Entries by Tom Hoepf

Kovels – Antiques & Collecting: Week of March 23, 2009

Smoking was an important part of the life of a well-to-do gentleman in the 19th century. A cigar after dinner was routine. Smoking paraphernalia was created not only to be useful but also to show off wealth. Collectors today still search for all kinds of tobacco-related items, although smoking has lost favor. Pipes, ashtrays, cigar […]

“Toyriffic” day-1 results at Bertoia’s sale of Kaufman collection

VINELAND, N.J. – The toy-collecting community came together with international force Thursday evening as Bertoia Auctions hosted the opening session of its sale of the Donald Kaufman antique toy collection. The March 19 event attracted bidders from all over the United States, as well as France, Switzerland, Germany, the United Kingdom, and such exotic ports […]

Leonard Auction to sell store’s entire inventory April 4-5

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. – The entire inventory of KD3 Decorative Arts will be sold at auction April 4-5. Leonard Auction will conduct the auction, which will consist of more than 1,000 lots of quality antiques, furniture and fine art. The sale will be conducted at KD3 Decorative Arts, 6704 Pingree Road in Crystal Lake. “We […]

Speed Art Museum unveils 50 contemporary works

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Speed Art Museum is a recipient of 50 works of art from one of the most impressive contemporary collections ever assembled. In celebration of this gift, the museum is proud to present the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States on view through May 17. Having built one […]

Montoya consigns to Sollo Rago Modern Auction, April 25-26

LAMBERTVILLE, N.J. – Juan Montoya, the internationally acclaimed interior designer recognized for his bold modernist interiors, will sell select property from his modern furniture and decorative art collections at Rago Arts & Auction Center on April 25-26. Montoya’s collection is part of Sollo Rago’s two-day modern sale. “We are thrilled that Juan Montoya has selected […]

Illinois couple devoted to World’s Fair memorabilia

DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) – The popular 1944 movie Meet Me in St. Louis, starring Judy Garland, portrayed the world’s fair of yesteryear as an exciting and dressy extravaganza, filled with romance and intrigue. People traveled for miles by train and automobile to see all the new andfascinating discoveries exhibited at these highly anticipated events. This […]

New England Toy Train Exchange sale arrives March 20-21

DANBURY, Conn. – New England Toy Train Exchange’s March 20-21 auction will roar in like a Lion(el) with 200 standard gauge lots and a fine selection of European trains. Live Internet bidding will be available on both days through www.LiveAuctioneers.com. “It’s been a long time since there’s been an event along this line, which has […]

Contemporary artists shed light on black West

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) – There’s mountain man Jim Beckwourth, legendary lawman Bass Reeves and Henry O. Flipper, the first black graduate of West Point. Here, too, is the slave-turned-explorer, known only as York. And Stagecoach Mary, the cussing, gun-toting driver who delivered mail in Montana into her 70s. And Cathay Williams, who fought as William […]

Nevada man thinks he has found early image of Ulysses S. Grant

LAS VEGAS (AP) – A Nevada collector believes he has found a mid-1800s photographic image of Ulysses S. Grant, the Civil War general who went on to become the nation’s 18th president. A University of Nevada, Las Vegas archivist says the daguerreotype appears to be an authentic image of Grant, who served two terms as […]