC
Our good friend and favorite auctioneer, Vince Bambina is holding an auction tomorrow night, Saturday, January 3, in Cuddebackville, NY. Since Vince only holds three auctions a year, everyone from the auctioneer to the consignors saves the most special items for his sales. There are always lots of "curious goods" and great furniture at reasonable prices. The sale is held at The Old Red Barn on Rte 211 in Cuddebackville. For more information, call the auction house at (914)754-7122. And be nice to the cashier. She might be someone you know....
This weekend, Artie and I are working at the above-mentioned Old Red Barn auction. My big challenge
here is to spend less than I earn. Fat chance. Happy hunting!
© 1998 Judith Katz-Schwartz
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