Halloween always reminds collectors of the stories they've heard about haunted antiques--stored clocks that suddenly start ticking, spots on a rug that keep coming back after you wash them, footsteps in the attic…. Here are two stories we heard this month:
A Haunted Victorian Print
Dorothy, a reader, told us this one: "I sure hope you can tell me something about this picture. I brought it home and that night I saw a little girl standing at the head of the bed right by my husband's head. I covered the picture and haven't seen her since. What are your thoughts? What is the picture worth?" Our answer to Dorothy: Your picture appears to be a Victorian print worth about $50 as a decorative piece. We do know that a print advertised as "haunted" was sold on eBay a few years ago and that bids were high--apparently just because the picture was described as haunted. There are collectors who specialize in antiques connected with the paranormal.
A "Living" Automaton Clown
John, a good friend, told us this story last week as he added his clown to the Halloween display at the Cleveland Euclid Beach Carousel exhibit. John's clown, once used at an amusement park, is a larger-than-life automaton. The clown can laugh, wiggle, shake his head, and wave his arms. When John first bought the clown, it went into his library and stayed there for a while. But sometimes he would find it facing the wall instead of the room. Every member of John's family swore they had not touched the figure. The clown continued moving mysteriously until John finally removed it from the room. So far the clown has behaved as a Halloween decoration, but we're all watching it to see if it turns around.