Rare, experimental Roseville fish vase. Estimate: $5,000-$7,500. Image courtesy of Just Art Pottery Auction.

Just Art Pottery Auctions’ timed sale closes March 6

Rare, experimental Roseville fish vase. Estimate: $5,000-$7,500. Image courtesy of Just Art Pottery Auction.

Rare, experimental Roseville fish vase. Estimate: $5,000-$7,500. Image courtesy of Just Art Pottery Auction.

PEORIA, Ill. – Just Art Pottery Auctions is conducting an online auction featuring over 150 lots of fine American art pottery. Bidding is open now and will continue through March 6. The fully illustrated catalog is available online. Lots will begin closing Sunday, March 6, at 6 p.m. Central. Online bidding is provided by LiveAuctioneers and Auctions.JustArtPottery.com.

It is important to note that this is a timed auction. While there is no real-time bidding, bidders can place bids online through the LiveAuctioneers catalog as late as 7 p.m. Eastern on March 6. Bids made online are kept secret and are pitted competitively. For instance, if you leave a bid of, say, $500 on a piece and the current bid on it is $200, it will not automatically go straight to $500. The new bid will be lodged at the next standard bidding increment.

A few of the highlights in the auction include a rare one-of-a-kind Roseville vase with fish, a hand-carved and decorated Roseville Della Robbia vase with Art Deco fish and a large and colorful 15-inch Rookwood Iris Glaze scenic vase. There is also an estate fresh collection of Newcomb Pottery.

The auction also includes rare and collectible Roseville patterns including experimentals; Baneda wall pockets and 10-inch vases in both green and pink; Futura; Falline; Laurel; Rozane scenic; Silhouette nude; Vista; Wisteria; and many more floral patterns. There is an excellent selection of Weller Pottery including a Coppertone double fish vase, rare Xenia Arts and Crafts vase, Woodcraft owl, and a Weller Forest jardiniere and pedestal. Other notable pottery in the sale includes an early 1904 Van Briggle vase, a collection of Ephraim Faience Pottery, and miscellaneous pieces of Marblehead, Hampshire, McCoy, Hull and Pisgah.

The Auctions.JustArtPottery.com site provides online bidding, absentee bidding, as well as an option for telephone bidding. Pottery buyers can bid in confidence knowing there are no hidden reserve prices and that the condition of each piece is clearly stated in the description and fully guaranteed.

“Online pottery auctions are something we’ve always been drawn to and have wanted to incorporated in our business model. Over the years many of our regular customers have asked us for a live, Internet auction option on our website to both expand their collections of special pieces of art pottery and also to use as a method to sell their pottery when necessary. The Just Art Pottery Auction site has proven an invaluable tool not only as a service to our existing art pottery customers but also to reach new pottery buyers who are just discovering the rich history and beauty of this line of art,” said Greg Myroth, president and founder of Just Art Pottery.

For more information on Just Art Pottery Auctions, or if you would like to inquire about consignments for upcoming auctions, visit Auctions.JustArtPottery.com or contact Greg Myroth at 309-690-7966 or greg@justartpottery.com.

 

 

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Estate fresh collection of Newcomb College pottery. Image courtesy of Just Art Pottery Auction.

Estate fresh collection of Newcomb College pottery. Image courtesy of Just Art Pottery Auction.

Collection of Roseville Baneda wall pockets and vases. Image courtesy of Just Art Pottery Auction.

Collection of Roseville Baneda wall pockets and vases. Image courtesy of Just Art Pottery Auction.

Roseville Della Robbia vase with carved fish design. Estimate: $2,500-$5,000. Image courtesy of Just Art Pottery Auction.

Roseville Della Robbia vase with carved fish design. Estimate: $2,500-$5,000. Image courtesy of Just Art Pottery Auction.

Rookwood Iris Glaze Scenic 14-inch vase. Estimate: $5,000-$7,500. Image courtesy of Just Art Pottery Auction.

Rookwood Iris Glaze Scenic 14-inch vase. Estimate: $5,000-$7,500. Image courtesy of Just Art Pottery Auction.

Basketball inventor James A. Naismith, circa 1900. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Traveling: Original basketball rules to be displayed in Kansas City

Basketball inventor James A. Naismith, circa 1900. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Basketball inventor James A. Naismith, circa 1900. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – James A. Naismith’s original rules of basketball are going on display in Kansas City just in time for the NCAA tournament.

The rules were first thumbtacked to a gymnasium bulletin board in December 1891 at a Springfield, Mass., YMCA where Naismith had been instructed to come up with a new indoors activity for gym class. The Canadian-born Naismith utilized wooden peach baskets as goals.

Naismith moved to Lawrence, Kan., in 1898 and became the first basketball coach at the University of Kansas.

Kansas alum David Booth and his wife, Suzanne, bought the rules in December at a Sotheby’s auction for $4.3 million.

The rules will be on display at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City from March 5 through May 29. There is no admission charge for the museum or the exhibit.

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Lena Horne in a circa 1947 publicity still from the MGM archives. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Lena Horne’s belongings net $316,000 at auction

Lena Horne in a circa 1947 publicity still from the MGM archives. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Lena Horne in a circa 1947 publicity still from the MGM archives. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

NEW YORK (AP) – An auction of 200 items that once filled the home of jazz singer and actress Lena Horne sold Wednesday for $316,000, more than double the highest estimate.

The late star’s belongings from her Manhattan apartment were auctioned at Doyle New York. They epitomized her sophisticated taste: French-style furnishing, elegant costumes, jewelry and fine art.

A sequined cardigan evening coat sold for $1,125, while a small Louis Vuitton trunk with stickers inscribed Lena Horne Hayton was sold for $20,000 – far above its estimate of $500 to $700. And a soft leather vanity case inscribed “LH” was estimated at $200 to $400 sold for $6,250.

Horne’s favorite designer was Giorgio di Sant’ Angelo, and a reversible mink coat by the Italian creator was estimated at $300 to $500 but sold for $8,125. A Chanel five-strand choker of gold-tone metal links and faux baroque pearls had a $1,000 to $1,200 estimate. It sold for $2,000.

The auction house said the estimates were based on current market values, but the celebrity provenance was the “X factor” that would determine the price at auction.

The highest priced item in the sale was a colorful abstract painting by African-American artist and muralist Charles Alston, which was estimated to bring $30,000 to $50,000. But it brought in only $20,000.

Horne’s refined taste extended to the furnishings in her Upper East Side home. A Rococo-style gilt-metal and glass 12-light chandelier estimated at $1,500 to $2,500 sold for $4,375.

Horne, who was also a dancer and civil rights activist, died last May at the age of 92. She appeared on screen, stage, on records and in nightclubs and concert halls. Her signature song was Stormy Weather, but her vocal range extended from blues and jazz and to such Rodgers and Hart classics as The Lady Is a Tramp and Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered.

In the 1940s, Horne was one of the first black performers hired to sing with a major white band, the first to play at the famed Copacabana nightclub in New York City and among a handful with a Hollywood contract.

A striking figure, Horne was the subject of some of the artworks in her collection, including a 1959 portrait by Geoffrey Holder that sold for $10,625 and a 1950 bronze sculpture by Peter Lambda that brought $5,938.

The collection also included books and photographs, among them a group of books autographed by Langston Hughes (sold for $5,000) and a selection of contact sheets by Richard Avedon taken during a photo shoot with Horne (sold for $8,750).

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ADDITIONAL IMAGE OF NOTE


Lena Horne in a circa 1947 publicity still from the MGM archives. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Lena Horne in a circa 1947 publicity still from the MGM archives. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

George Rodrigue (American, Louisiana, b. 1944) ‘Girl with Brown Hat and Blue Dog Under an Oak Tree,’ 1995, oil and acrylic on canvas. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers Archive and New Orleans Auction, St. Charles Gallery.

‘Blue dog’ painter Rodrigue brings art supplies to grade school

George Rodrigue (American, Louisiana, b. 1944) ‘Girl with Brown Hat and Blue Dog Under an Oak Tree,’ 1995, oil and acrylic on canvas. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers Archive and New Orleans Auction, St. Charles Gallery.

George Rodrigue (American, Louisiana, b. 1944) ‘Girl with Brown Hat and Blue Dog Under an Oak Tree,’ 1995, oil and acrylic on canvas. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers Archive and New Orleans Auction, St. Charles Gallery.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Well-known “Blue Dog” artist George Rodrigue is delivering a year’s worth of art supplies to a Baton Rouge elementary school.

Rodrigue and his arts foundation are scheduled to make the presentation Thursday at Dufrocq Elementary, joined by local school board officials and Mayor-President Kip Holden.

While at the school, Rodrigue will paint with about 80 students.

Rodrigue’s program, called George’s Art Closet, gathers donations of arts supplies and money to buy those supplies to help Louisiana art teachers who have little funding to purchase paints and other items themselves.

Among the items donated to schools include scissors, paints, clay, construction paper, crayons, brushes, drawing pencils and more.

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Maj. Glenn Miller served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. While he was traveling to entertain U.S. troops his plane disappeared over the English Channel on Dec. 14, 1944. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Glenn Miller Archive at University of Colorado acquires big band tapes

Maj. Glenn Miller served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. While he was traveling to entertain U.S. troops his plane disappeared over the English Channel on Dec. 14, 1944. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Maj. Glenn Miller served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. While he was traveling to entertain U.S. troops his plane disappeared over the English Channel on Dec. 14, 1944. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – The University of Colorado’s Glenn Miller Archive has acquired hundreds of hours of recordings of big band radio broadcasts along with photos, magazines, documents and other memorabilia from a private collection.

The CU American Music Research Center, which contains the archive, said Tuesday the collection has about 1,400 reel-to-reel tapes of jazz and big band musicians including Glenn Miller, Louis Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman.

The recordings, photos and documents were purchased from the collection of Florida resident Ed Burke, who founded and operated the independent recording companies Fanfare, Jazz Hour and Soundcraft.

The cost wasn’t disclosed. CU officials say all the money came from private donations.

Miller attended high school in Fort Morgan, Colo., and attended CU in 1923-24.

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Stinson Organ Co. front on Wurlitzer double tracker band organ, which uses a standard Wurlitzer 165 music roll. Image courtesy of Victorian Casino Antiques.

Coin-op machines are on a roll for Victorian Casino auction March 11-13

Stinson Organ Co. front on Wurlitzer double tracker band organ, which uses a standard Wurlitzer 165 music roll. Image courtesy of Victorian Casino Antiques.

Stinson Organ Co. front on Wurlitzer double tracker band organ, which uses a standard Wurlitzer 165 music roll. Image courtesy of Victorian Casino Antiques.

LAS VEGAS – Victorian Casino Antiques’ Spring Auction will feature two band organs, a pedal car owned by Steve McQueen, and an early handwritten Elvis Presley letter, along with more than 75 slot machines and 20 jukeboxes. The March 11-13 auction will consist of more than 1,300 lots.

LiveAuctioneers will provide Internet live bidding for the Saturday and Sunday sessions, both of which will begin at 9 a.m. Pacific.

There will be numerous Coca-Cola items from two large collections and much more. Categories will include coin-op, slot machines, jukeboxes, vending, arcade, advertising, signs, soda fountain, barbershop, cigar, folk art and many other unique items.

Victorian Casino Antiques’ Winter Auction, held in Las Vegas on Jan. 15-16, was well attended by over 300 people. Highlights were a Wurlitzer 950 jukebox that sold for $29,400 including buyers premium; a Pace Royal Comet twin jackpot console slot machine, $6,600; a Filbin Mastero jukebox, $9,300; a Chicago Coin Baseball Champ skill game, $8,400; a Wurlitzer 850 Peacock jukebox, $19,800; and a Savoyad Polyphone organ grinder automation figure, $40,800.

All items in the March 11-13 auction can be viewed online on the Victorian Casino Antiques website www.vcaauction.com.

For details contact Victorian Casino Antiques, 4520 Arville St. #1, Las Vegas, NV 89103. Phone: 702-382-2466, fax: 702-382-6513 or e-mail: VCA@lvcoxmail.com.

 

View the fully illustrated catalogs and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Large Wurlitzer Model 146A band organ, nicely restored. Image courtesy of Victorian Casino Antiques.

Large Wurlitzer Model 146A band organ, nicely restored. Image courtesy of Victorian Casino Antiques.

Early coin-op floor model Caille Bros. ‘Mascot Grip Test - Lung Test’ arcade machine with marquee and keys. Image courtesy of Victorian Casino Antiques.

Early coin-op floor model Caille Bros. ‘Mascot Grip Test – Lung Test’ arcade machine with marquee and keys. Image courtesy of Victorian Casino Antiques.

The American version of the 1-cent cast-iron wall mount bull's head perfume machine by Continental Novelty Co., Buffalo, N.Y., circa 1908. Turning the bull’s horns sprays perfume from his nostrils. Image courtesy of Victorian Casino Antiques.

The American version of the 1-cent cast-iron wall mount bull’s head perfume machine by Continental Novelty Co., Buffalo, N.Y., circa 1908. Turning the bull’s horns sprays perfume from his nostrils. Image courtesy of Victorian Casino Antiques.

Rare 5-cent Bally Reliance counter dice machine, circa 1935, eight-pay model, with keys. Image courtesy of Victorian Casino Antiques.

Rare 5-cent Bally Reliance counter dice machine, circa 1935, eight-pay model, with keys. Image courtesy of Victorian Casino Antiques.

Signed ‘Pairpoint’ lamp base with copper shade, 14 inches high. Image courtesy of Old Barn Auction.

Old Barn Auction to sell a lifetime of antique lighting March 4-5

Signed ‘Pairpoint’ lamp base with copper shade, 14 inches high. Image courtesy of Old Barn Auction.

Signed ‘Pairpoint’ lamp base with copper shade, 14 inches high. Image courtesy of Old Barn Auction.

FINDLAY, Ohio – Old Barn Auction will offer an enlightening experience March 4-5 when it sells a lifetime collection of lamps and glass shades. LiveAuctioneers will provide Internet live bidding.

Friday’s session will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern and consist of 501 lots. The auction will resume at Saturday at noon Eastern with another 230 lots.

This huge collection will include Victorian, Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Industrial, Modernism, Greek Revival, Gothic and Renaissance styles.

The list includes outstanding brass, cast- and wrought iron chandeliers; ceiling and wall fixtures; ballroom chandeliers; original wall sconces in brass and cast metal; candelabras; candle sconces, including one stamped L.C. Tiffany Studios. Stunning shades on these fixtures include Steuben, Quezal; opalescent swirl globes, vaseline, caramel slag glass, cranberry, custard and much more. Other marked names include NU-ART, Lightolier and Pairpoint.

Other various items include several lots of unmarked Tiffany prisms, a very early traffic light by inventor Henry W. Davidson, street lamps, and many of Phoenix and custard store fixtures.

The auction will begin Thursday, March 3, with box lots, which will not be offered to Internet bidders.

For details go to the website www.oldbarn.com or call Jan Sorgenfrei at 419-422-8531 9 a.m.-5 p.m. or e-mail auction@oldbarn.com.

 

 

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Pair of wall sconces signed ‘Lincoln,’ decorated and painted, 11 inches high. Image courtesy of Old Barn Auction.

Pair of wall sconces signed ‘Lincoln,’ decorated and painted, 11 inches high. Image courtesy of Old Barn Auction.

Oil lamp fixture converted to electric, ruffled opalescent swirled shade, 19 inches high x 10 1/2 inches in diameter. Image courtesy of Old Barn Auction.

Oil lamp fixture converted to electric, ruffled opalescent swirled shade, 19 inches high x 10 1/2 inches in diameter. Image courtesy of Old Barn Auction.

Five scrolled drop brass chandelier with iridescent unsigned Loetz-style bullet shades, 18 inches high x 20 1/2 inches in diameter. Image courtesy of Old Barn Auction.

Five scrolled drop brass chandelier with iridescent unsigned Loetz-style bullet shades, 18 inches high x 20 1/2 inches in diameter. Image courtesy of Old Barn Auction.

Brass and opalescent glass table lamp base 30 inches high x 8 inches diameter. Image courtesy of Old Barn Auction.

Brass and opalescent glass table lamp base 30 inches high x 8 inches diameter. Image courtesy of Old Barn Auction.

Rare and unusual traffic light, ‘Henry W. Davidson, Inventor, Patent Pending,’ 23 inches high x 22 inches in diameter. Possibly one of a kind. Image courtesy of Old Barn Auction.

Rare and unusual traffic light, ‘Henry W. Davidson, Inventor, Patent Pending,’ 23 inches high x 22 inches in diameter. Possibly one of a kind. Image courtesy of Old Barn Auction.

Illustration of Brontomerus loosely based off the official reconstruction by Francisco Gascó. Here Brontomerus is using its unusually massive abductor muscles to "hip check" an attacking dromaeosaur in a lateral kick. Feb. 23, 2011 contribution by Ferahgo the Assasin (Emily Willoughby, e.deinonychus@gmail.com) http://emilywilloughby.artworkfolio.com/. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Bones found by Oklahoma researchers are of new dinosaur

Illustration of Brontomerus loosely based off the official reconstruction by Francisco Gascó. Here Brontomerus is using its unusually massive abductor muscles to "hip check" an attacking dromaeosaur in a lateral kick. Feb. 23, 2011 contribution by Ferahgo the Assasin (Emily Willoughby, e.deinonychus@gmail.com) http://emilywilloughby.artworkfolio.com/. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Illustration of Brontomerus loosely based off the official reconstruction by Francisco Gascó. Here Brontomerus is using its unusually massive abductor muscles to "hip check" an attacking dromaeosaur in a lateral kick. Feb. 23, 2011 contribution by Ferahgo the Assasin (Emily Willoughby, e.deinonychus@gmail.com) http://emilywilloughby.artworkfolio.com/. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) – Bones found in eastern Utah in the mid-1990s by researchers from the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History have been determined to be from a newly confirmed type of dinosaur.

The Brontomerus Mcintoshi is described in a paper published Tuesday in the British journal Acta Palaeontologica Polonica. The paper is written by a team of scientists that includes Sam Noble curator of vertebrate paleontology Richard Cifelli.

Cifelli told The Oklahoman newspaper that the bones of an adult Brontomerus and a juvenile were rescued from a quarry in Utah that had been looted and damaged – possibly by fossil hunters.

Cifelli and his co-authors classified the new genus based on an incomplete skeleton now held at the Sam Noble museum. It includes bones from the shoulder, hip, ribs and vertebrae.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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ADDITIONAL IMAGE OF NOTE


Illustration of Brontomerus loosely based off the official reconstruction by Francisco Gascó. Here Brontomerus is using its unusually massive abductor muscles to "hip check" an attacking dromaeosaur in a lateral kick. Feb. 23, 2011 contribution by Ferahgo the Assasin (Emily Willoughby, e.deinonychus@gmail.com) http://emilywilloughby.artworkfolio.com/. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Illustration of Brontomerus loosely based off the official reconstruction by Francisco Gascó. Here Brontomerus is using its unusually massive abductor muscles to "hip check" an attacking dromaeosaur in a lateral kick. Feb. 23, 2011 contribution by Ferahgo the Assasin (Emily Willoughby, e.deinonychus@gmail.com) http://emilywilloughby.artworkfolio.com/. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

This French bisque deluxe portrait bebe by Jumeau has dramatic ‘wrap-around’ eyes. One of Emile Jumeau’s earliest period bebes, this 15 1/2-inch doll has a $9,000-$13,000 estimate. Image courtesy of Frasher’s Doll Auctions.

A.T. bebe leads bevy of beauties at Frasher’s doll auction Feb. 27

This French bisque deluxe portrait bebe by Jumeau has dramatic ‘wrap-around’ eyes. One of Emile Jumeau’s earliest period bebes, this 15 1/2-inch doll has a $9,000-$13,000 estimate. Image courtesy of Frasher’s Doll Auctions.

This French bisque deluxe portrait bebe by Jumeau has dramatic ‘wrap-around’ eyes. One of Emile Jumeau’s earliest period bebes, this 15 1/2-inch doll has a $9,000-$13,000 estimate. Image courtesy of Frasher’s Doll Auctions.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Frasher’s Doll Auctions will present “A Little Stardust,” a cataloged auction of 251 lots Sunday, Feb. 27, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Mountain Time. Of special note is an A.T. bebe by Thullier with luscious face and hauntingly beautiful expression. This French bisque bebe is estimated at $27,000-$32,000.

LiveAuctioneers will provide Internet live bidding.

The auction will have a bounty of beautiful French bebes, German bisque characters, china dolls, all-bisque, piano babies, fashions, accessories, composition dolls of merit and much more, said Barbara Frasher.

Also featured will be several fine models by Jumeau including early portraits, E.J. and Tetes, as well as models of Steiner and other French makers.

Capturing the lead for rarity among the German characters is a precious 16-inch Heubach girl with molded hair (est. $8,000-$16,000), plus other Heubach and K * R models.

The sister of legendary collector Ralph Griffith has consigned his amazing, seldom-seen 36-inch china doll, circa 1850, along with a number of piano babies and other dolls.

The auction will be conducted at the Chaparral Suites Resort, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. The preview will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. the day of the sale. For hotel reservations call 480-949-1414. For more information on the auction call Barbara Frasher at 816-625-3786.

 

 

View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE


Full-length view of 16-inch A.T. French bisque bebe by Thullier, circa 1882, in white silk frock with lavish lace and ribbon trim and wearing a fancy pink silk bonnet and black leather shoes. Image courtesy of Frasher's Doll Auctions.

Full-length view of 16-inch A.T. French bisque bebe by Thullier, circa 1882, in white silk frock with lavish lace and ribbon trim and wearing a fancy pink silk bonnet and black leather shoes. Image courtesy of Frasher’s Doll Auctions.

The A.T. French bisque bebe by Thullier is the star of Frasher’s ‘A Little Stardust’ doll auction. It carries an estimate of $27,000-$32,000. Image courtesy of Frasher’s Doll Auctions.

The A.T. French bisque bebe by Thullier is the star of Frasher’s ‘A Little Stardust’ doll auction. It carries an estimate of $27,000-$32,000. Image courtesy of Frasher’s Doll Auctions.

Legendary doll collector Ralph Griffith owned this 36-inch china doll, which was made in the mid-1800s. Consigned by Griffith’s sister, the unusual and interesting doll is in excellent condition and has a $4,000-$6,000 estimate. Image courtesy of Frasher’s Doll Auctions.

This French bisque deluxe portrait bebe by Jumeau has dramatic ‘wrap-around’ eyes. One of Emile Jumeau’s earliest period bebes, this 15 1/2-inch doll has a $9,000-$13,000 Legendary doll collector Ralph Griffith owned this 36-inch china doll, which was made in the mid-1800s. Consigned by Griffith’s sister, the unusual and interesting doll is in excellent condition and has a $4,000-$6,000 estimate. Image courtesy of Frasher’s Doll Auctions.. Image courtesy of Frasher’s Doll Auctions.

Considered rare, this precious Gebruder Heubach character girl with molded hair stands 16 inches tall. The German beauty, estimated at $8,000-$16,000, has deep and expressive character modeling, fine quality bisque and lovely facial painting. Image courtesy of Frasher’s Doll Auctions.

Considered rare, this precious Gebruder Heubach character girl with molded hair stands 16 inches tall. The German beauty, estimated at $8,000-$16,000, has deep and expressive character modeling, fine quality bisque and lovely facial painting. Image courtesy of Frasher’s Doll Auctions.

Blue plaque affixed to the London home where British author Enid Blyton lived. May 15, 2010 photo taken by Ash, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

‘Lost’ book by children’s author Enid Blyton discovered in UK

 Blue plaque affixed to the London home where British author Enid Blyton lived. May 15, 2010 photo taken by Ash, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Blue plaque affixed to the London home where British author Enid Blyton lived. May 15, 2010 photo taken by Ash, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

LONDON (AP) – Experts say a previously unknown novel by prolific children’s writer Enid Blyton has been discovered, more than 40 years after her death.

The fantasy tale Mr. Tumpy’s Caravan was among a collection of Blyton manuscripts bought at auction in September by the Seven Stories children’s book center in Newcastle, northern England.

Its title is similar to that a published book, Mr. Tumpy and His Caravan, but the Enid Blyton Center confirmed Tuesday it was a previously unpublished work.

Blyton, who died in 1968, wrote almost 800 books, including the Famous Five and Secret Seven adventure series, which have entertained generations of British children.

Seven Stories hopes to put the manuscript on display but does not hold publishing rights to Blyton’s work.

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ADDITIONAL IMAGE OF NOTE


 Blue plaque affixed to the London home where British author Enid Blyton lived. May 15, 2010 photo taken by Ash, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Blue plaque affixed to the London home where British author Enid Blyton lived. May 15, 2010 photo taken by Ash, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.