June 26, 1998
Salutations from The Baked Apple. Those groans you're hearing are mine, as the temperature in New York City is expected to go above 100 degrees today, and the air conditioning here at Twin Brooks has stopped functioning. Don't ask me what I'm wearing - you don't want to know. I think I'll take myself to an air conditioned movie, but I could never leave without writing to you first!
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF MARY KAY, EAT YOUR HEART OUT!
WGBH, the public television station based in Boston, has just completed its 33rd fund raising auction. Total sales amounted to $1.3 million, a new record. What interests me is one of the hottest items on the block: a 1956 pink Cadillac Eldorado, completely customized (it even had fuzzy dice!), which was the subject of a four-way bidding battle by viewers. It was finally won for $27,500. My second favorite lot? A trip for two to the Galapagos Islands, valued at $6,870 but sold for $15,500. Lots of other neat lots, like a Babe Ruth autograph for $1,670 and lunch with Julia Child for $1,800. Oh, by the way, your guide for the Galapagos trip? Alan Alda.
WOULD YOU MIND LETTING ME KNOW THE NAME OF THAT APPRAISER, PLEASE DEPARTMENT
Here's the latest brouhaha over a canny dealer snapping some item up at a price far below its value, and then reselling it for a fortune: An estate sale in Arizona included some paintings by American painter Martin J Heade. The tag sale company had the paintings appraised, and the two were purchased by a collector for $88. He promptly took them to Christie's, who auctioned them. They realized $1,072,000 (plus the buyer's premium, of course!). The estate is now suing the estate sale company, and the collector. There was a precedent set in an earlier case involving a Native American rug, and the knowledgeable buyer had to share his profits with the seller. Stay tuned....
Watch out for bogus 1939 New York World's Fair jewelry. One is a silver-colored adjustable ring, with a Trylon and Perisphere behind a clear window. The other is a pin in the shape of a vintage airplane. The giveaway: a safety-pin back.
Roy Rogers lunch boxes are being reproduced, but with authorization of Roy
Rogers Enterprises. Each one comes with a numbered tag (which could be
removed by unscrupulous dealers) and costs $60. One pictures Roy on
Trigger, being greeted by Dale Evans. The other has Roy, Dale and Bullet
Well, Accumulators, I'm approaching meltdown here in the hot city. Much as
I love talking to you.... This Sunday Artie and I will be attending our
nephew, Ian's graduation. Can't believe my little redheaded Bo (who is now
approaching 6 ft) is going off to college in the fall! Stay cool, folks.
© 1998 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #47
U.S. Library of Congress
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