Archive for the 'Memorabilia' Category

09
Feb
15

Going, Going…Gone? No!

Missed Michaan’s last estate auction? For the following 5 business days post sale, you now have the opportunity to purchase unsold lots. Michaan’s presents “Buy It Now,” giving you a second chance at owning an unclaimed treasure. For more information and to view unsold estate auction lots, please click here.

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10
Oct
14

Grateful Dead Art Car: The Ultimate Trip, Man

Rock music is here to stay, with heavy hitters like The Grateful Dead going down in rock ‘n’ roll history. Perhaps the holy grail of any rock ‘n’ roll collection or piece of Grateful Dead memorabilia lies in one culturally historic automobile, known as “The Dred.” It is very rare in today’s collecting world that a music celebrity-owned, iconic and culturally important automobile shows up after 45 years. “The Dred” represents a frozen moment in time that references the Summer of Love of 1966, the early Grateful Dead, Owsley, LSD, rock ‘n’ roll music and ‘60s automobile art cars. Michaan’s is pleased to present such a historic automobile at auction on November 6, 2014.

 

"The Dred" estimated at $300,000-500,000

“The Dred” estimated at $300,000-500,000

 

She's got four of 'em...

She’s got four of ’em…

The Grateful Dead’s newly discovered first band truck from 1966 is an über important collector vehicle. It is an automotive representation of a historical time, complete with the key players of the counterculture revolution. Originally purchased by Owsley Stanley in 1966 to move The Grateful Dead’s band equipment, Owsley (known as the father of LSD) was also The Dead’s first manager and original soundman. The infamous automobile was Owsley developed, along with the drug LSD and the notorious Wall-of-Sound audio equipment for The Dead. The Studebaker truck became the first of The Grateful Dead’s early “Caravan of Six” band vehicles, which included The Dead’s original Sweet Magnolia tour bus. Dead Heads may also remember the lyric from the song “Truckin”: “…what a long, strange trip it’s been…” and fondly link it to “The Dred.”

Pretty as she is comin' and goin'....

Pretty as she is comin’ and goin’….

The illustrated auction catalog will be posted online at www.michaans.com when it becomes available. Previews open at Michaan’s Auctions on October the 31st to November the 2nd, as well as the day of sale, November 6, 2014. “The Dred” will also be made available to view at Michaan’s Annex warehouse on October the 5th, November the 2nd and by appointment. Mid-century modern inquiries can be made to Mr. Greg Favors at (510) 227-2524. For general information please call (510) 740-0220 ext. 0 or e-mail info@michaans.com. Michaan’s Auctions is located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501. Michaan’s Annex warehouse is located at 2701 Monarch Street, Alameda, CA 94501.

 

29
May
13

June Fine Auction Offers Shipshape Collection

Five lots of Captain Jacob Stone’s personal items will be sold in Michaan’s fine sale on June 7, 2013.  Jacob Stone (Dec. 4, 1764 – June 23, 1831) was an authentic sea captain based in the small coastal city of Newburyport in Essex County, Massachusetts.  Stone joined Newburyport’s Marine Society in 1801, climbing its ranks from Secretary to Vice President.  His first entry at the Newburyport Custom House chronicled a cargo journey from the East Indies in March of 1805.

In line with auction house lore, it is believed that spirits loom amongst their beloved belongings as they journey between this world and the beyond.  I wonder what Jacob Stone would say…

Lot 2297 - An American painted leather fire bucket, circa 1775 ($500-700)

Lot 2297 – An American painted leather fire bucket, circa 1775 ($500-700)
“Batten down the hatches! Had a flashback. This here bucket kept me and my hands adrift.”

Lot 2298 - An 1805 watercolor painting of the American Brig Industry of Newburyport ($1,000-1,500)

Lot 2298 – An 1805 watercolor painting of the American Brig Industry of Newburyport ($1,000-1,500)
“Surrender the loot! A wonderful painting from my collection, vexes me to see it go.”

Lot 2299 - Oil on canvas portrait of Jacob Stone in a period frame ($800-1,200)

Lot 2299 – Oil on canvas portrait of Jacob Stone in a period frame ($800-1,200)
“Shiver me timbers! The best lot of the sale in my eyes.”

Lot 2300 - An early 19th century black leather portfolio ship log ($1,000-1,500)

Lot 2300 – An early 19th century black leather portfolio ship log ($1,000-1,500)
“Anyone who took this out of my cabin without me: walk the plank!”

Lot 2301 - A group of fifty-four Chinese export Canton blue and white china pieces ($3,000-5,000)

Lot 2301 – A group of fifty-four Chinese export Canton blue and white china pieces ($3,000-5,000)
“These cups helped  get me three sheets to the wind many times.”

The Jacob Stone Collection will be offered amongst the fine Furniture and Decorative Arts selection, along with artworks and jewelry.  Previews will be held on May 31, 2013 until June 7th, the day of sale.

Michaan’s Auctions is located at 2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA 94501.

27
Sep
12

Asian Movie Memorabilia Stars in Michaan’s October Annex

This true story involving the Great Star Theatre holds so many twists and turns of fate that it’s almost as dizzying as the martial arts moves projected on the theater’s screen.  It all began with an entrepreneur with a broken heart.  Said businessman wanders the streets of North Beach into Chinatown, trying to make sense of the fight he had had with his girlfriend.  He stumbles upon an abandoned theater and being a real estate refurbisher, he begins to envision the theater’s potential.  He makes a couple of calls, including one to his friend Ken Montero.  Before you know it, the two have become business partners, about to embark on the renovation of San Francisco’s Great Star Theatre.

A promotional movie poster from "The Dragon Tamers."

A promotional movie poster from “The Dragon Tamers.”

Montero’s experience with the theater lead him to an unexpected discovery, which then lead him to Michaan’s Auctions.  The pair took over the theater in 2008.  It had been closed since 1989, along with many other single screen theaters that had fallen on hard times.  But the Great Star Theatre had something going for it that others may have been lacking: history.  After San Francisco’s 1906 earthquake, it became the first theater built in Chinatown, erected in 1925.  In 1950, the famed Shaw Brothers Studio took it over and renovated the movie house.  The Shaw Brothers production studio is well-known for kung fu and action classics such as “The 36th Chamber of Shaolin,” “Five Deadly Venoms” and “The One-Armed Swordsman.”  Their movies also launched the careers of stars like Jet Li, Ti Lung, David Chiang, Alexander Fu Sheng, Gordon Liu and Jimmy Wang Yu.  The Great Star Theatre remains important to this day, as it is the only remaining Chinese theater in any Chinatown in the United States.

Lobby cards featuring stills.

Lobby cards featuring stills from “The Prodigal Son,” “The Great Emporer’s Concubine,” and “A Day Without Policemen.”

Unfortunately, when Montero and his business partner acquired the historical gem, it was in shambles.  It was so filthy and moldy that their first year of ownership was spent cleaning it to the tune of around $10,000.  But, there was something salvageable amongst the rubble.  Montero recalled being in the basement of the theater by the fire equipment.  It was there that he uncovered lobby cards, movie posters and ticket stubs in prime condition from the promotion and sales of popular Asian films.  Montero did not think much of them at the time, but he decided to hold on to them nonetheless.  Lucky for him and Bay Area collectors and movie buffs that he did.  The uncovered collection will now be sold at Michaan’s October Annex Auction, providing a rare opportunity to own unique memorabilia from this Asian movie genre.




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