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  • 18
    Dec

Tintin Drawing Sets World Record for Original Hergé Comic Artwork

It’s not every day that a crayon drawing fetches more than a half-a-million dollars at auction (don’t start pulling your kids drawings off the fridge yet), but that’s exactly what happened last weekend. An extremely rare 1939 original comic by celebrated European artist Hergé (Belgian Georges Remi) featuring Tintin and his loyal dog, Snowy, sold for $673,468 at...

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  • 17
    Dec

The 12 Days of Christmas as Represented by Steiff Stuffed Animals

By Rebekah Kaufman So what is your favorite Christmas carol? For many people, that just might be “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” the cumulative-style song first published in England in 1780. Did you know that the 12 days of Christmas actually begin on Christmas Day and last through Jan. 5? This special time is also known as Christmastide,...

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  • 16
    Dec

Christmas Movie Posters: A Yuletide Collectible Category

By Mike Bloomfield Some of our strongest memories of Christmas involve movies, either those that evoke the very ethos of Christmas or others which have a Christmas like theme. Often, the movies we associate with Christmas can be very personal. Posters for Christmas movies vary in collectability and in the genre in which they are based. With the...

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  • 15
    Dec

Victorian Trash for Christmas: A Fine Pin Cushion Doll

By Bram Hepburn For almost 40 years, I have been on my hands and knees, digging through trash. It is to the point where more people know me by my “a.k.a.” name—The Downeast Digger—than by my actual name. It started innocently enough, as my older brother towed my sister and me out in the trailer of our old...

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  • 12
    Dec

Novelty, Sentimental Value make Santa Claus Trading Cards and Sets worth Collecting

By Rob Bertrand Santa Claus is an iconic figure the world over and, as such, has been used to market everything from laundry detergent to Coca-Cola. It should come as no surprise, then, that he, too, has been paid the ultimate tribute by being immortalized on cardboard. Through the years, Santa has been the subject of many a...

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  • 11
    Dec

Christmas Music Albums, Sheet Music Offer Great Holiday Collectibles

By Barbara Sutton-Smith Bah Humbug! That was Ebenezer Scrooge's iconic attitude to Christmas, and Christmas carols were definitely not music to his ears. But if Scrooge would have known what kinds of profits were to be found in holiday music, he’d be sound asleep on Christmas Eve with visions of dollar signs dancing in his head. Christmas music...

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  • 10
    Dec

Dining with Antiques – Christmas Rosettes, those Favorite Nordic Christmas Treats (with Recipe)

In the 1840s and 1850s, northern Europe experienced a wave of crop failures and food shortages that resulted in a flood of immigration to the United States. Scandinavian settlers brought with them the tradition of making an assortment of delicious Christmas cookies using open fireplaces and cast iron implements. Over time, cultures blended into America’s melting pot and...

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  • 9
    Dec

Postcard Time Machine: Christmas—The Way it Never Was

By Bonnie Wilpon These days, I hear people bemoaning the commercialization of the holiday season. At least once during Black Friday, there’s a tale on the news of a shopper being trampled by a thundering horde galloping toward a big sale. But in the wonderful world of postcards, there are never any arguments or disagreements, worries about money...

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  • 4
    Dec

‘Registered in R.I.’ License Plate is a Real Diamond Found in the Rough

By Andy Bernstein Last year, at the beginning of the holiday season, I received an e-mail from a young lady by the name of Nancy who dabbles in antiques and collectibles and frequents estate sales. What immediately caught my attention was the attached photo of a small, white-on-black porcelain license plate with the words “Registered in R.I.” at...

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  • 3
    Dec

The Iconic Eames Lounge Chair; Is that One Real or Fake?

The Eames model 670 lounge chair and 671 ottoman are undoubtedly the most recognizable pieces of mid century modern furniture and the most copied. The 670 lounge set was designed by Charles and Ray Eames; the famous husband-and-wife team that literally changed the course of commercial design starting in the early 1940s. The lounge chair was designed in...

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