December 8, 2006 |
Fifty years after his first appearance on the TV show that became known as "American Bandstand," Dick Clark let go of the microphone. The famed host auctioned off a number of items from his personal collection of musical memorabilia, including a microphone he used beginning July 9, 1956 -- his first day on the show that made him famous. The microphone went for $33,000 Wednesday at Guernsey's auction house.
December 4, 2000 |
Fans of Maria Callas came to a French auction that took them backstage into the great opera diva's private life 23 years after her death. Callas' good luck charm--a painting of the holy family she demanded be in her dressing room for performances--fetched $120,643 from an anonymous European collector Saturday, the first day of the two-day sale of her belongings in the packed Drouot-Montaigne auction house in Paris.
January 19, 1989 |
This may be the first time that seasoning packets have been sold as official inaugural memorabilia. "They reflect the life style of the First Family," said Lisa Goddard, assistant director of promotion for the Inaugural Committee. Although President-elect George Bush and his family are developing a reputation more for their love of Chinese food than down-home Texas cooking, Goddard thought the items were "great. I don't think I've ever seen seasoning mix in an inaugural catalogue.
December 2, 2003 |
A Concorde nose cone sold for $550,000 at an auction of memorabilia and spare parts from the retired supersonic jet. To loud applause from other bidders in West London, the auctioneer made the sale to Ferenc Gaspar, a New York resident. A gray wool Concorde blanket expected to fetch $100 went for $2,000. Travel company employee Lucy Powell expected to have to bid about $6,000 for two passenger seats but ended up paying $15,500. The auction raised $1.
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January 4, 1992
A sports promoter accused of writing bad checks to baseball players, including Mickey Mantle, Steve Garvey and Don Drysdale, withdrew his guilty plea Friday in his fraud case. Paul Howard Hammack, 44, is charged with 19 felonies and one misdemeanor stemming from a memorabilia show he staged at the Pasadena Center in 1990. Prosecutors said celebrities and collectors lost more than $200,000 after Hammack allegedly wrote bad checks and failed to return signed memorabilia. Deputy Dist. Atty.
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November 5, 1994 |
Now you can have a little piece of Glendale for your very own. City Shoppe, operated by City Hall, opens today on the second floor of the Glendale Galleria to sell a variety of city merchandise including old street signs, retired parking meters, used police motorcycles and new T-shirts. "It'll be a mix of both the memorabilia or surplus items, and retail merchandise," said Tom Marston, an assistant in the city's Finance Department who helped set up the new shop.
May 18, 2005 |
Documents, photos and memorabilia from the life of Malcolm X -- his eighth-grade memo book, his application for a Nation of Islam name, the shells from the shotgun that killed him -- went on display here this week in observance of what would have been his 80th birthday.
August 20, 2005 |
Even the tchotchkes of Unocal are being sold off. The storied oil company was sold last week to Chevron Corp. in an $18-billion deal after rival bidder CNOOC Ltd. of China backed out. But in July, when it was apparent that El Segundo-based Unocal Corp. would disappear, employees started collecting memorabilia, keepsakes and artwork that had been stuffed in closets or hung on the walls of offices soon to be vacated.
December 1, 2005 |
For a glimpse of Hollywood history, head to ... Northridge? Tucked away on the campus of Cal State Northridge is a trove of film posters on loan from the collection of producer, film industry executive and onetime poster designer Mike Kaplan. The most recent addition to the collection is the only known copy of the one-sheet poster of "The Hatchet Man," a 1932 William Wellman melodrama starring Edward G.