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Victorian politicians were lampooned on chamber pots and, in the 1940s, Adolf Hitler was pictured inside and users were exhorted to "Have this one on old nasty".

Antiques Art Appraisals Auctions & Collectibles Blog
Welcome to the new look Chatelaine's Antiques Magazine.
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 magazine.

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. The 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.

Iconic Maltese Falcon statuette up for auction at Bonhams New York
An 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 sold.
The January recording breaking sale of a 1794 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.
1794 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
More 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 JFK's assassination.

The "Jumbo Wagner"
The only known existing outsized 1909 T206 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.

Art Gallery of New South Wales 2013 exhibitions
Upcoming major exhibitions at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, including:
Brett Whiteley: The London years 1960-67 - Afghanistan: hidden treasures from the National Museum, Kabul - Read all the Art Gallery of NSW 2013 Exhibitions

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 website here

British Museum to tour the Cyrus Cylinder
9 January 2013 - The British Museum 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.

The 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 Antiquities Scheme
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 Portable Antiquities Scheme

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Timken Museum of Art :
European works of art, American paintings, and Russian icons in the Putnam Foundation collection

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Luca Di Tomme and Niccolo Di Buonaccorso