Record Auction Price for Marilyn Monroe Illustration

An Earl Moran painting of the “Blond Bombshell,” Marilyn Monroe sold at auction this past month for a record auction price of $83,650 at a Heritage Galleries auction in Beverly Hills California.  Not only did this painting bring in seven times of its prior sales estimate, but it set the record for an Earl Moran painting.  The painting, which actually depicts a young Norma Jean, is a signed, pastel on board, measuring 31.5 x 23.25 inches under glass and is considered to be in very good condition.


Places Where You Might Find Memorabilia . . .

On March 5-6, 2011, Kerr Memorial Museum Antiques Show, will take place at the Oakmont Country Club, in Oakmont, Pennsylvania.  This antiques show attracts many quality dealers and hundreds of visitors from around the Mid-Atlantic region and features antique furniture, books, vintage collectibles and memorabilia.  The show benefits the Kerr Memorial Museum.

Upcoming Auctions . . .

In the past few months we have written articles about a slew of new shows on television featuring antiques and collectibles.  One of those shows, Storage Wars, depicts four people who frequent abandoned storage locker auctions and the treasures (or sometimes not) they find. One of the characters on the show is David Hester who owns Rags to Riches consignment store. Dave is seen by many who watch the show as a fierce antagonist to the other characters on the show. 

Now we have received word from Don Presley Auctions in Orange County California that a trove of Chinese antiques purchased by Hester on one of the shows will be sold at auction on March 5-6, 2011.  This collection includes Chinese ivory necklaces, bracelets, earrings and pendants as well as buffalo horn pendants.  The entire collection is expected to bring in more than $10,000 at auction.  We have not yet seen this episode to tell you how much he actually paid for the storage unit.

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Whose Memorabilia Will Reach Highest Prices?

Memorabilia is often defined as an item, such as a document, physical recording media, picture or memento, which provides information about the past.  The record must also be of things worth remembering.  This is often a very broad definition of memorabilia and if you asked anyone on the street to define it, you would probably get many different answers and most people would give examples that reflect what they deem important to remember.  Some people are more familiar with sports memorabilia, others with political memorabilia or Hollywood memorabilia.  Many people also associate memorabilia with people of their past such as Marilyn Monroe, Mario Lemieux, Wayne Gretzky, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and Bob Hope.

In the recent past we have seen prices soar for items belonging to the King of Pop and prices have always been steady for things that belong to the King of Rock and Roll.  The Blond Bombshell has also brought in huge bucks and the The Great One also has seen a rise in memorabilia prices.  It seems like if the person we are trying to memorialize had a nickname, the price for their memorabilia is higher.  This is probably due to the fact that they are considered one of the “top” people in their field.  So if we apply this reasoning to today’s top people, whose memorabilia will reach the highest prices in the future?


March 4-6, 2011, Steel City Con – Pittsburgh Toy, Comic & Childhood Collectibles Show, Convention Center, Monroeville, Pennsylvania

March 5-6, 2011, DC Big Flea, Dulles Expo Center, Chantilly, Virginia

March 12-13, 2011, Antiques Show at Madeira, Madeira School, McLean, Virginia

March 12-13, 2011, Greater Syracuse Antique Expo, New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, New York

The Geneseo Kiwanis Antique Show & Sale, will take place on March 12-13, 2011 at the New York State Armory in Geneseo New York. This antiques and collectibles show attracts more than fifty dealers and thousands of people from the U.S. and Canada.  The show features antique and country furniture, glass, books, jewelry and collectibles and benefits the Geneseo Kiwanis.


Dumb Mikey Names the Kids

Mikey’s pregnant sister was driving down Arlington Boulevard when out of nowhere a truck appears and she smashes right into it.  Tragic as this may seem, her pregnancy was not affected but the knock on her head had put her into a coma which lasted six months.  When she finally woke up, she frantically asked about her baby.


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Estate Sale on March 4–6, 2011, 1518 31st St NW, Washington DC: 18th & 19th Century Antique Furniture, Silver & Books: 301-299-3497


In the sports memorabilia world there are many names that come to mind; Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, three-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady and Sidney Crosby, whom hockey fans call “The Next One” in reference to the next Gretzky.  Hollywood memorabilia is a little harder to judge because of they don’t have records or titles like they do in sports memorabilia.  However some names that always come up are Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCapario, and some of the best comic actors Jennifer Aniston and Eddie Murphy. Music is even harder because bands, singers and musicians can come and go rather quickly.  I mean really who can surpass The Beatles, The King of Rock and Roll, and The Godfather of Soul.  Lady Gaga?


Antique Redware Pottery – A Brief History

Redware pottery, which is just what the name implies, a reddish brown colored pottery, was first made by English settlers in the 1600’s. Redware pottery was made in many different states including, Virginia, Pennsylvania,New York and Tennessee. The reason it is that color is because of the iron content of the clay that was used to produce the pottery. The shades of red or brown can vary greatly depending on where the clay came from and how much iron is in the clay. Antique redware pottery from colonial times can be found to be in most cases rough and usually of poor quality. The reason for this is because of the restriction imposed on the English Settlers by the British crown in the 17th Century.

Until the revolutionary war, the settlers were required to send all raw materials to England where the clay would be turned into well designed and fancy pottery. The pottery would then be sent all over the world, including the colonies here in America. It was unlawful for potters to produce their own products lest the crown not make a huge and handsome profit on the shipment, production and re-shipment of product. Although it was unlawful, some colonists continued to make their own pottery and it was tolerated because the merchandise was of inferior quality to the pottery made in England. After the War of Independence, many potters came to the United States fromEngland and later other countries such as Germany and produced better quality products that were able to compete with the English pottery.

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When Time Stood Still, which is located in the quaint little town of Berryville Virginia is one great place to shop for quality antiques, vintage collectibles and coins.  This shop features antique furniture, vintage collectibles including silver, brass and other metal items as well as porcelain, pottery and china.  Additionally, they carry a nice collection of gold and silver coins.

Tips About Memorabilia . . .

A few things to remember about collecting memorabilia, regardless of where it came from or who we are trying memorialize:

§  It doesn’t have to take up much storage space.  My son has three shoe boxes full of sports cards that have been moved from one home to another many times over.

§  Memorabilia can come in all shapes and sizes, but the bigger things don’t always bring in the highest prices. 

§  Memorabilia is personal in the sense that it deals with who you want to memorialize and remember.

§  Not all memorabilia will appreciate in value, but if you are lucky and have chosen someone destined to be “great” then the price can skyrocket.

§  Memorabilia doesn’t have to be about people; documents and photos of animals, places and events can also be memorabilia.   I have several newspapers in plastic sleeves that I plan to hand down to my grandkids.

§  Normally,authentically autographed items bring in more money than non-autographed items.

§  Even if it doesn’t bring in a ton of money, memorabilia can be fun to collect.

The doctor told her not to fret, that she had actually had twins, a boy and a girl.  She was beaming with joy until he also told her that her brother had named them.  Thinking to herself, “oh no, not Mikey,” she asked the doctor what Mikey had named the kids.  The doctor told her, “Well he named the girl Denise.”  And she felt a little relieved at the name but then she asked the doctor, “and the boy?”  “Well,” said the doctor, “Mikey name him Denephew.”

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