Friday, June 14, 2024

Paintings by Eanger Couse and Ivan Choultse will Headline Neue Auctions' Online-Only Halcyon Sale on Saturday, June 29th

Beachwood, OH, USA, June 14, 2024 -- Original oil on canvas paintings by acclaimed artists Eanger Irving Couse (American, 1866-1936) and Ivan Federovich Choultse (Russian/French, 1874-1913) are the expected headliners in an online-only Halcyon Sale planned for Saturday, June 29th, by Neue Auctions, starting promptly at 10 am Eastern time.

“The summer auction will provide bidders with beautiful bucolic animals in bronze, original paintings and engravings, idyllic landscapes and still lifes, and objects of desire,” said Cynthia Maciejewski of Neue Auctions. “All lots may be viewed at our gallery preview from June 24th to 28th, from 10-5.” The gallery is located at 23533 Mercantile Rd. (Suite 100) in Beachwood.

The small, recently unearthed painting by Eanger Irving Couse, titled Turkey Hunter, done circa 1926, is in original condition and was recently added to the artist’s catalog raisonné. The 8 inch by 10 inch work (canvas) is framed under glass in a period giltwood frame. It’s artist signed lower left and inscribed verso in graphite. The painting should bring $15,000-$25,000.

The oil painting by Ivan Federovich Choultse is titled Soir de Novembre and measures 25 ½ inches by 32 inches (32 inches by 37 ½ inches as framed). It’s artist signed and is expected to realize $15,000-$25,000. Choultse was born in Russia and immigrated to Paris in 1923. He became known as the “magician of light” as a painter of remarkable, glowing snow scenes.

There are two Picassos in the auction in the auction, both from the same estate. A white earthenware with black oxide and white enamel glaze ceramic charger, titled Picador (1953), 8 ¾ inches in diameter, number 117 of 200 and impressed “Madoura Plein Feu”, should rise to $2,000-$4,000; while an etching on Montval laid paper with the “Picasso” watermark, titled Modele et Grande Tete Sculptee (Plate 61, from the Vollard Suite), signed in pencil lower right and inscribed “322” in pencil lower left corner, has an estimate of $3,000-$5,000.

A circa 1930 Art Deco gilt bronze sculpture by Pierre Laurel (French, 1892-1962), featuring an alabaster water jug and an onyx base, 18 ½ inches tall, with an artist inscribed signature at the base (“Laurel”), and an applied dedication plaque to Dr. Perkins for being a good Samaritan, from the crew of the S.S. Pennsylvania, dated 1934, should bring $8,000-$12,000.

Lots 16, 17, and 18 are pots by Claude Conover (American, 1907-1994): Chaac, a ceramic pot with applied slip over a textured cylindrical body with horizontal bands, 18 inches tall (est. $6,000-$9,000); Tamnes, a ceramic pot with applied slip over a multi-textured and wide form, signed and titled, 19 inches tall (est. $6,000-$9,000); and Kokom, a ceramic pot with applied slip over a multi-patterned surface, signed and titled, 11 inches in height (est. $3,000-$5,000).

A lithograph in colors on Arches Cover paper by Josef Albers (German /American, 1888-1976), titled WLS XIII (from the White Line Squares Series II, 1966), number 79 from an edition of 125 and signed, dated and numbered to the lower margin ‘WLS – XIII 79-125 A 66’ with a blind stamp, 15 ½ inches square (minus the frame), should reach $4,000-$8,000.

A pair of early 20th century Italian carved marble garden pedestals, in the form of three lion headed winged creatures with large paw feet and trefoil-shaped tops, will be sold individually (each est. $1,500-$2,500). Also, an early 20th century Italian carved marble garden bench, the rectangular marble top carved at the border with anthemion, raised on a pair of trestle shaped bases carved with mythical winged creatures, on large paw feet, should go for $1,000-$2,000.

Lots 64-87 comprise a collection of sporting art pulled from an estate in Gates Mills, Ohio. These will be led by an oil on canvas Portrait of Horse in a Landscape by William Barraud (English, 1810-1850), signed and dated (1846) lower right and with a canvas size of 20 inches by 24 inches (24 ¾ inches by 28 ½ inches as framed). The work should fetch $2,000-$4,000.

Other artists in the auction will include James William Cole, Walter Hunt and Robert Watson. Sculptures by Carl Kauba, P.J. Mene, Rosa Bonheur, Walter Maria and Lawrence Isard will also cross the auction block, as will engravings after George Stubbs.

British and American silver will be highlighted by a large sterling silver high-sided footed bowl form with a segmented rim (Monteith, London, 1900), having a maker’s mark for William Hutton and Sons, Ltd., 9 inches tall and 10 ¼ inches in diameter, with oval cartouches in scrolls reserved on gadrooning, weighing 59.029 oz. troy (est. $2,000-$4,000).

Three English Georgian gilded mirrors will come up for bid. They include the following:

- English George II carved giltwood wall mirror, c. 1740, with broken arch pediment centered by a Prince of Wales plume, the mirror frame carved in relief with foliate scrolls and pendant leaves and flowers, 43 ½ inches tall by 24 inches wide (est. $2,000-$4,000).

- English George III carved giltwood wall mirror, c. 1760, the surmount with carved Ho-o bird, standing with wings aloft, the frame carved with c-scrolls at each corner, the sides carved with branches, flowers and leaves, 49 inches by 23 ½ inches (est. $2,000-$4,000).

- English Regency giltwood mirror, c.1810, with molded cornice over a verre eglomise panel decorated in gilding with a floral spray on opaque white, in an oval cartouche, on a pale green lattice ground, 39 ½ inches tall by 26 inches in width (est. $1,500-$2,500). 

An 18kt yellow gold brooch by John Paul Miller (American, 1918-2013), in a multi-level, open work spade shape with overlapping branches, the open areas of the branches decorated with a granulation technique, is estimated to garner $3,000-$5,000. Miller was a pioneer in the use of granulation, and taught himself the technique through trial-and-error, beginning in the 1940s.

Two Chinese Kangxi blue and white vases will come up for bid. One is a 14-inch-tall shouldered form vase with a flared base and a high fired gloss finish, showing a seated figure in a landscape surrounded by attendants (est. $2,000-$4,000). The other is a late 16th century decorated bottle shape on a tall spreading foot with fret design, 12 ½ inches tall, the body decorated with birds, bamboo sprigs, butterflies and peonies in a vibrant blue over white ground (est. $1,500-$2,500).

The auction will also feature an Americana collection that includes a Dentzel style carousel horse, a faithful groomsman lawn jockey, a selection of duck decoys, and children’s toys (to include horse rockers and carriages). Also up for bid will be Inuit art (including works by George Arluk, Veronica Kadjuak, Isaac Takatak and others). An inkwell collection is also in the sale.

Internet bidding will be facilitated by and The auction will be clerked live on auction day by Neue Auctions team members. The catalog is up now on the two bidding sites.

To learn more about Neue Auctions and the online-only Halcyon Sale planned for Saturday, June 29th, starting promptly at 10 am Eastern time, please visit Updates are posted frequently. Cynthia Maciejewksi and Bridget McWilliams can be reached by telephone at 216-245-6707; or via email at, 

About Neue Auctions:
Neue Auctions invites everyone to be added to its email list to receive notices and info regarding current and future sales. The firm is always seeking quality consignments. To learn more about Neue Auctions, please visit Updates are posted frequently. Cynthia Maciejewksi and Bridget McWilliams can be reached by telephone at 216-245-6707; or via email at,

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Ahlers & Ogletree's Two-Day, 522-Lot Summer Estates & Collections Auction, held June 5-6 in Atlanta, Grosses $419,000

Atlanta, GA, USA, June 13, 2024 -- A Niermann Weeks ‘Calais’ six-light chandelier lit up the room for $5,115, an 18th century American School oil on canvas portrait of a boy with his dog realized $4,538, an impressive Kirk & Son sterling repousse pitcher gaveled for $4,840, and a gorgeous pair of Italian burled veneer pedestal cabinets fetched $2,723 in two days of auctions held June 5th and 6th by Ahlers & Ogletree.

The 522-lot Summer Estates & Collections auction was held live in the Ahlers & Ogletree gallery at 1788 Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard NW in Atlanta, as well as online. Session 1, on June 5th, featured 246 lots of English and American decorative arts, fine art and furniture. Session 2, on June 6th, had 276 lots of Continental decorative arts, fine arts, furniture and silver. The two days grossed about $419,000.

The Niermann Weeks (American, 1978) ‘Calais’ six-light chandelier, measuring 32 ¼ inches tall and 34 inches in diameter, had a gilt finished metal frame and stylized ostrich plumes (or palm fronds) composed of colorless glass rods. Manufacturers’ labels were attached to the ceiling canopy.

The 18th century oil on canvas American School portrait of a boy with his dog was rendered in 1779 and titled Portrait of Morgan Wilmot. The unsigned work was inscribed and dated to the upper right and nicely housed in a frame. The work measured 47 inches by 32 ¾ inches (canvas, minus the frame).

The Samuel Kirk & Son (American, 1846) sterling silver repousse water pitcher showed marks that were used from 1892-1924 and had a repousse pattern with florals and various animals, all set in a landscape with ruins. The pitcher was marked ‘26’, ‘S. Kirk & Son’, ‘925/1000’, with an inscription.

The mid-20th century pair of Italian burl chestnut veneer hexagonal pedestal cabinets, both 32 inches tall by 15 inches wide, each had a single door and rose on a plinth base, with manufacturers’ labels.

Following are additional highlights from the auction, at which internet bidding was facilitated by Auction Mobility (, and About 30 people attended the auction in person at the gallery, while 20 phone bidders and 64 absentee bidders also submitted bids. All prices quoted in this report are inclusive of a 21 percent buyer’s premium.

A palace-size Persian Mahal rug with a heavily patterned central navy-blue field surrounded by multiple borders, measuring a stout 12 feet by 20 feet 8 inches, found a new home for $5,143.

A Dennis & Leen (American, 1959) ‘Shaped Chinoiserie Tray’ coffee table having a black lacquered top and rising on a gilt metal faux bois base, apparently unmarked, brought $4,235.

Other Dennis & Leen offerings in the sale included a pair of ‘Marseilles’ giltwood mirrors, each having a shape pattern distressed frame, 52 ¼ inches by 34 ¼ inches, unmarked ($4,235); and a pair of ‘Italian Louis XVI’ armchairs, each having an antique cream painted parcel gilt finish and possibly Luigi Bevilacqua ‘Melograno’ upholstery with one accent pillow, finished at $2,299.

A large pair of Paul Ferrante (American, 1957) crystal 12-light “Anniversary” chandeliers in the Louis XIV taste each boasts a 22kt gold leaf finish. Both are hung with colorless crystal swags and prisms, with both chandeliers 60 inches in height and 42 inches in diameter, sold within estimate for $7,260.

A large Tridacna gigas clam shell, complete with both halves, an adult sessiled pair with the remains of the connective tissue that hinged the two halves of the shell when still alive, hit $3,933.

A 20th century French provincial style carved walnut panetiére (ornate Frenc bread box) in the Louis XV taste, having turned finials and spindles, a paneled door, and rising on scroll and die front feet, unmarked and measuring 39 inches in height by 33 ¼ inches in width, reached $1,815.

An untitled (Pastoral Landscape) oil on canvas painting done in 1900 by Archibald McNeal Willard (American, 1836-1918), monogrammed ‘A.M.W.’ and dated to the lower right, made $4,538.

A pair of Victorian style cast iron garden benches, produced in the manner of the Coalbrookdale Foundry (English, 1709-2017), having a white painted finish, a serpentine crest with an oak and ivy pattern, rolled arms terminating in beast hand rests and wooden slat seats, commanded $2,299.

A group of 19 Lalique (French, 20th century) ‘Honfleur’ frosted geranium dessert and small leaf plates, consisting of eleven dessert plates and eight small plates, found a new owner for $2,178.

A late 19th/early 20th century British oak Welsh dresser base in the Georgian taste, having an overhanging top, two drawers and a single shelf, rising on turned legs, unmarked, rose to $1,573.

Next up for Ahlers & Ogletree is an online-only Books & Documents auction on Thursday, June 20th; a Modern Art & Design + Outsider Art auction on Wednesday, June 26th; an online-only Asian Art & Antiques auction on Thursday, July 18th; an auction featuring the estate of Greg Crawford on Thursday, September 12th; and a two-day Fall Auction on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 2nd-3rd.

To learn more about Ahlers & Ogletree and their upcoming auctions, visit You can also follow Ahlers & Ogletree via social media on Twitter (X), Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

About Ahlers & Ogletree:
Ahlers & Ogletree is a multi-faceted, family-owned business that spans the antiques, estate sale, wholesale, liquidation, auction and related industries. Ahlers & Ogletree is always seeking quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single item, an estate or a collection, you may call them directly at 404-869-2478; or, you can send them an e-mail, at To learn more about Ahlers & Ogletree and their upcoming auctions, visit You can also follow Ahlers & Ogletree via social media on Twitter (X), Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

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Ahlers & Ogletree
1788 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318 USA

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Dr. Aliza Hanif Joins Woodside Dental Care

Assonet, MA, June 12, 2024 -- Woodside Dental Care recently announced the addition of Dr. Aliza Hanif DDS to its staff of dental practitioners. Dr. Hanif sees patients Monday through Friday at Woodside Dental Care’s location at 36 South Main Street in Assonet.

“We’re delighted to have Dr. Hanif join us here at Woodside. She shares our belief in evidence-based, comprehensive dentistry,” said Dr. Derek Cornetta, DDS or DMD? “Beyond her knowledge and skill, Aliza enjoys connecting with individuals from all walks of life and brings that demeanor to each patient encounter. That provides a comfortable environment and puts the focus on tailoring a treatment plan to each patient’s specific needs.”

Dr. Hanif received her doctorate at the University of New England-College of Dental Medicine in 2021. She also holds a master’s degree from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College.

“I had worked in the non-profit field and private sector before I made the decision to pursue my true passion of dentistry,” said Dr. Hanif. “I’m grateful to be working with Dr. Cornetta whose approach and values in the practice of dentistry are so well aligned with my own. He’s put together a tremendous team here and it’s been a very smooth transition.”

Outside of dentistry, Dr. Hanif is an avid golfer and played college, leading her team to the Division III National Championships—she also played professionally for a short while. Apart from golf, the Florida native enjoys spending time with her parents in Miami, cooking, hiking, running, and playing tennis from time to time. She also enjoys learning new languages, as she speaks proficient French.

Woodside Dental Care has been serving Assonet, East Freetown, Berkley, Lakeville and surrounding communities for more than 35 years, offering a wide range of dental services. That includes: preventive dentistry; checkups & cleanings; gum disease therapy; teeth whitening; dental implants; dentures; dental crowns and much more.

To schedule an appointment or for more information, visit or call (508) 452-6302.

About Woodside Dental Care:
Woodside Dental Care’s mission is to not only maintain a healthy smile, but to completely change perceptions of dentistry and challenge the idea that going to the dentist is unpleasant.

Woodside offers high quality care, maximum convenience, and the kind of friendly service you’d expect at a small Mom & Pop store. For information, visit the offices at 36 South Main Street, Assonet, MA, via the web at or call (508) 452-6302.

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Steven Dubin, PR Works

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Rare Items Signed by Lincoln, Bob Dylan, Peter The Great, Many Others in University Archives' Online Auction, June 26th

Wilton, CT, USA, June 11, 2024 --
A carte de visite photograph of Abraham Lincoln signed by him less than three weeks before his assassination, the lyrics of the song Tangled Up in Blue written in Bob Dylan’s hand and signed by him at the bottom, and a document in Russian signed by Peter the Great from 1717 are a few of the expected highlights in University Archives’ online-only Rare Autographs, Manuscripts, Books & Space Memorabilia auction slated for Wednesday, June 26th.

The auction will start promptly at 10:00 am Eastern time. All 510 lots in the catalog are up for viewing and bidding now – on the University Archives website – – as well as, and Telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted. Items signed by many of history’s brightest stars will come up for bid.

“The earlier than usual start time to this auction is a concession to the monumental size – over 500 lots – of our first major online-only sale of the summer,” said John Reznikoff, the president and owner of University Archives. “We’re proud to announce that, once again, we’ve been chosen to catalog and offer at auction important items from the prestigious Forbes Collection.”

Mr. Reznikoff added, “University Archives regulars will recall that we last offered items deaccessioned from the Forbes Collection four years ago. We’re delighted to present more phenomenal ex-Forbes items in our June sale, with additional pieces to come throughout 2024.”

Highlighted collecting categories in the June sale include U.S. Presidential, Aviation / Space, Music, Entertainment, Early America, Military and Sports, plus many other desirable categories.

Lot 62 is the carte de visite photo of Abraham Lincoln, signed by him (as “A. Lincoln”) along the bottom, PSA/DNA graded GEM MT 10. The original photograph was taken by Anthony Berger on Feb. 9, 1865. A handwritten inscription on verso indicates the carte de visite was presented to a well-wisher on March 25, 1865, less than three weeks before Lincoln was killed. It may have been one of the last photographs that Lincoln ever signed. With outstanding provenance from Charles Hamilton; ex-Christie’s (est. $100,000-$150,000).

Lot 288 are the lyrics of Bob Dylan’s song Tangled Up in Blue, entirely inscribed in his hand on a leaf of London hotel stationery in 2013 and signed by him at the conclusion. Tangled Up in Blue was the opening song to Dylan’s best-selling, double-platinum album Blood on the Tracks, released in 1975. The lyrics are accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Jeff Rosen, Dylan’s longtime manager and president of the Bob Dylan Music Co. (est. $40,000-$50,000).

Lot 411 is an untranslated document in Russian signed by Peter the Great, dated December 17, 1717. In it, the tsar grants permission to Artillery Major Johnson Henning to obtain craftsmen from Germany, notably shipbuilders, in an effort to expand and modernize the Russian Navy (est. $14,000-$18,000).

Lot 250 is a signature clip from Thomas Lynch (as “Lynch”), considered the second rarest Declaration of Independence signer. The clip was likely removed from a book in Lynch’s personal library. Its provenance traces it to Goodspeed’s Book Shop (est. $12,000-$15,000).

Lot 241 is a document dated August 29, 1782 boldly signed by John Hancock as Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, appointing Nicholas Bartlett as commander of a 20-ton armed schooner, the Adventurous Fisherman. Financed and outfitted by Fortesque Vernon and other Boston merchants, the privateer ship and its complement of ten men was given the task of “Cruizing against the Enemies of the United States” (est. $6,000-$7,000).

Lot 357 is a scarce and likely battlefield-used Confederate surgical kit owned by Thomas Stark Hemingway, Staff Surgeon of Col. B. Huber Rutledge’s 4th Regiment, South Carolina Cavalry, a unit that suffered heavy casualties. The kit is nearly intact and contains over 60 German steel instruments, including probes, clamps, scalpels and even a trepanning saw, housed in a fitted case mounted by a brass plaque engraved “T.S. Hemingway Surgeon” (est. $6,000-$7,000).

Lot 345 is a 4-page autograph letter signed by Acting Adjutant General Edward D. Townsend, dated December 19, 1889, and elaborating on the exact circumstances of the capture of former Confederate President Jefferson Davis by the Union Army in May 1865. Townsend stated that Davis was apprehended wearing “a ladies waterproof coat and a black shawl over his head.” He goes on to speculate on the possible motives of such unconventional dress (est. $5,000-$6,000).

Lots 285 and 286 are original Walt Disney Studios animation cels, inscribed and signed by Walt Disney on the Guthrie Courvoisier stamped mats. The painted celluloid images of Minnie and Mickey Mouse were used during the production of the 1952 short film Pluto’s Christmas Party. The pair will be offered as separate lots, each carrying a pre-sale estimate of $4,500-$6,000.

Lot 90 is a large archive of typed letters signed, White House memoranda, photographs, and ephemera, circa 1939-1942, representing correspondence between Franklin D. Roosevelt and Robert R. Graham, the architect tasked with designing and overseeing construction of high school buildings in Hyde Park, New York in the late 1930s. The archive includes six typed letters signed by Roosevelt, who was the namesake and benefactor of the school (est. $4,000-$5,000).

Lot 410 is a manuscript document dated January 14, 1646, during the middle of the English Civil War, signed by Oliver Cromwell and five other prominent Parliamentarians: Lord Salisbury, Lord Northumberland, Denis Bond, Thomas Hoyle, and the future regicide Sir Henry Mildmay. The document authorized the payment of six months’ salary to Sussex Cammock, commander of Landguard Fort, as well as to his officers and men, plus repairs to the fort (est. $4,000-$5,000).

Lot 466 is a letter handwritten in German and signed by Sigmund Freud, addressed to his close friend and collaborator, the Austrian Jewish lay psychologist Hanns Sachs. The letter, dated January 1, 1938, contains New Year’s greetings as well as a cryptic message commenting on the state of the field of psychoanalysis, in part: “With increasing knowledge of the literature nothing new will be left of Analysis…” The winning bidder can ponder its meaning (est. $2,800-$3,500).

Lot 467 is a typed letter signed by noted rocket scientist Robert H. Goddard on stationery from his Roswell, New Mexico workshop. In this letter, dated July 4, 1941, Mr. Goddard recommends one of his principal mechanics, Nils T. Ljungquist, for consideration by the U.S. Navy “if and when the rocket development in New Mexico terminates or is interrupted” (est. $2,400-$3,500).

Here is a link to the catalog on the University Archives website:

University Archives has become world-renowned as a go-to source for rare items of this kind. It is actively seeking quality material for future auctions, presenting a rare opportunity for sellers. Anyone who has a single item or a collection that may be a fit for a future University Archives auction may call John Reznikoff at 203-454-0111, or email him at

About University Archives:
University Archives was founded in 1979, as a division of University Stamp Company, by John Reznikoff, who started collecting stamps and coins in 1968, while in the third grade. Industry-wide, Reznikoff is considered the leading authenticity expert for manuscripts and documents. He consults with law enforcement, dealers, auction houses and both major authentication companies. For more information about University Archives, please visit Updates are posted frequently.

Friday, June 7, 2024

Items signed by Kobe Bryant, Mickey Mantle, John Wooden, Many Others are in Premiere Props' June 22 Online-Only Auction

El Segundo, CA, USA, June 8, 2024 -- An outstanding single-owner collection of sports memorabilia featuring basketballs signed by legends Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson and James Worthy; signed and graded Mickey Mantle baseball cards; actual Olympic torches from the 1984, 1996 and 2002 Games; and a treasure trove of John Wooden memorabilia will all come up for bid in an Internet-only Sports & Olympics Memorabilia auction slated for Saturday, June 22nd, by Premiere Props.

The auction, beginning at 11 am Pacific time, will be hosted on, and “Bidders will be able to dive into sports history and beyond with this incredible collection of sports memorabilia,” said Dan Levin of Premiere Props. “The catalog includes once-in-a-lifetime items for basketball fans, Los Angeles Lakers fans, baseball fans, football fanatics and horse racing aficionados. It’s a chance to own a piece of sports history.”

The Kobe Bryant signed basketballs include an authenticated, signed Spalding indoor/outdoor NBA all conference basketball, signed by the late superstar “KB” and with an NBA sticker of authenticity, in near mint condition (est. $7,000-$10,000); and an autographed Spalding official NBA basketball signed “Kobe Bryant 8” (he wore jersey number 8 primarily during his rookie year and possibly a year or two after). Included is the original packaging (est. $5,000-$10,000).

A Magic Johnson signed Spalding official NBA game ball, signed “Magic Showtime J”, numbered 200 out of 330 in silver ink, should bring $400-$600. The L.A. Lakers were nick-named the “Showtime Lakers” from 1979-1991. Also, a LeBron James 2004 uncirculated NAXCOM Sports Collector’s Marketplace Upper Deck rookie card, housed in an Ultra Pro UV magnetic card holder, with an authentication sticker, has a pre-auction estimate of $200-$400.

The many items pertaining to UCLA Bruins basketball coach John Wooden (1910-2010) include basketballs signed by the long-tenured coach (and former basketball star in his own right). One is a Nike gold-painted basketball and signed, “Best wishes, John Wooden, UCLA”. It is expected to rise to $150-$350. Another is an autographed Wilson indoor-outdoor NCAA basketball, also signed “Best wishes, John Wooden, UCLA”. The basketball should change hands for $150-$350.

A Moulton official orange synthetic leather basketball signed “Best wishes John Wooden UCLA” and three others, marked the Los Angeles Athletic Club, John R. Wooden Award, in a black display case with a mirrored rear panel, has an estimate of $150-$350. Also, a baseball autographed by John Wooden and sports broadcasting legend Vin Scully (1927-2022), who announced Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodger games for 67 years, should reach $400-$600.

A circa 1960s-1970s, gold-painted UCLA NCAA champs and coach-signed Nike basketball, signed by John Wooden and players that include Kareem Abdul Jabaar and Bill Walton, is expected to finish at $500-$700. Meanwhile, a pair of original upholstered seats from the UCLA Pauly Pavilion, where the UCLA Bruins played their basketball games under Coach Wooden (seats #1 and 2, row 15, from 1965 up to a renovation in 2008) should garner $1,000-$3,000.

The rare Olympic torches are sure to draw keen bidder interest. They include the following:

- The relay torch from 1984 with a body in bronze-tinted aluminum and a leather-covered handle with a metal ring giving the caption, “Games of the XXIII Olympiad Los Angeles 1984”. Rafer Johnson (the 1960 Olympic gold medalist in the decathlon) was the final torchbearer (and the first Black athlete ever to light the cauldron). (est. $5,000-$8,000).

- The official original torch from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, 32 ½ inches in length, with a wooden handle showing an engraved list of the Summer Games from 1896 to 1996, in reference to the centenary of the Olympic Games. The last torchbearer was Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay), a gold medalist boxer in Rome in 1960 (est. $5,000-$7,000).

- The official, original torch from the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics of 2002, the relay for which was a 65-day run, from Dec. 4, 2001 until Feb. 8, 2002, carried throughout the United States following its lighting in Olympia, Greece. The final torchbearers were all the members of the U.S. men’s gold medalist hockey team of 1984 (est. $5,000-$7,000).

A professional model, black-colored Rawlings Adirondack “Big Stick” baseball bat signed by home run slugger Barry Bonds, numbered 224 out of 500, is expected to make $3,500-$5,500. Also, a group of baseballs signed by members of the 3000 Hit Club (players who collected 3,000 or more hits in their Major League Baseball careers, including Mays, Musial, Carew, Kaline, Brock, Yastrzemski and Rose, but not including Hank Aaron), framed, should hit $2,500-$3,500.

A 1997 Scoreboard #8 Mickey Mantle Shoe Box Collection trading card, graded Gem Mint 10, in a clear protective case, has an estimate of $500-$700. Also, a 1963 Topps New York Yankees team baseball card, with team and player stats, in fair condition, should command $400-$600.

Not every single lot in the sale is sports-related. An etching by Salvador Dali, from the artist’s The Historica de Don Quixote da la Mancha suite of artworks, numbered (HC 19/65), mounted and matted on a brushed brass frame, should achieve $600-$800. The etching was displayed during the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles along with other works by the surrealist master.

To learn more about Premiere Props and the upcoming Internet-only Sports & Olympics Memorabilia auction slated for Saturday, June 22nd, please visit

About Premiere Props:
Premiere Props is the world’s largest entertainment memorabilia store. Based in El Segundo, California and in business for 21 years, Premiere Props is where bidders go to find authentic and certified screen-used movie props, movie star-worn costumes, movie and TV memorabilia and entertainment collectibles. The firm is always seeking quality consignments for future auctions. To learn more about Premiere Props, please visit

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Murdick's Fudge Celebrates Double The Sweetness with National Fudge Day and Father's Day

Edgartown, MA, Oak Bluffs, MA, Vineyard Haven, MA, June 04, 2024 --
Murdick's Fudge, the iconic fudge maker with more than 135 years of history, is excited to celebrate National Fudge Day, which this year coincides with Father's Day on June 16. This unique overlap presents a perfect opportunity to reflect on the rich history of fudge and honor the dads with a sweet tooth—and without

The Rich History of Fudge
Most believe National Fudge Day was concocted (or confected) with when the first batch was created by accident when a batch of caramel didn't come out right. Around that same period, Murdick's Fudge began when sailmaker Henry Murdick's wife Sara created her own version of fudge on Mackinac Island in Michigan. Murdick's Candy Kitchen opened that same year in 1887.

Murdick's Fudge opened on Martha's Vineyard in 1978. There, they have crafted their own identity on the island. That starts with mouth-watering homemade fudge and an opening day lineup for 15 flavors, including: Plain Vanilla, Butter Pecan, Penuche, Chocolate Mint Chip, Smores, Plain Chocolate, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Walnut, Peanut Butter, Cape Cod Cranberry and Rocky Road.

“Father's Day and National Fudge Day coincide every few years or so. That means it's a double celebration here at Murdick's Fudge,” said Mike McCourt, general manager of the three locations of Murdick's Fudge on the Island. “And for those dads who don't have a sweet tooth, we've got a few other savory treats.”

Father's Day at Murdick's Fudge
Murdick's offers a 3 Slices of fudge and a 12-oz Brittle Gift Box special for Father's Day. For Dads without as much of a sweet tooth, Murdick's Fudge also offers gourmet cheese popcorn and peanut and cashew brittle. And for those who truly want to celebrate the roots of fudge, there's a gourmet caramel popcorn as well.

“The other thing about Father's Day and National Fudge Day is its sort of our official start to the summer season,” said McCourt. “And we're all about the summer here and bringing smiles to residents and visitors to the Island.”

Murdick's has three locations: 25 North Water location in Edgartown. Murdick's Fudge has two other locations--5 Circuit Avenue Oak Bluffs, MA 02557 and 9 Union Street in Vineyard Haven.

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Day 3 of Holabird's American History & Hall of Fame Showcase Auction, June 6-9 in Reno, has Historically Important Items

Reno, NV, USA, June 4, 2024 -- Holabird Western Americana Collections’ four-day American History & Hall of Fame Showcase auction, June 6th thru 9th, online and live in the Reno gallery, is packed with more than 2,300 lots of collectible treasures in a broad range of categories, but bidders would be wise to give special attention to the rare, special items up for bid on Day 3, Saturday, June 8th.

The day is loaded with 595 lots of Wells Fargo & Express, outlaws and lawmen, autographs, Rev War and early military, President Lincoln, the JFK assassination, Black Americana, Civil War, Gen. George A. Custer, presidential, firearms and weaponry, sports / Hall of Fame, baseball and basketball, boxing, football and other items. But some of the lots are truly historically significant.

Black Americana will be led by lot 3084, an original ferrotype photograph of eight of the founding members of the Philadelphia Vigilance Committee and the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society (better known collectively as the Underground Railroad, which shuttled slaves from the South to the North in the 1800s). The photo was taken circa 1855-1860, with identifying notes included. It may be the only photo of these important men from this era (est. $10,000-$30,000).

Items pertaining to the Civil War will be plentiful. Lot 3268 is an incredible autograph book (and thus an actual POW record) of 116 Confederate officers held at Johnson’s Island, Ohio. It is a spectacular and exceptionally rare first-hand record of the POWs, containing two autographs per page. It includes some of General Morgan’s “Raiders”, an unsuccessful attempt to secretly raid Union camps in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky in 1863. The book should realize $6,000-$10,000.

Lot 3269 is a Confederate officer’s coat button from around 1861, not identified with any state but very rare and in very good condition (est. $2,800-$4,000). The button depicts the American Eagle facing right, surrounded by a total of 11 states, with lightning bolts in the eagle’s talons. It measures 23mm in diameter, two-piece with a shelf shank, a twisted rope border and no ID of manufacture. It was made in England for the Confederate states after the naval blockade of 1861.

Items relating to Abraham Lincoln as President will be offered. Lot 3132 is an official document dated July 2, 1863 and signed by Secretary of the Nevada Territory Orion Clemens as acting governor (which he sometimes did when Governor James Nye was traveling). Clemens joined Lincoln’s election campaign and when Lincoln was elected President, he appointed Clemens Secretary of the Nevada Territory. The document is framed and matted (est. $2,500-$3,500).

Lot 3143 is a lot of five autographs of men involved with Lincoln: Stephen A. Douglas (Senator from Illinois and presidential opponent); Joseph K. Barnes (Surgeon General of the U.S., who was on Lincoln’s deathbed and performed John Wilkes Booth’s autopsy); U.S. Army General David Hunter; U.S. Brigadier General James Shields, who served as Senator from three different states; and Barnes Compton, who served in the U.S. Congress in the 1880s (est. $1,000-$2,000).

Lot 3180 is a rare carte de visite of John Wilkes Booth, signed and inscribed by him circa 1859 on the reverse: “J. Wilkes Booth to James W. McDerman”. James McDerman was manager of the Merchant Hotel in Baltimore, a hotel that catered to actors, from 1859-1866. The photo remained in the McDerman family from the Civil War until 2003, when it was first offered for sale. Booth’s signature is extremely rare, as most of them were destroyed (est. $5,000-$10,000).

Items pertaining to General George Armstrong Custer will feature lot 3339, the signatures of more than ten survivors of the 7th Cavalry (and, subsequently, the Battle of Little Big Horn). Some of the men survived the Indian slaughter, while others were on “leave of absence” or on special duty”. Two were fortunate to have been assigned to the pack train that lagged sadly behind before arriving at Reno’s unit on the hill. The group has an estimate of $3,000-$6,000.

Lot 3350 comprises two Custer-related items: a cabinet card by D.F. Barry dated 1880 from Bismarck, South Dakota of Curly, a Crow scout to Custer’s column who was paid to find other Indian tribes but not to fight (also, he was a Little Big Horn survivor); and a court deposition in very good condition, dated Aug. 7, 1901, in which Curly states he never got paid for delivering hay for the cavalry. Curly’s signature (as “X”) appears on the second page (est. $4,000-$6,000).

There are many original documents and photos of well-known 19th century Western outlaws on Day 3, including the James Gang, Billy the Kid and the Dalton Gang. But the prize lot is the absolute top Western wanted poster of all – the 1882 Black Bart Poet Stage Robber wanted poster (offering an $800 reward), along with a circular compiled by J.B. Hume, a Wells Fargo Special Officer, containing a poem a poem by Bart found after a robbery (est. $10,000-$30,000).

Lot 3046 is a rare original carte de visite of Black Bart (real name, Charles E. Boles), circulated by Wells Fargo out of Sacramento. On the reverse is written “Black Bart for F. Tracy” (Tracy being a Wells Fargo agent), but there is some question as to whether the words are printed or, if not, were signed by Bart at all. The lot also features a photograph of Bart, signed (as “Charles E. Bowles”), from when he served as a U.S. Army First Sergeant in Illinois (est. $5,000-$25,000).

Lot 3051 is a Wells Fargo $1,800 reward poster issued in 1881 for the three masked men still at large after the Nov. 7, 1881 robbery of the stage from Sonora to Milton, California. The three men were Billy Minor (or Miner, alias Billy Anderson and also known as the legendary “Grey Fox”), about whom a movie was made and who originated the phrase “Hands up!”; William Miller, who was fond of poker, whiskey and fast women; and Jim Brown (est. $5,000-$10,000).

To learn more about Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC, and the four-day American History & Hall of Fame Showcase auction, June 6th-9th, at 8 am Pacific time each day, visit

About Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC:
Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC is always seeking new and major collections to bring to market. It prides itself as being a major source for selling Americana at the best prices obtainable, having sold more than any other similar company in the past decade alone. The firm will have its entire sales database online soon, at no cost – nearly 200,000 lots sold since 2014. To consign a single piece or a collection, you may call Fred Holabird at 775-851-1859 or 844-492-2766; or, you can send an e-mail to To learn more about Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC, please visit

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Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC
3555 Airway Drive (Suite 308)
Reno, NV 89511 USA

Saturday, June 1, 2024

Miller & Miller's Three Online Auctions in Two Days, June 15-16, will Feature Petroliana and Country Store Advertising

New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada, June 1, 2024 -- Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. will hold three online-only auctions on two days – Saturday and Sunday, June 15th and 16th. The June 15th event will be an Automobilia, Petroliana & Advertising auction, featuring the Dr. Michael Francis collection. June 16th will be split into two sessions: a Canadiana, Advertising & Historic Objects auction featuring the Jon Church collection; and an Automobilia & Advertising auction later in the day. 

“We’ve segmented the content of these collections,” said Ethan Miller of Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. “Saturday is geared toward petroliana and soda advertising, while Sunday’s focus is on country store advertising and some great historical objects.” 

Things will heat up quickly on June 15th, with the late Dr. Michael Francis collection certain to create a swarm of interest with bidders. Dr. Francis was an automobile enthusiast known for his keen eye, knowledge and judging acumen. His collection included early 20th century porcelain dealer signs, advertising signs, gas pumps, American automotive literature and historical objects related to Owen Sound (his birthplace) and Orillia (where he practiced medicine), in Canada. 

The sale that day, starting at 9 am Eastern time, will include Canadian dealer signs (including two Enarco “Slateboy” signs, a diecut Cities Service sign in a rare wrought iron frame, two Supertest dealer signs and other desirable items). But the two headliners are the 1920s-era two-sided, three-dimensional ‘Garage’ sign from the Ancaster Ford-Essex Garage, and a 1936 Chevrolet half-ton pickup truck in untouched original condition. Even the tires are original. 

The 1936 Chevrolet half-ton pick-up truck is a true pre-war survivor truck, driven only 17,056 actual miles since new. It features the original ‘leather-type’ upholstery, original apple green and black paint, and original 6-cylinder valve-in-head 206.8 c.i. engine. The chrome is excellent and the original Goodrich Silvertown tires were removed but kept. The truck has been stored in a climate-controlled environment but will need some servicing. It should bring $25,000-$30,000. 

All estimates quoted in this report are in Canadian dollars. 

The late 1920s double-sided painted galvanized sheet metal sign with milk (opal) glass letters spelling the word ‘GARAGE’ is deceptively simple in design but early lighted signs with milk glass represent some of the most important North American treasures in advertising. This one is impressive at 45 inches by 82 inches and depicts a Model A Ford (or Essex) of the period, and was originally made for a Ford-Essex Garage in Dundas, Ontario (est. $20,000-$30,000). 

What would a Miller & Miller petroliana auction be without a White Rose Gasoline round dealer sign, four feet in diameter and featuring the iconic ‘Boy and Slate’ graphic? Miller & Miller has featured the sign in past sales, always with enthusiasm from bidders, and this one, boasting very good color and gloss, should be received well, too. It has a pre-sale estimate of $9,000-$12,000. 

The first June 16th auction, beginning promptly at 9 am, will feature the Jon Church collection. Mr. Church is well known and highly regarded among longtime Canadiana collectors. “Like a historian, Church kept careful handwritten notes on most items in his collection,” Mr. Miller remarked. “We found them everywhere, which was helpful in identifying his many one-of-a-kind items.” The collection includes a surprising cache of Canadian pottery, country store advertising and historic objects – all fresh to the market. 

Pottery items include an Owen Sound pitcher, an Eby pie plate, a Skinner 3-gallon ‘Tree of Life’ crock and more. The collection also features a rare Canadian Pacific Railroad vertical broadside; a Montreal, Ottawa and Georgian Bay Canal Company building plaque; rare porcelain signs; three early tin lithograph signs (for Black Cat Shoe Dressing in Toronto, Rexall Parker & Druggist in Owen Sound, and Frost’s Optometrist in Orillia); a rare ‘Pegasus’ locomotive toy by Ives; and a run of model steam engines from the collection of the late David James. 

The King George V working model steam locomotive fashioned out of metal and wood is an impressive creation built in the 1920s by William Edward Burgess of England. Burgess was an artist and a painter (his self-portrait is included in the lot) who took up model building after he lost his hearing in World War I. The King George V steam locomotive is a spectacular piece of railroad history, meant to be functional with immaculate 4-cylinder engine (est. $9,000-$12,000). 

A Canadian 1890s single-sided tin sign for Black Cat Shoe Dressing is a great original survivor, with the original paint, original wood frame and excellent color and gloss. The sign is gigantic, measuring 59 ¾ inches by 29 ¾ inches, and is in very good untouched condition. It’s marked to the lower edge, “Connor-Ruddy Co., Toronto” and carries a pre-sale estimate of $6,000-$9,000. 

An American circa 1880 Ives, Blakeslee & Co. (Bridgeport, Conn.) Pegasus locomotive, tinplate with cast wheels, considered by many collectors to be the finest mechanical locomotive without track ever built, is expected to chug out of the room for $6,000-$9,000. The advanced design includes a train engineer with moving arm to ring the bell, a flaring diamond smokestack, a gilt steam engine and a track light. The mechanical locomotive is untouched, complete and original. 

The second auction of the day on June 16th, titled Automobilia & Advertising, is an online-only affair with no live webcast stream. All lots will automatically close online at 5pm Eastern. This bonus sale features the niche market remains of the collections featured on Saturday and Sunday. The focus will be on early American automotive literature (Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg, Ford, Cadillac), along with parts, mascots, accessories, badges, pins, historical objects and more. 

“This sale is filled with interesting advertising and ephemera that is sure to delight collectors of all levels,” Mr. Miller said. “It affords an opportunity for those who missed out in the Saturday and Sunday sessions. This short but worthy sale was a lifetime in the making. Don’t miss it.” 

Noteworthy lots in the session include a collection of 50 Ontario Motor League (OML) Road Books, printed on lithographed paper and spanning the years 1908-1961, not a complete library (est. $800-$1,200); a group of early Auburn automobile sales brochures, made in America in the 1900s and 1910s (est. $700-$900); and a 1950s American-made Superman vs. The Robot metal lunch box (est. $600-$900). 

While these are online-only auctions with no live gallery bidding, bidders can tune in to the live webcast on auction days, to watch lots close in real time. Here are links to all three auctions:

June 15:

June 16:

June 16: 

Bidding is also available via Phone and absentee bids will be accepted. 

Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. is Canada’s trusted seller of high-value collections and is always accepting quality consignments. The firm specializes in luxury watches, art, antiques and high-value collectibles. Its mission is to always provide collectors with a trusted place to buy and sell. 

To consign a single piece, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (519) 573-3710; or, you can e-mail them at To learn more about Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. and the June 15th & 16th auctions, please visit

Nye & Company will Hold A Two-day, Online-Only Gentleman's Collector Auction, June 12th-13th, Featuring 650 Quality Lots

Bloomfield, NJ, USA, June 1, 2024 -- Nye & Company Auctioneers will hold a two-day, online-only Gentleman’s Collector auction on Wednesday and Thursday, June 12th and 13th, beginning promptly at 10 am Eastern time both days. The auction includes 650 lots sure to satisfy disparate collecting interests. A wide range of collectible categories will be featured.

One can hear the roar of the crowd erupting as the ball soars over the bleachers. Highlights include a Babe Ruth-signed baseball from circa 1942-1945, a must-have for the dedicated Yankee fan. Signed on the sweet spot, this ball is conservatively estimated at $10,000-$15,000. There is also a Mickey Mantle signed glove and a pair of Yogi Berra signed game-worn pants. Both are estimated to sell for between $1,000-$2,000. A large group of baseball cards has been sorted into various lots as well.

Conversely, the solitude and quiet epitomized by wading into a cool river may hook some trophy bidders, as the angling section of the auction includes several well-known and highly collected hand-tied flyfishing flies.

Makers from both sides of the pond include handiwork by well-known American tiers such as the Dettes (Walter, Mary and Winnie), Ralph Graves, Eric Leiser, George Harvey, Renee Harp, Edwin Logue, Art Flick, Tom Nixon, Mike Hale, Maxwell, McPherson Sylvester Nemes, Rod Yerger, Rainy’s, H.R. Frisch, Bob Clouser, Jock Scott, Dick Talleur, Ed Shank and others.

An assortment of English and Scottish tiers includes S. Alcock Co., Ogden Smith, Hardy Brothers, the personal flies of J.W. Dunne, Megan Boyd, Roger, Woolley, and prismatic gut flies from the Baden-Powell family. There are examples of fresh- and saltwater streamers, trout and salmon flies and more. There are also several older, classic rods and reels as well.

Octane-free sportsmen may want to bid on the vintage boats. To get the body moving, there are two terrific vintage Old Town canoes, one of which is a 1968 sailing canoe that comes with the sail, mast, rudder and dagger boards. The other is a 1941 Guide Series 19-foot canoe. The solo paddler may prefer the bench-made canvas covered kayak estimated at $800-$1,200.

Octane lovers, pay attention. Several barn-find motorized vehicles in the sale represent an opportunity to buy some rare vehicles. Standouts include a 1972 BSA Lightning motorcycle. A similar example was made famous in the 1965 Bond movie, Thunderball. Estimated to rev one’s engine, the cost of entry to gain the same head-turning looks as 007 is only $3,000-$5,000.

With timeless good looks, the 1975 Tri-King three-wheel motor car is also estimated at $3,000-$5,000. Another three-wheel vehicle is a 1982 H-M-Vehicles, Inc., Freeway. This is one of only approximately 700 high-mileage vehicles made for about three years in Burnsville, Minnesota. This green monster is estimated to sell between $2,000-$3,000.

The multiple personalities of the auction are again seen in the dichotomy of the inclusion of the collection some vintage and contemporary bicycles. There is a new-in-box Dyno Kustom Kruiser Taboo Tiki Cruiser, a vintage chrome Lowrider bicycle, a Schwinn Cycle Truck mail delivery bike and a Colson Co. large-scale tricycle. More child-oriented activities and toys include Matchbox cars, tether-cars and other pre-digital diversions.

Less mechanical is a large-format Hal Foster original drawing of the Prince Valiant #1480 comic strip from June 20, 1965, one of the more eclectic items. This exciting work of art is estimated to bring $10,000-$20,000. Another rare original drawing is that of the first practical submarine, conceived, drawn, and signed by John R. Holland, the namesake of the Holland Tunnel.

Alexander Calder is represented by his lithographic work in polychrome titled Couleurs enlaces dans le fil de fer, that bears an estimate of $3,000-$5,000. A number works by Cushman Parker show the illustrator’s knack for capturing the advertising spirit. Salvador Dali, Purvis Young, Gerald Veltre, Bill Ward and L.M. Veltre, among others, represent the fine art category.

In addition to the information about the submarine, there is a small but choice selection of military uniforms and militaria dating from World War I through the Vietnam War. The sale includes a large selection of scouting, both American- and International- related uniform kerchiefs, slides, and patches from festivals and jamborees.

There is an exciting mix of fossils, minerals and meteorites. One of the highlights are two meteorites from Campo del Cielo, Argentina. Each is expected to sell for between $500-$1000. There are some fossilized megalodon teeth which are the perfect reminder to be wary of what lurks below the surface as we head into the summer.

The sale includes real-time Internet and absentee bidding. Interested parties can participate on a several platforms like,,, and the Nye & Company website: Telephone bidding will also be available on a limited basis.

People can bid in absentia and online. An online preview is being held from June 29th thru June 12-13th at the abovenamed websites.

For more information about Nye & Company Auctioneers and the online-only Gentleman’s Collector auction on Wednesday and Thursday, June 12-13, visit The full color catalog will be available to viewed shortly at,,, and

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Anyone looking for additional images, condition reports or info about an object is invited to visit the Nye & Company website or send an email to For more information about Nye & Company Auctioneers, please visit

New Spherehead Pillow Provides Spinal Alignment and Comfort

Warwick, RI, June 01, 2024 -- Odd. It doesn’t look like a standard rectangular pillow. Because it is not a standard rectangular pillow.

Founder and visionary Alizah Josette, a Warwick, RI resident and paralegal, struggled to find an adequate pillow that would allow unrestricted movement but prevent harmful twists and strains of the head and neck muscles. Through her persistence, dedication and numerous prototypes, she unlocked the secret to a soothing night's sleep - a pillow that cradles and supports the head and neck, promotes alignment of the spine, and allows flexibility of sleeping positions.

Round and scooped out, the patented Spherehead Pillow offers a unique physical shape and physical benefits. Within a week, most users adapt and blossom.

The 100% Charmeuse pillowcase, which comes with the pillow, is beneficial for all hair types. While the pillowcase is machine washable and durable, the smooth material bolsters healthy hair and helps prevent breakage.

Chiropractors not only suggest it to patients, but use it nightly. Dr. Michael J. Gottfried, a Newport, RI-based chiropractor commented, “The Spherehead Pillow completely changed both my sleep experience and daily sense of wellbeing.”

Spherehead’s innovative design offers restorative sleep every night by providing gentle support of the head and neck and promoting proper spine alignment. Spherehead's unique design embraces sleeping habits and benefits the body. The Spherehead memory foam pillow cradles the head and mirrors the natural curve of the cervical spine. Back sleepers enjoy unrestricted movement, while Spherehead prevents damaging twists and turns of the head and neck allowing muscles to relax and unwind.

The Spherehead pillow does not interfere with any sleep apparatus, such as an eye mask or a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. Side sleepers appreciate the gentle contour of the Spherehead pillow that rests along the curve of the cheek, ensuring the face is unobstructed.

The Spherehead Pillow is available on Amazon and retails for $59.99. Pillows can be ordered at -

The company is also partnering with chiropractors and other healthcare professionals to make the pillow readily available.

For more information, visit

Friday, May 31, 2024

Holabird's Huge, Four-Day American History & Hall of Fame Showcase Auction will be Held June 6th-9th

Reno, NV, USA, May 31, 2024 -- Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC will greet the warm weather with a little heat of their own, in the form of a huge, four-day American History & Hall of Fame Showcase auction, June 6th thru 9th, online and live in the gallery located at 3555 Airway Drive in Reno, starting each day at 8 am Pacific time. A staggering 2,335 lots will come up for bid.

“This auction boasts categories from several major collections, some more than fifty years in the making,” said Fred Holabird, the owner of Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC. “This sale closely follows a timed online-only auction last month that saw a lot of action, with some good rarities and some great buys. The timed auctions are getting more popular by the month.”
But the upcoming auction promises to be a blockbuster in every sense of the word. It will start with Day 1, on Thursday, June 6th, featuring 590 lots of Native Americana, jewelry and watches, collectibles, books / antiquarian, medical collectibles, advertising items, toys and kids’ items. 

Native Americana will showcase 19th century photographs and autographs of Native American chiefs, Native American history books and more than 30 baskets from the Wedertz-Bridgeport-Bodie collection. Lot 1135 is a beautiful Panamint butterfly basket made by Molly Bellas of Lone Pine. It took her ten years to complete this work, which has four large butterflies adorning the sides. The tightly woven basket was a prize in the Wedertz collection (est. $1,000-$4,000). 

Day 2, on Friday, June 7th, will contain 550 lots of maps, transportation and railroad (including two key railroad pass collections, one of them the Ron Lerch collection of Western railroad passes), and stocks (including banking, railroad and other). Lot 2097 is a railroad pass for the Bodie and Benton and Commercial Co. from 1887. The pass, #131 issued to W. H. Jones, Arizona & New Mexico Railroad, was signed by Thomas Falk, Gen. Supt. (est. $800-$2,000). 

Day 3, on Saturday, June 8th, will be super busy, with 595 lots of Wells Fargo & Express, outlaws and lawmen, autographs, Rev War and early military, President Lincoln, the JFK assassination, Black Americana, Civil War, Gen. George A. Custer, presidential, firearms and weaponry, sports / Hall of Fame, baseball and basketball, boxing, football and other items. 

Black Americana will feature a major discovery of a ferrotype of the founders of the Philadelphia Vigilance Committee and the Anti-Slavery Society (the Underground Railroad). Lot 3253 is two bills of sale for Southern plantations, with items that include held slaves, giving the price for human beings alongside items like wheat bushels and horse harnesses (est. $300-$500). 

The Civil War will be an active category, featuring an original Union soldier correspondence letter archive, original Confederate sympathizer correspondence from the Union side, a collection of notables on both sides of the war (including the execution of Lt. Wirz), and Union and Confederate illustrated covers, stamps and letter sheets – a treasure trove for collectors. 

Lot 3303 is an exceptional historical record of Union Prisoners of War held in Columbia, S.C., compiled by Capt. A.A. Taylor of the 122nd Reg., Ohio Volunteers. The book contains more than 470 autographs of Union officers with identifying regiments and other anecdotal material (est. $8,000-$20,000). There’s also an autograph book of Confederate officers held in a Union prison.

Day 3 will also feature large collections surrounding President Abraham Lincoln, politically and regarding the assassination. Lot 3180 is a rare carte de visite of John Wilkes Booth, signed and inscribed by him circa 1859 on the reverse: “J. Wilkes Booth to James W. McDerman”. James McDerman was manager of the Merchant Hotel in Baltimore, 1859-1866 (est. $5,000-$10,000).

There is a large collection of Gen. George A. Custer personal material and a collection of Custer officers killed at Little Big Horn. Lot 3336 is a cabinet card signed by Sioux Chief Rain-In-The-Face, the man who personally killed Custer, as confessed to a missionary on his deathbed. The photo was taken in preparation of the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 (est. $10,000-$20,000).

There are many original documents and photographs of well-known 19th century Western outlaws. These include signed documents of several of the brothers of the notorious James Gang; a large collection of documents related to Billy the Kid and the man who killed him, Pat Garrett; and a collection of signed documents by several members of the outlaw family the Dalton Gang.

There is also a collection of many 19th century California wanted posters from various counties. They include an original wanted poster for Bill Minor (the Grey Fox); a collection that includes two of the three different original Pinkerton wanted posters/circulars for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (est. $20,000-$40,000); and the absolute top Western wanted poster of all – the 1882 Black Bart Poet Stage Robber four-page circular and wanted poster (est. $10,000-$30,000).

Not everyone knows about the Lincoln County War, an Old West conflict between rival factions that began in 1878 in Lincoln County, New Mexico Territory (later the state of New Mexico), and continued until 1881. The feud became famous because of the participation of William H. Bonney (“Billy the Kid”), Sheriff William J. Brady and other notables. A collection of 17 rare Lincoln County War documents, lot 32069, is up for bid with an estimate of $8,000-$20,000.

Day 3 will also feature John F. Kennedy material, including a collection of everything to do with the assassination and a collection of Kennedy political figures; a large library of rare Western history books; and baseball-related items, including documents and a program from the fixed 1919 World Series, known as the Black Sox scandal (est. $5,000-$10,000); and an autograph cut of Hall of Famer Roger Connor, the “Homerun King” of the dead-ball era (est. $5,000-$20,000).

Day 4, on Sunday, June 9th, will also be active, with 600 lots of mining, numismatics, tokens, World’s Fair memorabilia, bottles, saloon, tobacciana, gaming, cowboy, entertainment, music, photographs, ephemera and philatelic, a fitting end to a four-day auction packed with great stuff.

Noteworthy Day 4 lots include a choice purple color bottle for “A B Stewart / Druggist / Bodie, Cal.”. The bottle, never washed, displays beautifully, with only a very small ship (est. $500-$1,000); and a rare territorial token for “The Antlers / Prescott / A.T. (Arizona Territory) / L.A. Rub. Stamp Co. / Good For / 12 ½ Cents / At The Bar”, round, 21 mm, R9 (est. $400-$800).

Online bidding will be provided by, and Anyone owning a collection that might fit into a Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC auction is encouraged to get in touch. The firm travels throughout the U.S., to see and pick up collections. The company has agents all over America and will travel to inspect most collections.

To learn more about Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC, and the four-day American History & Hall of Fame Showcase auction, June 6th-9th, at 8 am Pacific time each day, visit 

About Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC:
Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC is always seeking new and major collections to bring to market. It prides itself as being a major source for selling Americana at the best prices obtainable, having sold more than any other similar company in the past decade alone. The firm will have its entire sales database online soon, at no cost – nearly 200,000 lots sold since 2014. To consign a single piece or a collection, you may call Fred Holabird at 775-851-1859 or 844-492-2766; or, you can send an e-mail to To learn more about Holabird Western Americana Collections, LLC, please visit 

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Crescent City Auction Gallery in New Orleans will Hold A Two-Day Important Estates Auction, June 14th and 15th

New Orleans, LA, USA, May 31, 2024 -- A three-piece Arts and Crafts sterling silver tea service, an oil painting by British artist Alfred Fontvill De Breanski (1877-1957), a set of six Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen swan chairs and a selection of antique and vintage weapons are part of Crescent City Auction Gallery’s Important Estates Auction scheduled for Friday and Saturday, June 14th & 15th.

The auction – nearly 700 lots in all – will be held online and live in the Cresent City gallery located at 1330 St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans. Start times both days will be 10 am Central. Internet bidding will be provided by the company website (, as well as and Phone and absentee bids will also be taken.

Much of what is in the auction is property that has been pulled from local and regional estates. The 20th century Arts and Crafts sterling silver solitaire tea set is by Georg Jensen and Wendelas (Denmark, #28) in the Jensen Blossom pattern (est. $2,500-$4,500). The mid-20th century set of six Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen swan chairs is expected to change hands for $3,000-$5,000. The oil on canvas by Alfred Fontvill De Breanski is titled Evening on a Highland River and has an estimate of $1,500-$2,500.

There are over 150 antique, vintage and contemporary weapons, including a German Mauser rifle and semi-automatic pistol, a Harrington & Richardson Company shotgun, and a David Pedersoll Italian reproduction rifle. Also scattered throughout the catalog are fine hunting and combat knives, including brands by Randall Made, Dozier-Arizona and De Leon.

The rest of the auction will present fine items in categories people have come to expect from Crescent City Auction Gallery over the years: French, English, Italian and American furniture; original artworks by local and regional artists; paintings by European artists; sterling silver; fine estate jewelry; bric-a-brac; mirrors; lamps and lighting; and wonderful decorative accessories.

The jewelry section has many fine items, including a large black opal and diamond ring, a child’s gold and sapphire dinner ring, a mystic topaz and diamond pendant and a yellow gold bangle bracelet. In addition to the Arts and Crafts tea service, other silver lots will include a set of six sterling silver repousse and relief place plates by Richard Wallace & Sons (est. $2,500-$4,500).

French furniture will feature a mid-19th century Louis Philippe marble-top mahogany commode (est. $600-$1,200); a 19th century French Provincial Louis XV-style cherrywood armoire (est. $700-$1,200); a 19th century Louis XVI-style Aubusson carved walnut canape sofa (est. $700-$1,000); and a lovely French Empire gris peinte giltwood overmantel mirror (est. $800-$1,200).

Other French furniture will include farmhouse tables, rush seat chairs, sideboards, marble-top commodes, armoires, buffets a deux-corps, writing tables, daybeds, confituriers, secretaire a abattants, a four-piece walnut bedroom suite, a curved glass vitrine, gilt and gesso overmantel mirrors, various sets of Louis style chairs, console Tables and many other desirable pieces.

American furniture will showcase tete-a-tete, a Beacon Hill silver cabinet, a Federal chest, a Sheraton mahogany sideboard, a carved mahogany stacking bookcase, a George Nelson for Herman Miller sofa, and an Art Deco style room divider made in the manner of Gilbert Rohde.

Lot 527 is a circa 1960 Pia Manu Brutalist sideboard (est. $4,000-$8,000). Pia Manu is a Belgian workshop, where Jules Dewaele and his son Koen Dewaele worked during the 60’s until now, working with natural stone and ceramics. The created pieces consist of primitive shapes, enhanced by the use of rough materials such as bronze, copper or slate. This minimalist approach makes their creations timeless. Pia Manu tables are rare and desired by collectors worldwide.

English furniture will include a Georgian style nine-piece carved walnut dining room suite, a Georgian mahogany chest, and a set of eight Hepplewhite chairs. Other furniture will feature an Italian Renaissance Revival polychrome pine bassinet (est. $1,000-$1,200); a 19th century Italian giltwood and gesso vitrine (est. $1,000-$1,500); and a Continental giltwood pier table having a mirror with a zoomorphic mask crest and a heavy pierced acanthus crest (est. $1,000-$1,500).

Original artworks by notable local and regional artists will be plentiful. Examples include a silver gelatin print by George Valentine Dureau (La., 1930-2014), titled Louis Gaines (est. $1,000-$2,000); a 1992 oil on canvas by Richard Christopher (“R.C.”) Davis (La., b. 1950), titled Swamp Scene with Cypress Trees and Birds (est. $1,200-$1,800); and an untitled oil on canvas abstract painting from 1988 by Robert Rector (Miss./La., b. 1946) (est. $600-$900).

Also sold will be an oil wash on paper by Alexander John Drysdale (La., 1870-1934), titled Louisiana Bayou with Live Oaks (est. $1,200-$1,800); a circa 1970 color lithograph by Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976), titled Pyramids and Clouds (est. $3,000-$5,000); and an oil on panel by Niek Van Der Plas (Dutch, b. 1954), titled Naples Beach (est. $2,000-$4,500).

Other artists in the sale include Ellsworth Woodward, John T. Scott, Rhoda Brady Stokes, Knute Heldner, George Rodrigue, E. Bailey Hilda, Arnold Turtle, Paul Ashbrook, Janice Cartier, Albert Marquet, Alexander Calder, Joan Miro and others. See the website for more works and artists.

Other noteworthy items up for bid include a 20th century Pairpoint reverse painted lamp with a tree-lined landscape, the shade signed “C. Durand” and the underside showing a Pairpoint stamp (est. $1,000-$2,000); a 20th century Maria Theresa-style crystal 15-light bronze chandelier (est. $800-$1,200); an artwork from the 2000 New Orleans Festival of Fins by Matt Rinard (La., b. 1964), titled Passenger Fish Fish (est. $600-$1,200); and a pair of iron Versailles-style 20th century planters with pinecone finials over sides with applied relief wreaths (est. $800-$1,200).

Also up for bid will be Limoges dinner sets, Sevres, copper cookware, Mid-Modern lamps, Waterford stemware, African masks, Oriental carpets, iron patio furniture and planters, marble-top bistro tables, a minimalist “Kazuki” dining suite, Mid-Century Modern items and more.

In-person previews will be held beginning Wednesday, June 5th, through Thursday, June 13th, excluding weekend days, from 10 am to 5 pm Central time. No appointment is necessary.

Absentee and phone bids will be accepted until 1 pm Central time the day before the auction. A 28 percent buyer’s premium will be applied for online bidders or those paying with a credit card. A 25 percent buyer’s premium will be applied in-house. A printed catalog is available; please call 504-529-5057 or send a request via email to

For more information regarding Crescent City Auction Gallery and the two-day Important Estates Auction planned for Friday and Saturday, June 14th-15th, beginning at 10 am Central time both days, please visit Updates are posted frequently.

About Crescent City Auction Gallery:
Crescent City Auction Gallery is always seeking quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single item, an estate or a collection, you can call them at (504) 529-5057; or you can send an e-mail to All phone calls and e-mails are confidential. For more information regarding Crescent City Auction Gallery please visit Updates are posted often.

Ahlers & Ogletree will Hold A Two-Day Summer Estates & Collections Auction, June 5th-6th, Online and Live in Atlanta, Ga

Atlanta, GA, USA, May 30, 2024 -- A 1997 Steinway ebony Model M baby grand piano and bench; a large pair of Paul Ferrante crystal 12-light “Anniversary” chandeliers in the Louis XIV taste; and a print on paper from a 1910 photograph by Edward S. Curtis are just a few of the expected highlights in a Summer Estates & Collections auction scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, June 5th and 6th, by Ahlers & Ogletree.

The 522-lot auction will be held online and live in the Ahlers & Ogletree gallery located at 1788 Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard NW in Atlanta. Session 1, on June 5th, will feature 246 lots of English and American decorative arts, fine art and furniture. Session 2, on June 6th, will contain 275 lots of Continental decorative arts, fine arts, furniture and silver. Start times for both sessions are 10 am EDT.

The 1977 Steinway ebony Model M baby grand piano bears the maker’s mark as well as the serial number (548240, to the metal plate). The piano stands on spade legs and comes with a Jansen black diamond tufted artist bench with Steinway & Sons logos and J3 spade legs (est. $15,000-$25,000).

The large pair of Paul Ferrante (American, b. 1957) crystal 12-light “Anniversary” chandeliers in the Louis XIV taste each boasts a 22kt gold leaf finish. Both are hung with colorless crystal swags and prisms. The dimensions are 60 inches in height and 42 inches in diameter (est. $6,000-$8,000).

The framed photogravure print on paper by Edward Sheriff Curtis (American, 1868-1952) is from the noted photographer’s 1910 image titled Waiting in the Forest, Cheyenne. It’s plate #218 from Curtis’s The North American Indian (Portfolio 6) and is titled lower left. The sheet is 22 ¼ inches tall by 17 ½ inches wide; the plate is 17 ½ inches tall by 12 ¼ inches wide. The pre-sale estimate is $5,000-$7,000.

A gorgeous, palatial, hand-knotted 20th century Oushak rug in a floral style, having red, gold and yellow designs, palmettes and flowers, with some green on a cream field, is impressive at 27 feet 5 inches by 18 feet 3 inches (measured in the middle). The rug has an estimate of $10,000-$15,000.

A pair of De Angelis Ltd. (or Thomas De Angelis & Co.) Lawson sofas, each having light dove grey silk upholstery with cream trim, plus two reversible down-filled seat cushions, and a box skirt, will be sold as one lot (est. $3,000-$6,000). The sofas, apparently unmarked, are both 84 inches in width.

A three-quarter length oil on canvas Portrait of William Pitt the Younger (1759-1806), unsigned, by an artist from the School of John Hoppner R.A. (English, 1758-1810), is 44 inches by 34 ¾ inches (canvas, less frame) and should bring $3,000-$5,000. Pitt was the last prime minister of Great Britain and the first prime minister of the UK. The original hangs in the National Portrait Gallery (UK).

Every item described so far is in Session 1, but Session 2 has some wonderful items as well, such as the 117-piece Gorham Manufacturing Co. (American, 1831) sterling flatware service in the English Gadroon pattern (active 1939-1991). All pieces are marked appropriately and have a total weight (excluding the hollow-handled items) of 124.96 ozt. The service carries an estimate of $3,000-$5,000.

A patinated bronze sculpture by the artist known as Erte (real name, Romain de Tirtoff, 1892-1990), titled Kiss of Fire (1984) is expected to realize $2,000-$4,000. The work is signed, editioned (241 / 300) and stamped ‘Fine Art Acquisitions’ to the back of the base. The sculpture is 22 inches tall.

A pair of Lalique (French, 1888) swans, each in frosted glass, one swan with its head up and the other swan its head down, the taller swan about 9 ¼ inches tall by 12 ½ inches wide, should fetch $2,500-$3,500. The swans are on a mirrored base and marked “Lalique” to the bottom of each’s tail feathers.

A pair of undated classical patinated bronze figures by Jean-Baptiste Clesinger (French, 1814-1883), one of Helen of Troy (18 ½ inches tall) and the other of Sappho (17 inches tall, each on a 5-inch base), will come up for bid as one lot (est. $2,000-$4,000). Helen of Troy is signed in mold, while Sappho is apparently unsigned, with marks for the Barbedienne Foundry visible to the back of the base.

A five-piece Reed & Barton (American, 1840-2015) sterling silver hot beverage set in the Hampton Court pattern (active 1964-2011), consisting of a coffee pot, a teapot, a waste bowl, a covered sugar bowl and a cream jug, all marked and weighing a total of 81.07 ozt, should command $2,500-$3,500.

A large shadow box-filled collection of 71 interesting items, from the ancient to the 20th century, from the Dr. Reverend Brown estate in Columbus, Ga., is expected to garner $3,000-$4,000. The 71 items feature nine pocket watches (including a 19th century Brequet a Paris watch with a solid gold case), match safes, a perfume bottle, pens, placards, Victorian child’s rattle, an 1872 card holder and more.

Online bidding will be provided by the Ahlers & Ogletree website (, as well as and Telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted.

Previews will be held Monday, June 3rd, from 10am-5pm; and Tuesday, June 4th, from 10am-5pm, in Ahlers & Ogletree’s gallery. Times quoted are Eastern. The public is invited; no appointment needed.

To learn more about Ahlers & Ogletree and the two-day, 522-lot Summer Estates & Collections auction on June 5th and 6th, beginning at 10 am Eastern time both days, visit You can follow Ahlers & Ogletree via social media on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

About Ahlers & Ogletree:
Ahlers & Ogletree is a multi-faceted, family-owned business that spans the antiques, estate sale, wholesale, liquidation, auction and related industries. Ahlers & Ogletree is always seeking quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single item, an estate or a collection, you may call them directly at 404-869-2478; or, you can send them an e-mail, at To learn more about Ahlers & Ogletree, visit You can follow Ahlers & Ogletree via social media on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

Friday, May 24, 2024

SJ Auctioneers' Online Father's Day Auction, June 16, Features Vintage Trains and Toys, Sterling Silver, Jewelry, decor

Brooklyn, NY, USA, May 25, 2024 -- An online-only Father’s Day auction featuring 150 lots of décor items, vintage trains and toys, sterling silver, fine estate jewelry and more is planned for Sunday, June 16th, by SJ Auctioneers, starting at 6 pm Eastern time. Internet bidding via

The artists, designers, silversmiths and manufacturers will include names such as Tiffany & Co., David Yurman, Buccellati, Gorham, Georg Jensen, Wallace, Whiting, Cartier, Kirk, Daum, Van Cleef & Arpels, Swarovski, Lalique, Herend, Maitland-Smith, Baccarat, Steuben, Armani, Hasbro, Marx, Ingersoll, Matchbox, Structo, Tootsietoy, Lionel, Tippco, Nintendo and others.

Wonderful sterling silver is offered at nearly every SJ Auctioneers sale, and this one is no exception. An example is the Buccellati sterling silver and parcel-gilt Millennium Globe, 9 inches tall, with original box and paperwork. The globe is numbered (005/500) and comes with an affidavit of authenticity signed by Gianmaria Buccellati. It has an estimate of $3,600-$4,000.

Sterling flatware sets are expected to sit atop the final list of top achieving lots, led by a 61-piece Buccellati sterling silver flatware service for twelve in the Milano pattern, in excellent condition (est. $7,500-$9,000); and a 50-piece Tiffany & Company large dinner service for seven in the Hampton pattern, no monogram, in superb condition, in a two-tiered chest (est. $5,500-$8,000).

A gorgeous five-piece Tiffany & Company sterling silver tea and coffee set in pattern number 3884 from 1875, in good condition and in the Aesthetic style, consisting of a coffee pot, a teapot, a covered sugar bowl, a creamer and a waste bowl, weighing a total 108.5 troy ounces, with hallmarks and the monogram shown, is expected to find a new home for $5,000-$5,800.

A Gorham coin silver butter dish in excellent condition and totaling over 17 ounces of troy silver, 5 inches tall by 7 inches in diameter, should finish at $1,200-$1,800; while a set of three ladles from the Georg Jensen United States store in New York City, all three in different sizes, complete with the original box featuring the company logo, carries an estimate of $250-$350.

The jewelry category will be led by two Tiffany & Company pieces: a 1940s late Art Deco 14kt yellow gold men’s (or unisex) bracelet, handmade and solid and weighing a hefty 52 grams, 8 inches long (est. $4,000-$5,500); and a mid-century retro-style 14kt yellow gold diamond and ruby convertible pendant, nicely centered by a ruby and diamond cluster (est. $3,000-$4,500).

Other jewelry offerings will include a David Yurman 18kt yellow gold necklace pendant enhancer charm Albion turquoise with diamonds, the turquoise alone 14mm (est. $2,500-$3,500); and four stingray cuffs and matching necklaces (black, charcoal, green and pink), the cuffs 10mm wide and the chokers 3mm wide, being offered as single lots (each est. $350-$500).

Vintage mid-century toys will be plentiful and will include the following examples:

- A circa 1964-1969 Hasbro GI Joe action sailor figure with the original box, the figure and box in very good condition considering their age, plus a plastic case (est. $450-$750).

- A Marx tin litho wind-up train that goes around a track playing music, in pastel colors of yellow, pink and green, featuring children playing, in working order (est. $180-$250).

- A Structo pressed steel auto haul loader with 2 vehicles, 21 inches long (est. $150-$200). 

On to decorative items, where a Herend signed bunny rabbit figurine with no chips or cracks, 12 inches tall and 7 inches long, is expected to realize $750-$2,500; and a vintage, 1990s Lalique crystal shark figurine from a limited edition created exclusively for the Nassau Bottle, 2 ¾ inches tall, magnificently sculpted in satin-finished crystal, carries a pre-sale estimate of $500-$750. 

Swarovski figures, so popular with collectors, will feature a crystal DC Comics Thor figure with box, in a collectible deign that features 523 facets and a mix of metal accents (est. $600-$850); and an Idyllia Gouldian large and colorful finch bird designed by Martin Zendron, executed with a vibrant kaleidoscope of colors, featuring 376 facets and lacquered metal feet (est. $280-$350). 

A Maitland-Smith apple décor figure in tessellated marble with a brass stem, measuring about 8 inches, is expected to change hands for $350-$500. Also, a vintage pair of sterling silver Japanese red crested Tsuru crane birds, hallmarked Gin-Sei (the Japanese sterling silver mark), mounted on a velvet-lined wooden stand and with a covered glass case, should hit $250-$500. 

Rounding out this short list of expected top achievers is a pre-1905 Bartholomay (Rochester, N.Y.) winged wheel small metal coaster or tip tray (“Beers, Ales & Porter, in Kegs & Bottles”), with a diameter of about 4 ½ inches, lithographed by Chas. K. Shonk, Chicago (est. $300-$500). 

Here is a link to the catalog: 

Bidding is available online now. Pre-bidding is also available; for those who are unable to attend the online auction, they can still leave their bids now. This auction uses Autopay by SJ Auctioneers prides itself on offering its customers great service and fast shipping, unlike some other auction houses where people need to arrange their own shipping.

To learn more about SJ Auctioneers and the online-only Father’s Day auction slated for Sunday, June 16th, visit

About SJ Auctioneers:
SJ Auctioneers is always seeking quality items for future auctions. To inquire about consigning an item, an estate or a collection, you may call 646-450-7553; or, you can send an email to To learn more about SJ Auctioneers, visit Updates are posted frequently.