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