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Kovels’ June 2023 newsletter features sales reports on Danish mid-century modern furniture, petroliana porcelain enamel advertising signs, majolica and industrial design. Be sure to check out the Letter to Lee that announces change and celebrates the legacy of Terry Kovel.

One hundred years before the digital age, electrification was the revolution. America, as an industrial giant with an eye for design, transformed everyday consumer goods with style and innovation that resonates today. A recent American Design auction at Wright in Chicago brought those glorious industrial design days back in focus. Kovels’ June newsletter’s Sales Report showcases everything from kitchen timers to toasters and radios to fans. There’s even a spectacular space age “Atom Ray Gun” water pistol from 1948 that sold for $3,780.

Petroliana porcelain enamel advertising signs are gas-powered wonders. A recent Morphy Auctions sale of porcelain beauties, which saw the four top sellers going for nearly $1.1 million, has our collecting engines running hot. A rare Wasatch Gasoline sign sold for $324,000! Check out the newsletter for more high-octane results.

From dining tables to credenzas and desks to home bars, collectors are right at home with Danish mid-century furniture. You’ll be sitting pretty while reading our Sales Report on the Gallery Auction event in Houston that featured a wide range of wonderful mid-century furnishings. One of our favorite items is a fantastically mod Fresco dresser/desk that sold for a very reasonable $850.

The June newsletter also features a prized majolica collection from the late Joan Stacke Graham, perhaps the world’s foremost authority on majolica. A striking game-pie dish and cover attributed to Paul Comolera featuring the heads of two hares and two ducks sold for $47,500, nearly $20,000 more than the estimated sale price. You’ll discover more about magical majolica and why it remains so captivating.

The newsletter also hits the road to tell the tale of quirky roadside attractions, those delightfully peculiar totems that long ago lured travelers to pull over for a cup of coffee or a bite to eat. You’ll also enjoy 34 values in our Buyer’s Guide for everything from advertising to textiles. The always popular Collector’s Gallery answers readers’ questions about Spode Copeland China, a linen cabinet, Gertie the Galloping Goose windup toy and an item made from old money.

Finally, the Kovels’ June Newsletter celebrates founder Terry Kovel in a touching Letter to Lee tribute that also announces change and new ownership. All this and more makes the June issue a must read.