Miscellaneana: Freemasonry memorabilia comes with a price

An unusual silver triangular Masonic watch, the mother of pearl dial with Masonic symbols for hours marked ‘Love your fellow man lend him a helping hand.’ An inscription along the side reads: ‘Presented to W Bro H.A Benyon W.M 1941-1942 by the Brethren of the Sirius Lodge 4996 as a token of their esteem & appreciation.’ It sold for £700. Photo Ewbank’s Auctioneers

An unusual silver triangular Masonic watch, the mother of pearl dial with Masonic symbols for hours marked ‘Love your fellow man lend him a helping hand.’ An inscription along the side reads: ‘Presented to W Bro H.A Benyon W.M 1941-1942 by the Brethren of the Sirius Lodge 4996 as a token of their esteem & appreciation.’ It sold for £700. Photo Ewbank’s Auctioneers

 

LONDON – It was Groucho Marx who famously said he wouldn’t want to be a member of a club that would accept people like him as a member, and I share the sentiment. But as a collector, I confess to being fascinated by the raft of Freemasonry memorabilia that turns up with frequent regularity in antiques fairs and auctions. Should I start collecting it? Writing this might help me decide.

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Diamonds, designer pieces abound at Moran’s jewelry sale Dec. 8

This stunning light gray-blue natural colored diamond, measuring 2.78 carats and graded VVS2 clarity, is estimated at $50,000 to $70,000. John Moran Auctioneers image

This stunning light gray-blue natural colored diamond, measuring 2.78 carats and graded VVS2 clarity, is estimated at $50,000 to $70,000. John Moran Auctioneers image

 

MONROVIA, Calif. – Featuring nearly 300 lots of fine jewelry both antique and modern, John Moran Auctioneers’ Dec. 8 Fine Jewelry Auction Catalog offers stunning selections at all price points. Holiday-ready highlights abound, including excellent examples of Art Deco design, striking diamonds and iconic pieces by designers such as Van Cleef and Arpels, Henry Dunay and Patek Philippe.

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Marcos jewelry being appraised for possible auction

Imelda Marcos, photographed in 2006. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 2nd Class Brian P. Biller, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Imelda Marcos, photographed in 2006. U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 2nd Class Brian P. Biller, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

 

MANILA, Philippines (AP) – The Philippine government is appraising the dazzling jewelry collection seized three decades ago from Imelda Marcos, the former first lady famous for her massive stash of shoes, as it decides what to do with the jewels one expert compared to those owned by royalty.

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Preservation begins at home of artist James Castle

This James Castle double-sided Interior view is from a double-sided work of spit and soot on found paper. In excellent condition, it sold at auction for $17,000 (hammer price) on Nov. 14. Image courtesy of Slotin Folk Art

This James Castle interior view is from a double-sided work of spit and soot on found paper. In excellent condition, it sold at auction for $17,000 (hammer price) on Nov. 14. Image courtesy of Slotin Folk Art

 

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – The Idaho home of James Castle, much like his artwork, is easy to miss at first glance.

Tucked away in a quiet, residential neighborhood in Boise, the century-old home sits idle and vacant. But inside, officials working to restore the self-taught artist’s residence say there is much more inside the aging framework than meets the eye.

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Heliers launches online auction Nov. 30 with LiveAuctioneers

Five-piece silver and yellow guilloche enamel vanity set, maker’s mark HM (Henry Matthews), fully hallmarked Birmingham 1923. Estimate: £100–£150. Heliers Auctions image

Five-piece silver and yellow guilloche enamel vanity set, maker’s mark HM (Henry Matthews), fully hallmarked Birmingham 1923. Estimate: £100–£150. Heliers Auctions image

 

POULTON-LE-FYLDE, UK – Heliers Auctions, a family run company based in Lancashire, will conduct an online auction with LiveAuctioneers.com on Monday, Nov. 30.

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Thangka soars to $191,000 at Simpson Galleries sale Nov. 8

This Tibetan thangka of Amitabha Buddha, late 18th/early 19th century, sold for more than $191,000. Simpson Galleries image

This Tibetan thangka sold for more than $191,000. Simpson Galleries image

 

HOUSTON – A Tibetan thangka of Amitabha Buddha, late 18th/early 19th century sold for more than $191,000 at Simpson Galleries Fine Art and Antiques auction held Nov. 7 and 8.

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Waverly selling first editions, signed NASA images Dec. 3

Signed and inscribed color photograph of the three Apollo 11 astronauts who piloted the first manned moon mission. Est. $3,000-$5,000. Waverly Rare Books image

Signed and inscribed color photograph of the three Apollo 11 astronauts who piloted the first manned moon mission. Est. $3,000-$5,000. Waverly Rare Books image

 

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – First-edition copies of books by Lewis Carroll and F. Scott Fitzgerald, rare NASA photographs dating to the early years of the U.S. space program, centuries-old maps and engraved views, Civil War lithographs and even an endearing Norman Rockwell color lithograph of Santa Claus will be auctioned by Waverly’s on Thursday, Dec. 3.

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Thomas Del Mar arms, armor sale Dec. 2 spans centuries

This fine cased pair of 40 bore percussion rifled dueling pistols by J. Purdey, dating from 1834, is estimated at £15,000-£20,000. Thomas Del Mar Ltd. image

This fine cased pair of 40 bore percussion rifled dueling pistols by J. Purdey, dating from 1834, is estimated at £15,000-£20,000. Thomas Del Mar Ltd. image

 

LONDON – Six ancient helmets and 10 suits of armor – all from Italy and Germany – a collection of a European Prince and an important collection of American firearms are among the array of objects offered in Thomas Del Mar Ltd.’s auction of antique arms, armor and militaria on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

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Signed Ty Cobb home-run ball starring at Grey Flannel auction

The Ty Cobb game-used and signed home run baseball and Brett Favre’s game-used Green Bay Packers jersey from his final regular season game at Lambeau Field. Grey Flannel Auctions image

The Ty Cobb game-used and signed home run baseball and Brett Favre’s game-used Green Bay Packers jersey from his final regular season game at Lambeau Field. Grey Flannel Auctions image

 

WESTHAMPTON, N.Y. – Bidding for Grey Flannel’s Holiday Auction featuring important game-used memorabilia from all major sports is under way.

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Record-setting American art hits $4.2M at Heritage Auctions

Eanger Irving Couse (American, 1866-1936) ‘The Call of the Flute,’ 1922, oil on canvas. Price realized: $341,000. Heritage Auctions image

Eanger Irving Couse (American, 1866-1936) ‘The Call of the Flute,’ 1922, oil on canvas. Price realized: $341,000. Heritage Auctions image

 

DALLAS – Maxfield Parrish’s classic Jason and His Teacher, published as a 1909 frontspiece by Collier’s magazine, sold for more than $1 million Nov. 16 in Heritage Auctions’ fall American Fine Art Auction in New York.

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