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Fakes I’ve Known

Since many of us can’t or shouldn’t go “antiquing” like we did, I’m going to tell you about more fakes and reworked pieces of antique items I’ve seen in the past.  Some of these stories are old, but the problems still are around us.  When you again can go...

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It is with sincere regret and sadness that we must announce that the September 19-20, 2020 Syracuse Gun Show has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 virus. It is a huge disappointment to everyone involved. But, it is the right & responsible thing to do....

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August 30, 1797: The birthday of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, the “mother” of Frankenstein. She was married to the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Published in 1818, Frankenstein was a horror classic in print and on film. A three-sheet Style C movie poster from 1931 sold for $358,500 at Heritage Auctions in 2015. His significant other did not do too badly in 2007. The Bride of Frankenstein (Universal, 1935) Style D one sheet (27 x 41 inches) shocked all with a winning bid of $334,600. ... See MoreSee Less

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August 28, 2005: One of the four existing pairs of Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz was stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota (forbes.com, 12/3/08). When the thief or thieves broke in, security cameras and alarms systems were not working. Then in 2018, as if by magic, the FBI reported the famous shoes had been recovered/returned, but it did not name the wicked witch who absconded with them (washingtonpost.com, 4/3/19). It did report an extortion attempt in 2017 on the company that insured the shoes. ... See MoreSee Less

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August 27, 1576: Renaissance master Titian (TizianoVecelli) died in Venice of a fever while the city was being ravaged by the plague. Famous for painting David and Goliath, The Rape of Europa, The Punishment of Tythus, and many more. His Portrait of Alfonso d'Avalos with a Page regaled with $70 million at Sotheby’s in 2003. ... See MoreSee Less

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August 26, 2018: The highest price paid for a car in an auction was achieved on this day when RM Sotheby’s sold a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO (S/N 3413 GT) in Monterey, Calif. for $48.4 million. The previous record was also for a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO (S/N 3851GT), which hit the road for $38 million in 2014. The most ever paid for any car was in the private sale of a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO racer for $52 million in 2013 (bloomberg.com, 10/2/13). ... See MoreSee Less

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August 23, 1966: The last concert performance of the Beatles as a group was held in Shea Stadium in New York. The Fab Four later did an unannounced performance on the small roof of their Apple Corp headquarters in London on Jan. 30, 1969, but never again for a tour or a concert. After 42 minutes on the roof, the police told the Beatles to turn down the volume.
A 1966 Shea Stadium NY poster for their last real concert brought $137,500 with buyer’s premium at Heritage Auction in April 2020.
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August 21, 1911: Italian Vincenzo Peruggia stole Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa from the Louvre in Paris. He was arrested two years later in Italy, but he only served seven months of a one-year sentence. He was considered somewhat of a national hero for returning the famous painting to the homeland of Leonardo da Vinci for a brief period of time. ... See MoreSee Less

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