William Bunch selling Philadelphia Hopkinsons’ archive June 23

Rembrandt Peale (American, 1778-1860), portraits of Richard Colgate Dale Jr (1810-1876) and Elizabeth Woodruff Dale, oils-on-canvas, signed ‘Rembrandt Peale 1857,’ each 30¾ x 25in (sight), exhibition labels from Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, carved and gilded frames. Hopkinson Family Archive. Estimate $10,000-$20,000. Bunch Auctions image

CHADDS FORD, Pa. – Philadelphia, America’s first capital and home to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, is steeped in political, military and social history. Its cobblestone streets, 18th-century buildings and revered educational institutions bear the names of prominent families whose origins date back to colonial days. One such Philadelphia family, the Hopkinsons, can count among its illustrious ancestors the patriot and Declaration of Independence signatory Francis Hopkinson (1737-1791). A lawyer, judge, author, composer, merchant and holder of many high public offices, Francis Hopkinson is also distinguished for having designed Continental paper money, the first United States coin, and early versions of the American Flag.

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Quality, high condition dominate Milestone’s June 27 Premier Firearms Auction

Gold-inlaid Colt 1911 .45 ACP-caliber gun, factory-engraved by Colt master engraver William H. Gough (active 1912-1940). Shipped in 1931 to Scruggs, Vendervoort & Barney, St. Louis. Estimate $25,000-$35,000

WILLOUGHBY, Ohio – Gun collectors who place particular importance on condition are already setting their sights on the 739 lots chosen for Milestone’s June 27 Premier Antiques & Modern Firearms Auction. Milestone co-owner Miles King describes the auction inventory as “one of our best selections to date of rare and high-condition military and sporting firearms…an excellent accumulation of prized pieces from approximately two dozen private consignors.” Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Rivich Auction features Rolex watch, Calder print June 18

An 18K women’s gold Rolex in the June 18 auction has a starting bid of $3,500. Estimate: $6,500-$12,000. Rivich Auction image

WHITING, Ind. – Rivich Auction, which for over 35 years has been a leader in the Midwest when it comes to auctions, antique appraisals and personal property liquidation, will hold an Interiors & Jewelry auction on June 18 at 7:30 p.m. Central time. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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The machines behind pinball wizards

This Wizard pinball machine by Bally comes from the collection of Bill Wallen,
who helped create marketing campaigns for ‘Tommy,’ the 1975 feature film based on the Who’s rock opera. According to Wallen, this machine was taken on tour to promote the release of the film and was later given to him in appreciation for his work. It sold for $1,900 + the buyer’s premium in May 2019. Image courtesy of Van Eaton Galleries and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – Pinball Wizard, the hit song written performed by the Who and featured on their 1969 rock opera album Tommy, introduced a new generation to the arcade game, which has its roots in the 19th century.

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