By Kimberley Mathisen


This week’s article by Harry Rinker about attics and their contents was especially interesting to me as I’ve always loved a good attic (as well as the treasures that can be found there). When I was about 5 years old, my family stayed with my grandparents for three months waiting for our new house to be built. My grandmother’s house was a big Chicago bungalow with a full, deep basement that sported a real Nickelodeon, but more importantly, featured a full walk-up attic that she had loaded with interesting items and family history. I’ve spoken in other columns about my grandmother, from whom I inherited the collecting habit. She was a great clock collector and also accumulated a great deal of outstanding wool blankets as well as many interesting pieces of furniture. She would talk about her mother while showing my sister and me a host of old corsets and other period clothing. One item I can still vividly remember was an opera coat that probably belonged to my great-grandmother or a great aunt. It was a dark blue velvet with a beautiful red satin lining and what I would describe now as a “Dracula” style collar. I wish I knew whatever happened to that opera coat; but that’s the trouble with a lot of family items and even photos. They get put up in the attic and sometimes they get left behind. I’m sure our readers will enjoy Harry’s take on attics, I know I did.

It’s heartening to know that many auctions and sales are coming back despite our continued battle against Covid-19. The Kane County Flea Market will be open for Aug. 1 and Aug. 2, so I’ll be readying up my treasures. Here’s some information about upcoming auctions that collectors won’t want to miss:

A Rare Posters Auction #81, is planned for Tuesday, July 21st by Poster Auctions International, online and live in the New York City gallery. Around 500 rare and iconic works, most of them lithographs and maquettes, will come up for bid. Included will be never-before-seen designs, including 43 Spanish Art Nouveau posters, 16 hand-painted posters from North Vietnam and works from Cappiello, Cheret, Loupot, Mucha, Toulouse-Lautrec and others. Online bidding is via If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Jessica Adams at 212-787-4000; or, you can email her at

An online-only Antiques & Fine Art auction is planned for Thursday, July 23, by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers, based in Cranston, R.I. The sale will kick off with vibrant paintings by Indian artists Maqbool Fida Hussain and P. Prabha and continue with over 300 lots, pulled from estates from across New England. Everything will be sold to the highest bidder, with no reserves. The auction will begin at 6 pm Eastern. Online bidding is via,, and the Bruneau website. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Travis Landry at 401-533-9980; or, you can email him at

Rich Penn’s Auction Event is July 23 to July 26 at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo, Iowa. More than 2,500 lots of antiques of several types will be sold –furniture, toys, pedal cars, bicycles, tin advertising and much, much more will be sold. More information is at or at (319) 291-6688.

A Design for the Home and Garden Auction planned for Sunday, July 26th, by Andrew Jones Auctions, based in downtown Los Angeles, Calif. The sale will start at 11am and is online-only, with no live gallery bidding. The auction is packed with more than 250 lots of important fine art, design, antiques and accessories, pulled from collections and estates across the country and throughout California. Internet bidding will be via, and the Andrew Jones website. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Aileen Ward at 213-748-8008; or, you can email her at

The Iowa Gas 2020 swap meet and auction is scheduled for Aug. 5 through Aug. 7 at the Airport Holiday Inn at 6111 Fleur Drive in Des Moines, Iowa. The Aug. 6 auction starts at 3 p.m. CST and will include approximately 250 items including a great deal of Texaco advertising. On Friday, Aug. 7, the auction begins at 9 a.m. with approximately 400 lots ranging from oil cans and signs to restored gas pumps. For additional information about this event, contact Ron Hoyt at; or at (765) 307-7119.

Our next issue is scheduled for Aug. 4. Please contact us with mystery items; Auction Action news; club and convention news; and unusual collections. As always, we can reached at; or via telephone at (319) 472-4763.