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A Hong Kong look-a-like becomes a collectable triumph. Capitalising on Barbie’s phenomenal success

Visit a regional museum and discover fascinating keepsakes from the past

THE JARGON OF AUCTIONESE Buying online or by auction, learn to read between the lines and avoid the pitfalls


contents FEATURE ARTICLES

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Scrimshaw & scrimshammers

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how the sea gives and takes

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of Art and Archaeology

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Roy Williams

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Queensland’s Abbey Museum

Decoding ‘auctionese’ what are they really saying?

Human history in a postcard

Ancient civilisations housed in

Australia’s first coins

Michael Strong

a piece of colonial history for sale

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Elery Hamilton-Smith

Gold continues to strike interest

CIAL INTEREST FEATURE Focus on Porcelain 16

Out of this world trends aliens invade memorabilia market

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Madame de Pompadour

John Harrison

& Sèvres porcelain Melody Amsel-Arieli

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Shelley china how to tell when they’re faking it Gary Hoare

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Silver lining found in

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lost trophies Bella Scharfenstein

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Worcester’s royal history line Michael Belham

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Hello dolly: Barbie, Babs & Lilli grow up in value Rod Labbe

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Henry Lawson remembered as Gulgong Pioneers Museum celebrates 50

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collecting ALIEN MEMORABILIA Evil alien abductions threatened to cause nightmares for young children but spawned an industry of mesmerising merchandise that crossed the boundaries between horror and science fiction

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eleased to American cinemas in May of 1979, Alien proved to be,

both commercially and critically,

a winning combination of the science fiction and horror genres. While the basic premise of its plot was little more than a rehash of ideas found in many low-budget films of the 1950s and 60s, Alien brought a sense of style and class to the proceedings thanks to a big budget, some stunning special effects and beautiful, yet disturbing production design, from Swiss surrealist artist H. R. Giger. Adding to the successful mix was a great cast that included Tom Skerrit, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt and Sigourney Weaver (in her debut), a haunting avantgarde soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith, and solid direction from future Oscar winner Ridley Scott (Blade Runner,

Thelma & Louise, Gladiator).

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a nostalgic journey shared as he relives the joy of rediscovering what is commonly known as a Hong Kong Lilli, a fashion doll patterned after the much-more famous Bild Lilli from Germany

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t’s Christmas week, 1962, and I’m shopping with my parents at Centers, a home-grown five and dime store located

in bucolic Waterville, Maine, USA. On the second floor, baby boomer toys loom. Aisle one houses Mr Machine; Robot Commando; The Great Garloo, road racing sets, toy filling stations, space-age plastic rockets sporting lethally-sharpened tips, and Mattel’s newest technological advance, Vacuform – just perfect for a 10 year-old boy. Aisle two is where Barbie, Tammy, Pepper and Chatty Cathy dolls hold court; nah, not interested, thanks. Around the corner, I expect to see a plethora of bikes and sports equipment. Instead, I spy a huge bin piled high with jumbled legs and arms. No, wait – not only legs and arms, but torsos, too – and what torsos! Slowly, I step closer and spy, scattered in

The 1920 South Australian Chamber of Manufactures silver medal awarded to Longbottom and Tilemann. It depicts the chamber’s seal and the date it was established, 1869

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disarray and staring off at some distant point, dozens of Barbie clones, each wearing short shorts, a flimsy halter top and Babs in burgundy gown

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