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February 12, 1998
Ancient Roman coins can be bought for as little as $10, or silver Spanish pieces of eight for $50. The money is on display at the Long Beach Coin & Collectibles Expo which opens today ) at the Long Beach Convention Center and runs through Sunday. Also on exhibit will be witch's pieces, 17th century coins manufactured in Massachusetts and later bent in the belief they kept witches away, and a 42-ounce gold nugget from Alaska.
Michelangelo had his "David." Leonardo had his "Mona Lisa." And Howard Juhl has his apartment buildings. Granted, the buildings--with a Polynesian god statue in the front yard and a king-size brass bed on the garage roof--might not make the Louvre, but neighbors believe Juhl's masterpieces are worthy of a little aesthetic criticism.
June 3, 1988 | DOUG SMITH, Times Staff Writer
It was oddly stubby in form, tired yellow in color and a little rebellious in demeanor before a crew of workers could get it settled down. First the truck that brought it ripped up some miniature railroad track and then the crane boom it was suspended from knocked a limb from a eucalyptus tree.
January 5, 1999 | ERNESTO LECHNER
The last few years have been good for tango in the United States, judging from the number of quality recordings released. Here are five albums that would make a perfect start to a comprehensive tango collection: * "The Story of Tango," various artists, Hemisphere/Metro Blue. This superb compilation of classic and contemporary tunes makes a great entry point to the world of tango.
January 1, 1994 | TERRY SPENCER
Bea DeArmond knew she was starting something big when she successfully bid 15 cents for a small wax and papier-mache doll at a Michigan auction. More than 4,000 dolls later, DeArmond's collection has become the centerpiece of her Toy and Doll Museum. Located in Hobby City, an outdoor shopping mall of 22 hobby and craft stores that she and her late husband, Jay, founded in 1960, the museum is housed in a replica of the White House.
It was the first event of its kind since Sotheby's ceased its full auction schedule in Los Angeles seven years ago. A new independent auction house, Willen's, was holding an inaugural autograph sale in the sedate chandeliered rooms of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and manuscript aficionados had turned out in overflowing numbers.
October 12, 1988 | BOB BAKER, Times Staff Writer
Randolph Burns, who makes his living tracking down memorabilia for clients, couldn't believe his eyes. Here he stood in the midst of one man's never-exhibited collection of thousands of out-of-print books, paintings, letters, photographs, movie posters, toys, comic books, advertisements and other odds and ends, all of them produced by or chronicling the lives of blacks during the last two centuries. "Every time I thought I'd seen something impressive, there'd be something else," Burns said.
January 28, 1989 | PENELOPE MOFFET
A bitter wind is blowing through Los Angeles on Saturday morning as I arrive in Santa Monica at Hi De Ho Comics and Fantasy. A friend has agreed to be my guide, provided I don't name him, on this expedition to sample the mystique of comic-book collecting. Yet I feel a little worried as we start out. It's my friend's 37th birthday, and it's also only a few days since he's been paid: a dangerous combination for a man who's been collecting comic books for 20 years.
January 2, 1987 | STEVE EMMONS, Times Staff Writer
Moving quickly and with no fanfare, auto racing enthusiast Briggs Cunningham has sold his large collection of historic automobiles and permanently closed his automotive museum in Costa Mesa. The purchase price of the 71-car collection was not announced, but its size is indicated by the collection's most valuable car--a 1927 Bugatti Royale. Only six were built, and recently one was reported sold for more than $8 million. The buyer of the Cunningham collection was identified as Miles C.
November 5, 1987 | NANCY RIVERA BROOKS, Times Staff Writer
When the stock market started doing its wild dance two weeks ago, art dealers were anxiously unpacking their wares to sell at the New York Fine Print Fair, an annual exhibition featuring art from the 1500s through the 20th Century. "This debacle occurred, and we were all scared," said Michael Schwartz, owner of Galerie Michael on Beverly Hills' Rodeo Drive. "What happened was amazing. People poured into the fair . . . and they bought the best things."
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