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An Earl Moran painting of the “Blond Bombshell,” Marilyn Monroe sold at auction this past month for a record auction price of $83,650 at a Heritage Galleries auction in Beverly Hills California. Not only did this painting bring in seven times of its prior sales estimate, but it set the record for an Earl Moran painting. The painting, which actually depicts a young Norma Jean, is a signed, pastel on board, measuring 31.5 x 23.25 inches under glass and is considered to be in very good condition.
In the past few months we have written articles about a slew of new shows on television featuring antiques and collectibles. One of those shows, Storage Wars, depicts four people who frequent abandoned storage locker auctions and the treasures (or sometimes not) they find. One of the characters on the show is David Hester who owns Rags to Riches consignment store. Dave is seen by many who watch the show as a fierce antagonist to the other characters on the show.
Now we have received word from Don Presley Auctions in Orange County California that a trove of Chinese antiques purchased by Hester on one of the shows will be sold at auction on March 5-6, 2011. This collection includes Chinese ivory necklaces, bracelets, earrings and pendants as well as buffalo horn pendants. The entire collection is expected to bring in more than $10,000 at auction. We have not yet seen this episode to tell you how much he actually paid for the storage unit.
March 4-6, 2011, Steel City Con – Pittsburgh Toy, Comic & Childhood Collectibles Show, Convention Center, Monroeville, Pennsylvania
March 5-6, 2011, DC Big Flea, Dulles Expo Center, Chantilly, Virginia
March 12-13, 2011, Antiques Show at Madeira, Madeira School, McLean, Virginia
March 12-13, 2011, Greater Syracuse Antique Expo, New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, New York
The Geneseo Kiwanis Antique Show & Sale, will take place on March 12-13, 2011 at the New York State Armory in Geneseo New York. This antiques and collectibles show attracts more than fifty dealers and thousands of people from the U.S. and Canada. The show features antique and country furniture, glass, books, jewelry and collectibles and benefits the Geneseo Kiwanis.
Estate Sale on March 4–6, 2011, 1518 31st St NW, Washington DC: 18th & 19th Century Antique Furniture, Silver & Books: 301-299-3497