Michigan man is ‘alive’ with KISS collectibles

KISS ‘Destroyer’ album, 1976, signed by Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss. Image courtesy of High End Memorabilia and LiveAuctioneers

DETROIT (AP) – During Kiss’s iconic May 1975 concert at Cobo Hall that became the material for the band’s Alive! album, bassist Gene Simmons threw a towel into the audience, and 16-year-old Terry Pakulski, who was in the front row, snagged the souvenir.

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Barbie’s rich resume built over 60 years

This Barbie No. 2, with box, sold for $6,325 at a recent Theriault’s auction in Chicago. Image courtesy of Kovels.com

CLEVELAND – Barbie turned 60 on March 9.

Barbie creator Ruth Handler, and husband, Elliot Handler, founded Mattel Creations in 1945. She was inspired to design the Barbie doll after watching her daughter play with paper dolls. Most dolls made for children were baby dolls, not fashion models. The first Barbie was introduced at the American International Toy Fair in New York on March 9, 1959. This date is considered her official birthday.

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Professor treasures his vintage computer collection

An original Apple-1 computer was the top lot in Auction Team Breker’s Science & Technology sale May 20, 2017, selling for $122,850 (€110,000). Auction Team Breker image

PARKESBURG, Pa. (AP) – Putting stamps, coins and computers in the same sentence about collecting might seem a little strange.

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Pennsylvania man pushes to make Slinky official state toy

Slinky countertop store display, 1957. Image courtesy Morphy Auctions and LiveAuctioneers

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania has a state dog, a state insect, a state fossil, and even a state beverage.

Why, Bob Swaim wonders, can’t it also have a state toy?

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Designers say comfort is on trend for decor in 2019

NEW YORK – What trends will dominate home decorating in 2019?

When we asked interior designers about the colors, fabrics and styles likely to be popular this year, one message came through loud and clear: People are seeking comfort at home.

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Beatles fan’s collection has been growing for 50 years

Composite photo of Beatles upon their arrival in New York City, 1964. UPI photo in the public domain, acquired via US Library of Congress Prints and Photographs division

WALTON, Ind. (AP) – “Ladies and gentlemen, The Beatles.”

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Fond memories of childhood sparked radio premium collection

The first ever Tom Mix ring, which was offered by National Chicle Gum in 1933. Hake’s Auction image

HAZLETON, Pa. (AP) – Anthony “Tony” Evangelista remembered sending for a souvenir from one of the radio programs he listened to in the 1940s. The ring from the Tom Mix Ralston Straight Shooters program set him back 10 cents and a label from Ralston instant farina.

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Cold case: death of African American artist Ellis Ruley

Ellis Ruley (USA, 1882-1959), ‘Autum (sic) Leaves,’ oil on board. Image courtesy LiveAuctioneers archive and Material Culture

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) – Amid the sounds of birds chirping and water falling from a fountain on the quiet morning, a small group Sunday walked through Ellis Walter Ruley Memorial Park, the former home and painting spot of the late city artist.

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What do you do with 1,500 washing machines? ‘You tell me’

Salesman’s sample for the wood and brass washing machine known as ‘The Queen,’ manufactured by J.H. Knoll, Reading, Pa. Image courtesy of Showtime Auction Services and LiveAuctioneers.com Archive

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) – One of my pet peeves is how we so casually use the term “unbelievable!” as the catch-all for such amazing accomplishments as an NBA shooting guard draining an 18-foot fall-away jumper with a hand in the face.

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Deep origin of rare blue diamonds revealed in their flaws

Art deco natural fancy blue diamond and platinum ring, J.E. Caldwell & Co., which sold at auction for more than $1.4 million (hammer price) in 2013. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions and LiveAuctioneers archive

WASHINGTON (AP) – Blue diamonds – like the Smithsonian’s famous Hope diamond – are the rarest of all and how they formed more than a billion years ago is a bit of a mystery. Now scientists think they have a glimmer of an answer.

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