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To Our Friends at Virginia Tech
First, we would like to express our heartfelt condolences to all our friends and neighbors who were tragically affected by the shootings at Virginia Tech. Our prayers go out to everyone during this most trying of time.
Mikey and his buddy Bill are out hunting in the woods, when all of a sudden, Bill collapses. His eyes have rolled up inside of his head and he does not appear to be breathing. Mikey grabs his cell phone and immediately calls 911. “911 Emergency, What is your emergency,” the operator answers.
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A Stradivarius violin sold this month (April 2007) for more than $2.7 million after being valued at the $1 – $1.5 million range. This was an instrument that was made in 1729 and known as the Solomon Ex-Lambert. This is probably the second in as many years to sell at a record price. Last year, Christie’s auctioned off another Stradivarius violin for $3.5 million. These instruments were originally made by Antonio Stradivari, an Italian violin maker.
Lenci dolls were very well designed and constructed. Lenci dolls were made of felt and had faces that were painted with oil based
paints. Usually the ears were sewn on individually and were made of double felt. What is interesting about these dolls is that they
were jointed in such a way that the heads, shoulders and hips swiveled and then they were very finely and elaborately dressed. The
dolls also usually feature eyes that look off to the side.
Because Lenci dolls are made of felt, condition problems may occur which will affect the bottom line of the doll as a collectible. Many of their earlier dolls whose clothing were also made of felt and sewn directly onto the doll are in the worst condition because the clothing is not removable. Lenci-Dolls.net offers 12 Tips for Cleaning and Care of Lenci Dolls.
Mikey gasps, “My friend Bill is dead!! What can I do?” In a smooth and calming voice, the operator tells Mikey, “Take it easy sir. First, let’s make sure he is dead.” For a brief second there is a silence and then the operator hears a shot. Mikey comes back to the phone and says to the operator, “Okay, now what?”
Jim Beam, the prominent liquor company from Clermont, Kentucky, first introduced their liquor
decanters in 1955. Beam was the first to introduce the decanters but many companies followed their lead in the mid-1970’s as the decanters
became more and more popular with collectors. Eventually, there were more than 20 companies, including Dewer, Canadian Mist and Beef
Eaters, producing decanters, but Beam was one of the few companies that owned their own china factory and were deep into making their
own decanters. However, decanters are not the only things people are collecting.
Early Jim Beam bottles are also collectible; just ask one of the more than 5000 members of the International Jim Beam Bottle &
Specialty Club (IJBBSC), of which there are over 150. Whether its collecting bottles or decanters, one thing they both have in common
is the variety of the collectibles. Jim Beam bottles were made in different styles and shapes depending on the year that they were
produced. Accordingly, Jim Beam decanters also are very different with over 1000 different decanters being made in all shapes, sizes
and decorated in many styles, including classic cars, political, a rare Norman Rockwell collector’s series and sports and wildlife
Although the price of Jim Beam liquor decanters has been slipping over the past few years, prices can vary greatly depending on the bottle and the year that the bottle was made. The decanters can range in price from a few dollars for the most common to hundreds of dollars for the rarer decanters. A Corvette Jim Beam Decanter like the one pictured on the right usually sells from $150 - $200. Although the decanters are not being produced in mass quantities anymore, each year limited edition decanters are issued and serious collectors look forward to picking those up quickly.
The 26th Annual Boy Scouts Flea Market will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2007 at Springfield Plaza in Springfield, Virginia. This market, which opens at 9 am and runs through 3 pm, usually contains a little bit of everything. From baby booties and dollar items to antiques and collectibles, there is usually something for everyone. Some of the proceeds of this market also go for a good cause and supports local Boy Scout troop 980. Springfield Plaza is on Old Keene Mill Road and Bland Street and there is plenty of free parking.
In West Palm Beach, Florida, a career criminal sold more than $1 million dollars worth of loot for a paltry $300. It all started when a trailer containing a staggering 4000 antiques was stolen from a hotel parking lot. Police who were investigating the crime at first thought that they were dealing with a antiques theft ring, until they started finding antiques in canals and in empty fields.
Seems the thief was not a well organized ring after all, but a locally known criminal who stole the trailer thinking that it had lawn service equipment inside. His plan was to pawn the equipment. As it turns out, he sold some of the antiques to another man for the $300 who is also being charged in the case. In all detectives have recovered about half of the stolen antiques, but some are now worthless because of the condition they were found in.
Many of us have heard of Madame Alexander dolls, which are very collectible,
but few of us realize that a lot of the inspiration for these dolls came from Elana Scavini and her creation, the Lenci doll. Scavini
and her husband started their doll company as early as 1918 in Turin, Italy and became a huge success throughout the world. Although
all Lenci dolls are valuable as a collectible, the ones made in the early 20’s and 30’s are the most sought after.
At another auction this week (April 2007), Christie’s sold two strands of the famed Baroda pearls for over $7 million. The necklace features 68 fine large pearls. The original necklace had 7 strands which was once the foundation for the Royal Treasury of the Maharaja of Baroda.