Pinball, Tickle Me Elmo among Toy Hall of Fame finalists

The Who’s album ‘Tommy’ inspired this 1975 Bally pinball machine called Wizard. Images of Roger Daltry and Ann-Margaret, who both starred in the movie version of the rock opera, are pictured on the backboard. Heritage Auctions estimates it will sell for $4,000-$6,000 at a July 29 auction. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

The Who’s album and rock opera ‘Tommy’ inspired this 1975 Bally pinball machine called ‘Wizard.’ Images of Roger Daltry and Ann-Margaret, who co-starred in the movie version, are depicted on the backboard. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) – This may be the year that chalk makes its mark on the National Toy Hall of Fame, or American Girl outmuscles He-Man for a place of honor.

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Aretha Franklin dresses, hats to be auctioned in November

Aretha Franklin famously sang at the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama. Her fashionable designer hat (not part of the auction) caused a sensation. Photo: Cecilio Ricardo, U.S. Air Force

NEW YORK (AP) – More than 30 dresses and accessories worn on stage by Aretha Franklin will be auctioned on November 10, 2018 at The Hard Rock Cafe in New York City.

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Elvis and Priscilla’s auctioned mobile home returning to Mississippi

The mobile home where Elvis and Priscilla Presley vacationed on their Circle G Ranch. Image courtesy of GWS Auctions

LOS ANGELES – The two-bedroom Delta mobile home once owned and used by Elvis and Priscilla Presley is headed back to its roots in Mississippi, according to its new owner. GWS Auctions, one of the world’s premier film and music memorabilia auction houses, sold the mobile home from the Presleys’ “Circle G Ranch” in an August 25, 2018 auction for $67,650. The winning bidder, Max Wiggins of  Kemah, Texas, stated his plans to repatriate the mobile home where fans can enjoy it.

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Lost Jagger-Simon duet found after more than 45 years

Mick Jagger onstage in New York, July 1972. Photo by Dina Regine, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license

LONDON (AP) – A lost Mick Jagger duet with Carly Simon has been found more than 45 years after it was first recorded.

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Surf’s up in California, where it’s now the official sport

Surfing sign. Image courtesy of Pioneer Auction Gallery and LiveAuctioneers.com Archive

LOS ANGELES (AP) – “Let’s go surfing now, everybody’s learning how,” the Beach Boys have been telling us in song since 1962. And if you haven’t started listening by now — and you live in California — perhaps it’s time you did. On Monday surfing became the official sport of California.

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Comic shops diversifying, creating community atmosphere

This Detective Comics #27 (first Batman), May 1939, sold for $482,435 in March 2018 at Hake’s Americana & Collectibles. Photo courtesy of Hake’s Americana & Collectibles and LiveAuctioneers

ELLWOOD CITY, Pa. (AP) – Unless you read the sign out front, you might not know where you’re at when you first walk inside.

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Red Sox old-timer’s memorabilia going up for sale

This studio photo, which is not an Aug. 15 auction item, shows the Boston Americans of 1901. From the Boston Public Library Print Dept. collection

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) – Some items belonging to one of the Boston Red Sox’s early members — when the team was known as the Boston Americans — are coming up at auction on August 15.

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Frank Frazetta ‘Escape on Venus’ painting sells for $660K

Frank Frazetta’s ‘Escape on Venus’ painting was used as the cover for the 1974 reissue of the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel of the same name. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS – Frenetic bidding drove the final price for Frank Frazetta’s Escape on Venus painting original art to $660,000 to claim top-lot honors in Heritage Auctions’ Comics & Comic Art Auction Aug. 2-4, which brought in a total of $6,670,739.

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John F. Kennedy, 36th President of the United States, photographed on July 11, 1963 in the Executive Office of the White House. Photo by White House photographer Cecil Stoughton.

Is JFK’s luster fading? Key memorabilia falls short at auction

John F. Kennedy, 36th President of the United States, photographed on July 11, 1963 in the Executive Office of the White House. Photo by White House photographer Cecil Stoughton.

John F. Kennedy, 36th President of the United States, photographed on July 11, 1963 in the Executive Office of the White House. Photo by White House photographer Cecil Stoughton.

BOSTON (AP) – Is JFK losing his star power? It’s probably too early to tell, but 55 years after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, an auction of some of the most iconic items associated with the Kennedy White House fell well short of pre-sale expectations.

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Rare 1980 Star Wars poster tops $26K at Heritage Auctions

This Star Wars concept poster printed for the 1980 sequel ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ sold at auction for $26,400. Imaged by Heritage Auctions, HA.com

DALLAS – A rare Star Wars concept poster printed for the 1980 sequel The Empire Strikes Back sold Sunday for $26,400 at Heritage Auctions, setting a world record as the most expensive movie poster from the space opera ever sold at auction.

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