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During the 1850s, gold was on a lot of people’s minds. Thousands of goldseekers ventured to California in hopes of getting rich. Few did, at least not from mining gold. But a few did get rich from the gold which they loaded onto the S.S. Central America sailing to New York from Panana. Collectors bid $1.1 million for a chance to own a piece of history.


Never Before Seen Petroliana Sees the Light at Auction

A 1930s Canadian Eco Model 160 clockface gasoline pump and a circular, 1946 McColl-Frontenac double-sided porcelain sign, also from Canada, each knocked down for $35,400 in an online-only Petroliana, Advertising Signs & Memorabilia auction, held by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. based in New Hamburg, Ontario.

Toy Trains Do Well at Auction

The toy trains category is red hot now. And recently Weiss Auctions held its first toy train auction of the year. Often there are a number of lots that don’t get sold, but at this auction, all 500 lots found new owners.

Private Art Glass Collection Brings Top Dollars at Auction

A 9 ¾-inch-tall blown mold French cameo glass vase signed Galle and a Fenton mosaic art glass pedestal vase each sold for $6,600 to share top lot honors at the sale of the private collection of Dr. Peter and Grace Jochimsen.

Rare Posters Go Under the Hammer

Masterpieces and rarities from a century of poster design went under the hammer at Poster Auctions International, Inc. (PAI). Top artists include Cappiello, Cassandre, Mucha, and Toulouse-Lautrec.


Brilliant Cut Glass Auction Features Pieces from Private Collections

The sparkle of brilliant cut glass has fascinated collectors ever since it first appeared in the mid 19th century. And the sparkle was great as Woody Auction presented an auction of American Brilliant Cut Glass. 

Sledge from Shackleton's Antarctic expedition takes nearly $150,000 at Bonhams

A sledge from the first expedition to the Antarctic led by Ernest Shackleton sold for $150,000 (£115,000) in Bonhams’ Travel and Exploration sale.

Chippewa Spinners from 1910
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Fishing lure collectors had a field day at Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd., in New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada. Three green Chippewa spinner lures made around 1910 by the Immell Bait & Tackle Company of the United States brought a combined CA$24,780, and a clever Canadian-made circa 1930 Lurette No. 2 “living bait lure” was reeled in for CA$3,750—a record price for the lure.  


French Furniture and Decorative Arts
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The Bruneau & Company auction showed strong results for French furniture and decorative arts when compared to years past. “Competitive bidding brought the French Neoclassical bronze figural group to a private collection in Egypt, followed by a pair of parquetry inlaid bombe chests to Canada. You never know where things are going to end up,” said Travis Landry, a Bruneau & Company specialist.


1930s Watling Three-reel 5-cent Slot Machine Hits the Jackpot

A mid-1930s Watling three-reel 5-cent slot machine sold for $3,250 and an 1871 general and business directory for the residents of four counties in Nevada realized $2,875 at an Americana, Railroad, Mining & More Auction held across four days, May 7th-10th, by Holabird Western Americana Collections in Reno, Nevada 



New York Collector's Passion Auction Total Reaches Nearly
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A Chinese green glazed oval footed porcelain bowl with an estimate of $1,000-$2,000 soars to $200,000 as the top item in a highly successful Nye & Company Auctioneers’ Collectors’ Passion Auction that grossed just under $1 million.  




Rare Dorflinger Cranberry Cut-to-clear Ewer Soars to $75,000

An exceedingly rare, museum-quality Dorflinger cranberry cut to clear glass ewer, 17 inches tall, soared to $75,000 at a sale featuring two major collections of American Brilliant Cut Glass, held by Woody Auction, online and at the Hilton Kansas City Airport. It was the final major cut glass auction of the year for Woody Auction, which is based in Douglass, Kansas.

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