A unique collection of mid-20th century furniture and accessories auctioned in Chicago and is featured in a sale report in Kovels On Antiques & Collectibles July 2018 newsletter. The unusual and quirky items captured the attention of bidders who paid from $133 for a 1950’s Scandinavian telephone to more than $80,000 for a lot of 27 paintings by a single graffiti and mixed media artist. Kovels’ pictures some of the items that sold in-between – from a post-modern take on a Chippendale chair to a cabinet shaped like an abstract woman with nine strategically located drawers.
Collectors said Cheers! to 19th-century historical flasks with molded likenesses of famous presidents, politicians, figures and themes of the day. See examples of the figural bottles in distinctive colors and shapes that sold for a few hundred to over $10,000 in Kovels’ July newsletter. And early tools drew special interest at auction in Massachusetts, where a French 19th-century sickle with a curved blade ending in a spiral brought $2,000. Find other old tools – from a 1700’s axe sold for $2,952 to an 1800’s cabinetmaker’s bow that went for $492 – in Kovels’ latest issue.
An annual bicycle auction in New York is always popular and includes everything from early velocipedes with wooden spoked wheels to vintage two-wheelers. See the 1968 Schwinn Run-a-Bout that went for $826; a German bicycle-built-for-three that brought $1,770; an 1890’s pneumatic safety bicycle and other models in Kovels’ latest newsletter. And Japanese Nippon porcelain was eye-catching and affordable at an Indiana auction. Kovels’ July newsletter pictures Nippon candlesticks, vases, humidor, platter, urn, stein and plaque, most decorated with gilt beaded trim, that for $675 and less.
The Kovels go “on the road” to the United States Naval Academy Museum to see rediscovered battle flags, many captured by the Navy in 19th-century conflicts. Kovels’ popular illustrated Collector’s Gallery answers readers’ questions about a silver tea set, a Belleek vase, a set of marked English dinnerware and a wooden box that once held Elaine lamp oil. July’s Dictionary of Marks dates eight different Nippon ciphers and back stamps. And more than 70 antiques and collectibles are listed in July’s Buyer’s Price Guide.
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