Orion’s Attic Launches Elvis Presley Collection Sale Today! The King Through My Mother’s Eyes...

Oct 19, 2018

I still remember the first time that I heard my mother cry. I was nine years old. We were in a hotel room while on vacation in Panama City, Florida. A newsman interrupted whatever was on TV that August day in 1977 and announced that someone named Elvis Presley had died of a heart attack in Memphis, Tennessee. My mom burst into tears, sobbing uncontrollably. The same sound began bellowing from every room. I got scared. What was happening? Why was there so much heartbreak in our hotel? Who was this Elvis guy? My dim concept of him was only that he was just some fat singer who liked to wear capes. Why were grown men and women crying so hard? An eerie silence followed the crescendo of tears. Fellow tourists emerged from their...

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Antique inkwell, vintage fountain pens pay homage to hand-written letters...

Oct 12, 2018

I may be the last of a dying breed — one of the few remaining people on Earth who still sometimes writes letters to people by hand. There is a ritual involved for me, a chance to unwind and connect with someone I care about and to do so in an old-fashioned way. I turn off all things electronic. I sit at my desk in my home library, look out the windows and watch birds and squirrels flutter and dart around my vegetable garden. Time slows down. I reach into an antique inkwell, one of many that I own, and pull out just the writing instrument the particular letter calls for. It’s usually an actual quill pen. Yes, I write with a feather. Sometimes I use a fountain pen. I think very carefully about what...

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Dallas Cowboys Memorabilia and Baseball Treasures Hit Home

Oct 1, 2018

As is true for so many middle-aged men, I grew up idolizing Roger Staubach, Tom Landry and the 1970s Dallas Cowboys. I made scrapbooks when the Cowboys won Super Bowls. My heart leaped out of my chest on the occasions Dallas came to Georgia to play my home-town Falcons and I got to watch two of my favorite teams play in person at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. I cried when Staubach walked off the field for the last time. I had cried even harder years earlier when my mom miraculously managed to get me a personally inscribed photo from him. I couldn’t believe that my hero would take the time to sign a photo for me — a scrawny kid with some physical challenges and a complete lack of self confidence. The photo still hangs...

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Vintage Mobilgas Pegasus Sign Flies to Auction Blocks

Jan 18, 2018

My hunt for the mythical creature had been unsuccessful for years. I knew one had to be out there somewhere with my name on it but month after month, year after year, I simply could not find the famous flying horse. The equally famous “American Pickers” seem to be magnets for them on TV but not me. House after house, outbuilding after outbuilding, storage unit after storage unit, I remained unfulfilled — our Maryland/Virginia/DC estate liquidation company’s resume seemingly incomplete. Then the phone rang last week. A friend told me that he had spotted my quarry in a most unexpected place — a white-glove-clean new Virginia home. He sent photos confirming his vision was not a mirage. My heart raced but I fought the urge to let my hopes soar to the heavens. That’s...

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Frank Kowing Stick Art Discovery Up For Auction

Aug 14, 2017

Editor’s Note: Orion’s Attic is proud to partner with Everything But The House on a special upcoming auction of the life’s work of Maryland artist Frank Kowing. The online auction begins Sunday Aug. 27, 2017 and runs until Thursday Aug. 31, 2017 at 8 p.m. Eastern. Click directly on the auction here. More than 150 Kowing pieces will be in this auction, while more will follow at later dates. You will find a fantastical world of vivid two-dimensional paintings and three-dimensional stick art, or found object art. You will find an eye-popping array of pieces that include political figures such as Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, Karl Rove, Osama bid Laden and more. Explore commentary on a diverse array of subjects and world events. Examine society from an unusual perspective. From whimsy to...

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