Collecting world rocked by discovery of rare Star Wars toys in original factory cartons

 

Star Wars 12C Luke Skywalker DT with double-telescoping lightsaber, mint on card. Estimate $10,000-$20,000

DENVER, Pa. – Just when Star Wars collectors thought they had seen it all, along came The Morphy Find. That’s the name that has been given to a recently unveiled trove of rare, high-condition Star Wars toys that sat undisturbed in original Kenner shipping cartons, largely forgotten, since the 1970s/’80s.

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Romero Britto painting chosen as official 2023 art of Kentucky Derby

Romero Britto with the official art of the 2023 Kentucky Derby. Image provided by Churchill Downs

Romero Britto with the official art of the 2023 Kentucky Derby. Image provided by Churchill Downs

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (PRNewswire) – Churchill Downs Racetrack has released the 2023 “Official Art of the Kentucky Derby,” by renowned international artist Romero Britto (b. 1963-). From his roots in Brazil to his current home in Miami, Britto has traveled around the world, bringing joy and inspiration to millions with his fresh, colorful works that evoke a sense of fun and happiness with their bold, vibrant aesthetic.

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Edward Hopper, ‘Early Sunday Morning,’ 1930. Oil on canvas, 35 3/16 by 60 1/4in. (89.4 by 153cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney 31.426. © 2022 Heirs of Josephine N. Hopper / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

There’s still time to explore ‘Edward Hopper’s New York’ at the Whitney

Edward Hopper, ‘Early Sunday Morning,’ 1930. Oil on canvas, 35 3/16 by 60 1/4in. (89.4 by 153cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney 31.426. © 2022 Heirs of Josephine N. Hopper / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Edward Hopper, ‘Early Sunday Morning,’ 1930. Oil on canvas, 35 3/16 by 60 1/4in. (89.4 by 153cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney 31.426. © 2022 Heirs of Josephine N. Hopper / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

NEW YORK — Through March 5, 2023, the Whitney Museum of American Art will present Edward Hopper’s New York, an exhibit focused on the artist’s relationship with the famed metropolis.

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1953 image of Jackie Robinson, as he appears on his Topps baseball card from that year, estimated at $26,000-$31,000

Basketball, baseball showcased in Jasper52 Sports Memorabilia sale, Jan. 4

1969 Topps Lew Alcindor rookie basketball card, signed by the player as ‘Abdul-Jabbar,’ estimated at $3,500-$4,000

1969 Topps Lew Alcindor rookie basketball card, signed by the player as ‘Abdul-Jabbar,’ estimated at $3,500-$4,000

NEW YORK – An iconic Jackie Robinson portrait photograph, a Lew Alcindor basketball rookie card, and a press pass to Philadelphia home games for the 1915 World Series will battle for top lot status at Jasper52’s Sports Memorabilia auction, which will be conducted on Wednesday, January 4 at noon Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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In Memoriam: Vivienne Westwood, influential fashion maverick, 81

Vivienne Westwood, speaking in Vienna, Austria at the 2011 Life Ball, a European charity event that supports people who have HIV or AIDS. Westwood died on December 29 at the age of 81. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons, photo credit Manfred Werner/Tsui. Shared via Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

LONDON (AP) – Vivienne Westwood, an influential fashion maverick who played a key role in the punk movement, died December 29 at 81. Westwood’s eponymous fashion house announced her death on social media platforms, saying she died peacefully. A cause of death was not disclosed.

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Silk banner publicizing the abolition of slavery in Britain in 1834, estimated at £1,000-£2,000

Banner touting UK’s abolition of slavery poised to fly high at Chiswick, Jan. 18

Silk banner publicizing the abolition of slavery in Britain in 1834, estimated at £1,000-£2,000

Silk banner publicizing the abolition of slavery in Britain in 1834, estimated at £1,000-£2,000

LONDON – A silk banner proclaiming the abolition of slavery in the British empire in 1834 forms part of an extraordinary single-owner collection for sale at Chiswick Auctions on Wednesday, January 18. The blue and gold silk banner that reads “August 1, 1834 Slavery in the British Dominions Utterly and for ever Abolished” has an estimate of £1,000-£2,000. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Heritage Auctions reports record $1.45B in 2022 sales

 

1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie card, $12.6 million. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie card, $12.6 million. Courtesy Heritage Auctions

DALLAS — By every estimation, 2022 was a home run for Heritage Auctions. The auction house recorded more than $1.45 billion in sales in 2022, a record high for the 46-year-old Dallas-based company following 2021’s landmark results. It also set dozens of significant auction records spanning most of its categories, including one for the world’s most valuable sports collectible when a 1952 Mickey Mantle baseball card sold last summer for $12.6 million.

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Tributes pour in for soccer legend Pele, who has died at age 82

Soccer legend Pele, photographed in June 2010. He died on December 29 at the age of 82. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, photo credit Agencia Brasil and Marcello Casal Jr. Shared under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Brazil license.

Soccer legend Pele, photographed in June 2010. He died on December 29 at the age of 82. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, photo credit Agencia Brasil and Marcello Casal Jr. Shared under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Brazil license.

NEW YORK (AP) – Pele, who died December 29 at the age of 82, was remembered for a life beyond the field, for transcending the sport of soccer and becoming perhaps the most well-known person on Earth.

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Dog collar, Indian, possibly Goan, 18th-century horsehide leather, brass mounds and agate cabochons, 11 by 3in. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Timothy J. Greenan, 2014 National Sporting Library & Museum

Captivating ‘Art of the Dog Collar’ show on view in Virginia through March

Dog collar, Indian, possibly Goan, 18th-century horsehide leather, brass mounds and agate cabochons, 11 by 3in. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Timothy J. Greenan, 2014 National Sporting Library & Museum


Dog collar, Indian, possibly Goan, 18th-century horsehide leather, brass mounds and agate cabochons, 11 by 3in. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Timothy J. Greenan, 2014 National Sporting Library & Museum

MIDDLEBURG, Va. – Identity & Restraint: Art of the Dog Collar is an innovative traveling exhibition developed in partnership between the National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM) in Middleburg, Virginia and the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog in New York City. It will remain on view at the former until March 26, 2023.

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‘Gift of Love’ revealed as 2023 Waterford Crystal Times Square ball theme

Waterford Crystal 2023 Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball. Image courtesy of Waterford

NEW YORK (PR Newswire) – This holiday season, there is excitement to gather again and create special memories on New Year’s Eve. It’s a time for all to reflect upon the past year and look forward to the next. For New Year’s Eve 2023 in Times Square, Waterford will reveal the latest design in their “Greatest Gifts” series: “Gift of Love.” This marks the 10th year in the series of designs and themes created by Waterford Crystal for the iconic Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball.

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