June 10, 1999
The newsletter's a little early this week because Artie and I are heading up to Farmington, CT to do the Farmington Antiques Weekend Show.
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF WHOLLY HOLY
The Vatican plans to open a theme store in New York City. Seriously. Look out Disney and Warner! It'll be a souvenir shop, where you can buy china, linens and stationery depicting the works of art at the Vatican Treasury Museum. But why stop there?, the marketing whizzes of the Roman Catholic Church, want to know. This is just the precursor to a rollout that will eventually amount to 400 stores worldwide. The plan is apparently the result of the success of the gift shop at the Vatican itself, which markets the Vatican Library line of merchandise. At the top of their bestseller list: the Pope's new book and CD.
BOTTOM OF THE OPPORTUNISTIC BARREL DEPARTMENT
You may recall that country and western singer George Jones nearly killed himself outside of Nashville last March when he attempted to drive and talk on a cell phone at the same time (no word is available on how he handles walking and chewing gum). Since his Lexus SUV was totalled in the crash, it was acquired by Fann's Auto Salvage. Fann's has just put the wreck up for sale in a local paper. Price? $22,000. As is, of course. And, if the car isn't collectible enough for you in its present pretzel-like shape, Fann's will be happy to sell you parts so you can make your own repairs. I undestand they also have a bridge for sale. It's in Brooklyn....
The Dedham Historical Society has chosen the plate that will be reproduced as their 1999 limited edition plate. The chosen one is the Dolphin Plate. This item may be ordered directly from the Society at $85 until July 15. Thereafter, the price will be $95. An additional $7 will be added for shipping, and November delivery is expected. Please bear in mind that the Society will be taking orders, and then producing the plates. In other words, the edition will be "limited" to all the orders they get. Orders may be sebt to Dedham Historical Society, Dedham, MA, 02027-0215. For information, call (781)326-1385.
Christie's is set to auction off some of Eric Clapton's guitars on June 24. Pre-sale estimates range from $1,500 to more than $120,000.
Great website: The Museum of Modern Art's site at MOMA
allows you to view current exhibitions, shop in the online museum store and
explore research and educational resources.
Off we go to New England, to do our first outdoor show of the season. If
you're in the nabe, stop by and say "hi", enjoy the weather and pick up
some nice stuff.
***One note: I'd like to archive the newsletters on the Twin Brooks
website, which will enable you to go there and look up past tidbits you
might find useful. Last year we had a computer crash, and lost Newsletters
#1 through #65. If you have any of these, please email and let me know
what you have. Please don't send any newsletters until you hear from me.
Many thanks! Have a great week, Accumulators. Happy hunting!
© 1999 Judith Katz-Schwartz. All rights reserved.
Antiques and Collectibles Newsletter #87
U.S. Library of Congress
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