September 30, 2004
ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES NEWSLETTER #250
As many of you know, I am a columnist for AntiqueWeek, the USA's largest circulation weekly antiques newspaper. My column, which is called The Antiques Barometer, examines a different antique or collectible each month. I interview collectors and dealers, and solicit their opinions about the current state of the market in that particular item. You, my dear Accumulators, are an untapped resource. If you have a serious collection of something, or are a dealer with expertise in a particular item, please write and tell me what it is. If we haven't previously covered it in the column, you may find yourself part of an article on your passion.
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF WHY YOU SHOULD BE VERY KIND TO YOUR GREAT AUNT
This story was discovered by my trusty scout and husband, Artie, He Who Is The Light Of My Life. HWITLOML is a great shopping partner, too. He sees all the things I miss - even the stuff under the table!
A British woman got the surprise of her life when a relative she didn't even know she had bequeathed a book to her. It was a collection of Shakespeare plays that turned out to be a First Edition, (actually called a First Folio) printed in 1623. According to The Associated Press, Anne Humphries, 48, thought the book, entitled, Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories & Tragedies was "just going to be a copy. But, when I got hold of it, "she said, "Oh God! I don't think it is a copy! It was just so captivating, the paper and the writing and everything." About 750 copies of the book were originally printed, but only 230 are known to survive worldwide, with only about 15 known to be in private hands, said Catriona Finlayson of the British Library. The book belonged to one Frances Cottle, who died in 2002. Cottle left the book to Humphries, her closest living relative. They were so close that it took a genealogist two years to find Humphries. Naturally, Humphries will be selling the book at auction in London. Bloomsbury Auctions of London estimates it will fetch between $108,000 and $144,000. Thank you, Cousin Frances!
24 HOUR SECURITY AND NOT A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE IN SIGHT DEPARTMENT
So, a Stockholm art dealer is planning to auction one of the few Rembrandt paintings not in a museum or private collection. And, mindful of the Edward Munch paintings, dragged SCREAMing in broad daylight from a museum in Oslo, the dealer is taking no chances. The 1635 painting, Minerva In Her Study, is flanked by fully armed guards, and under 24 hour video surveillance. Verner Aamell said he'd keep the painting on display to the public for four weeks before it is sold, in a private gallery that used to be a bank vault. There will be alarms too, so don't get any ideas.
OH NO, LET'S HOPE SOME MANIACAL ARCHEOLOGIST DOESN'T KILL YOU - YOU KNOW HOW CRAZY THEY ARE!
A Dutch artist, digging around in his garden, made a discovery of some artifacts that dated back 400 years. Gerd Jan Roos gained national media attention as a result of the findings, but the officials who came to examine the artifacts seemed more interested in a garden shed Roos had built without a permit. So, he decided to ban any further viewing of the artifacts, which consisted of old pipes, pottery, perfume bottles, vases and boots. He found them while digging a cesspit. Now Roos has filled in the hole and built a pond. He said, "No one will be allowed to enter my garden anymore. No civil servants and no archaeologists. As long as I live there will be no more digging." Good for you, Gerd.
And so we come to the end of another newsletter, Accumulators. HWITLOML and I are doing the Great Eastern Paper Ephemera Show at The Agricultural Hall in Allentown, PA. If you're in the nabe, bring money and stop by and say, "Hi!" If you're in the area of Cuddebackville, NY, stop by the Old Red Barn Auction and see our good friend Vince Bambina. You'll find lots of great stuff at the auction, and, starring in the kitchen is Vince's sister, the lovely Annette, who makes a mean baked ziti. Try it, you'll like it! Have a great week, Accumulators. Happy hunting!
© 2004 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #250
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