Welcome to the new look Chatelaine's Antiques
In 2013 we will be continually updating the whole website and this page is to
blog about new exhibitions and auctions worldwide, and the new pages inside the
Rare Coin Company WA Goes Into Liquidation
Tuesday 9 July 2013 - The Rare Coin Company based in Albany, West
Australia, has gone into liquidation owing private investors what is
believed to be tens of millions of dollars.
Rare Coin Company encouraged investors nationally and overseas to
purchase rare coins and notes which could then be sold at a profit.
The company focused particularly on encouraging Australian farmers to
invest in the scheme. It is understood the company has hundreds of
creditors who together are owed millions of dollars. Perth-based
Sheridans Chartered Accounts has been appointed liquidator.
1880 $4 Stella
Coiled Hair Cameo coin - 5 Aug
2013 - Bonhams is offering 1880 $4 Stella Coiled Hair Cameo
coin, estimated to sell for between $1,000,000-1,500,000, in
the September 23 Coins and Medals auction.
Maltese Falcon statuette up for auction at Bonhams New York
iconic statuette used in John Huston's classic film noir The Maltese Falcon
(1941) is set to headline Bonhams special auction, "What Dreams Are Made Of:
A Century of Movie Magic at Auction as Curated by Turner Classic Movies" to
be held November 25 in conjunction with Turner Classic Movies (TCM). In the
legendary film, the statuette is a sumptuous gift from the Knights Templar
of Malta to the King of Spain, brazenly stolen by pirates in the 16th
century. Humphrey Bogart stars as a private eye who becomes entangled in a
web of thieves and murderers, all determined to find the lost treasure. The
title of the auction is a paraphrase of the movie's famous last line, in
which Bogart describes the falcon as "The stuff that dreams are made of."
March is Coin Month at Chatelaine's Antiques
The US Mint sold 80,500 ounces of American Eagle gold
bullion coins during February 2013 compared to 21,000 ounces in Feb.
2012 for a 283% increase.
Sales were up 56% in the first two months of 2013, compared to the same
period last year. Total gold coin sales for January and February 2013
were 430,500 ounces, with 2012 sales of 124,500 ounces.
American Eagle silver bullion coins sales were 3,368,500 ounces during
February, 126% more than in 2012. January and February silver coin sales
were 10,866,500 ounces, up 43% from 2012 when 7,597,000 ounces were
The January recording breaking sale of a
Flowing Hair Silver Dollar for more than $10 million US dollars
has reminded us at Chatelaine's where our roots in collectibles were,
starting as a coin collector in the 1960s. Our coin pages are
undergoing a massive overhaul including features on some of the world's most
expensive and collectible rare coins.
Flowing Hair Silver Dollar
- The world's most expensive coin has
sold for $10 million dollars on January 24, 2013. This is the first in our series of
articles following the auction prices and history of the world's most
collectible coins. 1933 Double
Eagle $20 Gold Coin - The 1933 Double Eagle is "one of the most
sought-after rarities in history" according to the U.S. Mint. Only one coins
has been declared "legal tender", the fabled 'Farouk-Fenton specimen' which
is on display at the New York Federal Reserve Bank, after setting a world
record price for a coin of $7,590,000 in 2002.
Christie's offer Warhol online
January 31, 2013 - Christie's auction house first online-only Warhol sale of
125 paintings, drawings, photographs and prints will be offered from Feb. 26
through March 5. Pre-sale estimates range from $US600 ($A576) to $70,000
allowing both seasoned collectors and first-time buyers global access to
Warhol’s work. The auction is being held in partnership with The Andy Warhol
Foundation for the Visual Arts raising funds for their core grant-making
programs. Highlights of the auction include a trial proof for the
lithograph, I Love Your Kiss Forever Forever (1964), based on an image of
Marilyn Monroe’s lips, presumed to be unique in this composition and color
combination, with an estimate of $3,000 - 5,000. From Warhol’s iconic
soup-can oeuvre comes Campbell’s Chicken with Rice Soup (1964), created with
a tin soup can filled with concrete, from an unrealized edition of thirteen,
with an estimate of $50,000 - 70,000.
John F. Kennedy memorabilia
than 650 items of former President John F. Kennedy memorabilia will be
auctioned by John
McInnis Auctioneers on Feb. 17, 2013, including this leather "Air Force
One Bomber Jacket" from 1962, estimated at $20,000 to $40,000. The items are
from the estate of David F. Powers, who was special assistant to Kennedy and
the first curator of the JFK Library. This year is the 50th anniversary of
The "Jumbo Wagner"
The only known existing outsized
Honus Wagner Baseball Card,
which is graded EX 5 (MC) on the
PSA grading scale, The Jumbo Wagner is the star feature of
Goldin Auctions this February. With
interest rates so low, the collectibles markets are booming as investors
have entered the market. This auction should set records again, with
the USD$3 million barrier likely to be hit. Chatelaine's Antiques will
be following the lead up to the auction and expanding our comprehensive
Trading Cards section.
We are Australian Pickers (and we showcase Pickers Worldwide)
In new pages at Chatelaine's we will highlight some of the
finds as we pick for antiques. We are looking for: ceramics, glass and
kitchenware, farm items and tools, furniture, retro collectibles, old
advertising signs, jewelry and gold or silver, art and posters, watches and
clocks, light fittings and lamps, coins and stamp collections, any collections,
militaria and medals. Also looking for building materials in good condition.
See the Antique and Collectibles Pickers
Museum to tour the Cyrus Cylinder
9 January 2013 - The
has announced that the Cyrus Cylinder will tour five cities in the US. The
Cyrus Cylinder buried in the foundations of a wall after Cyrus the Great, the
Persian Emperor, captured Babylon in 539 BC. The cylinder is written in
Babylonian cuneiform by a Babylonian scribe. It records that aided by the god
Marduk Cyrus captured Babylon without a struggle, restored shrines dedicated to
different gods, and repatriated deported peoples who had been brought to
Babylon. Read more about the Cyrus Cylinder on the
British Museum webpage.
Whilst at the British Museum we found a
delightful press release about the
Crystal Skull, a
life-size carving of a human skull made from a single block of rock crystal
(a clear, colourless variety of quartz). It was acquired by the Museum in
1897 purporting to be an ancient Mexican object. However scientific research
conducted by the Museum has established that the skull was most likely
produced in the nineteenth century in Europe. As such the object is not an
authentic pre-Columbian artefact. Read More about the
Crystal Skull here.
Also at The British Museum until 5 May 2013
2013 Bubbles and bankruptcy:
Financial crises in Britain since 1700 - Featuring prospectuses and
original share certificates for companies that collapsed, notes from failed
banks, and reports about crises. These objects provide a fascinating insight
into how and why crises occur.
Original Miami Beach Antique Show,
best known as the world’s largest indoor antique show, will be held this Jan.
31-Feb. 4, 2013.
The Treasure Act and Portable
5 January 2013 - Thousands of archaeological objects are discovered every
year, many by members of the public, particularly by people while
metal-detecting. If recorded, these finds have great potential to transform
archaeological knowledge, helping us understand when, where and how people lived
in the past. Read more
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