By Kimberley Mathisen


Today is election throughout the U.S. and its territories. With the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, (rising numbers in almost every state) this election year has the largest number of voters casting early ballots or mail-in ballots. I did both – I voted early and used a mail-in ballot. I hope that everyone’s favorite candidate wins.

But in addition to Election Day, November 3 is my (and my husband’s) wedding anniversary. It’s hard to believe we will be married 47 years. Several people who helped us celebrate that day are no longer with us including three members of our wedding party, family and friends. I’m sure I’ll take some time to remember those loved ones with fond memories while looking through our wedding album. Instead of dining out at a restaurant (many of which are closed due to Covid) we’ll probably enjoy a quiet dinner at home, using some of the gifts we received more than four decades ago.

For those who may be looking to complete collections or add to current caches, here’s some online auctions that look very promising. Lyrics to “Heartbreak Hotel” by Elvis Presley are being auctioned! I have been participating in a few online auctions, but haven’t been too successful in my bidding. My most recent disappointment came when I was outbid on a lot of Barbie dolls, a case and Barbie clothes. When I left the bidding it was up to $180, which was too rich for my blood.

A huge, five-day ‘Spooktacular’ Sale is planned through November 2nd by Holabird Western Americana Collections, live at the gallery in Reno, Nevada and online via several popular bidding platforms. Up for bid will be more than 3,600 lots in a wide array of collecting categories. Top lots include original artwork for what is widely regarded as the very first psychedelic rock poster, from 1965 (est. $10,000-$15,000); and a large silver ingot from the 1940s (1016.70 troy oz.). Internet bidding is being provided by Live;; and by If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Fred Holabird at 775-851-1859; or, you can email him at

A Connot Brothers auction takes place on Saturday, Nov. 7 beginning at 10:30 a.m. This auction takes place at CBA Building at 329 East 1st Street in Valentine, Nebraska and includes plenty of antique firearms; furniture and other antique items. A complete list of available items is available at the web site,, or at (402) 376-3400.

An all-star lineup of fine antique toys, trains and holiday antiques will take the spotlight Nov. 12-13 at Bertoia’s Vineland, New Jersey gallery, with all forms of remote bidding available. Highlights include the Bob Merck Halloween collection, Karyl Newman collection of Christmas antiques, Bill and Wendy Jones’ prized doorstops & banks, early Steiff teddy bears, and an outstanding Midwestern collection of 18 mechanical music machines. Collectors wait all year for Bertoia’s to release details of their annual fall sale, which has an impeccable reputation for its emphasis on quality with provenance. More information is with Bertoia Auctions in Vineland, New Jersey at (856) 692-1881; or at

An online-only Rare Books, Manuscripts & Relics auction is planned for Wednesday, November 11th, at 10:30 am Eastern time by University Archives, based in Westport, Conn. The sale is packed with 289 lots, many of them signed by some of the most famous names in all of history, including George Washington, Napoleon Bonaparte and Marilyn Monroe. Internet bidding will be provided by,, the website and If you need additional information about this auction, you may call John Reznikoff at 203-454-0111; or, email him at

Poster Auctions International’s Rare Posters Auction #82, is slated for Sunday, November 15th, at 11 am Eastern Time. Offered will be masterpieces and rarities from over two centuries of poster design, to include scarce and highly collectible lithographs and maquettes. Artists will include Cappiello, Cheret, Haring, Mucha, Steinlen and Toulouse-Lautrec. The auction will be held online (at and live in the PAI gallery at 26 West 17th Street in lower Manhattan (NYC). If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Jessica Adams at 212-787-4000; or, you can email her at

A big, two-day auction event is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, November 19th and 20th, by Weiss Auctions, based in Lynbrook, N.Y. The auction will be online-only, with bidding available thru and Expected top lots include the original 1955 handwritten lyrics to the Elvis Presley hit song Heartbreak Hotel, a copy of Yoko Ono’s book Grapefruit signed by John Lennon and twice signed by Ono, a rare Pokemon trading card, a scarce Titanic artifact with a reference to John Jacob Astor and Giannis Antetokounmpo’s rookie card. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Philip Weiss at 516-594-0731; or, you can email him at

Check out this issue which is again jam-packed with outstanding articles about antiques. Our next issue is Nov. 17, just a few days away from Thanksgiving. In the meantime please contact us with antique and collectible news; mystery items; Auction Action news; club and convention news (especially with creative ways to continue during the virus); Young collectors and other news. We can be reached at;; or via telephone at (319) 472-4763.