May 1, 1998
As I head out the door for what could be the last "Personal FX, The Collectibles Show" ever (although, I certainly hope not!), I want to thank all of you who wrote kind messages of support and encouragement. Please make your views known to FX Networks!
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF YOU MEAN YOU'RE NOT SELLING HIS UNDERWEAR TOO?
Leave it to the folks in Beverly Hills. On May 16 and 17, Superior Galleries of Beverly Hills will be holding an immense space memorabilia auction (over 3,000 lots). I sincerely hope no one has to be home for dinner that night.
Included in the sale is a large consignment from Dr. Buzz Aldrin, the
second moon walker. Some of the items from this consignment are things he
carried with him to the moon, such as a flashlight, some state and national
flags, an envelope and the kit in which he carried personal items.
Catalogs are $20. For more information, you may contact Superior Galleries
at 9478 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.
SOMEONE MUST HAVE HAD A GUILTY CONSCIENCE DEPARTMENT
Mrs. Margaret Carr of Rose Valley, PA passed on in 1984, bequeathing seven Grandma Moses paintings to The Bennington Museum, in Bennington, VT, which holds the largest collection of Grandma Moses art in the world. Mrs. Carr had been a personal friend of Grandma Moses and had given to the Museum, in addition to the paintings, a sofa belonging to the artist and some personal memorabilia.
But, the paintings never arrived at The Bennington Museum. They were
stolen from Mrs. Carr's home just after she died. The burglary was
reported to the police, but no one had a clue to their whereabouts. On
February 9, 1998, the paintings were suddenly delivered to the museum,
without any prior notice, by a commercial shipping company from
Pennsylvania. No one has been able to trace from whence the shipment came.
The FBI has been called in on the case and, until further notice, the
paintings reside in the vault at The Bennington Museum.
BEWARE OF LEGAL HASSLES
Here's the scenario:
A collector bought an Indian chief's blanket at an antiques mall, paying $125 for it. He sold it to dealer who told him it was Mexican and worth $2,000. The dealer paid him $1,000. The dealer then sold the blanket for $290,000. The original buyer sued the dealer because, he claims, the dealer knew it was very valuable when he bought it, and fraudulently acquired it. In 1996 a jury decided in favor of the dealer. BUT - the original buyer appealed, and a new trial will be held. I derive two thoughts from this story: (1)Never allow anyone to set his own price for an item you are selling him, under guise of "appraising" it for you (do your own homework!), and (2)I wonder how the dealer in the antiques mall is feeling at the moment!
Watch out for repro pie birds. The most desirable ones, such as the ones with black themes, are being reproduced, and sold as old. Key to recognizing the reproductions: they have tiny steam vent holes.
POLITICALLY INCORRECT COLLECTIBLES
Lots of things have changed in the last century or two, in particular our sensitivity to the feelings of different ethnic groups. But, does this make sense when it comes to collectibles? Please read the article, "What's In a Name Nowadays?".
This weekend, Artie and I will be working at the auction of our good friend
and favorite auctioneer, Vince Bambina at The Old Red Barn, in
Cuddebackville, NY. If you're in the nabe, please stop by and say "hi!". Happy Hunting!
© 1998 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #40
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