Miller & Miller's Mantiques! Gentleman's Collectibles auction held Sept. 15 sets Canadian price records for manly items

1950 Plymouth Special Deluxe woody station wagon, all original and nicely restored (CA$35,400).

20th century Kuntz ‘St. Bernard’ tin litho beer tray, an iconic piece of early Canadian breweriana (CA$5,463).

Goodrich Tires Canadian Mountie porcelain advertising sign from the 1930s (CA$20,060).

1950s-era Coca-Cola porcelain flange sign made for the Canadian market, in near-perfect condition (CA$5,015).

Bright and colorful Super-Shell Wayne 60-inch Art Deco clock face gas pump, beautifully restored (CA$6,037).

Men, and the women who love them, turned out in full force September 15th for Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.’s Mantiques! Gentleman’s Collectibles auction.

Many items were fresh to the market, unlocked from 30- and 40-year collections. The prices tell the story. Collectors were fighting to get what they wanted.”

— Justin Miller

NEW HAMBURG, ONTARIO, CANADA, September 24, 2018 / — NEW HAMBURG, Ontario, Canada – Men, and the women who love them, turned out in full force September 15th for Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.’s Mantiques! Gentleman’s Collectibles auction, held online and in Miller & Miller’s gallery at 59 Webster Street in New Hamburg. The auction was a one-stop shop for anyone looking to equip their man caves in style and fashion.

Offered were vintage advertising and signs, gas station collectibles, breweriana, firearms and knives, coin-ops, arcade games, vending machines, militaria, barristers’ office furniture, vintage autos, motorbikes and outboards. Over 125 people attended the event in person; more than 500 others registered to bid online, via Miller & Miller Live, and

“I’ve never seen such anticipation for an auction,” said Justin Miller of Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. “The energy in the room from the beginning of the sale was unmistakable and lasted for the entire auction. Many items were fresh to the market, unlocked from 30- and 40-year collections. The prices tell the story. Collectors were fighting to get what they wanted.”

Men do love their cars and, not surprisingly, the top lot of the sale was a vintage automobile: a 1950 Plymouth Special Deluxe woody station wagon, an all-original car with a well restored finish and interior and 86,013 actual miles (CA$35,400). Also, a 2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Dale Earnhardt, Sr. Limited Edition one-owner call, also in excellent shape, made CA$16,388.

Diversity was in evidence throughout the day. A Goodrich Tires Canadian Mountie porcelain sign from the 1930s, among Canada’s most highly coveted signs and one of the nicest unrestored examples known, brought CA$20,060; while an Art Deco bronze statue by McClelland Barclay (Am., 1891-1943), titled Spirit of Speed, 30 ½ inches tall with perfect patina, rose to CA$16,520.

“The market is alive and well for top-tier collectibles, or Mantiques, as we call them,” Mr. Miller said. “When condition and rarity intersect, you can see the result. Knowledgeable collectors and investors locked their eyes in bidding wars for rare pieces of advertising – like the Goodrich sign and the Buffalo Motor Oil tin. Final prices for rare pieces in fine condition exceeded estimates.”

Miller commented that quality vintage cameras by Leica sold strong, with spirited international interest, while pinball machines from the early 1990s (considered the golden era of the genre) continued their steady rise in value. The auction featured several. These included the following:

• A Twilight Zone pinball machine made by Bally, circa 1993, in excellent condition, mechanically tested, serviced and fully functioning, with great graphics (CA$9,440).
• An Addams Family pinball machine, also by Bally and in excellent condition, circa 1992, mechanically tested, serviced and fully functioning, with great graphics (CA$8,850).
• A “Minstrel Man” wooden rail pinball machine, made by Gottlieb & Co., circa 1951, in very good condition, mechanically tested, serviced and fully functioning (CA$3,835).

A coin-op “Donkey Bray” strength tester (U.S., circa 1930s), where the player pulls on the handles, the donkey’s eyes light up and he brays, and the harder he pulls the louder it brays, gaveled for CA$8,850; and an ‘Electricity is Life’ counter-top shocker, made in the U.S. circa 1900, where the user receives a good jolt when the machine is operated, commanded CA$3,600.

A bright and colorful Super-Shell Wayne 60-inch Art Deco clock face gas pump (U.S., circa 1930s), a pump that’s had an exceptional restoration throughout, changed hands for CA$6,037; while the aforementioned Buffalo Motor Oil half-gallon tin (Canadian, circa 1920s), with the original cap and spout and among the finest examples known, knocked down for CA$5,900.

A 20th century Kuntz “St. Bernard” tin litho beer tray (Waterloo, Ontario), an iconic piece of early Canadian breweriana, made and signed by Kaufmann & Strauss (N.Y.) fetched CA$5,463; and a 20th century Huether factory scene tin litho beer tray (Berlin, Ontario), quite rare, signed “Standard Adv Co Coshocton O(hio)” lower center, in very good condition, realized CA$4,425.

Things go better with Coke, as most men will tell you. A 1950s-era Coca-Cola porcelain flange sign made for the Canadian market and in near perfect condition, with brilliant color and gloss, fetched CA$5,015; and a Coca-Cola Vendo 44 metal vending machine, made in America in the 1950s, complete and meticulously restored, tested and fully functioning, gaveled for CA$3,737.

Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. has a pair of important upcoming auctions, both online and in the New Hamburg gallery. On Saturday, October 20th, the Ronson Fishing Lures Collection will be offered. Then, on Saturday, November 24th, a fine watches and jewelry sale will be conducted.

Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. The firm sells high-value collections of antique and vintage collectibles valued between $35,000 and $3 million, and items of individual merit. Its mission is to provide collectors with a trusted place to buy and sell, and its vision is to be Canada’s highest grossing seller of high value collections.

To consign a single piece, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (519) 573-3710 or (519) 716-5606; or, you can send an e-mail to To learn more about Miller & Miller Auctions and their upcoming auctions, visit

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Ethan Miller
Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.
(519) 573-3710
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The lifetime cut glass collection of Jean Rex will be sold without reserve by Woody Auction on Saturday, October 20th

Two-light, electrified ABCG table lamp signed Tuthill in the Rex pattern, 20.5 inches tall.

ABCG vases will include this 13.75-inch-tall, green cut to clear piece in the Montrose pattern by Dorflinger.

BPCG cologne bottle, 6.75 inches tall, deep cranberry cut to clear, exhibiting good fluorescence under a black light.

Beautiful cobalt cut to clear BPCG piece, 11.5 inches by 12 inches, attributed to Val St. Lambert.

ABCG 7-inch-tall jug in the Columbia pattern by Libbey, with pattern-cut handle and exquisite blank.

The auction will be held online and at Woody's auction hall in Douglass Kan. Patterns include Rex, Kohinoor, Montrose, Columbia, Salem, Ellsmere and Sparkler.

This collection is full of sparkle, just like Jean. She had a great eye and gathered quite an assortment of dazzling pieces such as lamps, punch bowls, vases, trays, bowls and other fantastic items.”

— Jason Woody

DOUGLASS, KAN., UNITED STATES, September 24, 2018 / — DOUGLASS, Kan. – The lifetime American Brilliant Cut Glass (ABCG) and Brilliant Period Cut Glass (BPCG) collection of Jean Rex of California will be sold without reserve on Saturday, October 20th, by Woody Auction, online and in the firm’s auction hall at 130 East Third Street in Douglass. The patterns, many of them signed, will include Rex, Kohinoor, Montrose, Columbia, Salem, Ellsmere and Sparkler.

“This collection is full of sparkle, just like Jean,” said Jason Woody of Woody Auction. “She had a great eye and gathered quite an assortment of dazzling pieces such as lamps, punch bowls, vases, trays, bowls and other fantastic items. The wide variety, 320 lots in all, includes some beautiful color cut to clear as well. Collectors will like that everything will be sold to the highest bidder without reserve.”

In keeping with Ms. Rex’s giving nature, the net proceeds of this sale, by her husband, will go to benefit the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of San Diego, in support of a graduate student scholarship program in the name of Jean Rex. Bidders can register and bid online right now, at as well as

Fans of ABCG punch bowls will be delighted by the fine selection of offerings that includes a 12 inch by 12 inch two-part example signed J. Hoare in the Kohinoor pattern, extremely rare with fantastic deep cut hobstar and exquisite blank; and a 7 ¼ inch by 14 inch one-piece bowl signed Clark in the Waldorf pattern (aka Quattrefoil & Rosette), boasting superb blank and the highest quality cutting.

Another noteworthy punch bowl is the beautiful cobalt cut to clear BPCG piece, 11 ½ inches by 12 inches, with hobstar, strawberry diamond, cane and zipper motif, attributed to Val St. Lambert. Also from the BPCG group is a cologne bottle, 6 ¾ inches tall, deep cranberry cut to clear, with hobstar, kite and fan motif and a ray cut base. The bottle exhibits good fluorescence when put under a black light.

Also set to cross the auction block is a two-light, electrified ABCG table lamp signed Tuthill in the Rex pattern (one of the rarest patterns of lamps available), 20 ½ inches tall, as featured in the book Rarities, by Wiener & Lipkowitz (page 116); and a 7-inch-tall ABCG jug in the Columbia pattern by Libbey, with a pattern-cut handle and exquisite blank. The jug is also featured in the book Rarities (page 139).

The round trays category will feature a 15-inch diameter ABCG example signed Hawkes in pattern #999, showing beautiful blank, as featured on page 20 in the Hawkes catalog. Also up for bid will be an ABCG round tray, 15 inches in diameter, signed Sinclaire in the Salem pattern, as shown in Rarities.

ABCG vases will include lot 105 – a 13 ¾ inch tall, green cut to clear piece in the Montrose pattern by Dorflinger, with a hobstar base and beautiful shape and color; and lot 286 – a 13-inch-tall vase in the Trellis pattern by Egginton (patent date of 1908), with a hobstar base and boasting superior cutting.

A preview will be held on Friday, October 19th, from 2-6 pm Central time. Online bidders are encouraged to register at least 48 hours in advance. This sale is tax-exempt. For info, terms and conditions, visit the Woody Auction website: Updates are posted frequently.

Absentee bids will be accepted, with a written statement indicating the amount of the bid. The deadline to submit an absentee bid is 12 noon on Thursday, October 18th. For convenience, absentee bids may be submitted by fax, at 316-746-2145, or e-mail, at There is no phone bidding.

For lodging, there are three hotels in the area. The Comfort Inn, in Augusta, KS (316-260-3006); the Holiday Inn Express, in Andover, KS (316-733-8833); and the Hampton Inn, in Derby, KS (316-425-7900) are all within a 15-20 minute drive from the Woody Auction facility. Woody Auction will conduct regular auction events in the Douglass location and occasionally at other venues in the area.

Woody Auction’s 5,000-square-foot showroom is located at 130 East Third Street in Douglass – south and east of Wichita, not far from I-35 and Hwy. 54/Kellogg Rd. Moving forward, most auctions will be held in the Douglass gallery, starting at 9:30 am Central time, unless otherwise noted. The firm has a full slate of auctions lined up for the rest of this year and into 2019. These will include the following:

• November 9-10, 2018 – Antique auction, to include sterling silver, furniture, art glass, dolls, music boxes, clocks and more.
• December 1, 2018 – Brilliant Period Cut Glass, antiques and other items.
• December 15, 2018 – Online-only auction
• January 5, 2019 – Online-only auction
• January 19, 2019 – Antique and furniture auction
• Feb. 2, 2019 – Antique auction
• Feb. 16, 2019 – Online-only auction
• March 9, 2019 – Cut glass auction
• March 23, 2019 – Art glass auction
• April 6, 2019 – Royal Bayreuth & R.S. Prussia auction
• May 4, 2019 – Cut glass auction
• May 18, 2019 – Online-only auction
• July 18-20, 2019 – R.S. Prussia Convention in Grand Rapids, Mich.
• Sept. 21, 2019 – Cut glass auction

Woody Auction is always accepting quality consignments for future sales. To consign an item, an estate or collection, you may call them at (316) 747-2694; or, you can e-mail them, at To learn more about Woody Auction and the Rex auction on October 20th, visit

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Jason Woody
Woody Auction
(316) 747-2694
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Independent crime thriller book 'Based on Lies: Crimes of Love' is now available in print across the world

Book Cover

50 free copies up for grabs!

BANGALORE, KARNATAKA, INDIA, September 23, 2018 / — A niche audience, great ratings on Amazon India and Goodreads, yet limited discoverability meant a really intriguing story was confined to a small audience; in September, 2018, author, Debarshi Kanjilal, made amends. 'Based on Lies: Crimes of Love' is now available in print across the world through Amazon and in India through Notion Press. It is also available as e-book from several retailers, such as, Amazon Kindle, Apple iBooks, Barnes and Noble, Google Play Books, Kobo, etc.

I believe that Based on Lies is a story that pushes the state of independent Indian writing to a certain amount of credibility that it currently lacks. Also, as per the author, the book is better literature and more compelling than most books written by the likes of Chetan Bhagat, one of India's most successful traditionally published authors.

Based on Lies is planned to be a series of two crime fiction/psychological thriller books, of which, Crimes of Love is the first. The story revolves around the main character, Anurag. Anurag is dealing with the insecurity of a failing marriage, the lack of closure from a romantic past, the conflict between judgment and desires while dealing with the possibility of an extramarital affair, and the burden of knowledge about an ocean of crimes. The resultant insomnia was imperative, but he develops a dealing mechanism by starting to write down his recollections in a diary. The book takes readers on a journey to find out whether Anurag can put his inner demons to rest.

Debarshi Kanjilal

To claim free copies, share a post about the book on Facebook or Instagram and tag @dev.k1987 (Facebook) or @kanjilaldebarshi (Instagram). The first fifty people who share posts about the book will receive a free, signed author copy of the book at an address they request.

To request review copies, please write to along with the details about the platform where the book review shall be published and when.

Debarshi Kanjilal
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+91 9619098909

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Aimee Cabo Nikolov starts her talk radio show “The Cure” on Radio The Biz 880AM,


Aimed Cabo Nikolov

Aimee Cabo Nikolov uses her experiences to help others through a radio talk show The Cure

Unconditional love conquers all”

— Aimee Cabo Nikolov

MIAMI, FL, USA, September 21, 2018 / — For Immediate Release
Aimee Cabo Nikolov

Aimee Cabo Nikolov starts her talk radio show “The Cure” on Radio The Biz 880AM, Miami, available online on

Aimee Cabo Nikolov wants to stand against domestic violence, child abuse, unnecessary custody battles and be there for people who have suffered that or are going through these things now.

Growing up, Nikolov was at the center of a high-profile court case which the media in Miami dubbed “The Case from Hell.” This case was about the long-term sexual abuse Nikolov endured as a child.

Nikolov states, “The suffering that I experienced has shaped the person that I have become.”

Of her journey, Nikolov comments, “I want people to know that if they let God into their life, they can begin to appreciate life more. There is hope. It’s not just suffering, and everything truly does pass.”

With her bachelors in science and nursing, Nikolov and her husband went on to found both a tight-knit family and a successful company together.

“I felt that I could help others by sharing my story,” adds Nikolov, who is now releasing a book about her life’s experiences. “I was praying and I knew it was time to write this book.”

“I look at my life, and in spite of the adversity that I have overcome, my life is a success because I am happy to go to work and I am happy to come home,” says Nikolov. “For me, prayer has been a source of strength and I now see that suffering is not necessarily a bad thing.”

Nikolov wants to share her bitter experience and offer help and advise to anybody who needs it. The talk show will accept callers phoning in. As it is available online anybody can call in.

Nikolov’s newly released memoir offers an important message of hope and resilience for readers, recounting how she overcame great adversity to ultimately live a fulfilling life. “Love is the Answer, God is the Cure” is a presentation of her triumph.

Radio The Biz 880 AM Miami, online at, every Friday at 2 pm.

Boris Nikolov
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Aimee Cabo

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StrackaLine Unveils Updated Hole Location Software, Improving Pace of Play and Making Life Easier For Superintendents

The ability to set pin positions based on data helps improve pace of play and course conditions by ensuring hole locations are set fairly.”

— StrackaLine

SAN DIEGO , CALIF., USA, September 21, 2018 / — StrackaLine, one of golf’s leading technology companies, has unveiled its updated Hole Location Software (HoLo), a program with several new features designed to make a course superintendent’s job easier and improve the golfer experience.

“At StrackaLine, we want to help make the game better for golfers and everything we create is with that goal in mind,” company president Jim Stracka said. “Our updated Hole Location software is already helping improve pace of play and it’s making life much easier for forward thinking golf course superintendents.”

The new software has been embraced by the market as more than 50 courses are already utilizing the best-of-its-kind technology. Among the most prominent new features are:

— Superintendents now have the ability to set upwards of 200 pin locations, based on slope and edge clearance, using StrackaLine’s Green Manager feature. Once pin locations are identified, they can be managed based on green speeds, course conditions and location needs (i.e. tournament vs. recreational play).

The ability to set pin positions based on data helps improve pace of play and course conditions by ensuring hole locations are set fairly.

Superintendents now have the ability to log hole locations in a calendar as well, allowing courses to minimize wear on greens.

— For years, pin sheets were printed circle green designs that did little to aid golfers, but StrackaLine’s HoLo software has changed that. Courses can now print high quality pin sheets that offer as much detail as a course would like.

The new pin sheets offer a variety of presentation options, including a real view of the green and any surrounding hazards. Courses can opt to include slope, directional arrows and fall lines, among other things, on the pin sheet.

— StrackaLine’s new HoLo allows courses to communicate pin positions to players before they arrive at the club, a feature that is particularly beneficial when hosting a tournament. Golf courses can send alerts to players, allowing them to view pin positions on an iPhone or Android app.

For more information on StrackaLine and its industry leading Hole Location software, visit

Chris King
Kingfish Communications
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Open Art Exhibition 2018: A Giant Leap Forward for Interactive Virtual Galleries – Launch Events 10/10 & 21/11 in London

Curat10n Open Art 2018 Gallery

Open Art 2018 Virtual Gallery: Artworks in this image by Matilde Demele (left) and Andrea Santi (right)

Open Art 2018 Moon Gallery

Open Art 2018 Moon Gallery

Moon Gallery Development Open Art 2018

Development Image from the Open Art Exhibition 2018 – Moon Landscape Modelling

World’s first art gallery on the Moon, featuring over 50 artists in a fully immersive 3D environment. Made by Curat10n using the latest interactive technology.

The Open Art project is a chance for emerging artists to be part of a stunning new virtual exhibition. This year's interactive gallery is a giant leap forward for artists, curators and exhibitors.”

— Nathan Taylor – Curat10n Creative Director

LONDON, UK, September 20, 2018 / — The Open Art Exhibition takes place in a virtual gallery on the surface of the Moon. It offers viewers the chance to explore a fine selection of artwork and photography within the walls and gardens of the “Tranquillity Base Art Gallery” – an imaginary arts complex built into the lunar rock. It features futuristic architectural design, spectacular landscaping and breath-taking scenery, including a view of our very own planet Earth.

Artists, art-lovers and tech enthusiasts can take a small step into the future of the arts industry by experiencing this interactive application first-hand. They will also be taking a giant leap towards improving access to art, opportunities for artists, and promoting diversity in the arts industry. Virtual exhibitions can overcome many of the problems faced by artists and art lovers by providing a high-quality, cost-effective platform for sharing, promoting and selling artwork. They also open up a new world of art to anyone with a computer, anywhere in the world.

The Open Art 2018 virtual gallery features more than 50 artists from around the UK and the rest of the world. It showcases a diverse selection of fine art and photographic images in a gallery space that is literally out of this world!

The Tranquillity Base Art Gallery is home to a 4-storey gallery building with panoramic views of the surrounding crater and mountains. As you step outside you are free to follow your own path through the rocky trenches and quarries that have been dug into the Moon’s crust. Delve into over 150 artworks on display and find out more about the artistic pioneers taking part in this ground-breaking show.

The Open Art project gives emerging artists the opportunity to be part of an interactive virtual exhibition. This year’s edition builds on the success of the 2017 edition by adding new interactive features such as artist profiles and e-commerce integration, which makes purchasing artwork just a click away. It has also taken immersive design and visual quality to another level with the use of high-res textures, multimedia video projections and 3d sound design.

Creating a virtual space is a work of art in itself. There is no need to worry about engineering, material costs or logistics when building a virtual gallery, so why not shoot for the stars! Curators, dealers, artists and gallery owners can unleash their creativity and present artwork in a way that won’t be easily forgotten – especially as the exhibition never needs to be taken down and it can be easily shared with viewers, buyers and collectors worldwide.

Curat10n will be releasing this virtual gallery as a downloadable app for PC and Mac, allowing people around the world to experience this interactive visual experience on their own computer. So put on your (virtual) space suit and get ready to explore the Tranquillity Base Art Gallery. It offers a fully immersive experience with the freedom to move through the 3d environment in real-time, using cutting-edge technology from the video games industry.

On 10th October Curat10n will reveal this interactive art exhibition for the first time – and give their audience a chance to explore it hands-on. There will also be opportunities for artists to take the idea further and to be part of the next step in this exciting development. This event takes place in the heart of London's creative tech industry near Old Street. It will be a chance to meet the artists involved in this exciting project and to network with people who are helping to shape the future of arts in the UK.

This event has proved to be extremely popular, with over 100 tickets being snapped up in just 3 days. Curat10n have therefore organised a second event, taking place on 21st November. Artists and guests at the October event will be able to download the virtual gallery to their PC or Mac when they get home – and will play a part in testing the virtual gallery app. Their feedback will then be used to make minor changes before its public release in November.

Curat10n is creating a mini-revolution in exhibiting, visualising, archiving and accessing art. They develop interactive and immersive arts applications using 3D technology – because they believe that every artist, curator and gallery should have the opportunity to show and share their work, without limiting their creative vision or reach. Art-lovers and collectors around the world should be given the chance to see and buy a diverse selection of artworks through an interactive and inspiring virtual space. Curat10n’s gallery applications can be used to plan or curate future exhibitions, using accurate recreations of real-world gallery spaces. They can also be used to create videos, renderings and promotional content quickly, easily and cost-effectively. Not to mention their unparalleled ability to present rich and informative content about artists and their work. These applications can also be developed for mobile devices and VR, and can be integrated with an online sales platform or e-commerce site.

If you would like to find out more about Curat10n’s virtual galleries or about the Open Art exhibition, you can call or write to our press contact. We are a small company doing big things – and we want to share our story! We can arrange a face-to-face or online interview and can provide images or videos for use in articles and publications. Please contact us for further information or if you would like to see an interactive demonstration – wherever you are in the world.

The Open Art 2018 Exhibition is developed and presented by Curat10n.

Nathan Taylor
Curat10n – Immersive Innovation Ltd.
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Open Art Exhibition 2017: See last year’s virtual gallery, and expect more this year!

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Ten dollars is all it takes to participate in Converse Auctions' online-only East Meets West antique auction October 5th

Unbound book of Japanese woodblock accordion prints in uncut sheets, 110 in all, by Hiroshige and Kunisada (est. $20,000-$40,000).

Magnificent Chinese Qianlong cloisonne altar set, with a central censer, pair of vases and pair of candlesticks (est. $20,000-$40,000).

Russian religious icon depicting Madonna and Child, displayed in a repousse silver frame (est. $300-$500).

Auctioneer Todd Converse stands with a Seth Thomas double-dial calendar regulator shelf clock in mahogany veneer, 42.5 inches tall (est. $3,000-$5,000)

Pair of large and heavy silver urns, 61 inches tall counting the included painted and marbleized cube stands (est. $6,000-$8,000).

All lots have a starting bid of just $10, a tactic designed to encourage newcomers to the auction arena and seasoned veterans to jump in and bid on the 435 lots

MALVERN, PA, UNITED STATES, September 19, 2018 / — MALVERN, Pa. – Ten bucks is all it takes to participate in Converse Auctions’ online-only East Meets West Auction slated for Friday, October 5th, with live bidding set to begin at 10 am Eastern time. The auction is packed with 435 lots of fine American, European, African, Chinese and other Asian items.

Although the auction is online-only, the sale can be previewed in the Malvern gallery. Phone and absentee bids will be executed, in addition to live bidding on several auction platforms. People can register and bid online now via the Converse website (, as well as the platforms,, and All lots have a starting bid of $10, a tactic designed to encourage newcomers to the auction arena and seasoned veterans, too, to jump in and bid.

The West category features furniture, fine art, fine clocks and jewelry, decorative items, sterling silver, Russian icons, World War II uniforms and medals, and African tribal artifacts. The East category boasts fine Japanese woodblock prints, Chinese furniture, cloisonné, porcelain, plaques, fine paintings, sterling silver, 14kt and jade jewelry, brushpots, lacquer and musical instruments.

Two lots from the East are strong candidates for top lot of the auction, each with an estimate of $20,000-$40,000. One is an unbound book of Japanese woodblock accordion prints in uncut sheets, 110 in all, showing domestic scenes and landscapes, by Hiroshige and Kunisada. The other is a magnificent Chinese Qianlong cloisonné altar set, comprised of a central censer, a pair of vases and pair of candlesticks, elaborately decorated in cloisonné archaic forms with gilt bronze.

Another cloisonné lot is the cylindrical Qing Dynasty prayer wheel on a spindle with flower and tendril designs over a lotus petal design, and a mantra written in a Nepalese language on bottom (est. $2,000-$4,000). Also, an antique thangka (religious painting on a scroll), with a female tara wearing a jeweled headdress as its central figure, bordered in silk brocade, should hit $600-$800.

An 18th century pierced and carved Chinese zitan painting table with repeating square motifs and interlocking apron patterns, having a floating panel on top, stylized dragon feet and shaped stretchers, has an estimate of $10,000-$20,000; while furniture from the West will feature a French bedroom frame and marble-lined side tables marked A. Hugnet (Paris) (est. $400-$600).

Silver lots will be led by an impressive pair of very large and heavy urns, 61 inches tall counting the included painted and marbleized cube stands, showing Grecian style robed male and female figures (est. $6,000-$8,000); and a complete service for eight by Towle in the Madeira pattern, with a ladle, cheese knife, sugar tongs and nut spoon, weighing 1684 troy oz. (est. $800-$1,200).

A Chinese Qianlong celadon vase, 11 inches tall, with the top of the square neck having an archaic plantain border and with pierced handles, embossed with the Qianlong six-character reign mark, is expected to bring $4,000-$6,000; and a four-tier Chinese huanghuali lunchbox with side lock, and the sides of the base pierced with scrolled ends, should make $400-$600.

A Seth Thomas double-dial calendar regulator shelf clock in a mahogany veneer, 42 ½ inches tall by 18 inches wide, with Roman numerals on the top dial, two keys, a pendulum bob and weight, is estimated at $3,000-$5,000. Also, a Herschede tall case clock made from burled maple with brass trim, having a hand-painted moon dial, 87 inches tall, should rise to $1,000-$1,500.

A polished patinated bronze bust by Emmanual Villanis (Fr./It., 1858-1914) of Phryne, best known for her trial for impiety when she was defended by the orator Hypereides, circa 1900, signed and titled, should reach $2,000-$4,000. Also, an African Chokwe mask, 16 inches tall, with black surface paint, large eye sockets and a pierced nose carries an estimate of $300-$500.

A signed autumn woodland scene by Robert William Wood (Br./Am., 1889-1979), done in the American impressionist style, 38 inches by 28 inches and housed in a heavy gold-leafed frame, is expected to realize $2,000-$3,000; while a 1778 lithograph depicting Benjamin Franklin at the Court of France, hand-painted by Baron Andre Jolly of Brussels and engraved by W.O. Geller in London, in a 50 inch by 30 ½ inch frame with cast iron corners, should breeze to $600-$900.

The World War I officer and doughboy uniforms of American R.F. Jackson, along with his dog tags, Elgin watch with engraved band, two George Washington pins and an extensive scrapbook of his war experiences, should finish at $1,000-$1,500. Also, a charming folk art pencil and watercolor rendering of a horse in his stall, signed “S. Mills” and dated 1860, has an estimate of $100-$200.

A late 20th century Russian champlevé enamel wine goblet, decorated in Russian style patterning with flowers and leaves, marked “NC84” on the bottom, should change hands for $1,000-$1,500; and a Russian religious icon depicting Madonna and Child, made from silver, enamel and oil and displayed in a repousse silver frame, 5 ¾ inches by 7 ¼ inches, has an estimate of $300-$500.

Previews will be held in the Converse Auctions gallery, located at 57 Lancaster Avenue in Malvern, in eastern Pennsylvania, not far from Philadelphia, from Tuesday thru Thursday, Oct. 2nd-4th, from 10-4 Eastern. Bidders can enjoy the lowest buyer’s premium when they bid directly through

Converse Auctions is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign an item, an estate or a collection, you may call them directly, at (610) 722-9004; or, you can send an e-mail to Curious about an item’s value? Bring your items (or photos) to Free Appraisal Tuesdays, every Tuesday from 10 am to 4 pm at the Malvern gallery.

For more information about Converse Auctions and the internet-only Important $10 Start East Meets West Antiques Auction on Friday, October 5th, please visit

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Todd Converse
Converse Auctions
(610) 722-9004
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Tips For Beginner Tennis Players with Connie Lynn Bandfield

Connie Lynn Bandfield

Tennis is a demanding sport both physically and mentally, Connie Bandfield gives tips to new players

MELBOURNE, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, September 19, 2018 / — Tennis is a physically demanding sport, and one of the most popular on the planet, both to watch as well as to play. But understanding the rules of tennis and executing some of the basic moves can be challenging to anyone who has never attempted to play before. It’s for that reason that Connie Lynn Bandfield, an interior design and absolute tennis enthusiast, has put together this beginner’s guide for players who are new to the game of tennis.

-Start with the basics

“Knowing the terminologies of terms associated with the game is a good place to start.” Says Connie Bandfield. “Simply getting on to the court and smashing the ball as hard as you can isn’t going to win you any games.” It’s therefore important to know what it means to serve, to volley, the difference between an overhead- and a groundstroke. Once you have these down you’ll be able to start applying them to your game on the court. Check out some definitions below to help you ease into it.

-Forehand – a shot made by swinging the racket across your body with your dominant hand. You have to wait for the ball to bounce before you can make this shot, however.

-Backhand – a shot made swinging the racket two-handed from the opposite side of your body and the back of your dominant hand facing forward.

-Volley – this shot is executed using only a slight swing, and it is used just before the ball hits the ground. Generally it’s done close to the net to force your opponent to run for it.

-Get a grip – It may sound basic, but learning how to hold a racket properly is fundamental to good form, and ultimately good tennis. It’ll help you achieve maximum control and deliver powerful shops. “Common grips include those made by brands such as Continental and Eastern.” Says Connie Bandfield. Ensuring that your racket has a decent grip that is securely properly will go leagues to improving your game later on.

-Warm up and cool down

One of the quickest ways to injure yourself or pull a muscle is by now warming up or cooling down. According to Connie Bandfield, it’s extremely important that players do some stretches or light jogging between one serve has even taken place. This will limber up your body and get you ready for higher levels of exertion.

Eric Ash
Web Presence, LLC
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Partnership Between Mastiff and Yggdrazil Group Brings Home Sweet Home to PlayStation®4 and Xbox One This October

A haunting survival horror experience based on real-world Thai mythology and lore

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, UNITED STATES, September 19, 2018 / — Video game publisher and developer Mastiff, in partnership with Yggdrazil Group, is proud to announce that Home Sweet Home, a chilling first-person survival horror game based on real-world Thai mythology and lore, will be released digitally on the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X, the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system from Sony, and PlayStation®VR for PS4™ October 9. A physical edition of Home Sweet Home, which includes the base game and PS®VR mode, will be released exclusively to GameStop stores across North America on October 16.

Pre-order Home Sweet Home from GameStop:

“We are very excited to be working with Mastiff in order to bring the dark, Thai-inspired world of Home Sweet Home to consoles,” shares Saroot Tubloy, Chief Operating Officer of Yggdrazil Group. “The game's real-world lore and mythology is sure to captivate and intrigue players, while its brooding narrative keeps them clinging to the edge of their seat.”

The first in a series of terrifying first-person horror games, Home Sweet Home throws players into a dark and twisted labyrinth, where a miasma of fear fills the air, dread bleeds through cracks in the ceiling and seeps down through broken floorboards, and anxiety grows stronger with every step.

After a long night filled with mourning and sorrow over the recent disappearance of his wife, Tim awakens to find himself in a strange, dilapidated building instead of the comfort of his own home. Naturally confused, he desperately begins to search for a way out while attempting to solve questions that could lead to answers regarding his wife's disappearance. At the same time, he’ll find himself being hunted by malevolent spirits.
There is a dark and sinister secret casting a shadow over this interconnected labyrinth…and without question, it's no longer the happy home that it once was.

● Gripping Thai Horror – A dark narrative inspired by Thai lore, myths, and beliefs that will captivate players while keeping their palms sweating and pulses pounding with fear
● Sharpen Wits, Not Blades – Without weapons to provide defense against the evil spirits, players must keep their wits sharp at all times in order to survive
● Nicely Tied Together – The use of stealth and investigative skills offers gameplay variety and a chance for players to breathe, but not for long….
● Face Your Fears – Experience a new level of first-person fear and terror with PS®VR compatibility

Please visit for key information, video, screenshots, and more.

About Mastiff
Mastiff is a publisher of fun, easy-to-pick-up-and-play games on all platforms including those from Sony Interactive Entertainment, Microsoft, Nintendo, PC, and online gaming. Founded in 2002, having recently celebrated their 15th Anniversary, Mastiff is proud to have released games in virtually every genre including action, adventure, casual, FPS, RPG, and music.

About Yggdrazil Group
Yggdrazil is the top visual effects, animation, and VR studios in Thailand, which provides full post-production services and production support for commercials, feature films, game cinematics, TV series’ and VR360. With extremely talented artists and high-end equipment, Yggdrazil turns creative visions into reality.

Home Sweet Home © 2018-2019 YGGDRAZIL GROUP. Published under license by Mastiff. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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David Bruno
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Tiffany Studios drop head Dragonfly lamp lights up the room for $200,000 at Andrew Jones Auctions' inaugural sale

The top lot of the auction was this Tiffany Studios drop head Dragonfly lamp, circa 1910 ($200,000).

French silvered, gilt bronze and marble figure after a model by Louis-Ernest Barrias ($36,250).

French first standard silver and verde antico marble figural centerpiece trophy signed Froment Meurice of Paris ($15,000).

Pair of French gilt bronze, onyx and champleve jardinieres on stands, incised by Barbedienne of Paris ($26,250).

Pair of Japanese wooden Shinto lion dogs (Koma Inu), possibly 19th century, with glass eyes, 14 inches tall ($11,050).

The auction drew great crowds, both in the room and online. It was 99 percent sold and grossed nearly $1.1 million (with the buyer’s premium).

Friends and clients, old and new, flooded to the gallery to participate in person, by phone, through absentee and via online bidding from across the globe. In all, the sale was a resounding success. ”

— Andrew Jones

LOS ANGELES, CALIF., UNITED STATES, September 18, 2018 / — LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Andrew Jones Auctions’ inaugural sale on Saturday, September 15th, drew great crowds, both in the room and online. The auction was 99 percent sold and grossed nearly $1.1 million (with buyer’s premium). Attendees enjoyed coffee and cold drinks, snacks, a box lunch and late afternoon ice cream to maintain their energy and focus throughout the day.

The sale – officially titled Design for the Home and Garden – was held in the Andrew Jones Auctions gallery, at 2221 South Main Street in Los Angeles. Nearly 500 lots came up for bid, with a merchandise mix that featured European decorative arts, fine silver, fine art, Asian works of art and design. Online bidding was provided by and

“Our inaugural auction generated amazing and positive action,” said Andrew Jones, the president and owner of Andrew Jones Auctions. “Friends and clients, old and new, flooded to the gallery to participate in person, by phone, through absentee and via spirited online bidding from across the globe. All in all, the sale was a resounding success and a great platform on which to build.”

The anticipation and energy were palpable when auctioneer Tim McNab took his place on the rostrum before a standing room only audience. The star of the afternoon was a Tiffany Studios drop head Dragonfly lamp, which garnered a full bank of telephone bidders along with active bidding in the room and online. The lamp illuminated the gallery when it gaveled for $200,000.

Following are additional highlights from the auction, which attracted about 100 people in person to the event. Also, 640 people registered to bid online, placing a total of 510 bids. There were about 80 phone bidders and 50 absentee bidders. All prices quoted include the buyer’s premium.

The sale began strong with a selection of silver, which included Porter Blanchard and Georg Jensen, as well as a monumental Edward VII silver center bowl that brought $10,000. Other silver highlights included a lovely French silver and marble trophy bowl by Froment Meurice that made $15,000 and an Art Deco ebony mounted cocktail shaker that hammered for $6,250.

French works led the Decorative Arts section, including a marble and patinated bronze figure of Nature Revealing Herself Before Science by Louis-Ernest Barrias, which brought $36,250, a charming pair of cast iron figures of dogs by J.J. Ducel that realized $27,500 and an unusual pair of champlevé enamel bronze mounted onyx jardinières on rarely seen stands that made $26,250.

An elegant Paul Sormani gilt bronze mounted kingwood vitrine realized $15,000 and an early 20th century Louis Vuitton wardrobe trunk brought $11,250. Pieces by Lalique included a Rinceaux model lamp shade ($8,125) and a pair of Faunes model door handles ($4,750).

Asian works of art featured a pair of Japanese Koma Inu (Shinto Lion Dogs) that made $11,050 and a four-piece group of Chinese silk robes and skirts that realized $3,380. A diverse offering of fine art lots appealed to collectors with a Charles Wilbert White I Have a Dream lithograph ($4,750), and a Benjamin Chambers Brown depiction of The Kearsarge Pinnacles ($8,750).

Andrew Jones Auctions’ next auction is scheduled for the end of October (time and dates to be announced) and will feature attractively priced art, accessories and objects from local estates. That will be followed by another Design for the Home and Garden auction in November. Watch the website for details: Consignments are always invited.

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Aileen Ward
Andrew Jones Auctions
(213) 748-8008
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