A sparkling salute to vintage fireworks, aka pyrobilia

American-made spakler brands in the early 20th century included National, Atomic, Star and UnXld.

 

Fireworks are transformative. There’s the obvious physical and chemical transformation of a colorful and tightly packaged explosive into an often radiant, loud and enchanting spectacle. However, for some people like Sal Giudice, the transformation is more profound.

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Lassoing vintage Wonder Woman collectibles


‘Wonder Woman #1’ (DC, 1942) graded CGC VF-7.5 realized $95,600 during Heritage Auctions’ May 18-20, 2017. Heritage Auctions image

 

Much has changed since Wonder Woman first appeared on the scene in 1941, and yet, some things haven’t changed or have circled back to what once was. The character was revolutionary when she first appeared in the pages of Sensation Comics, and remains relevant today; perhaps more relevant than ever before, given the response to the Wonder Woman film.

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Celebrating Roy Lichtenstein – Pop Art Godfather

One of the most innovative and influential artists of the latter 20th century, Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997) put the “Bif!,” “Bam!,” and “Pow!” into pop art. His larger-than-life paintings of people in melodramatic situations were inspired by comic strips and newspaper ads, and Lichtenstein made sure they were presented just that way – with a screened effect that resembled an enlarged newspaper page.

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5 things you didn’t know about Pablo Picasso’s early career

By Anonymous - Photo (C) RMN-Grand Palais, Public Domain

By Anonymous – Photo (C) RMN-Grand Palais, Public Domain

The art world celebrates the birthday of Pablo Picasso today, October 25. The Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker and ceramicist is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century.

Exceptionally prolific throughout his life, Picasso (1881-1973) achieved universal renown and an immense fortune from his revolutionary artistic accomplishments.

Forty-three years after his death, Picasso’s paintings still sell for record prices. His Les femmes d’Alger (Version 0), a colorful depiction of women of Algiers, sold at Christie’s on May 11, 2015 for $179.4 million. It remains the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction.

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Designer Charlotte Perriand’s creations for modern living

Charlotte Perriand was, by her own accounts, a blank slate. As a mature, accomplished Modern designer, she eschewed dogma. She chose instead to open her eyes, and her mind, to whatever her surroundings were and just let them be the guiding force for the work.

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Talk Like A Pirate Day: 7 Unique Pirate Collectibles and Antiques

Ahoy Mateys! Don’t you know it’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day? Along with the extra swagger and growl, we’ve decided to celebrate with a unique collection of our favorite pirate’s booty all from LiveAuctioneers auctions, past and present.

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Chic belt fasteners supported ancient Chinese royals

NEW YORK – Men’s fashion has been hooked on the belt ever since warriors tucked weapons into bronze girdles and Chinese emperors elevated elaborate garment hooks to status symbols.

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Best Tweets @LiveAuctioneers in August

The last unofficial month of summer is now behind us and it was filled with sun, heat, ice cream, and of course, good finds on LiveAuctioneers. Before we get too comfortable with September, let’s take a moment to reflect back on this past eventful month of August. From a uniquely rare baseball card to the closing of the NYC institution Tekserve, the auctions this month were epic. And so were your tweets!

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Vintage Lawn Sprinklers: The Best Way to Cool Down This Summer?

Throughout this summer of record heat, we’ve had to get creative about how to keep cool. Running through the garden sprinkler is one of our favorite pastimes and brings back the best childhood memories. These days, the garden sprinkler has moved from the tool shed to the collectors cabinet. Like many other products of late 19th- and early 20th-century industrial design, the sprinkler is now appreciated as a piece of sculptural and cultural beauty.

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10 Best Vintage Lunch Boxes for Back to School

‘Tis the back-to-school season. And with that, we’re reminiscing on our favorite subject at school: lunch. One of the best parts of lunch? Showing off your lunch box.

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