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  • 12
    Nov

Only ‘Double’ RAF Distinguished Flying Cross Awarded to Indian Pilot under Gavel

[caption id="attachment_2521359" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The medals and other items belong to Roy Air Force Squadron Leader Karun Krishna “Jumbo” Majumdar, including the only “Double” Distinguished Flying Cross awarded to an Indian pilot, will go on auction on Nov. 26 at Morton & Eden in London. Majumdar is considered the “Father of the Indian Air Force.”[/caption] LONDON – The...

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  • 7
    Nov

American Estates are Gaining Momentum: Will Yours Keep Pace?

Freedom of speech; freedom of religion; freedom to peaceably assemble. The American Bill of Rights was created as a framework for American Society. But the real gem created by the Founding Fathers—the one that truly separated American society from British society—isn’t part of the Social Studies curriculum of any American public school. The hidden gem? Determining how wealth...

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  • 7
    Nov

Comics Speculator: McFarlane-Signed Amazing Spider-Man #300 Cover Art to be Sold

[caption id="attachment_2521354" align="alignleft" width="266"] The original cover art for Amazing Spider-Man #300 (Marvel, 1988), by drawn and signed by Todd McFarlane, is hitting the block at Heritage Auctions on Nov. 20-22. This issue introduced the character Venom.[/caption] This week on the Comic Speculator we’re taking a look at a couple of stories bouncing around the Internet that will...

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  • 6
    Nov

‘Stay Extraordinary’ Coke Bottles may be Unique, but are they Collectible?

[caption id="attachment_2521339" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Coca-Cola recently launched a Diet Coke ad campaign in Israel with two million unique bottle designs in a kaleidoscope of colors and patterns. Are these automatically collectible or valuable?[/caption] When Coca-Cola of Israel announced it was packaging more than two million bottles of Diet Coke, each in a differently patterned shrink-wrap coating, I thought...

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  • 30
    Oct

Curse You, Red Baron! Rare Snoopy Flying Ace Sunday Strip up for Auction

[caption id="attachment_2521327" align="aligncenter" width="550"] This “Red Baron'” Peanuts comic strip, hand-drawn by Charles Schulz, appeared on Sunday, Jan. 1, 1967 and featuring Snoopy and Charlie Brown. The 15-panel “Peanuts” strip is currently up for auction at Nate D. Sanders Fine Autographs & Memorabilia and carries an $80,000 minimum bid.[/caption] An extremely rare original comic strip featuring Snoopy as...

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  • 29
    Oct

Starting a Vintage Halloween Collection not a Scary Proposition

[caption id="attachment_2486828" align="alignright" width="209"] Some of the earliest versions of commercial jack-o-lanterns were pressed cardboard with a tissue-paper face from the 1910s and 1920s.[/caption] Halloween, as we know it today, became popular in the United States in the late 19th century when a flood of Irish and English immigrants brought a renewal of interest in the study of...

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  • 28
    Oct

Auction Buyer Beware: Ivory Hazardous to Your Financial Health

[caption id="attachment_2521321" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Romanian Art Deco sculptor Demètre Chiparus perfected the technique of combining bronze and ivory known as chryselephantine, as illustrated in “Leopard Dancer,” which sold for $213,808 at Christie’s. This piece, made in 1928 and sold with provenance showing its age and origin, may pass muster under current ivory laws, but many (most?) auction houses...

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  • 28
    Oct

Three Ghostly Board Games that are both Collectible and Great for the Kids

Being a dad with two small children, Halloween has thankfully been reclaimed from the netherworld of “adult” fun that generally includes binge drinking and embarrassing “sexy” costumes. For our household, it’s back to the good old traditions of trick-or-treating, carving Jack O’ Lanterns and watching stacks of Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff DVDs while on a massive candy...

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  • 28
    Oct

When Preparing a Table for a Ghoulish Party, Decorate with Halloween Glass

[caption id="attachment_2507960" align="alignright" width="300"] A Murano Berkeley House iridescent ghost sculpture would make the perfect centerpiece for a spooky Halloween table setting.[/caption] Creepy crawlers and things that go bump in the night are always welcome this time of year. Halloween is right around the corner. Ghosts and goblins yelling “Trick or Treat,” carved pumpkins illuminated on the porch...

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  • 28
    Oct

Horror Comic Books: When Bad Things Happen to Good (and Bad) People

[caption id="attachment_2507772" align="alignright" width="301"] Crime SuspenStories No. 22 (April-May 1954), whose Johnny Craig-penciled cover shows a man holding a bloody ax and a woman’s severed head and was used prominently in the Congressional hearings that led to EC’s demise.[/caption] Horror comic books, like horror movies, aren't for everyone. I think you have to be a little bit twisted...

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