JK Rowling marks 20 years since Harry Potter appeared

Set of 7 first edition, first issue Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers and Bloomsbury Auctions

 

LONDON (AP) – Wizardry legend Harry Potter’s tale has turned 20.

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Michael Jordan 1984 Olympics jersey auctioned for record $274K

Jersey worn at the 1984 Olympics (LA) by then-Team USA member Michael Jordan. Sold by Grey Flannel Auctions on June 22, 2017 for $294,000. Courtesy Grey Flannel Auctions

 

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – A Michael Jordan Team USA jersey worn by the basketball legend in the 1984 Olympics has sold for a world-record auction price of $273,904. The jersey was the headline item in Grey Flannel Auctions’ 2017 Summer Games Auction, which closed for bidding in the early hours of June 22.

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Jerry Garcia’s ‘Wolf’ guitar tops $1.9M at charity auction

The Greatful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia playing ‘Wolf.’ Roberto Rabanne image, courtesy of Guernsey’s

 

NEW YORK (AP) – A guitar that Jerry Garcia played everywhere from San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom to Egypt’s Great Pyramids fetched over $1.9 million at an auction Wednesday night.

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Jet owned by Elvis Presley sells for $528,900

Elvis Presley’s’ Lockheed Jetstar. GWS Auctions Inc. image

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A private jet once owned by Elvis Presley has been auctioned after sitting on a runway in New Mexico for 35 years. The plane sold for $430,000 on Saturday at a California online auction featuring celebrity memorabilia, GWS Auctions Inc. said. With the buyer’s premium added the sale price came to $528,900.

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Elvis Presley’s Graceland opens a new $45 million complex

The Jungle Room at Graceland. Elvis Presley’s Graceland image

 

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Nearly four decades after Elvis sang his last tune, his legacy got a $45 million boost with the Thursday opening of a major new attraction at his Graceland estate – an entertainment complex that Priscilla Presley says gives “the full gamut” of the King of Rock ’n’ Roll.

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Feb. 18 toy, train & doll show to benefit Binghamton, N.Y., humane society

There’s always a full house at the Vintage Toys, Trains & Collectible Show in Binghamton, N.Y. Image provided by The Humane Society of Binghamton

 

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – Do you yearn for an old-fashioned toy show brimming with great toys, trains and dolls, and friendly dealers who love to chat and share their knowledge? Just such an event will take place this Saturday, Feb. 18, in Binghamton, New York. The Vintage Toys, Trains & Collectible Show, a fundraiser for the local humane society, has grown into a full and very popular event featuring vintage toys, trains, dolls, plastic models, die-cast automotive toys and much more. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the American Legion Post 1645 Hall, 177 Robinson Street in Binghamton.

 

Pressed-steel automotive, tin-friction toys and even King Kong can be found at the popular show. Image provided by The Humane Society of Binghamton

 

This show has all the elements toy collectors remember from the regional shows of the early 1990s. There’s free parking, lots of delicious food, a bake sale, and a low, low admission price of only $3. Children under 12 are free if accompanied by an adult.

 

Remember old Revell model kits? There were many available at last year’s edition of the Vintage Toys, Trains & Collectible Show. Image provided by The Humane Society of Binghamton

 

Not only has this show developed the reputation of being a great place to discover very desirable toys pulled from the attics and closets of multi-generational homes in New York’s southernmost tier, but also from residences in nearby Pennsylvania and western Massachusetts. Best of all, the show’s profits will help homeless animals who are cared for by The Humane Society of Binghamton.

 

 

The full address for the American Legion hall is 177 Robinson St., Binghamton, NY 13905. Want more information? Contact Rick Barron at 607-343-2302, or Kim Broderick at kbroderick@bchumanesoc.com.

Visit The Humane Society of Binghamton, New York online at www.bchumanesoc.com.

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Restored Memphis Belle to be displayed at Air Force museum

The B-17F ‘Memphis Belle’ in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in December 2011. U.S. Air Force photo

 

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) – Officials say a famous World War II aircraft will be on public display next year at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton after more than a decade of restoration.

Museum curator Jeff Duford says the Memphis Belle, an Army Air Forces B-17F Flying Fortress bomber, will be unveiled on May 17, 2018. That date will be the 75th anniversary of the crew’s 25th mission over Europe.

The aircraft will be the centerpiece of a large-scale exhibit on strategic bombing in the World War II gallery. A museum spokesman says a B-17 will be moved out and eventually transported to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.

Work to restore the Memphis Belle has been underway since 2005.

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Babe Ruth NY World’s Fair uniform sells for $227,854

Babe Ruth wore this custom-made uniform in 1938 to promote the upcoming New York World’s Fair. The unique outfit sold at auction for $227,854. SCP Auctions image

 

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. – A unique “NEW YORK” baseball uniform worn by Babe Ruth to promote the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair has sold at auction for $227,854.

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Original KFC still draws the crowds to Kentucky

The Harland Sanders Café and Museum. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

 

CORBIN, Ky. (AP) – The original Kentucky Fried Chicken still draws them in, just as it has for the last 76 years.

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Giant Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots game to debut at Dave & Buster’s

Vintage Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots game, manufactured circa 1970 by Marx. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers and Serious Toyz

Vintage Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots game, manufactured circa 1970 by Marx. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers and Serious Toyz

 

DALLAS (PRNewswire) – Remember Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots™? The dining and entertainment chain Dave & Buster’s is ready to knock you off your block with the debut of its new, in-your-face version of the classic Mattel kids’ game. They’re re-creating the competitive fun of the original toy on a gigantic scale, replacing the 6-inch tall robots with massive versions that stand at more than 5 feet tall. Manufactured exclusively for Dave & Buster’s, the new Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots game debuts on Monday, December 26, and won’t be available anywhere else.

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