Million-Dollar Star Wars Collection, Dylan’s $300K Guitar, and More Fresh News

Kenner Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi 23 Back-A, AFA 80 NM double-telescoping action figure on blister card, 1978. Image courtesy of Hake’s Americana

 

News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  •  Wall Street investors are eyeing a Star Wars collection that’s being auctioned by Hake’s Americana on Nov. 16th. It’s regarded by many experts as the world’s finest fully graded assemblage of early Star Wars characters, playsets and vehicles. You won’t believe the jaw-dropping estimate on a 1978 Obi-Wan Kenobi action figure. [Read more from the York Dispatch]
  • A guitar played by Bob Dylan at notable concerts in the 1970s is expected to sell for more than $300,000 in a Nov. 11 auction hosted by Heritage in Dallas. Dylan played the guitar at George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh and during his Rolling Thunder Revue tour. [Read more from Billboard]
  • Whoever would have suspected Einstein had a theory for happiness? He apparently did, because in 1922 he wrote it on a piece of paper while staying at a Tokyo hotel and gave it to a bellboy in lieu of a tip. Einstein’s scribbled note just sold at auction for $1.3 million. [Read more from CBS]
  • A man’s wristwatch found in an attic has sold for $276,000 at an auction in Sweden. The Omega Speedmaster 2915-1 was made in 1958, and while it isn’t diamond-studded or the type of timepiece you’d keep in a bank vault, it’s in rarely seen all-original condition. [Read more from The Local]

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