Watches from The Keystone are for sale on

Watches from The Keystone This Rolex Daytona watch from the 1970s comes with original packaging, certificate with hole-punched serial number, manuals and hang tag ($120,000). (photo courtesy The Keystone)

The Keystone, co-founded by Max Abbott and Justin Gruenberg, is a young company “focused on bringing customers unique timepieces, intriguing stories and an unparalleled experience in acquiring and engaging with vintage watches,” according to its website ( firm is not an auction house, but rather it lists many rare vintage watches to Barnebys visitors at a fixed price, for sale. As a result, beautiful and highly collectible watches that wouldn't normally be visible to Barnebys visitors are there on the Barnebys website, for immediate purchase.

Examples include a Rolex Daytona (pictured here) from the 1970s that comes with the original packaging, certificate with hole-punched serial number, manuals and hang tag ($120,000); two Rolex watches made in the 1980s for Tiffany & Company and sold in Tiffany stores: a Sea-Dweller ($32,000) and a Submariner ($24,000); a circa-1977 Rolex originally once sold to the government of Oman and featuring the national emblem of Oman ($25,000); and a Panerai watch that was a collaboration with the fine gun maker Purdey ($15,500). Visit



Auction King – it's “QVC meets the auction world”

AuctionKingLogo Auction King provides state-of-the-art live bidding with an actual auctioneer, in real time. Buyers bid directly from their computer or hand-held device. (photo courtesy Auction King)

"Auction King brings all the excitement of a live, in-person auction without ever having to leave your house,” declared a spokesman for the company, adding, “It's QVC meets the auction world.” The brainchild of two third-generation auctioneers, Auction King provides state-of-the-art live bidding with an actual auctioneer, in real time. Buyers bid directly from their computer or hand-held device, while the auction is happening. The firm conducts several sales a week, all online, with the main focus being on jewelry items. Auction King is based in the Los Angeles area.

It took nearly three years to develop the technology to make Auction King possible. The official launch came in 2015. “Given our backgrounds, we are able to source some of the world's most valuable products directly from manufacturers, estates, pawn brokers, seized assets and more,” the spokesman said. The auctioneers, like the company itself, are young. They include Ryan Beard, an actor who's passionate about gemstones and watches, and Jenn Hurless, a marketing specialist who has extensive knowledge of high-end goods and fashion. Visit




Girl Scouts get introduced to the world of perfume bottles

Girl Scouts get introduced The looks on these Girl Scouts' faces say it all, and reflect the wonder and amazement they felt being introduced to the world of perfume bottles. (photo courtesy Int'l Perfume Bottle Assn.)

This year's annual convention of the International Perfume Bottle Association, near Portland, Ore., was held at the same time as the Girl Scouts' STEM Expo (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), and someone at the IPBA had the great idea to exploit the coincidence by introducing the girls – 20 of them, all in the 4th thru the 8th grades – to the enchanting world of perfume bottles and their history. The effort was titled “Bottles of Fun” and began with an introduction to glass making, a discussion on perfume bottle designs and the differing types of bottles.

The girls followed along on colorful handouts, were shown examples of perfume bottles and learned that perfume bottles are like sculptures or art objects, not just vanity items. Then they were given a private tour around the Vintage Perfume Bottle & Vanity Show. After that they were handed a mystery treasure map to search for differing items around the showroom. Finally, they attended a class titled Collecting Perfume Bottles 101. At the end, each Girl Scout received a vintage perfume bottle, an IPBA fun patch and a bagful of goodies. Visit




Dave the Slave: master potter, highly collected

Dave the Slave Over the course of his adult lifetime, Dave produced more than 100 alkaline-glazed stoneware jugs. This one will be sold at auction Nov. 12-13. (photo courtesy Slotin Folk Art Auction)

Imagine going through life being known as Dave the Slave. Such was the fate of Dave Drake, an African-American who was born around 1801 and died sometime in the 1870s. The dates are fuzzy, but one thing is clear: Dave the Slave today is one of the hottest, most collectible names in folk art. He was born on a plantation in South Carolina and learned to be a potter from his master, Harry Drake. After his emancipation, Dave adopted the surname Drake, but his legend was so renowned he was known mostly as just “Dave the Potter” or “Dave the Slave.”

Over the course of his adult life, Dave produced more than 100 alkaline-glazed stoneware jugs. One such piece – the five-gallon storage jar pictured here – will come up for bid at Slotin Folk Art Auction, at its next big sale planned for November 12th and 13th, in Buford, Ga. In spite of its several chips and a hairline crack on the rim, the lug-handle jar with traditional ash glaze is expected to bring $10,000-$15,000. In 2010, Dave the Slave's life was recounted in a children's book titled Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet and Slave. Visit