Vintage couture: which brands rule at auction?

NEW YORK — One of the most rewarding aspects of owning vintage couture and pret-a-porter fashion is that, if you wear it to a party or other social gathering, you’re not likely to run into someone else in the same outfit. Vintage designer fashions are in limited quantity, even more so for couture pieces, and the market seems insatiable as a growing cadre of collectors and fashionistas covet fashions from past decades, driving up prices on the best pieces.

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RR Auction lands JFK’s Cuban Missile Crisis map in April 11 sale

President John F. Kennedy presented the ‘victory map’ (inset) to Defense Secretary Robert McNamara (right) following the Cuban Missile Crisis. White House photograph, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum Boston

BOSTON – John F. Kennedy’s personal “victory map” of Cuba used during the Cuban Missile Crisis will be auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction. The fully illustrated catalog can be viewed on LiveAuctioneers.

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Exquisite jewelry featured in Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ April 10-11 sale

Platinum, 18K yellow gold, pink spinel and diamond ‘wrapped heart’ brooch by Verdura. Estimate $30,000-$40,000. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers image

CHICAGO – Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will offer a spectacular collection of fine jewelry April 10-11. The auction catalogs for this important sale contain more than 1,100 lots of diamonds and gemstones in all colors of the spectrum. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Turner Auctions + Appraisals showcases Russian lacquer boxes April 15


Russian lacquer and malachite jewelry box, 8¾ x 6 x 4½ in. Estimate: $1,000-$2,000. Turner Auctions + Appraisals image

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Turner Auctions + Appraisals will present the Lucy Maxym Collection of Russian Lacquer and Art on Sunday, April 15. Offering over 100 lots, the online sale features Russian lacquer boxes, jewelry, icons, a Fabergé cigarette case, and reference materials. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Quinn’s presents definitive Wedgwood ceramics collection in April 14 auction

Wedgwood jasperware rectangular plaque depicting Selene visiting Endymion in pale blue and white, 1997, 1¼ x 20 x 11 inches

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – In 1759, Josiah Wedgwood and Sons founded a family-owned and operated company whose distinctive wares became synonymous with fine English pottery and decorative accessories. On April 14, an important representation of 18th- to 20th-century Wedgwood blue jasperware will be offered on American shores, at Quinn’s Auction Galleries in Falls Church, Virginia, with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers. It is the collection of Wedgwood specialist and founder/past president of Washington, D.C.’s Wedgwood Society, Adele Barnett.

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Milestone Auctions to host April 14 Vintage Toys & Trains Spectacular

1910 Lionel standard gauge #7 brass and nickel locomotive and tender, early and hard to find train. Est. $2,000-$4,000

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio –Milestone Auctions is a full-service auction house known for its high-profile sales of every imaginable type of antique and historical collectible, but many know the company, first and foremost, as the Midwest’s hub for quality antique and vintage toys. On April 14th, Milestone co-owners Chris Sammet and Miles King will once again roll out the red carpet for toy enthusiasts as they present their Spring 2018 Vintage Toys & Trains Spectacular.

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Tip leads to arrests in Gronkowski break-in during Super Bowl

Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots. Photo by Jeffrey Beall, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license

ARLINGTON, Texas – While New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was busy playing in Super Bowl LII on Feb. 5, suspects were busy burglarizing his home, which he shared with three other individuals. The suspects stole safes, guns and jewelry, as well as two proof Morgan dollars.

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Artemis Gallery to auction superlative antiquities, ethnographic art, April 5

Native-American [probably Chippewa] blackstone ceremonial peace pipe with inlaid silver pewter and red pipestone spade, club, heart and diamond motifs, circa-1850 CE, est. $5,000-$7,500

BOULDER, Colo. – Entire libraries have been devoted to cultures of the past, but no book, no matter how painstakingly researched, can convey the story of an ancient society quite as vividly as the objects and art its people left behind. “The tools, weapons, clothing, jewelry, implements and everyday wares of any given culture are, in the truest sense, a gift of living history for the generations that follow,” said Teresa Dodge, executive director of the specialist auction house Artemis Gallery.

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