Newsletter #74

February 27, 1999

Greetings Accumulators!
Albuquerque was quite a change from New York City. The temperature was nearly 70 degrees every day, and the air was very dry. I needed to keep a bottle of water with me at all times, as did most of the natives. Many of them mentioned that it had been a long time since they'd had any rain.

What a welcoming place Albuquerque is! Located in the high desert area of the American Southwest, the breathtaking views it affords are amazing. I'm happy to tell you that Albuquerque's residents don't take them for granted, either. We're not accustomed to an environment where you can see things 100 miles away, so Artie and I both stared a lot.

Antiqueing in Albuquerque is alive and well, and the selection is wonderful. Unlike on the West Coast, oak, mahogany and cherry furniture is popular there(and it does look great in all those nice adobe homes). I saw great examples of everything from pottery to glass to vintage clothing to toys to books to architectural elements. But the place to shop for vintage jewelry if you're in Albuquerque is undoubtedly The Antique Connection Mall, owned by our hosts, Jane and John Clarke. Artie picked up a killer Trifari sterling necklace for me there, as a belated Valentine's Day gift. The mall is large and its many dealers maintain an attractive display of a wide range of items. For my money, it's the best antiques shopping in Albuquerque. The appraisathon we did went well, and I loved meeting those of you who came to it

I imagine the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were experiencing some mixed feelings at the auction of OJ Simpson memorabilia at Butterfiled and Butterfield in Los Angeles two weeks ago. OJ's property was being sold to the highest bidder to help pay the 33.5 million dollar judgment they won against him in a wrongful death suit regarding the murders of their relatives. Considering what sports memorabilia is bringing at auction these days, the $382,000 earned by Simpson's items wasn't much, but then, he's not a hero to most people any more. The Brown and Goldman families must have wanted the prices to be high enough to help settle the suit, but low enough to reflect Simpson's diminished status.

And what motivated the bidders to shell out the "sort-of-big" bucks for Simpson's things? Bob Enyart of Denver, CO, bought $16,000 worth of OJ stuff, including two Number 32 football jerseys, a Professional Football Hall of Fame induction certificate and two trophies. The jerseys and certificate were burned, and the trophies smashed outside the Criminal Courts Building in Los Angeles, while bystanders cheered and booed. Enyart, a Christian radio talk show host said they were destroying OJ Simpson's property because "the criminal justice system is destroying justice before our very eyes". Tom Kreissman of Philadelphia bought Simpson's Heisman Trophy, the only Heisman trophy ever offered for sale, for $255,500, two thirds of the total auction take, to impress his girlfriend. He says they were reading the auction notices in the newspaper and saw that the pre-sale estimate on the Heisman was $100,000. Kreissman told his girlfriend, "For $100,000, I'd buy it". His girlfriend laughed at him. So, he bought the trophy for more than double the estimate. Now, Kreissman has a Heisman. True love or a weak ego? You be the judge.

For music fans out there who think the late Linda McCartney's claim to fame was her marriage to Paul Mc Cartney, you may be forgetting that she was a highly acclaimed photographer and a celebrity in her own right, long before she met Paul. The Bruce Museum of Greenwich, CT is the first stop on a nationwide tour of an exhibit called "Linda McCartney's Sixties: Portrait Of An Era". It's a star-studded collection of photos taken by Linda, Rolling Stone Magazine's first staff photographer. The exhibit consists of her intimate portraits of such luminaries as the Rolling Stones, The Beatles (of course!), Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan and many others. It will remain at the Bruce Museum through May 23 and will travel through the US through 2000, constituting the first exhibit of these photos in the nation. The Bruce is located at 1 Museum Drive, and is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10AM to 5PM; and on Sunday from 1 to 5PM.

Maybe it was the end of "Seinfeld" that did it. The J. Peterman Company (yes, the one that offered props from the movie, "Titanic" at such exorbitant prices), the character Elaine's employer on the show, is about to go under. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month, but has failed to find a buyer, so a federal judge has ordered them to file a going-out-of-business sale plan. An auction is set for March 9.

Watch out for these:

Roseville La Rose pattern - the 9 inch handled vase, with an RV mark on the base is being reproduced. You can recognize it by the lack of detail in the molded pattern.

Sixties Rock Posters - the original editions of these were very small. The fact that they are being seen in the market in abundance is a tip-off that they are being copied. Watch for differences in colors, printer's name, cardboard stock and method of printing.

Motion lamps - Econolite scenic lamps are being reproduced. A clue: the tops and bottoms on the new lamps are plastic. The old ones were cardboard.

That should wrap it up, Accumulators. Artie and I are going to check out the sale at one of our favorite auction houses tonight: Roberson's in Pine Bush, NY. If you're in the nabe, stop by. They get great stuff!

Have a great week, Accumulators. Happy Hunting!


1999 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #74
U.S. Library of Congress
ISSN 1520-4464


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