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A 1997 Steinway ebony Model M baby grand piano and bench; a large pair of Paul Ferrante crystal 12-light “Anniversary” chandeliers in the Louis XIV taste; and a print on paper from a 1910 photograph by Edward S. Curtis are just a few of the expected highlights in a Summer Estates & Collections auction scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, June 5th and 6th, by Ahlers & Ogletree.

The 522-lot auction will be held online and live in the Ahlers & Ogletree gallery located at 1788 Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard NW in Atlanta. Session 1, on June 5th, will feature 246 lots of English and American decorative arts, fine art and furniture. Session 2, on June 6th, will contain 275 lots of Continental decorative arts, fine arts, furniture and silver. Start times for both sessions are 10 am EDT.

The 1977 Steinway ebony Model M baby grand piano bears the maker’s mark as well as the serial number (548240, to the metal plate). The piano stands on spade legs and comes with a Jansen black diamond tufted artist bench with Steinway & Sons logos and J3 spade legs (est. $15,000-$25,000).

The large pair of Paul Ferrante (American, b. 1957) crystal 12-light “Anniversary” chandeliers in the Louis XIV taste each boasts a 22kt gold leaf finish. Both are hung with colorless crystal swags and prisms. The dimensions are 60 inches in height and 42 inches in diameter (est. $6,000-$8,000).

The framed photogravure print on paper by Edward Sheriff Curtis (American, 1868-1952) is from the noted photographer’s 1910 image titled Waiting in the Forest, Cheyenne. It’s plate #218 from Curtis’s The North American Indian (Portfolio 6) and is titled lower left. The sheet is 22 ¼ inches tall by 17 ½ inches wide; the plate is 17 ½ inches tall by 12 ¼ inches wide. The pre-sale estimate is $5,000-$7,000.

A gorgeous, palatial, hand-knotted 20th century Oushak rug in a floral style, having red, gold and yellow designs, palmettes and flowers, with some green on a cream field, is impressive at 27 feet 5 inches by 18 feet 3 inches (measured in the middle). The rug has an estimate of $10,000-$15,000.

A pair of De Angelis Ltd. (or Thomas De Angelis & Co.) Lawson sofas, each having light dove grey silk upholstery with cream trim, plus two reversible down-filled seat cushions, and a box skirt, will be sold as one lot (est. $3,000-$6,000). The sofas, apparently unmarked, are both 84 inches in width.

A three-quarter length oil on canvas Portrait of William Pitt the Younger (1759-1806), unsigned, by an artist from the School of John Hoppner R.A. (English, 1758-1810), is 44 inches by 34 ¾ inches (canvas, less frame) and should bring $3,000-$5,000. Pitt was the last prime minister of Great Britain and the first prime minister of the UK. The original hangs in the National Portrait Gallery (UK).

Every item described so far is in Session 1, but Session 2 has some wonderful items as well, such as the 117-piece Gorham Manufacturing Co. (American, 1831) sterling flatware service in the English Gadroon pattern (active 1939-1991). All pieces are marked appropriately and have a total weight (excluding the hollow-handled items) of 124.96 ozt. The service carries an estimate of $3,000-$5,000.

A patinated bronze sculpture by the artist known as Erte (real name, Romain de Tirtoff, 1892-1990), titled Kiss of Fire (1984) is expected to realize $2,000-$4,000. The work is signed, editioned (241 / 300) and stamped ‘Fine Art Acquisitions’ to the back of the base. The sculpture is 22 inches tall.

A pair of Lalique (French, 1888) swans, each in frosted glass, one swan with its head up and the other swan its head down, the taller swan about 9 ¼ inches tall by 12 ½ inches wide, should fetch $2,500-$3,500. The swans are on a mirrored base and marked “Lalique” to the bottom of each’s tail feathers.

A pair of undated classical patinated bronze figures by Jean-Baptiste Clesinger (French, 1814-1883), one of Helen of Troy (18 ½ inches tall) and the other of Sappho (17 inches tall, each on a 5-inch base), will come up for bid as one lot (est. $2,000-$4,000). Helen of Troy is signed in mold, while Sappho is apparently unsigned, with marks for the Barbedienne Foundry visible to the back of the base.

A five-piece Reed & Barton (American, 1840-2015) sterling silver hot beverage set in the Hampton Court pattern (active 1964-2011), consisting of a coffee pot, a teapot, a waste bowl, a covered sugar bowl and a cream jug, all marked and weighing a total of 81.07 ozt, should command $2,500-$3,500.

A large shadow box-filled collection of 71 interesting items, from the ancient to the 20th century, from the Dr. Reverend Brown estate in Columbus, Ga., is expected to garner $3,000-$4,000. The 71 items feature nine pocket watches (including a 19th century Brequet a Paris watch with a solid gold case), match safes, a perfume bottle, pens, placards, Victorian child’s rattle, an 1872 card holder and more.

Online bidding will be provided by the Ahlers & Ogletree website (, as well as and Telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted.

Previews will be held Monday, June 3rd, from 10am-5pm; and Tuesday, June 4th, from 10am-5pm, in Ahlers & Ogletree’s gallery. Times quoted are Eastern. The public is invited; no appointment needed.

To learn more about Ahlers & Ogletree and the two-day, 522-lot Summer Estates & Collections auction on June 5th and 6th, beginning at 10 am Eastern time both days, visit You can follow Ahlers & Ogletree via social media on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

About Ahlers & Ogletree:
Ahlers & Ogletree is a multi-faceted, family-owned business that spans the antiques, estate sale, wholesale, liquidation, auction and related industries. Ahlers & Ogletree is always seeking quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single item, an estate or a collection, you may call them directly at 404-869-2478; or, you can send them an e-mail, at To learn more about Ahlers & Ogletree, visit You can follow Ahlers & Ogletree via social media on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

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Brooklyn, NY, USA, May 25, 2024 -- An online-only Father’s Day auction featuring 150 lots of décor items, vintage trains and toys, sterling silver, fine estate jewelry and more is planned for Sunday, June 16th, by SJ Auctioneers, starting at 6 pm Eastern time. Internet bidding via

The artists, designers, silversmiths and manufacturers will include names such as Tiffany & Co., David Yurman, Buccellati, Gorham, Georg Jensen, Wallace, Whiting, Cartier, Kirk, Daum, Van Cleef & Arpels, Swarovski, Lalique, Herend, Maitland-Smith, Baccarat, Steuben, Armani, Hasbro, Marx, Ingersoll, Matchbox, Structo, Tootsietoy, Lionel, Tippco, Nintendo and others.

Wonderful sterling silver is offered at nearly every SJ Auctioneers sale, and this one is no exception. An example is the Buccellati sterling silver and parcel-gilt Millennium Globe, 9 inches tall, with original box and paperwork. The globe is numbered (005/500) and comes with an affidavit of authenticity signed by Gianmaria Buccellati. It has an estimate of $3,600-$4,000.

Sterling flatware sets are expected to sit atop the final list of top achieving lots, led by a 61-piece Buccellati sterling silver flatware service for twelve in the Milano pattern, in excellent condition (est. $7,500-$9,000); and a 50-piece Tiffany & Company large dinner service for seven in the Hampton pattern, no monogram, in superb condition, in a two-tiered chest (est. $5,500-$8,000).

A gorgeous five-piece Tiffany & Company sterling silver tea and coffee set in pattern number 3884 from 1875, in good condition and in the Aesthetic style, consisting of a coffee pot, a teapot, a covered sugar bowl, a creamer and a waste bowl, weighing a total 108.5 troy ounces, with hallmarks and the monogram shown, is expected to find a new home for $5,000-$5,800.

A Gorham coin silver butter dish in excellent condition and totaling over 17 ounces of troy silver, 5 inches tall by 7 inches in diameter, should finish at $1,200-$1,800; while a set of three ladles from the Georg Jensen United States store in New York City, all three in different sizes, complete with the original box featuring the company logo, carries an estimate of $250-$350.

The jewelry category will be led by two Tiffany & Company pieces: a 1940s late Art Deco 14kt yellow gold men’s (or unisex) bracelet, handmade and solid and weighing a hefty 52 grams, 8 inches long (est. $4,000-$5,500); and a mid-century retro-style 14kt yellow gold diamond and ruby convertible pendant, nicely centered by a ruby and diamond cluster (est. $3,000-$4,500).

Other jewelry offerings will include a David Yurman 18kt yellow gold necklace pendant enhancer charm Albion turquoise with diamonds, the turquoise alone 14mm (est. $2,500-$3,500); and four stingray cuffs and matching necklaces (black, charcoal, green and pink), the cuffs 10mm wide and the chokers 3mm wide, being offered as single lots (each est. $350-$500).

Vintage mid-century toys will be plentiful and will include the following examples:

- A circa 1964-1969 Hasbro GI Joe action sailor figure with the original box, the figure and box in very good condition considering their age, plus a plastic case (est. $450-$750).

- A Marx tin litho wind-up train that goes around a track playing music, in pastel colors of yellow, pink and green, featuring children playing, in working order (est. $180-$250).

- A Structo pressed steel auto haul loader with 2 vehicles, 21 inches long (est. $150-$200).

On to decorative items, where a Herend signed bunny rabbit figurine with no chips or cracks, 12 inches tall and 7 inches long, is expected to realize $750-$2,500; and a vintage, 1990s Lalique crystal shark figurine from a limited edition created exclusively for the Nassau Bottle, 2 ¾ inches tall, magnificently sculpted in satin-finished crystal, carries a pre-sale estimate of $500-$750.

Swarovski figures, so popular with collectors, will feature a crystal DC Comics Thor figure with box, in a collectible deign that features 523 facets and a mix of metal accents (est. $600-$850); and an Idyllia Gouldian large and colorful finch bird designed by Martin Zendron, executed with a vibrant kaleidoscope of colors, featuring 376 facets and lacquered metal feet (est. $280-$350).

A Maitland-Smith apple décor figure in tessellated marble with a brass stem, measuring about 8 inches, is expected to change hands for $350-$500. Also, a vintage pair of sterling silver Japanese red crested Tsuru crane birds, hallmarked Gin-Sei (the Japanese sterling silver mark), mounted on a velvet-lined wooden stand and with a covered glass case, should hit $250-$500.

Rounding out this short list of expected top achievers is a pre-1905 Bartholomay (Rochester, N.Y.) winged wheel small metal coaster or tip tray (“Beers, Ales & Porter, in Kegs & Bottles”), with a diameter of about 4 ½ inches, lithographed by Chas. K. Shonk, Chicago (est. $300-$500).

Here is a link to the catalog:

Bidding is available online now. Pre-bidding is also available; for those who are unable to attend the online auction, they can still leave their bids now. This auction uses Autopay by SJ Auctioneers prides itself on offering its customers great service and fast shipping, unlike some other auction houses where people need to arrange their own shipping.

To learn more about SJ Auctioneers and the online-only Father’s Day auction slated for Sunday, June 16th, visit

About SJ Auctioneers:
SJ Auctioneers is always seeking quality items for future auctions. To inquire about consigning an item, an estate or a collection, you may call 646-450-7553; or, you can send an email to To learn more about SJ Auctioneers, visit Updates are posted frequently.

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Los Angeles, CA, May 23, 2024 -- Sowing a seed, French Florist has launched a new “Conversion Division” to help independent florist shop owners achieve bumper growth. The Los Angeles, CA-based franchise organization offers transformative and proprietary technology, increased order volume and supply chain enhancement that dramatically change the customer experience and store profit.

French Florist is in the process of identifying and awarding an exclusive opportunity to the top performing independent florists in key cities.

Independent florists have been at the mercy of third-party aggregators like BloomNation, FloraNext, Dove/Teleflora, 1-800-Flowers, FTD and FSN who gobbled up most of the Internet and general advertising traffic and then took up to 40% of the gross sale. French Florist’s Conversion Division is reducing that to 6% or even less.

French Florist’s flagship store in Los Angeles is projecting an astounding $10 million in revenue for 2024. To put this into perspective, the average local florist shop, after years of toil, might see annual revenues of $300k-$500k. French Florist has shattered these benchmarks, performing over 20 times the industry average for a single location. French Florist stores operate much more efficiently, in large part because of the proprietary technologies they have developed.

The company also offers better buying power with direct purchases from major farms in Ecuador, Holland, Columbia, Mexico, Canada, United States, and more. For example, French Florist stores have access to premium imports like red roses for as low as $13 per bunch, even in peak seasons, ensuring unparalleled value without overpaying. This direct buying power not only provides top-tier products but also can significantly boost margins, especially when integrated with the company’s advanced inventory management system.

Beyond florals and greens, benefit from exceptional rates on supplies with rates inaccessible for small florists—from elegantly etched 5x5 cubes at just $2.31 each to peak-quality branded ribbons and wrapping paper, at prices aimed at increasing profitability. These supplies aren’t just materials; they enhance artistic expression, allowing superior products at better prices.

Marketing is critical to customer acquisition and growth. French Florist does the “heavy lifting” of marketing analysis and execution.

In the competitive digital landscape, standing out is essential. The SEO approach is designed to push French Florist locations past boutique sites like BloomNation and FloraNext. Existing French Florist locations even push past giants such as Teleflora, 1-800-Flowers, and FTD to rank #1 in many local search keywords.

Award-winning advertising and marketing help attract three channels of customers – consumer retail sales, E-commerce sales and corporate accounts.

French Florist University includes 300 interactive and highly engaging video training modules to distill decades of veteran experience and provide insights for all members of the florist shop team – from the floral designer to the driver to the manager and more.

“The floral industry is at a crossroads, and French Florist stands on the front lines, ready to lead the charge,” notes Michael Jacobson, CEO of French Florist, second generation in the floral business. He added, “We’ve not only proved it's possible to defy the giants; we’ve set a new standard of what success looks like. This is more than a business model; it’s a movement.” Jacobson concluded, “"Flowers are the music of nature. French Florist is the melody."

For more information, contact French Florist at or call (310) 659-7700. Or, visit the consumer website at

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A signed 1980 tempera on Masonite painting by Marc Chagall soared to $199,700, a 1929 gouache and watercolor on Arches paper signed by Raoul Dufy realized $78,700, and an oil on canvas laid to board signed by Ludwig Bemelmans finished at $57,500 at an auction of the Bridget and Jerome Dobson collection held May 16th by Ahlers & Ogletree, online and live in the Atlanta gallery.

All prices quoted in this report include a 21 percent buyer’s premium.

In addition to Chagall, Dufy and Bemelmans, the Dobson collection featured many other luminaries in the fine art world, names like David Hockney, Pablo Picasso, Carlos Nadal and Georges Braque. The auction attracted around 30 people to the event, as well as 29 phone bidders who placed 88 phone bids. Other items in addition to the artwork were offered, but the paintings were the undisputed headliners.

Since the 1970s, the duo of Bridget and Jerome Dobson had written award-winning episodes of several iconic daytime TV soap operas, including General Hospital, Guiding Light, As the World Turns and Santa Barbara. Between writing sessions, the couple collected rare, amazing art on their travels around the world. It all came up for bid in the May 16th auction. In all, the art and other items totaled 201 lots.

As expected, it was the French/Russian artist Marc Chagall (1887-1985) who sat atop the list of top achievers. His 1980 tempera on Masonite titled Peintre, Ange et Amoreaux (Painter, Angel and Lover) carried a lofty estimate and bidders responded in kind. The Dobsons purchased the work at a Sotheby’s auction in 1998. It came with a COA from Jean-Louis Prat, an agent of the Comité Marc Chagall.

One artist whose name was chanted more than once was Raoul Dufy (French, 1877-1953). His 1929 gouache and watercolor on Arches paper titled Chevaux de Courses (Racing Horses), signed and dated lower corner and framed, was the top earner, while another gouache and watercolor on Arches paper, this one titled La Plage d’Etretat (Etretat Beach), titled lower center and artist signed lower right, rose to $57,500. Both paintings easily surpassed their pre-sale estimates of $20,000-$30,000.

There were three paintings in the sale by Ludwig Bemelmans (Austian/American, 1898-1962). In 1953, Aristotle Onassis commissioned him to paint 15 mural panels for the playroom on his yacht The Christina, named for his daughter. These were after illustrations that appeared in several of the Madeline books, adaptations from originals in Madeline's Rescue and Madeline and the Bad Hat.

The three Bemelmans in the auction included an oil on canvas laid to board titled Puppet Show, which was signed lower right and unframed ($57,500, against an estimate of $15,000-$25,000); an oil on canvas laid to board titled Oh, Genevieve, Where Can You Be?, unframed and unsigned ($36,300); and an oil on canvas laid to board titled Madeline and the Bad Hat, artist signed and unframed ($39,300).

Following are additional highlights from the auction, at which Internet bidding was facilitated by the A&O website (,,, and

There were several artworks in the sale by Carlos Nadal (1917-1998), the French-born Spanish painter of the Fauvist school. They included a 1992 oil on canvas work titled Salon Rojo, signed lower left and titled, and signed and dated to verso ($24,200); an untitled (Beach Scene) oil on canvas, signed front and verso ($8,470); and an untitled (Town Scene) oil on canvas, signed to bottom and framed ($9,075).

Stepping briefly away from fine art, a pair of 19th century Italian walnut and mixed wood veneer commodes in the Neoclassical taste, having marquetry and parquetry inlay with bird and floral roundels to the top, three drawers with urn roundels, and rising on tapering feet, reached $18,150.

A Hispano-Roman marble architectural element, likely Ancient era, modeled as a carved acanthus leaf capital, apparently unmarked. measuring 17 ½ inches tall by 20 ½ inches wide, earned $5,800.

A glass sculpture by Bernard X. Wolff for Steuben Glass titled Balloon Rally (#0361), designed in 1985, a colorless work with intaglio cuts depicting hot air balloons and a city skyline, showing a hand-etched signature to a lower corner and standing 10 inches in height, commanded $4,500.

Returning to fine art, several works by Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973) crossed the auction block. A Chope visage (A.R. 434) painted earthenware ceramic jug (or pitcher), #94 from an edition of 300 that was conceived in 1959, decorated with a blue face, stamped 'Edition Picasso' and 'Madoura Plein Feu’, with painted marks 'Edition Picasso' and '94/300', 8 ¾ inches tall, hit $6,665.

There were seven original greeting card artworks by Georges Braque (French, 1882-1963) in the sale. One was a mixed media and gouache on paper, titled Carte de Voeux (1958), inscribed ‘Mes Bon Voeux’ and signed and dated. The 3 ¾ inch by 5 ¾ inch card (paper, minus frame) hit $9,700.

There was more than one Chagall artwork up for bid. A circa 1979 color lithograph on paper by the artist, titled Le Petit Acrobate Rouge (The Little Red Acrobat), pencil signed lower right and numbered (“6/50”), and with a Mourlot Paris stamp to the lower left, changed hands for $5,100.

Next up for Ahlers & Ogletree is a two-day Summer Auction on Wednesday and Thursday, June 5th and 6th; an online-only Books & Documents auction on Thursday, June 20th; a Modern and Design + Outsider Art auction on Wednesday, June 26th; an online-only Asian Arts & Antiques auction on Thursday, July 18th; and an auction featuring the estate of Greg Crawford on Thursday, Sept. 12th.

To learn more about Ahlers & Ogletree and their upcoming auctions, visit You can also follow Ahlers & Ogletree via social media on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

About Ahlers & Ogletree:
Ahlers & Ogletree is a multi-faceted, family-owned business that spans the antiques, estate sale, wholesale, liquidation, auction and related industries. Ahlers & Ogletree is always seeking quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single item, an estate or a collection, you may call them directly at 404-869-2478; or, you can send them an e-mail, at To learn more about Ahlers & Ogletree and their upcoming auctions, visit You can also follow Ahlers & Ogletree via social media on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

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Brooklyn, NY, USA, May 18, 2024 -- Items ranging from a rare Tiffany & Company gilt sterling silver rose centerpiece bowl (or potpourri) to a 1960 Popeye pocket watch in fine working condition are just the start of what bidders will be treated to in SJ Auctioneers’ online-only Collectibles, Toys, Jewelry, Décor & More auction slated for Sunday, May 26th, starting promptly at 6 pm Eastern.

The catalog contains 216 lots of fine jewelry items, sterling silver, vintage trains and toys, and collectibles. The artists, designers and silversmiths will include names such as Cartier, Tiffany & Company, Dominick & Haff, Jose Hess, Emile Delaire, Gorham, Movito, Reed & Barton, Watson, Wallace, William B. Kerr, Sackermann, Hessenberg & Co., Italian Vetreria Murano, Arte, American Flyer, Lionel, Nintendo, Tootsie Toy, Buddy L, Matchbox, Lesne and others.

The Tiffany & Company gilt sterling silver rose centerpiece bowl is beautifully adorned with a finial, two lions and with a pierced, geometric design, standing on 4 clawed feet. It was made in the mid-20th century in Italy and measures 13 inches from handle to handle by 11 ½ inches in depth. It weighs 121.5 troy ounces and bears hallmarks. The estimate is $4,900-$7,000.

Popeye is enormously popular with collectors and SJ Auctioneers has featured many Popeye items in past sales. The working 1960 pocket watch has an estimate of $300-$750. In honor of Popeye's 75th anniversary, the Empire State Building in New York City illuminated its notable tower lights green the weekend of January 16–18, 2004, as a tribute to the icon's love of spinach.

Because of their beauty and valuable high silver content, sterling flatware sets should finish in the sale’s list of top achievers. These include two Tiffany & Co. sets in the King Sterling pattern, both in chests and neither one with a monogram. The 84-piece dinner-size service has a pre-sale estimate of $8,500-$14,000; while the 36-piece service is expected to command $4,500-$6,000.

On a smaller scale is a Georg Jensen three-piece sterling pattern bar flatware set with the original box, including a caviar shovel, a tea caddy spreader and two-tine cold cuts fork (est. $350-$500).

Silver dishes and bowls are expected to attract keen bidder interest. A few examples are these:

- An 1850 English pair of sterling silver, multi-lobed, covered vegetable dishes by John Samuel Hunt (assistant to P. Storr), adorned with curvilinear natural motifs in exquisite design, weighing 97 troy ounces and bearing maker’s hallmarks (est. $3,800-$4,500).

- A Ford & Tupper sterling silver tureen (or covered bowl) from 1871, with highly detailed and realistic deer motifs adorning the sides and cover of the tureen, 11 inches tall and weighing 48 troy ounces, with hallmarks and monograms (est. $2,800-$3,800).

- A Gorham sterling silver antique flower-decorated footed serving bowl, 18 ¼ inches in diameter, weighing 46.9 troy ounces, with a dent in one of the legs (est. $2,850-$3,200).

Sterling silver can take on many forms, not just dishes, bowls and flatware. Examples include an assortment of 11 Italian silver miniature cars with exquisite details and movable parts and a total weight of 44 troy ounces, each car bearing a hallmark (est. $3,500-$4,400); and a sterling silver peacock figurine with ruby eyes and moving wings, weighing 145 grams (est. $1,000-$1,250).

On to decorative accessories, which include a Daum pate de verre (opaque, dense glass having a frosted surface) signed crystal bird toucan figurine, 9 ¼ inches overall tall with base (est. $900-$1,500); a Herend signed fishnet gold porcelain chevel baby horse figurine, 3 ½ inches tall (est. $350-$500); and a small and colorful Swarovski Idyllia Gouldian finch bird, just 2 inches tall, captured in a kaleidoscope of colors, one of five Swarovski lots in the auction (est. $280-$350).

A signed Baccarat red-eye vase (France), 5 ¾ inches tall, with no cracks, chips or nicks, carries an estimate of $600-$850; while a signed Josh Simpson (New Mexico) hand-blown art glass bowl in a deep cobalt blue and a milky greenish yellow that create the feeling of constellations against the night sky, or tide pools with waves, should hit $350-$500. Simpson’s work can be seen in the Corning Museum of Glass, Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Renwick Gallery.

Toy cars, planes, games and dolls will be plentiful, led by a Nintendo NES Aladdin deck enhancer with a bundle of seven games, in the original box (est. $500-$1,000); an 18-inch-tall Pleasant Company American Girl doll named Molly (est. $120-$180); and a hand-made Airbus 380 model mahogany wooden commercial airplane, 17 inches long (est. $150-$300).

Toy vehicles will feature a 1930 cast iron vintage toy fire truck (est. $150-$200); an antique tin litho wind-up German Technofix trick motorcycle that’s in good working order and is in mint condition, although the box shows some signs of wear (est. $300-$500); and a friction vehicle airport limousine car, made in Japan and measuring approximately 5 inches long (est. $90-$150).

Rounding out some of the day’s expected top lots are a Bvlgari Serpenti forever cord bracelet featuring the iconic serpent head in silver tone adorned with enamel detailing, elegantly coiling around the wrist to create a timeless fashion statement (est. $450-$750); and a European silver antique Dutch river windmills rectangular snuff box, 3 ¼ inches by 2 ¼ inches (est. $450-$750).

Bidding is available online now, at Pre-bidding is also available, meaning for those who are unable to attend the online auction, they can still leave their bids now. This auction uses Autopay by A link to the catalog is here:

To learn more about SJ Auctioneers and the online-only Collectibles, Toys, Jewelry, Décor & More auction slated for Sunday, May 26th, starting promptly at 6 pm Eastern time, visit Updates are posted often.

About SJ Auctioneers:
SJ Auctioneers prides itself on offering its customers great service and fast shipping, unlike some other auction houses where people need to arrange their own shipping. SJ Auctioneers is always seeking quality items for future auctions. To inquire about consigning an item, an estate or a collection, you may call 646-450-7553; or, you can send an email to To learn more about SJ Auctioneers, visit Updates are posted often.

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Kingston, MA, May 17, 2024 -- You can laugh, you can cry, but you can't look away. The True Rep Theatre product of "Noises Off", a British farce and a play within a play, will amuse and entertain you. Performances at The Beal House, 222 Main Street, Kingston, MA will include 8 p.m. shows on Fridays, May 31, June 7, and Saturday, June 8 as well as 3 p.m. shows on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, June 9.

Noises off is about an ambitious director and his troupe of mediocre actors. The cast and crew are putting together a silly sex comedy titled, "Nothing On" - a single-set farce in which lovers frolic, doors slam, clothes are tossed away, and embarrassing hi-jinks ensue

Unfortunately, almost nothing is going right – the cast can't remember their lines, they mix up their blocking, misplace props, and they've lost sight of why they're acting!

One of the most common themes in farce is the abundance of chaos. In Noises Off, characters are running around most of the time trying to prevent one crisis after another, and many times unwittingly cause more crises, which they must then also resolve.

Ticket prices: $25 general admission $22 students, seniors and groups of 10 or more.

“This is a witty, breezy and fun play,” noted director Donald Sheehan. He added, “I think people will truly enjoy this fast-moving comedy.”

The cast includes Debby Stratton of Halifax; John Stratton of Halifax; Sara McNulty of Pembroke; James Sullivan of Braintree; Joe O Connor of Plymouth; Alix Lorenz of Brockton; Paul Antico of Cohasset; Mark Reed of Hull; and Chris Bradshaw Bailey of Plymouth.

Production Staff includes Don Sheehan of Pembroke  (Artistic Director/Director); Julie Butler of Pembroke (Resident Stage Manager); Victoria Bond of Plymouth (Associate Artistic Director); Paul Noonan of Swansea (Artistic Advisor); and Anthea Dimond (Production Assistant)

True Rep Theatre is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit and all donations are tax deductible.

Tickets be purchase online at or at the door, if still available at curtain time.

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New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada, May 15, 2024 -- A Canadian 1940s McColl-Frontenac service station sign, six feet in diameter, soared to $22,420; a Bally’s Gilligan’s Island pinball machine from 1991 went for $10,030; and a Japanese 1950s Linemar toy Good Humor Ice Cream delivery truck hit $3,245 in three days of online auctions held May 10th-11th-12th by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.

All prices quoted in this report are in Canadian dollars.

The auctions included a Toys & Historic Ephemera auction featuring Part 2 of the late Howie Meyer Legacy collection held on Friday, May 10th; a Toys, Advertising & Coin-Op auction held on Saturday, May 11th; and a Petroliana & Advertising auction featuring the late Syl Rumas collection held on Sunday, May 12th. The three sales combined totaled a gross of $947,156.50.

“Toys sold in our inaugural online-only sale for the late Howie Meyer Collection performed well,” said Ethan Miller of Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. “Some rare boxed examples crushed the high estimates – especially anything Disney. In the collector market, the upper five percent of any category is where to invest but first, make sure you like it. Top items did well this weekend.”

Mr. Miller went on to say, “We can still feel the afterglow from the Rumas Collection sold on Sunday. Choice porcelain dealer signs soared through the roof. However, I do sense a slight regression in the advertising market compared to the fever during the pandemic. Great things are performing, but the importance of condition, size, and medium seems to have grown somewhat.”

Petroliana lots on Day 3 posted some of the highest overall prices. The Petroliana & Advertising auction was a three-part event that featured the petroliana collection of the late Syl Rumas (signs, Canadian gas pumps, cans, ephemera and more), plus petroliana selections from the collection of the late Ken Hatt of Inverness, British Columbia (signs, Red Indian ephemera, Red Head tins).

The McColl-Frontenac double-sided porcelain sign easily bested its $6,000-$9,000 estimate to be the day’s top achiever, while a Canadian 1940s White Rose single-sided porcelain service station sign, 36 inches in diameter and marked ‘P&M 47’ to the lower edge, topped an identical estimate by changing hands for $20,060. Both were expected to do well and each exceeded expectations.

Rounding out the Day 3 action, a Canadian 1940s Supertest Gasoline double-sided service station sign, five feet in diameter with the original aluminum frame and hardware, finished at $18,800 against a pre-sale estimate of $8,000-$12,000; while a Canadian 1940s White Rose Gasoline double-sided porcelain “Slate Boy” service station sign, four feet in diameter with excellent color and gloss on both sides, brought $17,700 against an estimate of $9,000-$12,000.

Following are additional highlights from the three auctions, in which a total of 907 online bidders placed a combined total of 18,920 bids. Internet bidding was facilitated by and the Miller & Miller Auctions website. Of the 1,139 total lots up for bid, nearly all of them were sold and better than 50 percent of all lots surpassed estimates.

On Day 2’s Toys, Advertising & Coin-Op auction, the Bally Gilligan’s Island pinball machine made in America in 1991, fully restored, a fun, family-friendly game that even played the theme song from TV’s Gilligan’s Island, was the top earner. Runner-up to that was an American 1950s 16 hp Mercury Mark 20 racing boat motor with Quickie Prop lower unit – the holy grail for collectors, with a low serial number – topped its $5,000 high estimate by gaveling for $8,850.

An early and exquisite John H.R. Molson and Brothers single-sided porcelain Montreal India Pale Ale corner sign (Canadian, 20th century), 24 inches by 16 ½ inches, with “IPA” scripted beneath the profusely illustrated logo, went for $8,850. Also, an American 1957 Seeburg model KD-200 jukebox with veneer case and chrome trim – a highly sought-after machine known for the iconic 1950s tail light grille and rotating selector drum, completely serviced – made $8,260.

The May 10th Toys & Historic Ephemera auction contained 340 lots of toys and militaria, with Howie Meyer the undisputed headliner. His many and varied interests included pressed steel and tinplate toys, comic characters, ice cream, construction, space, Western and Americana, World War and anti-Axis propaganda posters and ephemera, figural sewing tapes and other oddities.

The Linemar Good Humor ice cream delivery truck was modeled after a Ford F-250. It was marked on the box and rear underside of the toy. Linemar was the trade name Marx used for toys manufactured in Japan and sold by Marx. Achieving an identical selling price of $3,245 was a complete, new-in-box (NIB) toy tow truck from Smith-Miller (Smitty Toys), made in America in the 1980s and number 19 of 125 made. The high-quality trucks were crafted by Fred Thompson.

A group of Marx “ELM” (“Excellent Louis Marx”) Disney character cars made in Hong Kong and America in the 1950s and 60s, including Disneykins Alice in Wonderland, a Mickey and Minnie “Rumba Rhythm” toy, two Magic Marxie cars, three Donald Duck cars, three Goofy cars and others, fetched $2,360. Also, a Marx “ELM” group of Popeye character cars, made in Hong Kong in the 1950s, with the toys and boxes all in excellent condition, also commanded $2,360.

Next up for Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. is a Petroliana, Automobilia & Advertising auction featuring the Dr. Michael Francis collection on Saturday, June 15th; and an Advertising, Pottery & Historic Objects auction featuring the Jon Church collection the very next day, on June 16th.

To learn more about Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. and the firm’s upcoming auctions, please visit

About Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.:
Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. is Canada’s trusted seller of high-value collections and is always accepting quality consignments. The firm specializes in luxury watches, art, antiques and high-value collectibles. Its mission is to always provide collectors with a trusted place to buy and sell. To consign a single piece, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (519) 573-3710; or, you can e-mail them at To learn more about Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. and the firm’s upcoming auctions, please visit

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Rapid City, SD, May 15, 2024 -- First Nations Business Solutions is excited to announce its participation in the upcoming National Tribal Health Care Conference, taking place from May 20-24 in Rapid City, South Dakota. At this pivotal event, First Nations Business Solutions will be demonstrating a range of cutting-edge health services tailored specifically for Indian Country, including the innovative Cardio-Metabolic Assessment Test (CMAT) device, mobile health services, comprehensive telemedicine bundles, and remote dialysis services.

"Our participation in the National Tribal Health Care Conference marks a significant milestone in our mission to enhance health care services in Indian Country," said Randy Soulier, owner of First Nations Business Solutions and an enrolled member of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. "We are bringing solutions that are not only technologically advanced but also culturally aligned with the needs of tribal communities."

Key Highlights at the First Nations Business Solutions Booth:

- Cardio-Metabolic Assessment Test (CMAT): An innovative tool that provides critical insights into a patient's cardio-metabolic risk, autonomic nervous system status, and the potential impact of chronic conditions like diabetes and atherosclerosis. The CMAT is designed for early detection and effective monitoring, offering a non-invasive, 7-minute exam that can be administered by any staff member. This assessment combines several invasive blood tests while providing a holistic health and wellness report as part of the detailed results.

- Mobile Health Services: Addressing the rising healthcare needs with mobile units that bring on-site primary care clinics and health hubs directly to tribal communities. These services are designed to increase access to healthcare, reduce costs, and improve patient outcomes by providing care where and when it's most needed.

- Telemedicine Bundles: Including a comprehensive set of services such as urgent care, men’s and women’s health, and behavioral health support. These bundles leverage telemedicine technology to provide high-quality care remotely, ensuring that tribal members can access specialized treatments quickly and conveniently.

- Remote Dialysis Services: Focused on managing Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and providing end-to-end support for patients, including early detection, personalized care plans, and home dialysis support. These services are designed to improve quality of life and health outcomes for CKD and ESKD patients within tribal communities vs need to travel for care.

"At First Nations Business Solutions, we understand the unique challenges faced by Indian Health Service providers and tribal health clinics," added Soulier. "Our goal is to equip them with the tools and technologies they need to deliver superior care. With solutions like CMAT and our telemedicine bundles, we are paving the way for more personalized, efficient, and effective healthcare in Indian Country."

The team at First Nations Business Solutions invites all attendees to visit their booth to learn more about these transformative health solutions and to discuss how these technologies can be integrated into their current health services to benefit their communities.

About First Nations Business Solutions:
First Nations Business Solutions is a Native American-owned business specializing in providing health and business solutions tailored for Indian Country. Led by Randy Soulier, with decades of experience in tribal economic development and business leadership, First Nations Business Solutions is dedicated to enhancing the health and prosperity of Tribal Nations through innovative and culturally aligned services.

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Milford, CT, USA, May 14, 2024 -- American Impressionism led strong results at Shannon’s Spring Auction on May 2nd. The 205-lot sale grossed $2.5 million and was over 80 percent sold. Notable prices were achieved for women artists, works on paper, Contemporary art and American Impressionism. All prices quoted include the buyer’s premium.

The top lot in the auction was a Portrait of Caroline Allport from 1897 by William Merritt Chase. The work depicted an adorable young girl with a pink bow. Inscribed on the reverse was a sweet poem about Jumbo the elephant described as “Our favorite song, Caroline and Mr. Chase.” The lot was accompanied by a letter from the artist describing details pertaining to the commission. The portrait sold for $118,750 to a private collection.

Following the success of the cover lot from Shannon’s Fall sale, a $450,000 Frieseke titled Lady Trying on a Hat from 1909, Shannon’s again offered another exceptional painting by the artist. In the Spring auction, Dressing sold for $112,500. The painting depicted a woman tying her shoe and illustrated the influence of French Impressionism.

Both American Impressionist highlights were consigned from private collections and sold to private collectors. The Chase came from a notable Michigan collection that consigned 17 works to the auction and the Frieseke led the offerings from an important collection in North Carolina with 23 works in the auction.

“We are thrilled that we were able to source most of our consignments from private collectors with whom we have had long established relationships,” said Sandra Germain, Shannon’s owner, adding, “We are also seeing greater buyer confidence with a record number of new bidders.”

Paintings by women artists were prominently featured in the auction, with strong prices achieved in multiple genres. In Contemporary Art, a 1967 abstract painting by Alice Baber sold for $100,000, a minimalist drawing by Agnes Martin sold for $81,250 and a work on paper by Lynne Mapp Drexler from 1962 sold for $48,260.

In American Art, a painting titled White Peacocks and Blue Delphinium by Jessie Arms Botke sold for $63,500, an Ashcan sculpture by Abastenia St. Leger Eberle, Hurdy Gurdy, sold for $23,750, and a Jane Peterson painting of Toucans sold for $22,500. A small pastel by Laura Coombs Hills of Silver Moon Rose bested the high estimate, selling for $10,000. Paintings by Martha Walter and Jennie A. Brownscombe also surpassed their high estimates, achieving strong results.

Quality examples of 19th century American paintings proved that the market for such works is still active and growing. A large 39 inch by 66 inch James M. Hart work titled Morning in the Adirondacks sold for $52,500. A tabletop still-life with grapes, melons and champagne by Paul LaCroix sold for $32,500. A small Edward Bannister, titled The Mill in Knightsville, was a surprise sleeper in the auction, quadrupling the high estimate for a sale price of $25,400.

For the full results and more information about the May 2nd auction, visit or follow them on social media.

About Shannon's Fine Art Auctioneers:
Shannon’s will host a summer online auction on June 13th, followed by another fine art auction on October 25th. Consignments are invited year-round. For more information, visit or follow Shannon's on social media.

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Plymouth, MA, May 14, 2024 -- Having run a Hudson Valley, New York roofing company for 35 years, Ovid Figueroa understands the inner workings of a successful enterprise. Thus, as he looked to focus on the sales end of the business, he reached out to long-time friend and colleague Russell Cazeault, owner of Paul J. Cazeault & Sons Roofing.

He joined Paul J. Cazeault & Sons Roofing as Business Development Director and will help grow and manage the Plymouth location.

Ovid has received industry recognition and numerous awards including GAF for Excellence and the Presidents Club for sales volume.

“Ovid is another great addition to our team,” noted Russell Cazeault, President. “He has a deep understanding of roofing problems and solutions. He adds to our capable staff who can identify challenges and come up with a cost-effective plan to address it.”

Figueroa noted, “Working in the Plymouth Area and the Cape, I really enjoy the variety of aesthetic and effective roofing choices our customers are drawn to including cedar, metal, copper, and aluminum. And we still install plenty of asphalt as well.”

When not on top of roofs and meeting with customers and staff, Ovid is active with kayaking, biking, and hunting sea glass.

Cazeault Roofing maintains offices at 1031 Main St, Osterville, MA, 22 Giddiah Hill Road in Orleans, and 47 Liberty Street, Plymouth, MA. The family owned and operated business has been providing roofing services to home and business owners in Eastern Massachusetts since 1927.

Paul J. Cazeault & Sons Roofing offers both roof replacement as well as exterior repairs including trim & rot replacement, new siding, or gutters installation. Roofing options include asphalt shingles, metal roofing and fabrication, cedar roofing, copper roofing and flat roofing. Roofing choice depends on the home's aesthetic style, budget, and energy efficiency needs. Cazeault Roofing also services many commercial customers for both repairs as well as replacement.

For more information or arrange an appointment contact Paul J. Cazeault & Sons Roofing,, 508-428-1177