Entries by Tom Hoepf

Russian masters head Gene Shapiro art auction Nov. 5

NEW YORK – Gene Shapiro Auctions will sell important works of Russian, European and Latin art Saturday, Nov. 5, on the fifth floor of the Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 W. 18th St. in Manhattan. The auction will begin at 10 a.m. The auction is expected to gross $4 million to $6 million, and the per-lot average […]

Colt Walker pistol hits record $920,000 at James Julia auction

FAIRFIELD, Maine – With the world economy under siege, a Colt Walker pistol came out blazing to set a record at James D. Julia Inc.’s firearms auction Oct. 7. The rare and historic Colt Whitneyville-Walker pistol, made for use in the Mexican War, sold for $920,000, inclusive of the 15 percent buyer’s premium. Considered the […]

Sarah Palin, Barack Obama dolls to be auctioned for charity

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Move over, Tina Fey, there’s a new Sarah Palin impersonator in town. Four one-of-a-kind Cabbage Patch Kids dolls crafted in the likeness of presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain and vice presidential candidates Joe Biden and Palin will be auctioned on the eBay.com Web site. The dolls sport outfits inspired […]

X-ray reveals Steiff teddy is rare rod bear

VINELAND, N.J. – Veterinarians are accustomed to seeing animals of all shapes and sizes in the course of their daily work, but few – like Dr. Hal Blumenthal of Millville, N.J. – can say they’ve had a teddy bear for a patient. It all started when Bertoia Auctions, antique toy specialists in Vineland, N.J., received […]

Mid-century Mexican potter’s vision puts Mata Ortiz on the map

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. (AP) – In about 1955, a teenage Mexican boy named Juan Quezada found a cave near the village of Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua in Mexico, containing some ceramic pots created by the ancient Paquime Indians. He started to experiment with locally available materials to try to re-create the pottery. In 1971, after about […]

Julia’s hails $5 million sale as the best summer affair yet

ROCKLAND, Maine – James D. Julia’s spectacular antiques and fine art auction at the Samoset Resort has long been a favorite of the summer auction season. This year the Fairfield, Maine, auction company’s three-day extravaganza, Aug. 26-28, featured more than 1,700 lots with sales topping $5 million, making it their biggest summer antiques auction to […]

3 ‘Peanuts’ strips fetch $110,740 at Philip Weiss Auctions

OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – An original “Peanuts” Sunday page, rendered in pen and ink in May 1953 by the late comic illustrator Charles Schulz, soared to $67,800 at a multi-estate sale Sept. 13-14 at Philip Weiss Auctions. The eight-panel strip showed Charlie Brown and Snoopy playing fetch. In addition, two daily “Peanuts” strips sold for $21,470 […]

John Lowe jar sets auction record for Tennessee pottery

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A recently discovered jar by potter John Alexander Lowe set a record for Tennessee pottery at a Case Antiques Auction on Sept. 27. Estimated at $12,000-$18,000, the redware jar soared to $63,000, inclusive of 12.5 percent buyer’s premium, selling to a collector in the room. Gallery owner John Case said that state […]