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With all the recent disasters here in the U.S., the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) cautions that “should your home be damaged by flood, fire, or earthquake, you might not be able to save your valuable items, but you may be able to replace them if properly documented.” Donna Walker of the ASA stated, “Appraisals are as important as wills. They help people prove the exact worth of a piece of property. An appraisal performed by a certified appraiser will stand up in court, with the IRS, or the insurance company if need be.”
Dumb Mikey was walking along Wilson Blvd. in Arlington the other night when he was the victim of a couple of street muggers. Mikey fought and fought and they were finally able to subdue him. They pulled 57 cents from his pocket. They asked him, “Why are you fighting so hard over 57 cents?” Dumb Mikey replies, “Is that all you wanted? I thought you were after the $400 in my left shoe.”
A recent auction held at the Mayor Gallery in England recently saw a Communications Consultant from California pay $25,000 for a painting. The sale of a painting is normally not unusual nor is the price unusual paid at auction unusual. What makes this unusual is that the painter was none other than a talented chimpanzee named Congo.
The unicorn is noble; He keeps him safe and high
Upon a narrow path and steep, Climbing to the sky;
And there no man can take him, He scorns the hunter’s dart
And only a virgin’s magic power, Shall tame his haughty heart
-From a medieval German folksong
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September 1, 2005 saw the opening of the Castle Halloween Museum in Benwood, West Virginia. The Castle Halloween Museum, based at the old Boggs Run Elementary School, was renovated and holds the collection of the World Renowned Halloween Queen, Pamela E. Apkarian-Russell. Her collection of more than 15,000 items includes Halloween related objects from 1860 to the present. The displays at this museum include a Harry Potter collection, funerary objects, a Salem Witch Trials exhibit as well as candy containers, lanterns, games, postcards and toys.
Congo originally started drawing lines on a piece of paper. Later he tried his hands at painting. He produced hundreds of works from the age of two to four. His favorite color was red and his least liked color was blue. It has been reported that both Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali both owned original Congo paintings. Born in 1954, Congo passed away from tuberculosis in 1964.
When looking for an appraiser, the ASA recommends the following: Hire an accredited appraiser that has years of training and experience; Ask for references from former clients; Don’t use an appraiser that offers to buy the item or charges a percentage of the value (this is a conflict of interest); Tell the appraiser everything you know about the item, it will help them with the research and the marketplace; Insure you receive a written report describing the item, the reasons for the assignment of value and which type of valuation was conducted, replacement value, fair market value or market value.
Dumb Mikey decided he was going to paint his house himself to save some money, much to the chagrin of his girlfriend. So the first day he paints the front of the house and all is well. The second day, he only paints half of the left side of the house. The third day he could only accomplish finishing the side he had started the day before. His girlfriend was dismayed and told him, “you know the first day you started out like gangbusters and finished the whole front of the house.” She asked, “What did you lose your motivation when you started on the side of the house?” Mikey looks at her, deadpan, and says, “It would take a professional painter just as long you know. Everyday, I have to walk further and further to the paint can.”
For any of you who collect unicorns, there is a website published by Diane Stevens of Cedar Park, Texas. Her site is filled with unicorn memorabilia, her passion for the past 30 years, and includes about 5000 items, from figurines, jewelry, artwork, toys and much much more. In addition, she includes links to many other unicorn collectors.
Richard LaMotte has written a book titled “Pure Sea Glass.” This book is must read for any collectors of those smoothed remains of glass that have been underwater for decades. Many collectors are now using these pieces of colorful glass to create jewelry, tiles for shower stalls and floors.
According to Mr. LaMotte, one of the best places to find these treasures is right here in our own backyard, Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay. He goes out to the beaches and searches for the glass, often bringing back many fragments of glass that may have been around for a long long time. He and his wife, Nancy, have a collection of more than 30,000 pieces.
The 224 page book sold 19,000 copies at about $35 each. A recent article in the Washington Post explains that “transforming a shard of glass into a soft edged jewel takes a lot of water in motion, swirling it and twirling it until it is weathered and frosted . . . can take 20-30 years for the edges to be completely polished and rounded by lapping waters.”
1. Milk Glass (Up From #2)
2. Avon (Up From #6)
3. Cookie Jars (Not Listed Last Month)
4. Depression Glass (Up From #5)
5. Fenton (Down From #3)
6. Teapots (Up From #9)
7. Carnival Glass (Down From #4)
8. Dolls (Down from #7)
9. Pyrex (Not Listed Last Month)
10. McCoy (Down From #8)