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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 […]

Kovels – Antiques & Collecting: Week of March 16, 2009

Belleek china is one of the best-known products of Ireland. Visitors and collectors have carried Belleek teapots and vases home from Ireland since the 1850s. Irish Belleek is easy to identify. The porcelain is thin and covered with a creamy yellow glaze that looks wet. Many say it resembles mother-of-pearl. But, best of all, there […]

Gallery Report: March 2009

Duncanson painting, $105,750, Cowan’s An original oil on canvas painting by American painter Robert Scott Duncanson (1821-1872), done in 1856, sold for $105,750 at a Winter Fine and Decorative Art Sale held Feb. 7 by Cowan’s Auctions Inc. in Cincinnati. Also, a bust of Minnehaha by Edmonia Lewis rose to $138,000; a late 19th-century Ohio […]

Sotheby’s to auction contents of Versace’s villa March 18

LONDON (AP) – Sotheby’s will sell art and furniture from fashion designer Gianni Versace’s opulent Italian villa on Wednesday, March 18. The late designer’s collections are expected to be sold for about 2 million pounds ($2.75 million). The auction will consist of 550 items from Versace’s Villa Fontanelle. Many of the works he collected are […]

Furniture Specific: Lesser-known lights

The history of American furniture is filled with the names of people who made tremendous contributions to the art in design, innovation, marketing or original thinking in other areas. Among them are such well-known luminaries as Duncan Phyfe, Charles H. Lannuier, John Henry Belter, the Herter brothers, R.J. Horner, John D. Larkin and Charles L. […]

Postcard collection offers snapshot of Va. history

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) – “Gee, it’s hot down here, wrote a peevish traveler to Middleburg in 1940. Warrenton was “quite a nice little town,” according to an Army private in 1944. In 1938 in Leesburg, a group of men went fishing while the women “walked into the town drugstore and bought something.” These snippets […]