The Margolis collection of fine, exceptional automobile mascots

The Margolis collection This Winged Goddess car mascot, by E. Gregoire, 5 ¼ inches tall, should fetch $300-$500. It's from the Sy and Ronnie Margolis collection. (photo courtesy Turner Auctions + Appraisals)

In the late 1980s, art aficionado and fan of fast Italian race cars Sy Margolis was at an Avanti owners' gathering at the Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, California, outside Los Angeles, with his wife Ronnie. While on a tour of the acclaimed automobile museum there, the couple was struck by the history and charm of the car mascots inside. Ronnie described them as “beautiful little statues” and before long a collection was born. It continued until Sy's death, in 2008, and now over 215 pieces from the Margolis' massive collection are being offered at auction.

The collection is being handled by Turner Auctions + Appraisals of South San Francisco, Calif. An online preview is now underway, at, via and The live online auction will begin on Sunday, July 24th, at 11:30 am Pacific Coast time. The Margolis' collection of hood and fender ornaments and related accessories mostly dates to the 1920s and the '30s. Mr. Margolis was drawn to mascots that were beautiful; Mrs. Margolis preferred those that were whimsical. Together, they created a collection unlike any other.



Victorian lighting, miniature lamps, more on July 29 & 30

Victorian lighting This sampling of Victorian opalescent glass of all types is just part of what bidders will see at the 19th and 20th century glass and lighting auction. (photo courtesy Jeffrey S. Evans & Assoc.)

Fans of 19th and 20th century glass and lighting will have a field day on July 29-30 when Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mount Crawford, Virginia holds a sale dedicated to those very highly popular collectibles, starting at 9:30 am Eastern time both days. The auction will feature the Victorian lighting collection of Florence and the late Richard Birdsall of Barnegat, New Jersey; the miniature lamp collection of Marilyn Doupnik of Columbus, Ohio; Part II of the Ed Kleppinger collection of New Orleans; and a consignment from the Sandwich Glass Museum.

The July 29th session will feature miniature and full-sized kerosene lighting (to include rare Victorian opalescent, hanging and bracket lamps); ruby and other stained early American pattern glass (EAPG); and Vaseline and rubina-verde glass of all types. The July 30th session will have a large selection of EAPG, to include animal and historical, children's toy glass, Victorian glass of all types, rare barber bottles, Mt. Washington, Wave Crest, milk glass and more. A public preview will begin July 27th. For more information, log on to


Win one for (or from) the Gipper at Christie's, September 21 & 22

Win one for or from This Tiffany American Marine chronometer was an inauguration gift to the Reagans from Frank and Nancy Sinatra, engraved in 1981 (est. $5,000-$10,000). (photo courtesy Christie's)

On September 21st and 22nd Christie's in New York will offer The Private Collection of President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan, to coincide with Americana Week auctions. Items from the Reagans' estate are currently on view in London (July 1-14) and feature pieces from the couple's beautifully appointed Los Angeles home, designed by Ted Graber and showcasing some of the Billy Haines Hollywood Regency style furniture and decorative works being offered in the sale. Also sold will be jewelry, books, paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints and more.

A few of the more intriguing items will include a Tiffany American Marine chronometer (a gift from Frank and Barbara Sinatra, est. $5,000-$10,000); a pair of British Elizabeth II silver beakers (a gift from Margaret and Denis Thatcher, est. $1,000-$2,000); Mrs. Reagan's Van Cleef & Arpels diamond and gold lion pendant-brooch necklace (est. $30,000-$50,000); an American flag motif diamond, sapphire and ruby ring by Bvlgari (est. $5,000-$8,000); and a gold and diamond bangle bracelet, also by Bvlgari (est. $5,000-$7,000). Visit


A legendary Jaguar D-Type race car will roar to auction

A legendary Jaguar D-Type The racing car was sold new in 1955 to Ecurie Ecosse and still has the Scottish racing team's iconic Scottish Flag Metallic Blue livery and St. Andrews cross. (photo courtesy RM Sotheby's)

RM Sotheby's has announced that one of the most important and original Jaguar D-Type racing cars – chassis no. XKD 510, winner of the grueling LeMans road race in 1956 – will headline its next flagship sale, slated for Aug. 19-20 in Monterey, California. Born to succeed the Jaguar C-Type's dominance at LeMans in the early 1950s, the D-Type had purposeful and beautiful looks, advanced engineering and outright firepower. In its day no one had seen anything like the revolutionary curved body style, penned by famed automotive designer Malcolm Sayer.

The car's 3.4-liter engine was rated at 245bhp, propelling the vehicle to a blistering 169 mph during testing at LeMans. It went on to race at Goodwood, Aintree and the 1957 Mille Miglia, prior to its retirement from competition in June of that year. Since that time, the car has had just three private owners and has been meticulously maintained. It was featured at the 2002 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, where it won the Jaguar Competition class and the Road & Track award. Also in the RM Sotheby's auction will be the 1962 Ferrari 268 SP, chassis no. 0798.


When Lenox and Tiffany get together, good things happen

When Lenox and Tiffany The two giants teamed up around 1906 to produce this exquisite, one-of-a-kind silver-gilt and porcelain coffee service, in the Chrysanthemum pattern. (photo courtesy M.S. Rau Antiques)

You just know when two powerhouses like Tiffany & Company and Lenox Corporation – two of the most renowned names in sterling silver and porcelain – collaborate on a design, only good can come of it. That's exactly what happened around 1906, when the two giants teamed up to produce the exquisite, one-of-a-kind silver-gilt and porcelain coffee service pictured here. The set, valued at a cool $68,500, recently sold for an undisclosed price through M.S. Rau Antiques in New Orleans, Louisiana. A private collector who asked not to be identified was the buyer.

The service, which was in its original silk-lined box, was crafted under the leadership of Charles T. Cook, in the Chrysanthemum pattern. Signature flowers adorned every piece, from the coffee pot to the porcelain cups. The very rare, 29-piece set showed off the intricate blooms in both Tiffany-styled engraved silver-gilt as well as intricately cast pierced cup holders. Hand-applied gilded flowers adorned the inside border of each cup, with raised detailing adding additional artistry and elegance to each piece. Like the saying goes, they don't make 'em like this anymore.