A New York Times newspaper dated April 16, 1912, picturing the Titanic and her captain on the front page, owned by a Lowell man will soon sell at auction, along with more than 5,000 other artifacts salvaged from the Titanic, and owned by Premier Exhibitions, which own salvage rights to the Titanic.
Auction will be held in New York on April 15, marking the 100th anniversary of the day the White Star liner on its maiden voyage to New York from Southhampton, England, slipped under the icy North Atlantic Ocean after hitting an iceberg off New Foundland. No reserve price has been set on the artifacts appraised at $189 million. The man in Lowell, who doesn't want his name mentioned in my column, says he bought the historical headline newspaper off eBay several years ago. The newspaper will be sold separately from the 5,000 artifacts. I will notify you through this column what it brings at auction.
'Antiques Roadshow' coming to Cincinnati
"Antiques Roadshow" has announced its summer 2012 tour destinations. The PBS show will be in Cincinnati on July 21, and they want me to inform my readers to stop by for an assessment. Admission to "Roadshow" events is free, but tickets are required and must be obtained in advance before making the drive to Cincinnati. Ticket applications and complete ticketing rules are available by calling toll free 1-(888)-762-3749. Ticket applications must be received by April 16. Tickets will be awarded by random drawing. Hope to make it up there.
Cash advance for old comic books
Comiclink, the world's leading auctioneer of old comic books, is offering cash advances in exchange for comic book consignments for both the January focused auction and the winter featured auction which will commence in February. To reserve your placement in either auction, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org with your prospective auction list or call (617) 577-0062, option 1, to speak with Douglas Gillock, Jason Crosby or Sean Goodrich. Tell them you saw it in this column.
A lady in New York is looking for information on her great-grandfather, Dan Mercer, the famous potter from Parkersburg who worked for A.P. Donagho and later opened his own pottery in Parkersburg. If you know where Mercer is buried today, or any other information that I haven't mentioned in my columns about him, write me at email@example.com. I'll tell you all about this letter, along with others, in next week's column.
Larry Koon is the author of several price guide books on antiques and collectibles. His column appears every Monday on Life. Send letters to Treasure in the Attic, c/o The Marietta Times, 700 Channel Lane, Marietta 45750; or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. When writing, send a complete description of the item, along with size, color, any markings on the item along with condition the item is in, and how the item was obtained, and any other information. If possible, send a photograph. Letters will be answered through this column.