Collectibles

In 1682, Louis XIV—wishing to lock his fractious nobles in a golden cage where he could keep an eye on them—established the French center of government at a former hunting lodge in Versailles. Until...
Its Owner Gary Milan, a retired dentist who lives in the greater Los Angeles area, maintains collections of material from The Maltese Falcon , Casablanca , and Stagecoach , as well as documents from...
‘‘If popularity were a true measure of worth,” a reporter for the New York Daily News wrote just prior to a 2005 auction featuring a pair of paintings by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, “then the two...
William Secord can tell immediately whether a person likes dogs by how he or she reacts to the notion of dog paintings. “If they don’t like dogs, they go blank,” says Secord, president of an...
The item pictured here—a miniature model of a 19th-century brush-making machine that could produce tools as small as paintbrushes and as large as brooms—today serves only as a curio, albeit a finely...
Steuben Glass is renowned for the clear, brilliant, and flawless lead crystal that its glassmakers shape into vases, stemware, and decorative objects. Artist Jeff Zimmerman is not so finicky. The...
Europe’s fascination with so-called primitive art reached its apogee during the first half of the 20th century, when artists such as Picasso, Modigliani, and especially the German Expressionists...
If you can pick up the Super Bowl XL Opus , you might be able to secure a spot on one of the teams playing in the February 4 game. The $4,000 leather-bound tome, published by Kraken Sport & Media...
Art for Heart’s Sake Fifty Foot Films ( www.fiftyfootfilms.com ) of Los Angeles promises to give your home movies—of birthday parties, weddings, or other worthy occasions—the Hollywood treatment. “...
THE ITEM A handwritten letter that Dwight Eisenhower wrote to his wife, Mamie, on February 15, 1943. Eisenhower, who was then commander in chief of the European theater of operations and supreme...
A one-of-a-kind electric bass guitar from German luthier Jens Ritter. A day of recording in the Miami studio owned and designed by Lenny Kravitz. A customized tour bus from Marathon Coach. A wardrobe...
“Frames are really the Cinderellas of the art world,” says Deborah Davis, author of the forthcoming book The Secret Lives of Frames: One Hundred Years of Art and Artistry (Filipacchi Publishing, 2006...
An intricately detailed model of an automobile or superyacht of your choice, crafted by British silversmith Gil Holt. Price starting at $2 million Upon receiving a commission to fashion in silver a...
Tom Wegener’s preference for longboards—a type of surfboard that measures at least 9 feet and can reach 16 feet—ultimately stems from his impatience. “Even from a young age, I couldn’t wait for the...
“The blacker the better,” Eric Streiner says as he lifts a heavily tarnished Tiffany & Co. jug from a table in the living room of his Manhattan apartment. “See the detail?” he asks, pointing to...
At some point after his retirement from baseball, Joe DiMaggio made it a stipulation that he always be introduced at public appearances as the “greatest living ballplayer.” Fans of his Boston Red Sox...
While it may be true that teenage girls are prone to overdramatizing their lives, England’s Princess Elizabeth had good reason to fret during her teen years. In 1547, at age 13, Elizabeth became an...
The craftspeople at Cote France know how to keep a secret. In the 120 years since it invented the technique, the company never has revealed how it achieves the finishes that characterize its...
Most artists start small and move on to bigger things, but few have followed that career path as literally as Albert Paley has. He went from crafting delicate gold jewelry in the 1960s and early ’70s...
Some people experience epiphanies when they marry or when they become parents. But Mark Levin’s life was changed by a wooden bench. To Levin’s chagrin, he lost track of that bench, but he vividly...
Powdered tobacco, or snuff, became a favorite indulgence when it arrived in China in 1644, but because Chinese men of that era typically kept their fingernails long, they never adopted the snuffbox,...
With a boast from one of the soon-to-be partners, Joe Janciuras and Fred Balling began their foray into the replica reel business. After seeing one of Balling’s fly reel auctions on eBay in fall 2004...
The quest for fire takes a sophisticated turn with this month’s debut of Luminesse Sculptures, a new collection of oil lamps from Los Angeles model/designer Dayna Decker (866.586.3847, www...
When Kate Edelman Johnson was growing up, she did not need 3-D glasses to make movie stars spring to life. Gary Cooper, Kirk Douglas, and Merle Oberon were just a few of the screen idols who worked...
Elmer Crowell knew his talent for making wooden waterfowl decoys was extraordinary. The East Harwich, Mass., man, who died in 1954 at the age of 90, produced more than 2,000 bird sculptures in a...
Alastair Crawford holds a large silver platter in his hands and tilts it to show the subtle detail that marks the piece as a product of the Georg Jensen silversmith workshop. Direct light transforms...
Serious collectors once had only two options when they wanted to shop for art and antiques: attend auctions or visit galleries. However, a third option, the international fair, has been gaining favor...
On april 18, 1923, a massive crowd converged upon what had been, less than a year earlier, a nondescript lumberyard in the South Bronx. They ventured to the site, across the Harlem River from the...
When Blatt Billiards opened in New York in 1923, the city was in the throes of pool fever. Eight-ball had been played since the turn of the century, and straight pool, a game in which players called...
Subhankar Banerjee has no fear of the wilderness. In 2001, he set out on a two-year, 4,000-mile quest to photograph the fragile, remote region of northeastern Alaska during all four seasons. His...

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