Comic shops diversifying, creating community atmosphere

This Detective Comics #27 (first Batman), May 1939, sold for $482,435 in March 2018 at Hake’s Americana & Collectibles. Photo courtesy of Hake’s Americana & Collectibles and LiveAuctioneers

ELLWOOD CITY, Pa. (AP) – Unless you read the sign out front, you might not know where you’re at when you first walk inside.

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Red Sox old-timer’s memorabilia going up for sale

This studio photo, which is not an Aug. 15 auction item, shows the Boston Americans of 1901. From the Boston Public Library Print Dept. collection

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) – Some items belonging to one of the Boston Red Sox’s early members — when the team was known as the Boston Americans — are coming up at auction on August 15.

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Frank Frazetta ‘Escape on Venus’ painting sells for $660K

Frank Frazetta’s ‘Escape on Venus’ painting was used as the cover for the 1974 reissue of the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel of the same name. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS – Frenetic bidding drove the final price for Frank Frazetta’s Escape on Venus painting original art to $660,000 to claim top-lot honors in Heritage Auctions’ Comics & Comic Art Auction Aug. 2-4, which brought in a total of $6,670,739.

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John F. Kennedy, 36th President of the United States, photographed on July 11, 1963 in the Executive Office of the White House. Photo by White House photographer Cecil Stoughton.

Is JFK’s luster fading? Key memorabilia falls short at auction

John F. Kennedy, 36th President of the United States, photographed on July 11, 1963 in the Executive Office of the White House. Photo by White House photographer Cecil Stoughton.

John F. Kennedy, 36th President of the United States, photographed on July 11, 1963 in the Executive Office of the White House. Photo by White House photographer Cecil Stoughton.

BOSTON (AP) – Is JFK losing his star power? It’s probably too early to tell, but 55 years after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, an auction of some of the most iconic items associated with the Kennedy White House fell well short of pre-sale expectations.

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Rare 1980 Star Wars poster tops $26K at Heritage Auctions

This Star Wars concept poster printed for the 1980 sequel ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ sold at auction for $26,400. Imaged by Heritage Auctions, HA.com

DALLAS – A rare Star Wars concept poster printed for the 1980 sequel The Empire Strikes Back sold Sunday for $26,400 at Heritage Auctions, setting a world record as the most expensive movie poster from the space opera ever sold at auction.

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Historic New England candy company plant abruptly closes

Necco Wafers rotating display. Image courtesy LiveAuctioneers archive and Bertoia Auctions

REVERE, Mass. (AP) – The owner of a company that makes candies such as Necco wafers and Sweethearts has unexpectedly shut down operations at its Massachusetts plant.

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McDonald’s still intends to raze its Illinois museum

The replica of Ray Kroc’s first franchised restaurant in the McDonald’s chain. Bruce Marlin image. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license.

DES PLAINES, Ill. (AP) – McDonald’s officials have confirmed that they still intend to take down a replica of the hamburger chain’s first restaurant despite a demolition delay.

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Baseball signed by Hall of Fame lineup could set auction record

Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth and Honus Wagner signed on one panel of the baseball. SCP Auctions image

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – A single baseball signed by 11 members of Major League Baseball’s original 1939 Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be brought to auction starting on July 25. The Reach Official American League baseball boasts the signatures of Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Cy Young, Tris Speaker, George Sisler, Walter Johnson, Connie Mack, Nap Lajoie, Eddie Collins and Pete Alexander all in strong black ink. Speaker’s signature appears on the ball’s “sweet spot.”

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Steve McQueen’s ‘Husky’ featured in Bonhams auction Oct. 6

These cultural and historical mechanized jewels, the Vincent Black Lightning (left) and Steve McQueen’s 1970 ‘Husky’ 400 Cross,  will star in Bonhams’ debut auction at Barber Motorsports Museum in October. Bonhams image

LOS ANGELES – Two incredibly significant motorcycles have been consigned to Bonhams for the Oct. 6 auction at the Barber Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Alabama. Read more

Swinging ’60s styles up for auction from Sharon Tate estate

Julien’s Auctions will sell property from the collection of the late actress and model Sharon Tate on Nov. 17, including (from left) her Christian Dior mini dress, wedding dress and mink coat. Julien’s Auctions image

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Minidresses and a wedding dress are among the items from the estate of actress Sharon Tate are going up for auction.

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