Apologies for not posting for a long time. I’ll do better.
So, two years ago, while plundering through an estate sale, a little porcelain figure caught my eye. I didn’t know what I was looking at but it was well made and unique enough for the $12 asking price. I didn’t even haggle.
Every once in a while, I would do a google search to try to research the thing. My usual search terms would be stuff like “cloak and dagger,” “Jack the Ripper” or “Dracula.” A general stab in the dark (pun intended) with no return.
When I’d remember I had it, I would bring it out to show guests and get their opinion as to what the hell it was. Finally, a friend of mine took what vague information she gathered and somehow found the exact porcelain figure had sold in an auction in 2007 for $660. Wow! Thanks, Meredith.
What I had was what seemed to be a fine porcelain figure from the 1930′s mystery radio show “The Shadow” which later became a character in mystery magazines.
Needless to say, after more procrastination, I contacted a dealer at the Hake’s auction house, sent it to them and waited for the auction to begin. Very nice people at Hake’s and some really cool items they find for their auctions. Take a look, but later on. Hake’s Americana Auction
Well, the auction ended today and maybe due to the bad economy, or soft market, or because I waited so long, it sold for a lesser amount than in 2007. That amount was $445. Not bad for the $12 it cost me, eh?
I’ll miss the little guy but, hey, now I can afford to buy 40 of them if I ever run across any more.
The Shadow’s catch phrase was “The Shadow Knows.” That’s good because I didn’t know what the hell he was.
Here’s a link to my closed auction: http://www.hakes.com/item.asp?Auction=206&ItemNo=113075