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Have you seen Bristol, the lost bear?

14 months after being left in a bag in the departure lounge of Bristol Airport, ‘Bristol’ the teddy bear is still waiting to be reunited with his owner.

The only clue is a black and white photograph accompanying him. Dated March 1918, it shows Bristol (as he has been christened by the UK airport’s staff) in his pomp, sharing a couch with two little girls.

Too posh for Bristol - this Steiff Louis Vuitton bear is the world's most valuable at $2.1m

Too posh for Bristol – this Steiff Louis Vuitton bear is the world’s most valuable at $2.1m

Today, with an eye missing and his fur no longer as resplendent as it once was, Bristol cuts a forlorn figure on airport spokesperson Jacqui Mills’ desk.

“He was with lost property and we were certain that someone would claim him, but when they didn’t he was passed over to the airport police who took very good care of him and tried every means possible to find his family,” says Mills.

With his need for repairs, and without a maker’s name, Bristol is unlikely to be troubling the upper echelons of the vintage teddy bear market.

In fact, unless you have the Steiff button in your ear, you don’t have a hope of making it into the 10 most valuable teddy bears ever sold.

Dan

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Where the wild things are…auction oddities at Paul Fraser Collectibles

It has been another weird, wild couple of weeks here at Paul Fraser Collectibles, as cannibal forks, hippopotamus skeletons and banned sex manuals inextricably attributed to the Greek philosopher Aristotle proceed under the hammer in strange succession.

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Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are

An upsurge of interest in the unique collectibles market is evident in the sale price of the cannibal forks alone, which brought £29,440 ($47,353) – an amazing 1,740% increase on their £1,600 ($2,575) presale estimate. On the other hand, maybe cannibalism’s back in vogue… (I know what you’re thinking – not again.)

Hiding amongst these eerie and aberrant artefacts, however, is a real gem: a rare, signed and inscribed first edition of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, which is to auction at Swann Galleries on January 24.

Check out the unique items Paul Fraser Collectibles currently has in stock to be similarly inspired.

by Cat

Scottsdale collector car auctions 2013 – the top lots so far

With the classic car collecting community all fired up to head to Scottsdale, AZ for a legendary week of auctions at the end of January, Paul Fraser Collectibles presents the best lots consigned to the mega-sale so far…

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You can find more information on all of these and more in our Classic Cars news section. We will be bringing you all the results from Scottsdale 2013 as soon as they happen, so make sure to check back with us regularly.

Joe

The Hobbit – the next big thing in screen-used collectibles?

Peter Jackson’s first instalment of The Hobbit made $84.8m in the first weekend of opening in the US.

In doing so it comfortably surpassed the $72.7m best opening weekend from The Lord of the Rings trilogy, achieved by The Return of the King in December 2003.

Legolas' bow sold for $372,000 on the weekend

Legolas’ bow sold for $372,000 on the weekend

It also set a new record for an opening weekend in December.

What does this all mean for the collectibles market?

I would suggest that it indicates the market for iconic props and costumes used in the three new Hobbit films could be among the hottest items of memorabilia over the coming years.

That’s if sales for Lord of the Rings screen-used  items are anything to go by.

Just this weekend the Legolas bow Orlando Bloom used in the trilogy sold for $372,000.

It beat its estimate by 210%, setting a new benchmark for Lord of the Rings items, and suggesting that this is a market on the move.

We have this signed Sir Ian McKellen Gandalf photograph currently available.

Dan

Thomas Edison’s first successful invention

It’s not often we use the blog to so brazenly promote our own stock inventory… but this item is such an important historical piece that we’re making an exception! (Ed: and we reserve the right to do so in future, too!).

You’ll have to picture the scene….

It’s 1868.

Thomas Edison’s first patented invention, the Electrical Vote Recorder, has been criticised by Politicians. Although technically advanced, there is little demand and the Vote Recorder is a financial failure.

In 1869 Thomas Edison arrives in New York.

He’s penniless and in debt.

He manages to find work in the operating room of the Gold & Stock Telegraph Company. One day, the company’s ticker equipment breaks down and nobody is able to fix it except Edison.

Edison then developed his own stock ticker tape machine which became an enormous success, his first successful invention in fact, and he was promoted to superintendent with an impressive monthly wage of $300.

The success of the stock ticker machine paved the way for Edison’s brilliant career, financially. Without it who knows what great inventions the world would have missed out on?

Needless to say original Edison stock ticker tape machines are exceptionally rare.  They are vital pieces of US History.

We have this single example for sale

By Adrian

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