Saturday, April 30, 2011

Coca-Cola: largest collection worth $12M to be sold for 2 years (via Auction Central News)

Museum's Coca-Cola auctions promise to be ‘delicious & refreshing’:
The Schmidt museum has the only known complete collection of more than 200 styles of Coca-Cola serving trays. This is the hardest to find, dating from 1897. Image courtesy of the Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola Collectibles.
"The biggest and arguably the best privately held collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia will be sold over a two-year period, much of it at public auctions starting as soon as mid-September.
Owners of the Schmidt Museum of Coca-Cola Memorabilia in Elizabethtown have decided to disperse the collection of more than 80,000 items, which is estimated to be worth as much as $10 million."

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King Kong & #Godzilla (1985) So happy together @SwannGalleries Auction

Swann Auction Galleries : Full Details for Lot 208:
35 3/4x24 inches, 91x61 cm. Crafton Graphic Co., Inc.
Condition B+: tears and creases at edges; abrasions in image. Paper.
A student of Armin Hofmann in Switzerland, Geissbuhler settled in America where he began an exceptional and distinguished career in graphic design. In addition to his major commissions from the Smithsonian, IBM, Mobil, Union Pacific and others, he was also able to incorporate a sense of humor into his smaller projects. This image was designed to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, and encourages the reconciliation of the world's two super powers, the United States and the Soviet Union."

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Lunchtime: Collection of Unusual Food (via + Unusual Recipes

The Belm Collection of Unusual Food:
"What follows is a catalog of The Belm Collection of Unusual Food, amassed from generous donations by Steve Strassmann. It is important to note that apart from three exceptions, none of the items in the collection have been opened and tasted."

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Collecting (46) Shopping bags: Ain't nothing new | Auction May 5, 2011 @SwannGalleries

Swann Auction Galleries : Full Details for Lot 189:


Sale # 2246

"VARIOUS ARTISTS [SHOPPING BAGS.] Circa 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Group of 46 bags.
Sizes vary.
Conditions vary, generally A. Paper.
Collecting shopping bags is nothing new. As early as 1979 the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum organized an exhibition called 'Bandboxes and Shopping Bags,' and other institutions have followed suit. The Newark Public Library has had an exhibition on shopping bags every year since 2000, and there have been exhibitions in Connecticut in 1992, California, at U.C. Davis in 2000 and the Montana Museum of Art and Culture in 2007."

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Vintage Luggage Collections + Rare LV trunks ($68,500) & history | Apartment Therapy Chicago

Vintage Luggage Collections House Tour Gallery | Apartment Therapy Chicago:

"...vintage luggage. Although, as much as I love a nice Royal Traveller suitcase, I much prefer actually traveling with something that has at least two wheels. So, I've turned to these Apartment Therapy House Tours for some inspiration in turning my luggage collection into part of my apartment's decor."

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Duesenberg Phaeton: Car collector panel in Auburn, Indiana on May 14 spring auction

Auburn spring auction includes car collector panel:
This  1932 Duesenberg Model J Dual-Cowl Phaeton will cross the block at the Auburn Spring Collector Car Auction.
This 1932 Duesenberg Model J Dual-Cowl Phaeton will cross the block at the Auburn Spring Collector Car Auction.

Auburn Spring Collector Car Auction will get a treat in May when Reggie Jackson, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer; Wayne Carini, host of HD Theater's Chasing Classic Cars, and concept-car expert Joe Bortz take part in a panel discussion about the world of the collector car.
The panel discussion will take place at the Auction Park Arena in Auburn, Ind., on May 14 at 9 a.m. before the auction starts. The Auctions America by RM classic-car auction runs from May 12 to 15.
"This example, rescued in the 1980s, is from a private collection and was reportedly involved in a collision. After it was considered too expensive to repair, it sat in storage until the late Rick Carroll came along and brought it back to glory. ...

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Antique website reviews 'Bloggers keep antique fans inspired (via

Bloggers help keep fans of antiques inspired | | The Detroit News 

"At the top of the list, of course, are blogs about antiques and collecting, including one written by New York collector and author Stanley Williams, also known as 'The Elegant Thrifter.' Williams, author of 'The Find,' which chronicles his adventures in New York thrift-shop treasure hunting, is clearly a devotee of the hunt and shares tips and to-dos with us in his book and on his educational and entertaining blog,"

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off car sold £80,000 - double its guide price

Ferris Bueller's Day Off car sold:
Ferrari 250 GT Spyder California SWB
The actual car from the movie is a reproduction (Still $133,000)

Image by Nelson Wu via Flickr

"Only around 100 250GT Spyder Californias were created by Ferrari between 1958 and 1963.

This car was sold at Bonhams Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia auction at the RAF Museum in Hendon, north London."

1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder - Interior
Images by char1iej via Flickr

Postcard: Aquamaids @ Florida's Cypress Gardens (via Papergreat)

Florida's famed Cypress Gardens and the aquamaids: " [[excerpt of full article]]

From Papergreat: (This entry is a reworking of a pair of posts that originally appeared on Relics in January 2010.)

Pictured above is the front cover of a pocket-sized, fold-out brochure for Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven, Florida. It is from the 1950s or 1960s. Inside, the brochure touts:
'The world famous aquamaids and champions star in four water ski shows daily. 'America's Tropical Wonderland,' a combination of beautiful girls in old fashions amid settings of tropical plants and flowers. Truly a photographer's paradise featured in movies, television, newsreels and magazine covers.'
The admission rates printed on the brochure were $1.50 or $2, depending on the time of year. Children ages 12 to 16 got in for a mere 35 cents, while children under age 12 got in for free.

The aquamaids were the big attraction.

There's more waterskiing wonders and weird motel postcards at dotpattern: the digital museum of collecting. I'm not if sure this is the aquamaids pictured below, but they are from the south.

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Aubrey Beardsley Poster: The Yellow Book | Collection & Auction : via @PostersPlease

Collections and Exhibitions > View Item Detail:

The Yellow Book (1894), by Aubrey Beardsley

11 x 14-3/4 in (27.9 x 37.5 cm)
Price: $1,600

Text from International Poster Center @PostersPlease
The Yellow Book, a literary magazine founded by Beardsley and the American writer, Henry Harland, in London on January 1, 1894, left behind a legacy of pleasantly elegant and subtly sensual graphic design. The often used wandering maiden at left served as something as a promotional anchor for the publication. This particular version of the design--intended to attract the London literary public to a Vigo Street book store--dispenses with a typically-seen secondary image altogether, which often changed to reflect specific issues. During his short life, Beardsley’s principal works were black-and-white illustrations, primarily for books and magazines. Additionally, he created several posters of great artistic merit.

STAR TREK original series Poster Designs + Designing 4 silk-screens - GeekTyrant

Two New Mondo Tees STAR TREK Poster Designs - News - GeekTyrant:

"The Menagerie: Poster by Mike Saputo. 24″ x 36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 125. Printed by D&L Screen Printing. $45"

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Picasso fine art prints on auction May 15th - Freeman's Auctioneers, Philadelphia

Click above for full size image viewer, and more lots
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Art Nouveau Poster Collector's Circular 1899 | @PostersPlease (Auction May 1st)

Books > View Book Detail:

"No. 1, January 1899

The very first issue of this popular periodical. Printed in January of 1899, this is volume 1, number 1, published by P.G. Huardel & Co.

With a surprisingly large number of Art Nouveau reproductions, this periodical fabulously shows off the passion for posters at the turn of the century. The table of contents notes such topics as 'Our Object,' 'On Poster Collecting,' 'New Posters (A Critique), 'New Posters (A List),' 'Entre Nous,' 'Answers to Correspondents,' and 'Poster Bourse (Mucha).' It is a rare chance to see first hand how posters were viewed at the time of their creation!"

Auction May 1st at 11 AM - 601 W. 26th NYC (live-auction available online too) Posters Please = International Poster Center

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Posters Rock! Collecting original rock 'n roll music posters

Posters Rock! Collecting original rock 'n roll music posters

Every inch of the room was covered in posters...
Learn about the second golden age of posters and the artists that defined these influential graphic design styles in the 1960s and 70s.

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Breakfast: Condensed Milk - May 1 Auction & Exhibition | Int'l Poster Center @PostersPlease

Collections and Exhibitions > View Item Detail:

"Pilate Pilatus
Celestino Piatti

35 1/2 x 50 in /
88.9 x 127.0 cm"

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Trading Pin Display Options - Ways to Show off Your Collection | The Monterey Company Blog (via @TheMontereyCo)

Trading Pin Display Options – Ways to Show off Your Collection | The Monterey Company Blog:

109th Congress Lapel Pin
Image via Wikipedia

"There are thousands of history buffs that are taking it upon themselves to search out and acquire the millions of lapel pins that have contributed to political campaigns, big and small.

As you can imagine, most trading pin collectors trade and purchase new pins for themselves at conventions. These events are massive in scope so being able to transport a collection in a manner that also makes them easy to display is critical. The following is a list of possible display options that might work for the avid pin trading aficionado."


These are truly the best way to go to conventions and gatherings.  Usually made out of heavy duty nylon, these bags are typical album book shapes, with side zippers.  Open them up and what you have are ‘pages’ of nylon that allow for easy pinning of the lapel pin onto the page.  They are "look book"s and make it easy to show a collection to interested observers.

Classic Auto collecting + news : 1957 Chevy - Pete & Jan Hold + Rim Country Classic Auto Club

The Payson (Arizona) Roundup / Pete & Jan Hold:
1957 green and white Chevy

"[Pete & Jan] Hold have been collecting cars for about 11 years. The first one they bought was a 1934 Ford sedan, which they still have.

Over the years they have bought about 20 collector cars and sold a few of them."

The Holds have been members of the Rim Country Classic Auto Club since 1995.

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25 years of antique tool collecting | Castle Rock

Castle Rock man celebrates nearly 25 years of antique tool collecting:

"Miller has been collecting antique tools for nearly 25 years, specializing in ornate levels and planes from the 1800s. He has a room full of his treasures at home, belongs to national and regional tool collectors groups and recently began displaying several at the Castle Rock Exhibit Hall.
'I just like knowing how things work,' the retired Longview Fibre Co. millwright said of his hobby. 'And then, some of these are pretty rare.'"

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Iron veterans: Collecting WWII vehicles to restore & preserve memories -

WWII buffs restore old vehicles, preserve memories -
"'The vehicles we restore are our nation's 'iron veterans,'' explained Jeffrey 'Al' Goines, a Bakersfield private investigator and a member of the Olive Drab Drivers.

'Everyone seems to have their own personal reason for getting involved in this. But restoring these vehicles maintains the connection with the heroes who drove them during World War II, Korea and Vietnam, and those who are grateful for their sacrifices today,' said Goines, whose father and stepfather were his military heroes."

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