London’s Pax Romana to host Jan. 10 Antiquities, Ancient Jewellery & Weaponry Auction

Rare Greek Hellenistic Phrygian bronze helmet, circa 500-300 BC, originally may have been associated with a statue of the god Attis. Provenance dates back to 1897 purchase by Jorg Krause. Fully authenticated with XRF Certificate from Belgian laboratory and 2020 European Export license. Estimate £30,000-£50,000

LONDON – Pax Romana, the respected London antiquities gallery and boutique auction house headed by Dr. Ivan Bonchev (PhD, University of Oxford), will launch its 2021 calendar of events with a January 10 auction of connoisseur-level antiquities, ancient jewellery and weaponry. The 610-lot offering is highlighted by Egyptian pieces formerly held in museum collections, TL- or XRF-tested art from Ancient China, and unique helmets dating to as early as 900 BC. All items are offered with no reserve and will be sold to the highest bidder at or above the starting price. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

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Horse race slot machine pays $29,212 at Miller & Miller sale

The top lot of the auction was this Pace’s Races 5-cent horse race slot machine made in the United States in 1934, professionally restored mechanically and cosmetically. Sold for CA$29,212 (US$22,897) . Miller & Miller Auctions image

NEW HAMBURG, Ontario – A Pace’s Races 5-cent horse race slot machine sold for $29,212 and a made-in-Canada Black Cat Cigarettes porcelain sign from the 1940s realized $10,516 in an online-only Advertising, Toys & Historic Objects auction held Dec. 12 by Miller & Miller Auctions Ltd. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Jasper52 presents Swiss-made Natkina jewelry Dec. 21

Tsavorite, diamond and 18K yellow gold dangle earrings. Estimate: $18,000-$22,000. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Swiss jewelry brand Natkina is presenting its fine jewelry of previous and current collections in a Jasper52 online auction on Monday, Dec. 21. Nearly 600 lots of Natkina contemporary designs are described and pictured in the Jasper52 auction catalog. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.

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MLB reclassifies Negro Leagues as major league

Negro League Baseball panoramic photo of the Eastern Colored League’s 1927 Opening Day lineup, featuring the Philadelphia Hilldales and the Newark Cuban Stars. Sold by Hake’s Auctions in 2019 for $7,530. Image courtesy of Hake’s

NEW YORK (AP) – Willie Mays will add some hits to his record, Monte Irvin’s big league batting average should climb over .300, and Satchel Paige may add nearly 150 victories to his total. Josh Gibson, the greatest of all Negro League sluggers, might just wind up with a major league record, too.

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Early Christmas ornaments shine at Pook-Barrett auction

German painted Santa Claus candy container, 18½in high, circa 1917. Sold for $2,500. Pook & Pook Inc. with Noel Barrett image

DOWNINGTOWN, Pa. – Pook & Pook teamed up with antique toy expert Noel Barrett on Dec. 4 for a fun Christmas Antique Toy Auction. While there was no live audience in the gallery, that didn’t stop passionate toy collectors from actively pursuing their picks for the holiday season. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Fantastic team-ups mark comic book auction Dec. 20

‘Green Lantern #76,’ co-starring Green Arrow, VG+. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Superheroes team up in a no-reserve comic book auction that Jasper52 will conduct on Sunday, Dec. 20. Nearly 300 lots of vintage comic books will sell to the highest bidder, no matter the price. The first pairing featured in the auction comes in Green Lantern #76 co-starring Green Arrow, a fellow DC character, in a groundbreaking series dealing with various social and political issues in America. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.  Continue reading

A tenderfoot’s intro to Native American pottery

An Anasazi black-on-cream Gila Salado bird effigy vessel, hand-coiled, 12½in long x 10in wide x 7in high, brought $6,800 + the buyer’s premium in October 2020 at Artemis Gallery. Photo courtesy of Artemis Gallery and LiveAuctioneers

NEW YORK – Native American pottery has long been appreciated by those with an archaeologist’s interest in the past and all who simply appreciate the beautiful craftsmanship and material culture of the Southwest. For over a thousand years, indigenous people there have made pottery by hand.

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