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January 20, 2013
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. - A trove of memorabilia from Studio 54 is going up for bid Saturday in an auction that is resurrecting those long-ago nights at the iconic 1970s clubhouse with a legacy greater than its lifespan. Mementos kept by the late Studio 54 co-owner Steve Rubell, including paparazzi photographs, letters and artwork once belonging to the New York club's A-list guests, are being auctioned off here. The items give a fascinating glimpse of life at 54: author Fran Lebowitz shoulder-to-shoulder with pop artist Andy Warhol.
NEWS
May 4, 1991 | By David Iams, Inquirer Staff Writer
Out at a small airfield in Burlington County called the Flying W, there's a restaurant that was once decorated with memorabilia from the days of zeppelins, those rigid lighter-than-air vehicles that crossed the Atlantic until the fateful 1937 explosion of the Hindenburg at Lakehurst, N.J. Among the memorabilia was an article that noted that zeppelins might be susceptible to perishing while high in the sky. If they lost power, they would float...
NEWS
February 22, 1999 | by Ron Avery, Daily News Staff Writer
Some "collections" are rather small, such as as a single Balch Institute photo of Civil War veteran Robert Riley wearing the uniform of the 7th Regiment, Colored Troops. On the other hand, the Jack Franklin collection at the African-American Museum contains 300,000 photos of Philadelphia's black community, taken over a 50-year period. Now, it's a lot easier to find that yellowing photo of the Colored Troop veteran and Franklin's photos - ranging from black beauty pageants to Black Power rallies - thanks to this month's release of a 135-page booklet with the long title: "The Directory of African American Collection in Greater Philadelphia and Selected Suburban Areas.
SPORTS
December 30, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
A disagreement between the Pittsburgh Pirates and a restaurant might keep old scoreboard numbers, seats and windows from Forbes Field out of the Pirates' new ballpark. The Pirates played at Forbes Field before their move in 1970 to Three Rivers Stadium. Three Rivers is soon to be demolished and the Pirates will move this season to the new PNC Park. The Pirates would like to display Forbes Field items at PNC Park when it opens, but the Pirates and the Allegheny Club restaurant disagree on who owns the memorabilia.
NEWS
April 6, 2012 | By David Iams, FOR THE INQUIRER
Hunt Auctions, the Exton sports-memorabilia outfit whose sales frequently take place in conjunction with major sporting events all over the country, will help Boston's Fenway Park celebrate its 100th anniversary with a sale there featuring the personal collection of Ted Williams - who spent his entire major league baseball career playing with the Red Sox. The 700-lot sale April 28 will also feature Fenway Park historic memorabilia, notably the...
LIVING
April 3, 2009 | By David Iams FOR THE INQUIRER
The April auction schedule opens this weekend with two suburban sales offering unusual and perhaps unique items, and continues with the promise of major activity midmonth - notably the sale by Freeman's of a major private collection of pewter. The first of this weekend's sales takes place tonight at Briggs Auction in Garnet Valley, which, as part of its regular Friday night event, will be offering a single-owner collection of more than 2,000 books related to railroads, as well as railroad memorabilia.
SPORTS
October 18, 1989 | By Angelo Cataldi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The bat was sitting on a table with a dozen others, obscured in a clutter of bruised and battered wood. And yet, with its reddish hue and its brilliant sheen, customers were instantly attracted to it. "That's one of the last bats Mike Schmidt ever used," said Michael Montbriand, a Sacramento, Calif., dealer at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago. "It's a beauty, isn't it?" "How do you know that was really one of the last bats Mike Schmidt ever used?" someone asked.
NEWS
January 29, 2001 | By Louise Harbach, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The Millville Army Air Field Museum has added seaplane memorabilia to the artifacts on display in what is billed as America's first "defense airport. " Late last year, the museum assumed responsibility for the Seaplane Base Museum in Essington, Delaware County. Robert Mills - whose father, Frank Sr., founded the museum in 1915 - is retiring and closing the facility. The Millville museum is on the grounds of a former World War II fighter-pilot training facility that is now the municipal airport.
NEWS
November 23, 1991 | By David Iams, Inquirer Staff Writer
A collection of Atlantic City memorabilia, recalling those days when it was famous for its ocean piers and burlesque, not its casinos, will be offered at 10 a.m. tomorrow by Barry Slosberg Inc., 232 N. Second St. It is one of several sales next week rich in nostalgia. The 250 lots of Atlantic City memorabilia, mostly photos, postcards and publications, were consigned by a Philadelphian who used to work at the Trocadero and at the Shore, Slosberg said. Among the more rare souvenirs in the collection are two symbolic "keys" to the city, one about 6 inches long, the other about 10. "I hear these are impossible to find," Slosberg said.
SPORTS
March 23, 2011
Less than a year after his death, some of Robin Roberts' most prized possessions are for sale. Items such as Roberts' Hall of Fame induction ring, his 2008 World Series ring, 1950 National League championship ring, and a bat used in the 1952 All-Star Game are going up for auction. On April 12 at the Diamond Club in Citizens Bank Park, a live event will be conducted by Hunt Auctions. Attendance will be limited on a reserved basis. A $20 reservation fee will be charged, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Phillies Charities.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 22, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Kobe Bryant is thinking about his legacy. Not to mention his marketing. As the Lakers star - and Lower Merion High alum - approaches his 36th birthday next month, he's at work on "Kobe Bryant's Muse," a documentary that will air on Showtime this fall. Bryant, who arrived late for his session Friday at the Television Critics Association, joking, "I was out looking for a head coach," said the idea for a film "about who or what has inspired me" grew out of his lying in bed one night, thinking of, "What's going to be the next Nike campaign and what the story's going to be. " (It was his wife, Vanessa, who supplied the word "muse," he said.)
SPORTS
February 23, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
After his death in 2011, Joe Frazier's children filled a Philadelphia storage unit with the heavyweight champion's personal belongings. They saved an oversize photograph of Frazier's knockdown of Muhammad Ali, a trophy celebrating his 1964 Olympic gold medal, and even the ring ropes and punching bags from Frazier's North Broad Street boxing gym. His 11 children planned to keep the collection for themselves. "But then we thought, what would our father think?" said Frazier's daughter, Weatta Collins.
SPORTS
December 2, 2013 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
Mike Turner nearly forgot about the tiny bedroom closet in his late father-in-law's house. Chick Galloway, a shortstop for nine seasons with Connie Mack's Philadelphia A's, had built the house in Clinton, S.C., in 1926, the year Turner was born. Since the former ballplayer's death in 1969, two of Turner's daughters have occupied the Spanish-style dwelling adjacent to Presbyterian College's campus. Now his youngest daughter, in the midst of a divorce, is making plans to sell the longtime family residence.
NEWS
June 12, 2013 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE LAST PLACE Kobe Bryant wants to be right now, besides watching the NBA Finals from home, is New Jersey. Lawyers representing the Los Angeles Lakers superstar said a settlement's been reached in a dispute with his mother, Pamela Bryant, and a South Jersey auction house over a hundred pieces of memorabilia he'd left behind. The results of the settlement are confidential, but Pamela Bryant, who received an advance of $450,000 from Goldin Auctions of West Berlin, Camden County, for her son's memorabilia, issued an official apology over the ordeal along with Kobe's father, Joe. "We regret our actions and statements related to the Kobe Bryant auction memorabilia.
NEWS
June 3, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hard to resist a basketball metaphor in Kobe Bryant's sports-memorabilia auction case, where the trial ball is moving back and forth across courts, and across the country, at a dizzying pace. Two federal courtrooms, two federal judges, two cases - same issue. Hoopla, not hoops. All that's missing are the nets. On Friday, in Camden, U.S. District Judge Renee Marie Bumb set the trial for June 17 in Camden, denying the Los Angeles Lakers star's plea to move the case to California.
NEWS
May 12, 2013 | By David Voreacos and Edvard Pettersson, Bloomberg News
Kobe Bryant has won a judge's order that temporarily blocks a Camden County auctioneer from selling memorabilia given it by the basketball great's mother. U.S. District Judge Andrew Guilford issued an order Wednesday in Santa Ana, Calif., that blocks Goldin Auctions L.L.C. of Berlin from selling or transferring property, including "basketball jerseys, championship rings, and other sports memorabilia" that Bryant says belongs to him. Goldin said in court papers that it expected to sell the items for more than $1 million and had advanced Pamela Bryant $450,000.
NEWS
May 10, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Memo to Mom: Don't sell my stuff, and by the way, it's not yours to sell. That, in essence, is the message in court papers filed Wednesday by Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant in response to a federal lawsuit by a Camden County auction house that is seeking to sell basketball memorabilia mainly from Bryant's youth. The items are being sold on behalf of his mother, Pamela. "I never told my mother that she could have my personal property, let alone consign it for public auction," wrote Bryant, who was drafted into the NBA directly out of Lower Merion High School.
NEWS
May 4, 2013
An incorrect photo accompanied a story about the band Parquet Courts and band member Austin Brown in the Weekend section Friday. A current photo of Brown and the group appears above. A story Friday misstated the value of Kobe Bryant sports memorabilia planned for an auction in June. His items would fetch at least $1 million, according to an auction expert, out of a possible auction total of $2.5 million. The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357)
SPORTS
January 26, 2013
More than a generation after the historic "Miracle On Ice" game in the 1980 Winter Olympics, 58-year-old Mike Eruzione is parting with his iconic No. 21 USA jersey, hockey stick, and other Olympic paraphernalia. Eruzione's white jersey alone is expected to fetch more than $1 million, but some sports memorabilia experts think it could go considerably higher. Eruzione scored the sensational winning goal against the Soviet hockey team in Lake Placid, N.Y., catapulting the Americans toward the gold medal.
NEWS
January 20, 2013
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. - A trove of memorabilia from Studio 54 is going up for bid Saturday in an auction that is resurrecting those long-ago nights at the iconic 1970s clubhouse with a legacy greater than its lifespan. Mementos kept by the late Studio 54 co-owner Steve Rubell, including paparazzi photographs, letters and artwork once belonging to the New York club's A-list guests, are being auctioned off here. The items give a fascinating glimpse of life at 54: author Fran Lebowitz shoulder-to-shoulder with pop artist Andy Warhol.
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