Trains, toys, Christmas antiques coming to Bertoia Auctions Oct. 11

Althof Bergmann hand-painted tin Julian carriage, 19in long. Est. $6,000-$10,000. Bertoia Auctions image

VINELAND, N.J. – Year round, Bertoia Auctions brings an incredible selection of antique and vintage toys to the collector marketplace, but the pinnacle of their annual roster is the twice-yearly Signature Auction, which places the spotlight on a single prestigious collection worthy of VIP status. The next Signature Auction, slated for Friday, Oct. 11, features “The Gentleman’s Collection,” the lifetime antique toy, Marklin train and Christmas collection of former Antique Toy Collectors of America president, and former chairman of the board of the Golden Glow of Christmas Past, Tony Annese. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Designer & luxury jewelry showcased in online auction Sept. 25

Van Cleef & Arpels Ludo ‘Ludo-Hexagonal’ bracelet, yellow gold and platinum set with diamonds, made in France, 1940s. Estimate: $80,000-$85,000. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Jasper52 will host an outstanding selection of luxury jewelry from a variety of designers, eras and mediums on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Highlights of the 174-lot sale include a classic pair of Buccellati earrings, a head-turning Van Cleef & Arpels bracelet and several fancy yellow diamond rings. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.

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Wright to auction noted Memphis design collection Oct. 3

A portion of the Zanone Collection of Memphis Design that will be sold Oct. 3 by Wright. Image courtesy of Dennis Zanone

CHICAGO – Wright will present Memphis Design: The Zanone Collection at auction Oct. 3. One of the largest and earliest known collections of Memphis, this incredible group has been extensively researched and was the basis of a 2014 Memphis exhibition at the Dixon Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.  Continue reading

Burning desire for Native American pipes

An 18th century Eastern Woodlands pipe carved in maple earned $110,000+ buyer’s premium in September 2017 at Cowan’s Auctions LLC. Photo courtesy of Cowan’s Auctions LLC

NEW YORK – Pipes have long been important objects to Native Americans for communicating with the spirit world, giving thanks, offering blessings and asking for basic needs to be met. They can range from simple and functional by merely affixing a stone bowl to a wooden stem to highly ornate works, carved and embellished. The length of the pipe also had meaning and signified how the pipe was used.

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About 75 people gather at Area 51 gate, 2 people detained

Image used by permission of the International UFO Museum & Research Center, Roswell, New Mexico

About 75 people arrived early Friday at a gate at the once-secret Area 51 military base in Nevada — at the time appointed by an internet hoaxster to “storm” the facility to see space aliens — and at least two were detained by sheriff’s deputies.

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