This rare, sad looking, black mohair Steiff teddy bear sold at auction in London for £16,000 this week. 600 of these, in various sizes, were produced in 1912 as a response to the Titanic disaster. In 2012 Webb's sold one of similar size for $40,000 (£20,000). This is largely down from the dizzying heights of the £91,000 paid in London in 2000. That bear was never liked by the original owner so spent his life in her wardrobe, therefore was in fantastic original condition. He was purchased by a Swiss toy museum, so hopefully he now lives in the light.
A record price for a piece of Chinese Art has been achieved for this 500 year old cup at auction in Hong Kong. Read more here.
This rare mug dating c.1754-55 from an important collection has gone above its £10,000-15,000 estimate to sell for 34,000 pounds at auction in Salisbury. Six phone bidders fought the battle for the 11.5cm high mug. More of the story here.
Two Cartes-De-Visite taken in 1864 and 1865 depicting Lincoln and his son Tad are up for auction at Waverly Rare Book Auctions. Lot 243, one taken by Alexander Gardner on April 10, 1865, shows Lincoln reading to Tad. The second of the two images was taken by Anthony Berger on February 9, 1964, at Matthew Brady’s Washington studio. The lot carries a presale estimate of $800-$1,000. The auction is on March 20th.
Read more: http://auctioncentralnews.com/index.php/auctions/upcoming-auctions/11889-waverly-to-auction-cdvs-of-lincoln-and-son-other-historic-photos-march-20#ixzz2vhqtIETx
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