The Russell Buteau collection of Coca-Cola items and antiques will be auctioned July 13 by Bruneau & Co. in Cranston, RI

Circa 1939 Coca-Cola salesman’s sample ice chest cooler in the original paint, including advertising booklets; displays very well and is in all-original condition (est. $1,000-$1,500).

20th century Jacobs model JSC-160 Coca-Cola vending machine, red, made of metal and 54 ½ inches tall by 31 inches wide and, untested but is in overall good condition (est. $600-$900).

Expressionist painting by Hunt Slonem (N.Y./Me./La., b. 1951), titled White Sulphur and depicting white butterflies over a powder blue background, artist signed (est. $6,000-$9,000).

Gorgeous diamond and platinum lady’s wreath brooch, boasting 16 marquise-cut and 24 round-cut diamonds arranged as a wreath and with embellished floral accents (est. $6,000-$9,000).

Hand-drawn and colored 1808 map of the Georgia territories by Daniel Sturges, executed for Bohl Bohlers, with a 63,000-acre land deed issued to Mr. Bohlers in 1775 (est. $4,000-$6,000).

Coca-Cola is Mr. Buteau’s specialty. One lot that should draw bidder interest is a circa 1939 Coca-Cola salesman’s sample ice chest cooler in the original paint

I’ve known Russell since my first job working at a local auction house when I was 13 years old. I’ve watched my father and him buy advertising signs together. It’s an honor to handle his collection.”

— Travis Landry

CRANSTON, RI, UNITED STATES, July 2, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The single-owner collection of Russell Buteau of Millville, Massachusetts – a lifelong collector of Coca-Cola items and antiques for over 40 years – is an expected highlight of Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers’ upcoming Antiques, Collectibles & Fine Art Auction planned for Saturday, July 13th, at 12 noon Eastern, online and in the Bruneau gallery at 63 Fourth Avenue.

“I’ve known Russell since my first job working at a local auction house when I was 13 years old,” said Travis Landry, a Bruneau & Co. specialist and auctioneer. “I’ve watched my father and him buy advertising signs together. He even lives in the town where my dad is police chief. He’s been around me for as long as I’ve been in antiques. It’s an honor to handle his collection.”

Coca-Cola is Mr. Buteau’s specialty. One lot that should draw intense bidder interest is a circa 1939 Coca-Cola salesman’s sample ice chest cooler in the original paint, including advertising booklets. The metal chest, 9 ¾ inches tall and 12 ¼ inches by 7 ¼ inches, displays very well and is in all-original condition, with just some light paint wear. The lot should realize $1,000-$1,500.

Also from the collection is a 20th century Jacobs model JSC-160 Coca-Cola vending machine, red, made of metal and 54 ½ inches tall by 31 inches wide and 19 inches deep. The machine shows an old restored surface and there are scratches and surface wear commensurate with the age of the piece. It’s untested but is in overall good condition and should command $600-$900.

The first 136 lots of the 405-lot auction will be dedicated entirely to Mr. Buteau’s collection, an astounding assemblage of vintage soda fountain items including Coca-Cola machines, coolers from many brands, over a dozen advertising clocks, several tin, porcelain and paper advertising signs, and rare Coca-Cola and other brand gum and novelties. But there’s much more in the sale.

The auction also features a large selection of European furniture, art glass, porcelains, Asian objects and original art by artists such as Hunt Slonem and Charles Henry Gifford. “This catalog holds many surprises,” said company president Kevin Bruneau. “The Daniel Sturges map is truly one of a kind, and with records of maps by him fetching up to $80,000, who knows what a hand-drawn one will bring. The Chinese robin’s egg vase should also drive collector bidding as well.”

The map Bruneau referred to is a rare, hand-drawn and colored map of the Georgia territories by Daniel Sturges dated 1808 and executed for a client, Bohl Bohlers (est. $4,000-$6,000). Included is the original 63,000-acre land deed issued to Mr. Bohlers in 1775, plus more than ten letters of correspondence, including one that appears to be from Sturges’s friend Andrew Jackson before he was president. The map, 16 ¾ inches by 21 ¼ inches, is in a remarkable state of preservation.

The fine Chinese Qing dynasty robin’s egg blue vase, 12 ¾ inches tall, is potted bulbous baluster form with corseted quatrefoil neck and rim with archaic handles and finished in a mottled robin’s egg blue glaze on a finely ground foot. The high-quality piece of porcelain bears a Qing dynasty mark to the underside and has been drilled, showing only minor kiln pitting (est. $2,000-$3,000).

Two lots carrying identical estimates of $6,000-$9,000 could well end up being the top two earners of the auction. One is a gorgeous diamond and platinum lady’s wreath brooch, boasting 16 marquise-cut and 24 round-cut diamonds arranged as a wreath and with embellished floral accents. The brooch, about 1 ½ inches by 1 ½ inches, has a total diamond weight of 6.60 carats.

The other is an expressionist painting by Hunt Slonem (N.Y./Me./La., b. 1951), titled White Sulphur and depicting white butterflies over a powder blue background. The work was executed using Slonem’s signature sgraffito technique and is housed in a 40 inch by 40 inch frame. It is artist signed (“Hunt Slonem”), and titled and dated (1988) on verso. In May, Bruneau & Co. sold a similar painting by Slonem, titled Butterfly’s (2003). It was the sale’s top lot, hitting $15,000.

Another lot to watch is the Syrian mother of pearl abalone inlaid Orientalist parlor set from the 19th century (est. $1,500-$2,500). The set includes three chairs and a settee with reticulated carved back splats heavily inlaid with mother of pearl and abalone shell, with floral upholstered seats and intricately inlaid aprons supported by flared legs. The set presents itself beautifully.

Also sold will be an English late 19th or early 20th century set of Copeland Spode plates, finely decorated with a unique exotic bird amongst foliage and insects within a cobalt blue and enameled floral scalloped rim with individualized gilt insects (est. $800-$1,200). Each plate in this magnificent set is 10 inches in diameter and each carries a Copeland mark on the bottom.

Returning to the Buteau collection, following are a few more expected Coke items of interest:

• A huge, 20th century Coca-Cola fishtail form advertising metal sign measuring 72 inches by 34 inches; a well-preserved example exhibiting only minimal wear (est. $800-$1,200).
• A vintage 20th century Vendo model 44 Coca-Cola 5-cent vending machine with original paint, 58 inches tall by 21 ½ inches deep by 15 ½ inches wide, untested (est. $600-$900).
• Early 20th century Coca-Cola New Orleans wood crate and six 72-oz. blue-tinged glass bottles; crate reads “Built to Last S.T. Alcus & Co. Ltd. New Orleans” (est. $300-$500).
• A circa 1950 “Drink Coca-Cola Ice Cold” cooler advertising radio in original condition made of plastic and metal with minor surface wear; may need rewiring (est. $200-$300).

Previews will be held Thursday and Friday, July 11th and 12th, from 9 am to 5 pm Eastern time.

For those unable to attend, Internet bidding will be facilitated by bidLIVE.Bruneauandco.com, LiveAuctioneers.com, Bidsquare.com and Invaluable.com, or by downloading the mobile app “Bruneau & Co.” on iTunes or GooglePlay. Telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted.
Doors will open promptly at 8 am Eastern time on auction day; the first gavel falls at 12 noon.

To learn more about Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers and the July 13th Antiques, Collectibles & Fine Art Auction, please visit www.bruneauandco.com. Updates are posted frequently. To contact the company via e-mail, use info@bruneauandco.com. Or, you can phone them at (401) 533-9980.

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Travis Landry
Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
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Prospeqs Ride Tracker for Equestrians Available Now on App Store and Google Play

Home screen of Prospeqs app

The Prospeqs home screen gives you a quick snapshot of your riding activity.

Add ride screen from Prospeqs app

Quickly jot down your recap from the ride: what you did well and what you can focus on next time.

Prospeqs is the first ride tracking app designed for the hunter/jumper community, allowing riders to track their performance with ride notes, videos and images

Prospeqs is so much more than a digital riding journal. It’s a media archive of your best performances and an easy way to share your riding successes with family and friends.”

— Catherine Brock

ST. LOUIS, MO., USA, July 2, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Available today, Prospeqs Ride Tracker is a ride tracking app for motivated horse riders of any level to track their riding progress against their goals. Key features include a riding journal, along with video and photo upload, sharing and storage.

Riders can quickly add notes each time they ride, and the app automatically saves the date and location to each entry. Premium subscribers can also add a video or photo to each ride. The app displays a snapshot of the previous four weeks’ riding activity on the home screen, along with key stats such as number of show rounds. A powerful ride filter allows riders to access and relive their favorite performances quickly. Riding photos and videos can also be shared with friends or to social media, but any notes added to the ride — such as “could have been straighter to that oxer” — always remain private.

“For me, every ride is a learning experience. And to take control of my own riding progress, I wanted a workable system to store those learnings. I couldn’t find one, so I built it,” explains Catherine Brock, amateur rider and Prospeqs publisher. “Prospeqs is so much more than a digital riding journal. It’s a media archive of your best performances and an easy way to share your riding successes with family and friends.”

Riders can download Prospeqs on the App Store and on Google Play. The app’s core riding journal features are free to use, without ads. Riders can optionally upgrade to a premium subscription for $5.99 per month, which allows for custom horse images and unlimited video and photo uploads.

About Prospeqs
Prospeqs was built for equestrians who want a better way to log their riding activities and track their performance. The app is a product of Speak LLC, a tiny web publisher based in St. Louis, Mo. That tiny web publisher is owned and run by an amateur rider who came back to riding after a decades-long hiatus and now can’t imagine life without it. Learn more at prospeqsapp.com.

Catherine Brock
Speak LLC
+1 314-325-8241
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Prospeqs Ride Tracker for Equestrians


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Complete sets of 1993 Magic: The Gathering cards — Alpha, Beta and Arabian Nights — realize $608,215 at Weiss Auctions

Early Magic: The Gathering cards from 1993, the complete Alpha set, with many BGS-graded examples, sold as one lot ($423,750).

Early Magic: The Gathering cards from 1993, the complete Beta set, with many BGS-graded examples, sold as one lot ($175,150).

Early Magic: The Gathering cards from 1993, the complete “Arabian Nights” set, with many BGS-graded examples, sold as one lot ($9,315).

Allen & Ginter non-sports card collection from the 1880s, more than 600 pieces in all, with most if not all of the sets incomplete but still featuring fascinating subject matter ($5,050).

Cotton U.S. Centennial flag, with the stars in the canton arranged to read “1776 1876”, 45 inches by 28 inches, with some scattered tears and staining ($8,190).

Magic: The Gathering cards are hugely popular and highly sought after by collectors. The initial sets, released in 1993, were the Alpha and Beta limited cards.

These cards were offered as complete sets and not broken up into multiple lots. That gave investors a chance to get a complete set in one fell swoop.”

— Philip Weiss

LYNBROOK, NY, UNITED STATES, July 1, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Three complete sets of significant, early Magic: The Gathering cards from 1993 – the complete Alpha, Beta and Arabian Nights sets, with many BGS-graded examples in each – sold for a combined $608,215 at an auction held June 26th by Weiss Auctions, online and in the gallery at 74 Merrick Road in Lynbrook. The auction posted an overall gross of $830,000.

Magic: The Gathering cards are hugely popular and highly sought after by collectors. The initial sets, released in 1993, were the limited Alpha and Beta sets of cards, before the Unlimited format was introduced. The first expansion, Arabian Nights, was released in December 1993, after the Limited Editions were printed and sold out. The cards’ popularity never abated over the years.

Graded standout cards included Alpha Black Lotus, 8.5; Alpha Mox Pearl, 9.5; Beta Time Vault, 10.0; Beta Black Lotus, 9.0; and Beta Earthquake, 9.5. Many others were graded at 9.0 and 9.5. “These cards were offered as complete sets and not broken up into multiple lots. That gave investors a chance to get a complete set in one fell swoop,” said Philip Weiss of Weiss Auctions.

The Magic: The Gathering complete 1993 Alpha card set was by far the top lot of the auction, finishing at an astounding $423,750. It was the second set for MTG, with a print run of just 1,100 rare cards. The set was complete with 295 black bordered cards. There were 39 cards that had been BGS graded, including many rare and powerful cards. There were also 249 ungraded cards.

The Magic: The Gathering complete 1993 Beta card set was the runner-up top lot of the auction, garnering a final bid of $175,150. It was the first set for MTG, with a print run of just 3,200 rare cards. The set was complete with 302 black bordered cards. There were 39 cards that had been BGS graded; these included many rare and powerful cards. There were also 263 ungraded cards.

Finally, the Magic: The Gathering complete 1993 “Arabian Knights” card set rounded out the trilogy, commanding $9,315. It was the first MTG expansion set, complete with 92 cards. There were 78 unique cards, of which 14 had variants with darker colored and colorless mana symbols and with smaller text in the colorless mana symbols. Five cards in the set had been BGS graded.

Following are additional highlights from the auction, which featured strong internet and phone bidding, as well as a nice crowd in the gallery. All prices quoted include the buyer’s premium.

A scarce cotton U.S. Centennial flag, with the stars in the canton arranged to read “1776 1876”, measuring 45 inches by 28 inches, with some scattered tears and staining, made $8,190. Also, a collection of ten British Campaign medals spanning nearly a century, 1855-1950, all of them identified, changed hands for $7,250. The medals included three Military Crosses for Bravery.

A wonderful ¼ plate ambrotype image of Confederate Col. Wharton J. Green, dated 1861, went for $7,910. Col. Green originally organizes the 2nd North Carolina Battalion at Richmond, Va., and received authority to raise a regiment for Brigadier General Henry A. Wise’s Legion, to be known as Colonel Green’s Independent Regiment. Green was born in St. Marks, Fla., in 1831.

An Allen & Ginter non-sports card collection from the 1880s, more than 600 pieces in all, rose to $5,050. Most of the sets, if not all, were incomplete, but the collection featured sets that included Flags of All Nations, Birds of America, Fish from American Water, Fans of the Period, World’s Smokers, Prize & Game Chickens, World’s Beauties, Fruits, American Editors and many more.

In addition to live bidding in the gallery, there was also online bidding available, via the two platforms Proxibid.com and Invaluable.com. Telephone and absentee bids were also accepted.

Weiss Auctions has two big auctions planned for back-to-back days later on this month. On Wednesday, July 24th, at 10 am Eastern time, it will hold a toy and train sale, highlighted by Part 3 of the Joseph P. Cutrofello collection of toy trains; Part 2 of an incredible 1950s-1960s TV, Western and movie toy collection, all boxed pieces; and tons of diecast vehicles, many boxed.

Then, on Thursday, July 25th, also at 10 am, Weiss Auctions will present a sale that will begin with around 100-150 lots of rock ‘n’ roll and Hollywood material, followed by fine art and estate merchandise that will include jewelry, high-end paintings, prints, bronzes and more. The rock ‘n’ roll items will feature signed Beatles, Frank Zappa, Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix and BB King.

Weiss Auctions is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign an item, estate or a collection, you may call them at (516) 594-0731; or, you can send an e-mail to Philip Weiss at Phil@WeissAuctions.com. For more information about Weiss Auctions and the auctions slated for July 24th and 25th, visit www.WeissAuctions.com. Updates are posted often.

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Philip Weiss
Weiss Auctions
+1 516-594-0731
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