Monday, April 25, 2011

Rare Joséphine Baker poster Folies Bergére #Auction 1 May 2011 | Jean-Claude Baker Foundation

The Jean-Claude Baker Foundation

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'After' Rene Magritte + Stories | Auction Est. $1,500-2,500 | Freeman's Auctioneers | Philadelphia, PA


'After' Rene Magritte
[[which means not done by Rene Magritte - but who done this work?
That looks like his signature down there ... (auction spin...) ]]

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#Gems of biblical times from the breast plate of Solomon #Squidoo | Herald-Review Decatur, Illinois

Gems of biblical times have occupied collector for decades
By HUEY FREEMAN - H&R Staff Writer | Posted: Monday, April 25, 2011 5:00 am |
The gemstones include those that adorned the breastplates of Israel’s high priests and composed the foundation of the New Jerusalem, the city of the future described in the final book of the Bible.
Helmuth brought his display cases and books to the Gem & Mineral Show, held at the Decatur-Macon County Fairground.
The show, in its 59th year, included dealers selling handcrafted jewelry, fossils, geodes and all kinds of rocks.
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Azurite specimen, collected in 1890 from Bisbe...

Salvador Dali playing cards. Est. $6-8K May 15 2011 | SALE 1399 - LOT 17 | FREEMAN'S AUCTIONEERS


Dali "Playing Cards"

Signed Baseballs worth $60,000 - Babe Ruth's pajamas? | The Republic - Columbus, Indiana

How much for Ruth's pajamas?

Babe Ruth
"By Lew Freedman Sports editor
First Posted: April 25, 2011 - 9:57 am, Last Updated: April 25, 2011 - 9:57 am"

Baseball card collecting went through a crazy boom period in the 1990s and the entire hobby was a bit soured. New collectors jumped in for the wrong reasons. They were swept up in a mania that stressed that the rookie cards of Hall of Fame players and other stars were the most valuable. Collectors speculated in rookie cards as if they were buying oil futures, purchasing 20 Alex Rodriguez cards under the belief that some day they would be worth a fortune.
Sure enough, the market crashed.

Never mind the cost of superstar autographed baseballs (the preferred object to be signed). Just the other day I saw a Babe Ruth signed ball being auctioned off with the bidding at a few shekels under $60,000. Not every Ruth ball costs as much, but none are being sold at the five and dime either.
Would I like to have a Babe Ruth autographed ball in my collection? Sure. But I won’t spend what it takes, even for a faded signature ball at $3,500.
Nor am I going to bite on a Lou Gehrig signed ball for $6,700 or a faded Walter Johnson ball for the same amount. But hey, I found a Hank Aaron ball online for $176. That seems like a bargain.

Collecting Information on Collectors (Via art market monitor)

Collecting Information on Collectors:
New York City
"“The history of collecting is so deliciously interdisciplinary,” says Inge Reist, who directs the fledgling Center for the History of Collecting in America at the Frick Collection in New York. “It opens so many doors.” The center was established in 2007, after years of planning, “to stimulate awareness and study of the formation of fine and decorative arts collections from colonial times to the present, while asserting the relevance of this subject to art and cultural history.”"

So far, the archives directory encompasses about 5,000 collections in 500 repositories documenting the lives and activities of 1,500 American collectors. Researchers who visit find, for example, that information about New York taxi tycoon Robert C. Scull and his wife, Ethel (known as “Spike”) — who collected contemporary art voraciously in the 1960s and scandalized the art world when they cashed in at auction in 1973 — is available in interviews, papers and record books at the Archives of American Art in Washington and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Rare book discovery: 1493 Nuremberg Chronicle surfaces in Utah | The Associated Press

The Associated Press: 500-year-old book surfaces in Utah:
"'Late in the afternoon, a man sat down and started unwrapping a book from a big plastic sack, informing me he had a really, really old book and he thought it might be worth some money,' he said. 'I kinda start, oh boy, I've heard this before.'

Then he produced a tattered, partial copy of the 500-year-old Nuremberg Chronicle.
The German language edition printed by Anton Koberger and published in 1493 is a world history beginning in biblical times. It's considered to be one of the earliest and most lavishly illustrated books produced after Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press and revolutionized publishing.

'I was just absolutely astounded. I was flabbergasted, particularly here in the interior West,'"

...displayed at Ken Sanders Rare Books in Salt Lake City. The Utah book dealer came across the 500-year-old German language edition while appraising items brought in by locals at a fundraiser for the town museum in Sandy, about 15 miles south of Salt Lake City. It's considered to be one of the earliest and most lavishly illustrated books produced after the invention of the printing press.

Restoration artist saves statues from closed Catholic churches for unusual museum | Cleveland, OH

Restoration artist works to restore statues from closed Catholic churches for unusual museum -
"'I wanted to save the statues in the Cleveland Catholic churches that were being decommissioned,' he explained. 'People were baptized, married and confirmed in front of those statues and I thought it was important that they be saved.'

Last fall he bought a decommissioned Catholic church in which he's established the Museum of Divine Statues.

It officially opened April 10 after being blessed by Cleveland Catholic Diocese Bishop Richard Lennon."

Mars Rover: Send your ham radio call sign to space: Mars Science Laboratory rover | Southgate Amateur Radio News

Send your call sign to Mars | Southgate Amateur Radio News
"NASA are collecting names to be put on a microchip that'll be onboard the Mars Science Laboratory rover heading to Mars in the fall of 2011.

Some Radio Amateurs have been adding their call sign to last name field.

The rover has an unusual connection with radio - it has special Morse Code indentations on its wheels that will spell out the initials JPL in Morse as it travels around Mars.
JPL stands for Jet Propulsion Laboratory, builders of the rover.

Put your name/call sign on Mars at

Mars Science Laboratory

New Mars rover to feature Morse Code

25,000 Baseball card in her collection | '...started collecting 10 years ago" | Salisbury, NC - Salisbury Post

Baseball card collection hits 25,000 | Salisbury, NC - Salisbury Post:
"...51-year-old Ruth Boger has a dark secret: She collects baseball cards (Wikipedia).

“They almost pop open when you get them out,” Boger says pulling several of her binders off a living room shelf. The three-ring notebooks are filled with clear plastic sheets (dotpattern) holding card after card in her collection.

Boger figures she has 25,000 cards, which isn’t bad, considering she only started collecting 10 years ago."

Beach glass: Breaking glass nicely - forum Q & A | Ask MetaFilter

Rounded glass on beach.
"I then look for interesting colored beer/wine bottles (blues, different greens, some clear and some brown, would like to find a red one). I drink/empty them, clean out, then break up the bottles to feed the rock polisher.

My problem is how to break the bottles. I've tried scoring with a glass cutter tool, with poor results (very hard to score the curved glass - the tools is meant for sheets of glass). I've tried light force (tap tap tap until it breaks), brute force (hulk smash), pin-point force (hammer a nail punch like device onto the bottle)."

[[results - wrap glass in old towel or newspaper and use a hammer or rubber mallet.]]

Bottle Openers for Any Occasion - Eastern Iowa Life

“Just For Openers” to Display Bottle Openers for Any Occasion (Eastern Iowa Life) :
The options seem endless as longtime collector Scott Williams of Middle Amana shows me tray after tray of his huge collection. Many of them you can see for yourself from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday at the Marriott Hotel on Collins Road NE in Cedar Rapids. That’s when more than 30 collectors at the Just For Openers national convention will show collections and sell some openers to the public. (On the Web see

"In 1935, beer appeared in cans with cone tops sealed with crown caps, so the old openers were fine, This also brought the advent of flat-top cans that required a piercing opener. That opener’s heyday extended well into the ‘60s when the pop top, later refined to today’s pull tab that stays on the can, rendered it obsolete for opening beer cans.

Still, openers have been popular for generations and plentiful — in the old days, one was thrown in with a six-pack of beer — making them highly collectible for their shapes, sizes and unending advertising.

Scott’s oldest is an 1876 Anheuser-Busch corkscrew opener that could be worth $100.

“E-bay has tended to bring prices down,” Scott says. “It used to be hard to hunt them down, but now it’s easier.”

Among his unusual are a bottle-shaped opener with a corkscrew that unfolds, belt buckle openers and the cap lifter pocket knives with advertising which have become his specialty."
As he outgrew that, his openers filled a desk drawer, then boxes and now even wicker baskets and portable display cases as it numbers into the thousands.

Bottle Collectabool Fair & Warrnambool Australia - The Warrnambool Standard

When it comes to collecting - don't bottle it up - Local News - News - General - The Warrnambool Standard:
"A CHILDHOOD collection of vintage ginger beer bottles ended up becoming a lifelong obsession for Rex Matthews. Dozens upon dozens of demijohns and glass bottles have been collected by the Heywood man since he first spotted a used container as a 10-year-old boy underneath one of the houses his builder father was constructing.

Mr Matthews was one of more than 30 stallholders displaying their favourite things at the annual Collectabool Fair held over the Easter weekend."

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