Washington, Napoleon get top billing at University Archives sale Dec. 5

Two-page letter signed by Napoleon Bonaparte, penned in Germany in 1807 and addressed to Napoleon’s war minister. Estimate: $2,000-$2,400. University Archives image

WESTPORT, Conn. – Items pertaining to George Washington, Napoleon Bonaparte, Albert Einstein, JFK, George Patton, Abraham Lincoln and dozens of other luminaries throughout world history and popular culture can be purchased in time for holiday delivery during University Archives’ Internet-only auction already up and online. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers. Live bidding will begin Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time.Continue reading

Blocks found in Egypt bear name of famed pharaoh’s builder

Pharoah Ramses II at Abu Simbel. Photo by Hajor, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 1.0 Generic license

CAIRO (AP) – Egypt says archaeologists digging in Cairo have found two blocks of limestone with inscriptions belonging to an engineer who worked for Ramses II, one of the longest ruling pharaohs in antiquity.

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Animal paintings by listed artists featured in online auction Nov. 28

George Armfield (British,1810-1893), oil painting of terriers in a barn, 14 3/8 inches wide x 12 3/8 inches high, including the frame. Estimate: $2,000-$2,500. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Jasper52 will offer nearly 100 original works of art, many at affordable price points, in an online auction Wednesday, Nov. 28. Paintings range from Victorian landscapes to contemporary still lifes, all by listed artists. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Books: new Overstreet reference is ultimate guide to Star Wars collectibles

HUNT VALLEY, Md. – Forty-one years ago, audiences worldwide were introduced to Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and a captivating cast of quirky characters from a distant realm that defied all imagination: George Lucas’ Star Wars galaxy. With the release of each subsequent film in the Star Wars franchise came the merchandise – action figures, vehicles, playsets, posters and scores of other products that organically formed a specialty collecting category of their own.

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Hef’s Playboy trappings to be auctioned Nov. 30-Dec. 1

Leroy Neiman portrait of Hugh Hefner, ink and watercolor and gouache drawing on paper portrait of Hugh Hefner. Estimate $10,000-$20,000. Julien’s Auctions image

LOS ANGELES – Julien’s Auctions will celebrate the rebel, entrepreneur and activist who launched the groundbreaking men’s lifestyle magazine and built it into an empire by transforming Playboy into an iconic global brand. Property from the Collection of Hugh M. Hefner will take place on Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Wildlife Trafficking Alliance urges use of Tiger Stamps for holiday postage

Save Vanishing Species Tiger Stamps. USPS image

NEW YORK – The Save Vanishing Species stamps sold by the US Postal Service are administered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and provide funding for projects to conserve endangered species in the wild. The Wildlife Trafficking Alliance and Association of Zoos & Aquariums are urging consumers to purchase the stamps for their holiday mailing needs.

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PBA Galleries explores the wonderful world of Oz, Nov. 29

First edition, second state of the first Oz book, ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.’ Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. PBA Galleries image

SAN FRANCISCO – On Thursday, Nov. 29, PBA Galleries will present the Craig Noble Collection of L. Frank Baum & the Wizard of Oz. Up for auction will be over 250 lots revolving around the world created by L. Frank Baum, from the marvels of Oz to his pseudonymous books for young people, and all that is related. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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