Early gum vendors: penny per chew

This rare five-cent Caille Liberty Package gum slot machine, circa 1905-1910, sold for $105,000 at Dan Morphy Auctions in January 2017. Photo courtesy of Morphy Auctions and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – The highlight of going to the supermarket with Mom as a youngster was being given a nickel or a coin to put into a candy machine and be rewarded with a brightly colored gumball of sweet goodness. In the modern era the machines are fairly utilitarian, but a century earlier these machines were artistic, often featuring smiling or frowning clowns and bold wording. They were produced in countertop and floor models.

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Hulk-size cache of lunchboxes to sell at Main Auction Galleries Sept. 30

‘Incredible Hulk’ vintage lunchbox by Aladdin. Main Auction Galleries image

CINCINNATI (AP) – Look, up on the shelf! It’s Superman. There’s the king of the wild frontier himself, Davy Crockett. And over in that case is Davy Crockett again, except this time he’s Daniel Boone (we’ll explain later). And aaaaay! It’s The Fonz and the whole Happy Days family!

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M.S. Rau Antiques acquires Lincoln opera glasses

President Abraham Lincoln’s opera glasses. Image courtesy M.S. Rau Antiques

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – It’s not the gilt-detailed craftsmanship or the age of the small, brass, black-enameled binoculars that might fetch a French Quarter antique gallery’s asking price of $795,000. It’s their history: Abraham Lincoln is believed to have used them to get a better view of the stage at Ford’s Theatre on the night he was assassinated.

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Sotheby’s to offer 4 Basquiat masterpieces in Nov. 14 auction

Jean‐Michel Basquiat, ‘Untitled (Pollo Frito),’ 1982, acrylic, oil and enamel on canvas, in two parts, 60in by 120½in. Estimate: in excess of $25 million. Courtesy Sotheby’s

NEW YORK – As the international art world looks forward to the October opening of the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s exhibition spanning the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sotheby’s announced today that their marquee evening auction of Contemporary Art in New York on Nov.14 will feature a group of four works by the artist emerging from the same distinguished private collection that similarly charts his rapid rise to international acclaim in the 1980s.

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Gallery Report: Ming porcelain bowl sells for $1.5M

ATLANTA – At the start of each month, ACN columnist Ken Hall gathers top auction highlights from around the United States and beyond. Here’s what made headlines since last month’s Gallery Report (prices include the buyer’s premium unless stated otherwise):

Early Ming bowl, $1.5 million, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

The Stanley Field Early Ming Bowl – a blue and white porcelain hexafoil bowl from the Chinese Xuande emperor’s reign (1426-1435) and once belonging to Stanley Field of the iconic Field family – sold for $1.5 million at an Asian Works of Art Auction held Sept. 17 by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago. Also, a Chinese zitan throne chair fetched $93,750; a Chinese Tielimu scroll table went for $87,50; and a Chinese huanghuali scroll table earned $68,750.

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