You can always get what you want, at Keith Richards/Patti Hansen sale

You can always get what you want Plate from a Melody Rose hand-painted porcelain tea service with a skull motif. Pure Keith Richards – and a great Rolling Stones collectible! (photo courtesy Stair Galleries)

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and his model wife Patti Hansen are redecorating their Manhattan apartment, so that means anyone with a serious thing for the Stones – or fine and unusual items, for that matter – will have a field day on Saturday, June 24th, when Stair Galleries auctions property from their Upper East Side digs, online and at the firm’s showroom in Hudson, N.Y. The apartment was conceived by Ms. Hansen as a European jewel box, and it’s brimming with Italian, French and English furniture, decorations and artwork. Also sold will be antiques and table-top items from the Richards’ Connecticut home.

Auction highlights will include an Italian rococo giltwood console, an elaborate Persian Tabriz carpet, a lush Karabagh carpet, a Louis XV giltwood tabouret with damask upholstery, an English black lacquer tray, pastel floral paintings by French artist Jacqueline Marval (found in a London gallery by Hansen), two Italian side cabinets, a set of six Venetian colored Champagne glasses, and Keith Richards’ favorite piece: an English tufted leather Chesterfield sofa. Oh, and a Melody Rose hand-painted porcelain tea service including part Noritake, bone china and Meito porcelain, and designed with – what else? – a skull motif.

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Domain names for politics, gambling and more in Stampler Auctions’ sale

Domain names for politics, gambling Stampler Auctions’ online-only auction dedicated entirely to web domain names features 113 lots (a few are in multiples) in four categories. (photo courtesy Stampler Auctions)

One doesn’t necessarily think of auctions when considering the purchase of a website domain name, but on Sunday, June 25th, Stampler Auctions of Hollywood, Florida will conduct an online-only timed auction of domain names. The 113 lots totaling over 150 domain names (a few lots in bulk) are already up for bid, on The domain names are in four categories:  politics, gambling, “The Web’s Best” and “XI” (for Asian gambling). Some further explanation is offered below. Most of the domains have starting bids of $100. One domain – – has a starting bid of $25,000.

The political domains almost all have the prefix “Return” (e.g.,,, The gambling domains carry a suffix with “Best” in it (e.g.,,, “The Web’s Best” also say “Best” in the suffix, but the subject matter ranges from entertainment to blogs to chats to books to gaming to fashion and more. is the centerpiece lot of the group (hence the high starting bid). The “XI” category is for the Asian gambling market (e.g.,,,

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Egyptian antiquities and other hidden treasures at East Coast Fine Arts sale

Egyptian antiquities Egyptian polychrome painted wooden grave stele (or stela) with numerous figures and hieroglyphics. It carries a starting bid of $1,500. (photo courtesy East Coast Fine Arts LLC)

East Coast Fine Arts, LLC’s upcoming auction on Sunday, June 25th, online and live at the firm’s gallery in Palm Beach, Florida, will be a 300-lot affair with two themes: Asian and Ancient. Featured will be a pair of prominent collections – one from Manhattan and the other Teaneck, N.J. The latter comprises ancient objects, mostly Egyptian antiquities, gathered over the course of decades by a prominent university professor who was a collector and a bit of a hoarder. “If you walked into his home, your first inclination would be to condemn the place,” said Brian McGrath, owner of East Coast Fine Arts, LLC.

But digging under loose papers and piles of debris, McGrath discovered ancient treasures, some of them still in the box and unopened from auctions long past. An example is the object pictured here, an Egyptian polychrome painted wooden grave stele (or stela), with numerous figures and hieroglyphics. It bears an old label in Italian, saying it’s from the tomb of Horemheb, with the listing catalog and registration numbers. The piece has a crack, or break, near the top that has been strengthened with a gesso repair. Overall, it’s in fine condition and has a starting bid of $1,500. The auction begins at 12 noon Eastern time.





Daily, weekly and monthly auctions at Pristine Auction of Phoenix, Ariz.

Daily, weekly and monthly auctions This 1952 Topps #311 baseball card for New York Yankee great Mickey Mantle, graded PSA-1, is up for bid online, now through June 25th. (photo courtesy Pristine Auctions)

No one can accuse Pristine Auction, based in Phoenix, Arizona, of not being busy. The firm, founded in 2010 and specialists in autographed memorabilia, sports cards and collectibles,      runs weekly and daily online auctions, plus a monthly featured auction. The current Elite Auction (or monthly auction) concludes on Sunday, June 25th. A key lot is this 1952 Topps #311 baseball card for New York Yankee great Mickey Mantle, graded PSA-1 and one of the most coveted sports collectibles. At press time, the card, which shows some wear but is still drawing a good amount of interest, was closing in on $5,000.

“A big selling point of Pristine Auction is our daily auctions,” said Jared Kavlie, co-founder of the company with his wife, Camilla. “Those have hundreds of lots, every day, and there’s never a reserve price.” He added, “The weekly auctions end every Tuesday night. Those never have reserves either.” By working with leading authentication companies, Pristine can ensure that all pieces and signatures are 100 percent authentic. It offers items that have been certified by such names as JSA, PSA, Steiner Sports, TriStar and many others. It also has a web store that sells display cases and hobby accessories.





Dazzling jewelry will share top billing with art at Burchard Galleries, June 25th

Dazzling jewelry will share top billing Burchard Galleries is noted for its fine art auctions, but the dazzling jewelry pieces in the June 25th auction will be just as enticing. (photo courtesy Burchard Galleries)

Burchard Galleries in St. Petersburg, Florida is famous throughout the region for its monthly estate sales and fine art auctions – and the firm’s Sunday, June 25th event will be packed with over 100 artworks, to include paintings, prints and sculptures by artists such as Joan Miro, Erte, Peter Max, James Montgomery Flagg and many others. But the 500+ lot auction will also feature an eclectic assortment of estate-fresh treasures and dazzling estate jewelry items, too, like the three pictured here. The top piece is a handmade 3.16-carat diamond and platinum necklace with three-inch drop, adorned with 12 diamonds. It comes with a GIA graduate appraisers report for $11,500 and has a starting bid of $4,750.

Lower left is an emerald and diamond bracelet in platinum, set with 11 round shaped cabochon cut emeralds weighing 16.39 carats and 11 old European cut and mine cut diamonds weighing 6.16 carats. The accompanying GIA graduate appraisal sets this bracelet’s value at $30,350; the starting bid is $16,000. Lower right we have what every woman wants: a beautiful platinum ring with an eye-catching 4.0-carat cushion cut brilliant Ceylon sapphire, complemented by a pair of old European cut diamonds. GIA graduate appraised at $17,250, the ring has a starting bid of $6,500. The auction will be held live online and live inside Burchard’s East Gallery at 12 o’clock noon Eastern time.