February 12, 1998
A little early this week, as we're heading out to Albuquerque in a few hours.
GOOD-BYE ENGLAND'S ROSE
Yesterday, the original lyrics to "Candle In The Wind 1977", Elton John's and Bernie Taupin's tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales, sold at Christie's in Los Angeles for $442,500. The lyrics were purchased by Mr. Bob WIlson, acting as agent for the Lund Foundation, a foundation established to promote education and youth programs. Proceeds of the sale will go to Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles on behalf of The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund. So, apparently, not everyone in the world has tried to capitalize on the death of poor Diana.
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF IN CASE YOU THOUGHT MATTEL WAS STUPID
Now that Barbie dolls are being remodeled with a larger waist and hips and smaller boobs and smile, lots of people think Mattel is finally getting real. After all, they're making Barbie look more like a real woman, and less like a plastic bimbo. In case you thought Mattel is some kind of politically correct entity, out to wipe out feelings of inadequacy from the female psyche, remember this: all those new bodies will never be able to fit into the old Barbie clothes. Collectors will have to buy all new ones! Just like real life, isn't it?
WHAT'S UP DOC? DEPARTMENT
Now, here's a case of using the old noodle: a radiologist who also happens to be a violinist has been subjecting violins, violas and cellos to CAT scans, as a way of evaluating them. He managed to uncover flaws and repairs that were undetectable by any other means. This could be a major boon to the antiques and collectibles field - much more effective than a black light for finding fakes, forgeries, marriages and fixer-uppers. Now, if only we could afford a home CAT scan machine!
This weekend, Artie and I will be in Albuquerque, NM at the grand opening
of The Antique Connection. Please - if you're in the nabe, stop by and say
"hello". And bring money. I'm doing appraisals to raise funds for The
American Cancer Society, and there are lots of really special things to buy
in the Center. Happy hunting!
© 1998 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #30
U.S. Library of Congress
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