Celebrity encounters in the antiques business, part III

Andy Griffith and Don Knotts

Andy Griffith and Don Knotts

I used to have a shop in the Manhattan Arts & Antiques Center on Second Avenue in New York City in the 1980s.  One day my wife, Lia, was in the shop.  I met her as she was leaving and I was coming into the center.  I asked if anything had happened and she replied “Some old man was looking in the shop and was interested in a lamp.”  I opened the shop and a few minutes later, Andy Griffith walked into the shop with a younger woman.  He was the old man.  My wife has never been very good at recognizing celebrities.  One day, she was talking to Eli Wallach at a show and told him he looked familiar.  She asked him if he were a relative.

Andy Griffith was interested in a small Pairpoint puffy lamp that he purchased.

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