Exploring a passion for model boats

This cased boat model of the pleasure motor/sail yacht, Palawan, 38½ by 39 by 16¼ inches, made $6,750 at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries in August 2015. Photo courtesy of Thomaston Place Auction Galleries and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — You don’t have to live on the coast or an island like Nantucket to have an appreciation for nautical antiques, although it helps, since a collection of this type seems quite comfortable in a weathered seaside home. But as is the case with any well-designed antique, model boats — in particular — can add charm to any home.

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The Hot Bid: Why this toy robot sold for $86,100

The rare Machine Man robot toy stands 15 inches tall. Image courtesy of Morphy Auctions

NEW YORK – Over the summer months, The Hot Bid revisits antique and vintage collectible items that set world records in the past. Today’s subject: an out-of-this-world robot.

What you see: A tin lithographic Machine Man Japanese robot toy, circa 1960. Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pennsylvania, sold it in March 2019 for $86,100 – a record for this toy and for any “Gang of Five” Japanese robot toy.

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Vintage trade tokens ‘good for’ business 

This trade token from the J.W. Brown Saloon in Garrett, Indiana, sold for $600+ the buyer’s premium at an auction in 2014. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers and Holabird Western Americana Collections

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – They are the kinds of things you’d toss in your junk drawer and then – in a cleaning frenzy perhaps years into the future – throw away.

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Susanin’s presents Marshall Field’s Tiffany panels Sept. 20

Collection of six Tiffany Studios glass zodiac panels from the historic Marshall Field’s Building in Chicago. Estimate: $100,000-$120,000. Susanin’s image

CHICAGO – A collection of Tiffany Studios mosaic glass zodiac panels and favrile glass mosaic tiles, an oil on canvas painting by Vietnamese artist Le Pho (1907-2001), and a lacquered polyurethane Homme Chair with a tubular steel base by Ruth Francken (Czech-American, 1924-2006) are just a few premier lots in Susanin’s Fall Premiere Auction slated for Friday, Sept. 20. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Shaheen collection of impressionist art donated to Atlanta’s High Museum

ATLANTA – The High Museum of Art announced today that Atlanta-based philanthropists Doris and Shouky Shaheen have donated their entire impressionist, post-impressionist and modernist painting collection, totaling 24 artworks, to the Museum. The Shaheen gift is one of the most significant groups of European paintings ever to enter the Museum’s collection, rivaled only by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation donation in 1958, which established the core of the High’s European art holdings. This marks the High’s first acquisition of paintings by renowned artists such as Henri Fantin-Latour, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani and Alfred Sisley.

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Film classics have top billing in online poster auction Sept. 3

‘Niagara,’ one sheet poster, 1953, starring Marilyn Monroe and Joseph Cotten, linen-backed, 27in. x 41in. Estimate: $1,200-$1,500. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Murder, mystery, suspense and voluptuous blondes are at the head of a Jasper52 online auction of movie poster and memorabilia auction taking place Tuesday, Sept. 3. The opening attraction is a one sheet poster for the 1953 feature Niagara starring Marilyn Monroe.  Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.

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