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Original rock concert posters hit a high note at a Pennsylvania auction and are featured in a sale report in the November 2020 issue of Kovels On Antiques & Collectibles newsletter. Kovels’ pictures examples with strong colors and psychedelic graphics that advertised music events from the Byrds to the Yardbirds, including a 1969 Grateful Dead concert poster that sold for more than $16,000.

November means Thanksgiving and family dinners, and while sets of dinnerware haven’t been in much demand, the high bids at a recent New York auction show that collectors and those who want to set a beautiful table will still pay top dollar for good porcelain. Kovels’ November newsletter pictures partial dinnerware sets by makers such as Minton, Haviland, Royal Crown Derby and others that sold for higher than expected prices.

A recent auction in Santa Fe, New Mexico, offered a virtual visit to the city’s annual Traditional Spanish Market, with many pieces made by regional artisans. Kovels’ November issue pictures New Mexico furniture, from rustic benches and tables that sold for a few hundred dollars to a trastero or storage cupboard that sold for a few thousand, that offer a glimpse into antique Southwestern style.

The early-20th-century metalwork by Oscar Bach is attracting new fans. A New Jersey auction featured more than 40 items from Bach’s studio and Kovels’ latest newsletter pictures mirrors, candlesticks, sconces, a demilune table and other pieces along with their prices. You can also see a picture of one of Bach’s most famous works, the iconic stainless steel mural that has decorated the lobby of the Empire State building since 1931.

And an auction that took place on Cape Cod in Massachusetts featured 19th-century nautical tools and decorative items made by sailors and whalemen. They used parts of the whale that had little or no commercial value, like the bones and teeth of sperm whales, and the baleen of other whales. Selling at the top price of $118,000 was a scrimshaw whale’s tooth with a whaling scene. Find that and other tools—from a bodkin, fid and seam rubber to a busk, pie crimper and page turner—with their prices in Kovels’ November newsletter.

The November Dictionary of Marks illustrates silver-plated serving pieces that might have been found on proper Victorian holiday tables. The illustrated November Collector’s Gallery answers readers’ questions about an antique convertible child’s high chair, a clock with a ski theme, a “bride’s basket” and an English registry mark on a Ridgway plate. And more than 70 antiques and collectibles are listed in the November Buyer’s Price Guide.