Saturday, July 28, 2007

P4A Antiques Database at the Library: the "Red Baron's" Goggles found!

P4A (prices for antiques) which is contiuously updated, contains auction records for thousands of items. The database is free and available both in the library and from the library website by BHPL patrons.
An excerpt from the P4A Basement Newsletter discloses some exciting discoveries:
"Okay, not really, but sometimes searching the database does give me the feeling of rummaging around in a basement or attic, minus the dust and the bugs! Just last week, I discovered the aviator goggles pictured here. While they seem unassuming and frankly, a little dilapidated, they actually belonged to Manfred von Richthofen, the legendary Red Baron! With a solid provenance, they brought $48,875 when they sold at auction in 2005. The sale included a number of Red Baron artifacts, including his scarf, his handkerchief, and even a small section of his plane. Have to wonder what Snoopy, the World War I flying ace would make of that?

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