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Antique Helper: Art, Antiques and Collecting

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Reflections on collecting art and antiques and auction going penned by Antique Helper Staffers, including Bill Kranz, Dan Ripley, Andrea Hastings and Joni Back-Bubenzer

Blog entries from Antique Helper: Art, Antiques and Collecting

Indianapolis 500 presentation frame by Heintz Art Metal Smiths, 1913

1913 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race Sweepstakes Trophy at Antique Helper Auctions

Posted: October 04, 2012 12:08

We have had the privilege to offer some fantastic Indy 500 and auto racing-related treasures over the years. Thanks to the Duesenberg and Clarence Cagle Estates, and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with retired racer Jigger Sirois, we have all become, in some shape or form, race fans. For many of us, racing has always been a big deal. For others, it’s been the collections and rich history of auto racing that served as the bait. We can unequivocally state that we all love auto racing and all of the interesting and amazing bits and pieces of memorabilia that go with it....

Indianapolis Motor Speedway poster from inaugural race, 1909, fetches $24,000

1909 Indianapolis Motor Speedway from Cagle Estate brings $24,000 at Antique Helper

Posted: April 04, 2012 10:41

March 25 might have marked the season opener for the 2012 Indy Car Series, but that wasn’t the only Indy Car- event that piqued the interest of auto racing fans that weekend;  they were also keeping a watchful eye on Antique Helper’s March 24 Art & Antiques Auction, featuring racing memorabilia from the estate of Clarence Cagle.   This wasn’t the first time Antique Helper played host to an important auto racing memorabilia auction.  In 2006, the company presented The Duesenberg Estate and in June of 2011, Antique Helper joined forces with retired racer Jigger...

Clarence Cagle

Antique Helper to offer Fresh-to-the Market Indy 500 Memorabilia from Clarence Cagle Estate March 24

Posted: March 20, 2012 08:41

  It’s not every day that we get to offer fresh-to-the market Indy 500 Memorabilia.  It’s also not every day that you can say that the items offered once belonged to Clarence Cagle.  Clarence Cagle wasn’t just another guy at the track.   Ask anyone who grew up in Speedway or around the Indy 500 scene and they’re sure to have a tale to tell about the man who worked for 30 years as Track Superintendent, then Vice President of Speedway Corp.    He was known to work 20 hour days at the track; he called it his baby. Taking on the job in...

The Antique Helper staff, outside of Antique Helper Auctions, Indianapolis.  November, 2011

Sell It With A Flourish

Posted: January 12, 2012 12:05

Some folks like to do things in a big way.  They enjoy the spotlight, and blossom with a little extra attention.  We’re sort of that way, too, so we understand.  Even when it comes to selling an antique or collectible, we think it’s always more fun to make a splash.  Why do anything the conventional way when you can make it fun? Do you remember that Super Hero Auction we had last year?  We had national news coverage for that event, plus plenty of local headlines and spots on our local news networks.  Our own John discovered he looked good in...

Eero Saarinen Womb chair with ottoman by Knoll $900 sold at Antique Helper in 2008

New Year's Revolution

Posted: January 05, 2011 09:52

There’s something about wintry days that make a person see their home with new eyes. Maybe it’s all that indoor time between the holidays and the Super Bowl that spurs that itch for change. Whether you while away your weekends rearranging the furniture, or reclining on your George Nelson sofa, I’m pretty sure you’ve spent a little time envisioning how swell your living room would look with that orange chair parked in front of the picture window. Before you know it, you might find yourself brandishing a paintbrush and picking out new throw pillows.  Being the voice of...

Chinese Oxblood glaze vase brought $8,000 at Antique Helper's October 30 auction

Antique Helper Explores the Emerging Chinese Antique Market

Posted: November 05, 2010 09:19

Fans of Antique Helper have had the opportunity to witness some terrific sales of Asian antiques during recent auction events. At our October 30 Art and Antiques Auction Featuring Mission to Modern and Tribal Art, the star of the show was a porcelain vase with oxblood glaze.  Mounted as a lamp, this object was given a presale estimate of $100 to $200.  Despite the modest estimate, as soon as the catalog was posted, the oxblood beauty began to receive plenty of attention.  Once the item opened at auction, the bidding swiftly surpassed high estimate and continued to...

 

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