Gold coin that jingled in George Washington’s pocket headed to auction

Views of front and back of 1792 gold piece believed to have been George Washington’s cherished keepsake. The coin will be offered by Heritage in a high-profile August auction. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

DALLAS – A one-of-a-kind gold coin believed to have once been a cherished memento of U.S. President George Washington made its first public pre-auction appearance since 1890 when Heritage Auction put it on display June 14 at the Long Beach Coin and Collectibles Expo in Long Beach, California. The gold coin will be sold without reserve at an August auction during the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia. It is only the third time in its history that this piece has been offered at public auction.

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Marie Antoinette pearls unseen for 200 years to be auctioned

A stunning diamond pendant, supporting a natural pearl of exceptional size Estimate: $1-2 million. Image courtesy of Sotheby’s

GENEVA (AP) – Sotheby’s says it is auctioning natural pearls that once belonged to the famed — or infamous — French queen Marie Antoinette, and which have not been seen in public for two centuries.

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Vintage denim: 125-year-old Levis sell for nearly $100K

1893 Levis made in San Francisco from cotton denim produced at the Amoskeag mill in Manchester, N.H. Image courtesy of Daniel Buck Auctions and LiveAuctioneers

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ A buyer with a penchant for vintage denim has plunked down nearly $100,000 for a pair of truly vintage jeans that come from the American Old West.

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PBA Galleries offers first edition of ‘The Federalist’ at auction

Only a few instances of minor foxing are noted within the book, which is overall very clean and fine. PBA Galleries image

SAN FRANCISCO – PBA Galleries will offer an exceptional, complete copy of the 1788 first edition of The Federalist at their May 31 Americana auction. The Federalist is the single most important book published in North America with this copy being exceptionally clean, a rare example printed on thick super fine royal writing paper.

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Colt revolver sets world auction record at $1.84 million

Image courtesy of Rock Island Auction Company

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – A rare Colt revolver was sold on April 13 by Rock Island Auction Company for $1.84 million, breaking the existing world record for a single firearm sold at auction.

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US Naval Academy to display captured War of 1812 British flag

British Royal Standard captured by American forces during the War of 1812. Image provided by US Naval Academy Museum

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The U.S. Naval Academy Museum will conduct a viewing of the British Royal Standard this Saturday, April 7, in Dahlgren Hall at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.

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Transatlantic crossing: historical American desk turns up in UK auction

Extremely rare American 18th-century bureau/desk, Chippendale period, mahogany with secondary poplar, ball-and-claw feet, original brass escutcheons. Provenance: By repute, formerly the property of US Secretary of the Treasury, NY Governor and Civil War (Union) Major General John Adams Dix (1798-1879). Est. $28,000-$42,000

EPPING, U.K. – Although no one knows exactly how or when it made its way across the Atlantic, a very rare 18th-century American bureau/desk has emerged as the furniture highlight of a February 28 Greater London auction.

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‘Declaration of Independence’ broadside sells for $1.2M

A private collector paid $1,185,000 for this broadside copy of ‘The Declaration of Independence’ printed by E. Russell in Salem, Mass., circa July 18-10, 1776. Image courtesy Sotheby’s

NEW YORK – Sotheby’s annual Americana Week sales concluded on Sunday, Jan. 21, with a total of $13.9 million and nearly 1,000 lots sold across two auctions. The week kicked off with the sale of Important Printed and Manuscript Americana, including Cartography, which was led by The Declaration of Independence printed by E. Russell that sold for $1.2 million. The Important Americana sale achieved $9.6 million and saw strong results across a diverse group of works, including American furniture, silver, and ceramics.

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Items from closed antique store end up on hit TV series

Amazon Studios produces the Golden Globe-winning series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which is set in late-1950s New York. Press image courtesy of Amazon Studios

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) – Pieces of the once-grand Howland-Hughes Department Store are finding their way into some of today’s most popular television productions, including one that just picked up two Golden Globes.

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Fire destroys New Hampshire auction house

SWANZEY, N.H. (AP) – Firefighters say a four-alarm blaze quickly tore through and destroyed a New Hampshire auction house late this weekend.

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