Toy tractor collection finds traction in local saloon

This 1950s McCormick Farmall 400 toy tractor with a three-bottom plow sold for $950 + the buyer’s premium at Soulis Auctions in September 2019. Image courtesy of Soulis Auctions and LiveAuctioneers

BATTLE CREEK, Neb. (AP) – Arvid Warneke fielded a lot of questions when it came time to find a new home for his toy tractor collection.

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Shaker sewing table stitches up big win at Morphy’s $3.2M auction

Circa-1840 Shaker dropleaf sewing table composed of butternut, cherry, pine and possibly basswood. Probably from the Shaker community of Hancock, Massachusetts. Attributed to family elder David Terry. Attracted 69 bids and sold for $98,400 against an estimate of $5,000-$10,000

DENVER, Pa. – The spotlight may have been shining on a stellar array of art glass, jewelry and watches at Morphy’s July 14-15 Fine & Decorative Arts Auction, but it was an unlikely “dark horse” – a circa-1840 Shaker sewing table – that stitched up the top price at the $3.2 million sale in central Pennsylvania. Absentee and Internet live bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.

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Rare classic movie posters premiering at Heritage, July 25-26

‘Sunrise’ (Fox, 1927). Fine/very fine on linen, one sheet (28in x 42.5in). Featuring a beautiful stone litho portrait of Janet Gaynor, this unique one sheet is a first-time offer from Heritage. Estimate: $30,000-$60,000. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS – Twenty years and almost 400,000 movie posters later, Heritage Auctions’ Grey Smith thought he’d seen – and sold – them all. Then it came time to compile the almost 700 lots for the July 25-26 Movie Posters event. And there they were: the rarities once thought lost or out of reach, some of movie-poster collecting’s crowning achievements. The never-before-seens. The never-before-solds. View the fully illustrated catalogs on LiveAuctioneers.

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Spellbinding magician’s kit up for bid at Fellows

British magician E. Ray Griffiths’ group of tricks, including a box of playing cards stamped with his ‘Fabian’ stage name, will be sold July 27. Fellows image

BIRMINGHAM, UK – A magic kit owned by an esteemed Birmingham magician is up for bid at Fellows. E. Ray Griffiths was president of the British Magical Society in 1947 and performed as “Fabian The Magician.” Fabian was widely renowned as a conjurer in the mid-20th century. His magic box of tricks features as Lot 427 in Fellows’ Antiques, Silver & Collectibles auction, closing on Monday, July 27. The kit has an estimate of £200 – £300.

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