Hake’s $2.1M pop culture memorabilia sale sets new world records

Only known Boston Red Sox 1916 World Championship button, unusually large 6in size, advertises ‘Alpen Brau – Detroit’s Champion Beer,’ features images of manager Bill Carrigan plus 24 teammates, including future Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Herb Pennock and Harry Hooper. Provenance: the late Dr. Paul Muchinsky. Sold for $62,980 – a world-record auction price for a button of any type, sports or otherwise.

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.

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1890s-1940s music machines dominate at Miller & Miller, Sept. 19

Early 1900s Seeburg Style “G” orchestrion, a coin-op mechanical masterpiece, 66 inches tall by 79 inches wide, with mosaic leaded art glass doors, comes with13 “G” rolls (CA$24,780).

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.

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Historic N.H. home facing demolition is sold to Currier Museum

Byron Chandler House at the corner of Beech and Myrtle Streets, Manchester, New Hampshire. Currier Museum of Art staff photo

A historic New Hampshire mansion built by a wealthy industrialists has been saved from demolition by a last-minute sale to an art museum.

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Orthodox church petitions UN over Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia

The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo by Arild Vågen, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license

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.

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Trial in France over artwork seized in anti-colonial protest

Musee du Quai Branly is known for its extensive collection of African artifacts, including this 19th-century reliquary from the Sango people of Gabon. Photo by Shonagon

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.

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25-Ct Fancy Vivid Yellow diamond ring graces Heritage Fine Jewelry Auction, Oct. 4-5

Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions, HA.com

DALLAS, Texas (September 14, 2020) – An exceptional Fancy Vivid Yellow Diamond ring could bring $1.5 million or more in Heritage Auctions’ Fall Fine Jewelry Auction, October 4-5. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Fine pens add flair to the written word

A Namiki Maki-e fountain pen for Cartier with an 18K gold nib and elaborate lacquer work brought $17,000 + the buyer’s premium in November 2018 at Fairfield Auction, LLC. Photo courtesy of Fairfield Auction, LLC and LiveAuctioneers

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.

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Ancient Resource presents Fall Exceptional Antiquities Sale, Oct. 3

Lovely Roman marble head of a woman from the Julio-Claudian Period (circa early 1st century BC), in the manner of the Empress Livia Drusilla (aka Julia Augusta). (est. $9,000-$12,000)

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.

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Malta seeks return of shark tooth fossil gifted to Prince George

Tooth of a Carcharocles megalodon, a close relative of the Great White shark, that lived 23 to 3.6 million years ago during the Early Miocene to the Pliocene Epoch. It measures 5.4 inches long, 4.4 inches wide and was discovered in North Carolina. Photo by Tomleetaiwan

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.

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Everard to auction super-exotic 1960s concept cars & sculptural art, Oct. 14

Concept car designer/fabricator John Bucci (Italian/American, 1935-2019) at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, where his 1962 fiberglass car ‘La Shabbla,’ thrilled millions of visitors at the Cavalcade of Cars exhibition. The car is entered in an online-only auction with bidding through Oct. 14. Estimate $50,000-$75,000. Archival photo from Estate of John Bucci.

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.

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