The Johnny Winter Collection will be sold Sept. 30th-Oct. 1st

The Johnny Winter Collection The collection will include all five of Winter's uniquely shaped Gibson Firebird guitars, including the one shown here. Winter was one of the great blues guitarists. (photo courtesy Guernsey's)

In 1968, Rolling Stone Magazine described Johnny Winter as “a 130-pound, cross-eyed albino with long fleecy hair, playing some of the gutsiest, fluid blues guitar you ever heard.” On September 30th and October 1st in New York City, Guernsey's will offer a trove of guitars and other memorabilia from Winter, who died in 2014. Included will be his collection of three dozen guitars, to include all five uniquely shaped Gibson Firebirds, his metal resonators (which he called “garbage cans with strings”) and three seemingly toy-like (but powerful) Lazer guitars.

The collection will also feature a simple wooden ukulele – Winter's very first instrument – with photos of him playing it at age 10; memorable stage-worn outfits and customized accessories: rings, necklaces, hats (sweat stains and all), belts, straps, scarves and even a clump of Winter's actual beard, with photos verifying the shearing; rock and blues posters and vintage photographs (not just of Winter but other music legends from the era), and notebooks from the 1960s and '70s, with page after page of handwritten songs he composed. Visit



Holy parachute displays, Batman – this one's rare!

Holy parachute displays This rare, never-used, still-in-the-box 1966 Batman parachute toy retail display is an expected top lot in SeriousToyz' Auction #58, ending September 29-30 (photo courtesy SeriousToyz).

A rare, never-used, still-in-the-box 1966 Batman parachute toy retail display is an expected top lot in SeriousToyz' Auction #58, an online-only sale that ends Sept. 29-30 (at The display, which has a pre-sale estimate of $3,000-$5,000, is one of only a few examples known (one is incomplete, the other has no box), and has never been assembled or displayed. The one being sold had been in storage in a factory at Ray-Line (the maker), unopened since the 1960s. It was bought by a dealer, when the Ray-Line factory closed in the 1970s.

That person then sold it to the consignor, for just $25, along with some other Ray-Line boxed inventory. The outside of the box reads “Parachute Display” and shows the Ray-Line logo. The display has a heavy base, with an electric fan pointing up. If assembled, the toy would be suspended over the fan, so when it’s activated it would appear the parachute is floating down. The auction also features a clear-body toy Hess truck made especially for the John Hess family, plus over 140 mostly Japanese mid-20th century tin vehicles. Visit



Louis XIII cognac decanters:one sold, two more coming up

Louis XIII cognac This unique crystal magnum decanter of Louis XIII cognac, engraved with a map of the Americas, sold for a record $134,750, but that record may be short-lived. (photo courtesy Sotheby's)

When a crystal magnum decanter of Louis XIII cognac, engraved with a map of the Americas, sold for $134,750 at Sotheby's Sept. 9th-10th wine auction in New York City, it set a new world auction record, but that might be broken in less than a month. That's because on Saturday, October 1st in Hong Kong, a second Louis XIII decanter, this one engraved with a map of Asia, will also come up for bid at Sotheby's wine auction in that Asian city. The starting bid has been set at $100,000. Oh, and a third decanter will be offered by Sotheby's in London after that.

Without question, wine collecting is in vogue. The Sept. 9-10 sale in New York grossed around $5 million, with the cellar of John P. Brincko alone realizing $1.3 million. The global appetite for fine and rare Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhine wines remains robust, and the Oct. 1st offering of examples from the cellars of Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion promises to confirm that trend. Sotheby's, by the way, is partnering with legendary film director Martin Scorsese and The Film Foundation, to preserve cinematic heritage for the future. Visit



“Pokemonument” will be brought to auction Sept. 25

Pokemonument “Pokemonument” was an overnight sensation after it was installed in the middle of the night in New Orleans on July 31. It will be auctioned Sept. 25. (photo courtesy Neal Auction Company)

Sometime during the early morning hours of July 31st, something mysteriously appeared in the Coliseum Square finger park on Terpsichore Street in the Lower Garden District of New Orleans, LA.: a bronzed fiberglass statue depicting the Pokemon figure Pikachu. “Pokemonument” was an overnight sensation, dubbed “guerilla art,” stealth sculpture” and “a monument to pop culture.” Visitors came from around the world to view the lifesize, beloved figure. Sadly, the statue has also become a magnet for controversy and vandalism, which all got out of hand.

The solution? Well, the artists who created the work (and to this day almost no one knows who they are), have decided to remove it from its spot and sell it at auction, with the proceeds benefiting the Lower Garden District Parks & Fountains Fund. Neal Auction Company in New Orleans will conduct the auction, on Sunday, Sept. 25. “Pokemonument was never conceived to be a permanent installation,” the artists said in a press release, adding the ultimate goal is to bring about “a larger, more permanent change for our community.” Visit



Your Rolex watch – with a Domino’s or Pepsi logo on it

Your Rolex watch This one-of-a-kind Rolex steel wrist watch was made as a sample (or prototype) for the pizza chain Domino’s and is expected to gavel for $20,000-$40,000. (photo courtesy Morphy Auctions)

“Nothing says quality and prestige quite like Rolex,” reads Morphy’s press release for their upcoming Premier Watch & Timepiece sale, slated for Thursday, Sept. 22nd, at 9 am Eastern time, in Denver, Pa. And while that certainly is true, it was still a bit surprising to find out that two of the Rolex watches in the auction are the result of collaborations with – are you ready? – Domino’s Pizza and Pepsi-Cola. The circa 1967 Roloex 1675 “Pepsi” GMT with a red and blue 24-hour rotating bezel “is refreshingly estimated” (Morphy’s words) at $5,000-$8,000.

But the Domino’s watch was the real shocker. The one-of-a-kind steel wrist watch was made as a sample (or prototype) for the pizza chain, and the accompanying paperwork confirms that its unusual dial and markers are original and correct. Still, the estimate of $20,000-$40,000 was eye-popping, even taking into account Morphy’s promise that the watch “should prove quite satisfying.” For those who don’t want their Rolexes to double as billboards, the sale will also feature a handsome pair of Oyster Perpetual Milgauss watches. Visit