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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Robert F. Kennedy's Last Family Christmas Card From 1967




Sold at Hake's Americana for $115.00.

1940 Superman Contest Prize Ring




Sold for $4,630.63 at Heritage Auction Galleries.

Here's the auction description:

Superman Contest Prize Ring (1940) Condition: FN. An extremely scarce premium ring (aka the "Supermen of America Prize Ring"), this one was listed as the most valuable of all toy rings by Bob Overstreet when he published his Toy Ring Price Guide. More recently, Hake's Pop Culture Memorabilia Price Guide lists as "Reported 21 known: two in Poor grade, one in Fair, six in Good, three in Very Good, four in Fine, four in Very Fine, and one in Mint." On close examination, this example appears very close to Mint, save for a very tiny missing flake of silver color near the red and brass Superman logo (which also has some extremely light wear), and what appears to be a very slight bend on one side, from being worn and adjusted by the original owner. Overstreet noted, "Red color behind circled letters wears easily and is usually gone. Examples with the red color intact are rare." This ring was previously sold at a 1999 Sotheby's auction, where it was listed at Good+, a grade we feel was too low, given the tremendous eye appeal and luster of this ring. We suspect this to be one of the finest known copies of a highly desirable Superman collectible. Hake's Pop Culture Memorabilia Price Guide VF value = $30,000.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Circa 1935 Folk Art Painting of the Dionne Quintuplets






A great folk art painting of the famous Dionne Quintuplets currently available on eBay.

Here's a portion of the seller's description:

Measuring 19 ½” x 24", this circa 1935, hand carved and painted wood painting depicts the famous Dionne Quintuplets, their Mother and Father, a carving of their home and the hospital whwere they were born, and at the middle top is a small vignette of Dr. Defoe, who gave birth to the quintuplets. This antique hand carved painting is in wonderful original, untouched condition and there never have been any repairs. The two buildings, the people and the 5 babies are carved in relief, and then hand-painted.

Nature's Mystic Apparition of Christ From 1915




Do you see him?

Available here.

Monday, February 22, 2010

"Cut on Coal"




19th Century miniature coal carving with inscribed angels.

Available here.

Circa 1920 Press Photos of Folk Art in New York City










On the back of the photos, the caption reads "Do you believe in signs? Some odd ones seen about New York."

Recently sold on eBay.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010