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  • 22
    May

Golden Age of Illustrations Works bring Record Prices

Today, a Norman Rockwell painting can sell for more than an Edward Hopper oil. Rockwell’s “Saying Grace” sold in December or 2013 for $46 million, a record price. Other Rockwells are selling in the millions—“After the Prom” sold at Sotheby’s for $9.1 million in May 2014. “The Rookie” sold at Christie’s in May 2014 for $22.5 million. As...

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  • 20
    May

As the need for Estate Liquidation Companies rise, so does the need for Estate Sale Licensing

The headline of the consumer complaint post was brash: “They literally stole our whole house: they sold $42,527 worth of items and gave us a check for $1,682.” The details of this homeowners’ plight were tragic: he had been “ripped off” by an estate sale company. According to the story on ripoffreport.com (specific company/client has been redacted due...

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  • 18
    May

WorthPoint Sells Online Marketplace GoAntiques.com to Gemr

In a move designed to streamline its information data business, WorthPoint has announced the sale of its GoAntiques.com online marketplace to Gemr.com, a social marketplace for collectors. WorthPoint founder Will Seippel, who acquired GoAntiques in 2008, said the sale only included the online dealer mall. WorthPoint is keeping everything acquired with GoAntiques that has to do with data...

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  • 13
    May

The Secret Japanese Art of Kintsugi Brings Beauty to Breakage

[caption id="attachment_2515413" align="alignleft" width="300"] This small vase was repaired using kintsugi, the ancient Japanese method of using powdered metal and lacquer to bond broken items together.[/caption] Break a favorite antique? Instead of throwing it out or gluing it together, there is an alternative. Kintsugi, a traditional Japanese method of repairing ceramic, glass and other materials, means “gold repair”...

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  • 13
    May

The California Gold Rush’s Effect on Chinese Silver and Hong Kong

加州淘金热对中国银器和香港的影响 The more it is researched, the more Chinese Export Silver is shown to be by far the most complex and diverse silver category. It is virtually impossible to pick up an item of this silver without it being far more than what its outward appearance conveys. Picking up a piece of Chinese Export Silver is tantamount to...

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  • 8
    May

Five Steps to Take When the Liquidation Company Says No

It’s a common occurrence: an executor calls an estate sale company to provide an estimate for liquidating an estate’s personal property and the liquidation company says “no thanks.” Why does this happen, and what can an executor do when it does? It happens because liquidating an estate’s personal property can be a monumental job, and there has to...

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  • 5
    May

Comics Speculator: ‘Avengers Age of Ultron’ Turns Back-Issue Spotlight on The Vision

Summer is here! It might not feel like it where you are, but trust me, “Avengers Age of Ultron,” the first of this summer’s comic-book-movies, opened last Friday. So, yes, summer is here. And, like all the Marvel movies before it, “Age of Ultron” had a massive $187,656,000 opening. So, to critics who are whining about super-hero-movie-fatigue: you’re...

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  • 1
    May

Toys on Parade: Collectible Playthings are anything but Child’s Play

Collectors looking to bringing back childhood memories of Mickey Mouse, Barbie, Popeye, trains, banks, robots and much more will have several opportunities this month as a number of toy auctions are scheduled for May. Morphy’s Auction will be hosting a toy auction on May 30-31 in Denver, Pa., featuring a robot collection, rare European toys as well as...

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  • 30
    Apr

WorthPoint’s Worthopedia Grows by 24 Million New Pieces of Sales & Auction Data

WorthPoint, the Internet’s largest resource for identifying and finding the value of subscribers’ art, antiques and collectibles, has announced that it has just added more than 24 million pieces of art, antiques and collectibles sales results to its Worthopedia™ database, bringing the total to more than 264 million. The new sales data—24,503,288 individual sales records collected from November...

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  • 23
    Apr

Gemr Brings Online Communities to Disparate Collectors and their Collections

Whether the objects of someone’s collection are well-known—such as comic books or vintage firefighter helmets—to the more esoteric, like a Sneakerhead’s collection of Air Jordan basketball shoes, the website Gemr has brought like-minded enthusiasts together to learn, share and show-off their collection, as well as put buyers in touch with possible sellers to help improve and increase collections. Gemr, which...

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