Author: Michael Zufolo, Producer/Co-Host of Let's Travel! Radio

Lark Mason,, one of our previous guests, scores big-time!!!!!!!

Lost Treasure Rediscovered: Chinese Imperial Bamboo Brushpot Mounted as a Lamp Sells for a Record $126,000 at NEW YORK, NY – May 19, 2009 – On May 12th, a recently rediscovered lost Chinese Imperial Bamboo Brushpot, which had been mounted as a lamp, was sold for a record price on The brushpot, complete with a long inscription and scene depicting the cultivation of cotton, had been mounted as a lamp sometime in the first half of the 20th century. This rare lot fetched $126,000 at auction. Lark E. Mason, the CEO and Founder of, and an authority on Chinese Art, identified the brushpot, which was the highlight of the Asian, Ancient and Ethnographic Works of Art Auction that ended last week at 184 lots were sold, totaling over half a million dollars. The auction was a success despite fears of the weakened global economy, with mainland Chinese buyers dominating the bidding. Highlights of the auction included a Pair of Huanghuali Horseshoe-Back Armchairs, 18th Century, fetching a total of $21,000, and a Pair of Chinese Gilt-Decorated Black Lacquer Armchairs, 18th Century, which fetched $22,500. Numerous lots realized prices ubstantially over their estimates. Since its founding in 2003 by Lark Mason, iGavel has sold a number of significant examples of Asian fine art, antiques, and furniture. Lark Mason is a respected expert in the Asian Art field...

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Humphrey Bogart rides again……

Claude Rains, as Captain Louis Renault: What in heaven’s name brought you to Casablanca? Humphrey Bogart, as Rick Blaine: My health. I came to Casablanca for the waters. Claude Rains, as Captain Louis Renault: The waters? What waters? We’re in the desert. Humphrey Bogart, as Rick Blaine: I was misinformed. For more, listen to the 4/9 podcast on Movies and...

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The Blue Dahlia at Chelsea Market in NYC


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