Collectibles

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...
“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...
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...
“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...
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 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...
Sunday in the Park with George, the 1985 Pulitzer Prize–winning Broadway musical by Stephen Sondheim, told the story of Parisian artist Georges-Pierre Seurat as he painted his most famous work, A...
Inheriting an estimated $80 million and a Gilded Age cottage overlooking the Atlantic in Newport, R.I., is daunting at any age. Doris Duke did so when she was just 12 years old. She used that fortune...
The aristocracy of Art Deco, the streamlined design style that swept the world in the 1910s, 1920s, and 1930s, is represented in a show at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts (617.267.9300, www.mfa.org )...
As the Olympic torch makes its way home to Athens this month, you can expect the usual deluge of commemorative souvenirs. Montegrappa ( www.montegrappa1912.com , 866.854.1674), however, honors the...
The one drawback to the Biennale des Antiquaires, which takes place September 14 through 28 in Paris, is that it only occurs every other year. However, by staging the event on a biennial basis, the...
For the first time since 1921, a Vermeer painting is going to auction. Sotheby’s ( www.sothebys.com ) will sell Young Woman Seated at the Virginals July 8 in London. Sotheby’s issued a modest presale...

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