YORK, Pa. – It wasn’t the Fourth of July, but there were plenty of auction fireworks going off during Hake’s September 23-24 auction of pop culture memorabilia, which realized $2.1 million, the second-highest gross in the company’s history. As experts had predicted, the only known 1916 World Series Championship button – emblazoned with images of the winning Red Sox manager and players – soared to the top of prices realized and, in so doing, set not one, but two world auction records. With a winning bid of $62,980, the oversize button featuring three future Hall of Famers, including then-21-year-old pitching and batting phenom Babe Ruth, became the most expensive button of any genre ever sold at auction, not to mention the highest-priced baseball button.
NEW HAMBURG, Ontario, Canada – An early 20th-century Seeburg “G” style Orchestrion coin-op machine sold for $24,780, a 27-inch Orchestral Regina upright music box from 1898 finished at $21,240, and an 1892 Swiss George Baker & Company cylinder music box fetched $10,030 in an online auction held September 19 by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. Absentee and online bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers. All prices quoted in this report are in Canadian dollars and include an 18 percent buyer’s premium.
A historic New Hampshire mansion built by a wealthy industrialists has been saved from demolition by a last-minute sale to an art museum.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) _ The Greek Orthodox Church of the United States said Tuesday it is petitioning United Nations experts to coerce Turkey into protecting Orthodox Christianity’s cultural heritage following the Turkish government’s conversion of Istanbul’s landmark Hagia Sophia from a museum into a mosque.
PARIS (AP) _ A Congolese activist and four others are going on trial Wednesday on theft charges for trying to remove a 19th-century African funeral pole from a Paris museum, as part of campaign of protests against colonial-era plundering.
NEW YORK — Readers of a certain age will remember painstaking penmanship classes in elementary school, learning how to write with the Palmer method. While younger generations are more comfortable in front of a keyboard and more apt to send a text than write a letter, the art of letter-writing is not dead. Far from it, if the demand for fine fountain pens is any proof.
MONTROSE, Calif. – A lovely Roman marble head of a woman from the Julio-Claudian Period (circa early 1st Century BC), a fantastic Roman marble funerary stele (standing slab of stone with hieroglyphic carving or sculptured design) from the 2nd or 3rd century AD, and a beautiful circa 500-460 BC Greek black-figure lekythos (painted pottery vessel) are expected top lots in Ancient Resource Auctions’ online Fall Exceptional Antiquities Sale planned for Saturday, October 3. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) – Malta says it will seek to retrieve a shark tooth that was presented to Britain’s Prince George by veteran broadcaster and naturalist David Attenborough, who found the fossil during a holiday on the Mediterranean island in the 1960s.
SAVANNAH, Ga. – On October 14, Savannah’s Everard Auctions will go back to the future with an online-only boutique auction of wildly imaginative cars and sculptural art from the Estate of John Bucci. A visionary artist whose work was decades ahead of its time, Bucci crafted fiberglass fantasies that drew widespread media recognition and praise from the highest echelons of the custom-car world.