Monday, August 1, 2011

Swann Auction Galleries : Full Details for Lot 60

Swann Auction Galleries : Full Details for Lot 60

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Collecting vintage furniture in West Australia

Vintage wares to sigh for - The West Australian:
"Collecting is a favourite pastime for Mr Chipper, but it was only eight years ago, after setting eyes on a striking Clement Meadmore chair, that he became a serious furniture collector.

'I had collected things before that but as far as furniture goes that was one of the pieces that kind of started off more serious collecting,' he said.

Over the years, he has accumulated a diverse mix of global and local furniture pieces that reflect designs from the modernist, abstract and vintage eras."

Collecting: 200,000 bugs for ever person on the planet | The Columbian

Bugs in our backyard | The Columbian:
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Tiger moths have vibrant colors and are common in Clark County.
They like to feed on weedy plants like dandelions.
"Sondergaard’s fascination with bugs ranges far beyond the standard bees and mosquitoes flying through Clark County’s neighborhoods.

His interest helped him get jobs as a technician for the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge, the Bureau of Land Management and the Department of Fish and Wildlife. He’s currently unemployed, and is still considered an amateur collector and not an entomologist because he doesn’t work in academia.

“He’s one of the most impressive collectors and amateur naturalists I’ve seen,” Campbell said of Sondergaard. What fascinates Sondergaard most about the tiny — and not so tiny — creatures is that there are just so many of them to learn about and categorize.

“It’s easy to find something new,” he said. “You just grab a net, sweep through the grass and you find all sorts of species that you’ve never seen before.”"

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Ferrari 250 GTO Ferrarissima: 1 of 36 ever produced by Enzo Ferrari | Automobile Magazine

Ferrari 250 GTO Ferrarissima - By Design
Ferrari 250GTO Ferrarissima Front View
"Twenty-odd years later, the better-looking but harder-used of the pair brought more than $15 million from a Japanese collector. Some years after, I told that story at dinner on the Riviera. The man across from me, Jean Guichet, said, 'You can't imagine how happy I am to hear that. That was my car, and my wife made me sell it -- for $4500!"

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Collecting law enforcement patches - proposed Museum |

Museum patches through to police | The Des Moines Register
Dick Draper, assistant museum curator with the Des Moines Police Museum, holds a special patch from Parkersburg that is part of the collection of 1,500 police patches.
"Draper has invested countless hours in locating patches from all over Iowa and putting together multiple displays.

Most notable are the more than 1,500 patches he donated to the museum, located inside the police station, 25 E. First St.

'I do it to keep busy. It's better than watching TV 24 hours a day; that gets old,' he said.

Draper, a retired railroad worker, is a big-time collector. For a decade he has traveled across the state to law enforcement agencies and facilities in pursuit of their patches."

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Boy Scout collectibles - 100 kinds of merit badges and the Boy Scout Manual | Post Bulletin

Antiques and Collectibles: 100 years of Boy Scout collectibles - Post Bulletin:
"You can learn about sports, crafts, science, trades, business and future careers as you earn merit badges in Boy Scouts. There are more than 100 merit badges, ranging from American business to woodworking.

“My collecting started around 1978, as I tried to replace the patches my brother had traded,' Dietz said. 'I now have more than 1,000 items.”

Troop insignia, patches and pins are popular with collectors, but out of all the collectible items, the most popular is the Boy Scout handbook.

“I have started to limit my collecting to old uniforms, books, merit badges and trophies,' Dietz said. 'I have two items in my collection that are exceptionally valuable to me. One is a first edition of the first Boy Scouts of America handbook. The other is a full-size, original lithograph poster encouraging the purchase of war bonds for World War I. It is a 1918 poster by J. C. Leyendecker.”"

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The home of Gaudi and Art Nouveau style buildings, and modern Barcelona is also worth the pilgrimage for the contemporary architectural triumphs.
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Modern architecture in Barcelona

Barcelona Grand Tour of modern architecture
We traveled to Barcelona in 2006 and created this map to plan our days to see many great buildings. A rental apartment that we found onthe internet was our home inthe center of the city one week, which is certainly a great way to enjoy living in a city while on vacation.

Take a tour of architecture new and old with photographs in the Catalonian city of Barcelona in the Kingdom of Spain.
Barcelona Pavilion black marble slab
The ancient architecture of this medieval city is a perfect backdrop for beautiful modern buildings that together make this city so unique as a destination for a grand tour of architecture in Europe.

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