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  • 29
    Jul

Durham Whiskey Fifth Bottle, One of Six Known, Hammers for $13,440 at Auciton

[caption id="attachment_2520801" align="alignright" width="263"] This Durham Whiskey western fifth bottle with embossed steer, made circa 1876-1882, one of six known, was the top lot at an Internet and catalog auction hosted by American Bottle Auctions. It hammered for $13,440.[/caption] SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A rare Durham Whiskey fifth bottle made between 1876 and 1882—one of maybe only six known—sold...

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  • 23
    Jul

Sam’s Piano from ‘Casablanca’ to Cross the Block this Autumn

[caption id="attachment_2520783" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Humphrey Bogart’s Rick Blaine stands by as Sam plays the piano in Rick’s Café American in the Hollywood classic “Casablanca.” That piano, one of the most famous in movie history, will be up for auction this November at Bonhams in the “No Place like Hollywood” auction.[/caption] One of the most iconic props from Hollywood’s...

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  • 22
    Jul

The Comic Speculator: Comics, and their Characters, They are a Changin’

[caption id="attachment_2520753" align="aligncenter" width="550"] All-New Captain America #1 cover by Stuart Immonen. Steve Rogers is stepping down and his good friend, Sam Wilson, will be the new Captain America.[/caption] The comic book world is constantly in flux. Characters die, characters return, good guys go bad and vice versa. It’s part of what brings readers back every month. In...

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  • 21
    Jul

Buyer of Chinese ‘Chicken Cup’ Racks up 422 Million American Express Reward Points

[caption id="attachment_2520747" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Chinese collector Liu Qiquan paid for $36-million to collect a rare Chinese “Chicken Cup” at Sotheby’s Hong Kong by putting it on his American Express Centurion Card, netting 422 million rewards points in the process.[/caption] Many of us plan our big, monthly purchases with rewards points in mind. Whether they are frequent flyer bonus...

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  • 20
    Jul

Chinese Export Silver Items Star in Recent Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Sale

[caption id="attachment_2520719" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The surprise leader of the Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ sale was this late 19th century Straits Chinese silver octagonal bowl and cover, intricately decorated with an engraved foliate motif and alternating side panels of a shrew amidst fruiting vines, a bird amidst bamboo, a dragon amidst floating clouds and a flowering shrub, all set...

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  • 17
    Jul

First Purely Islamic Coin—a Umayyad 77h Gold Dinar—to be auctioned in London

[caption id="attachment_2520738" align="alignright" width="300"] This exceptionally rare Umayyad 77h gold dinar is expected to sell for $250,000 to $310,000 on Aug. 6 when A. H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd. holds its upcoming Islamic Coin Auction.[/caption] LONDON – The first purely Islamic coin, an exceptionally rare Umayyad 77h gold dinar, is expected to draw in the numismatist on Aug....

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  • 17
    Jul

Subbuteo has been bringing Soccer Action to Enthusiasts’ Tabletops for 70 Years

[caption id="attachment_2520727" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Here they are, the 2014 U.S. Men’s National Team, in Subbuteo form, as they appeared recently in Brazil, featuring their home kit (uniforms). This set is custom made and currently sells for about $40 direct from the manufacturer.[/caption] So, the 2014 FIFA World Cup has ended and the Germans—undeniably the most organized team in...

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  • 16
    Jul

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: A Randolph Street Market Round-Robin Conversation

[caption id="attachment_2520779" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Shopping at the Randolph Street Market in Chicago.[/caption] In this edition of the Antiques Auction Forum, I host my annual round-robin conversation at the festive Randolph Street Market in Chicago with promoter Sally Schwartz, and antiques and collectibles experts Nena Ivon, Harry Rinker, Susan Klein Bagdade, Al Bagdade and Danielle Arnet, all addressing several issues...

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  • 15
    Jul

Babe Ruth’s First Major League Contract with Earns a Cool Million at Centennial Auction

[caption id="attachment_2520706" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The first round of the Babe Ruth Centennial Auction took place on July 12, exactly 100 years to the day Ruth played in his first professional baseball game.[/caption] The Babe Ruth 100th Anniversary Auction concluded its first session this past weekend and Ruthian collectors made their mark, spending $3.6 million for the first 100 or...

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  • 14
    Jul

Clayton Moore’s Lone Ranger Costume Rides off into the Sunset for $195,000

[caption id="attachment_2520700" align="aligncenter" width="475"] This Lone Ranger outfit worn by actor Clayton Moore wore when he made appearances as the character after retiring from television sold for $195,000 in an auction hosted by A & S Auction Company.[/caption] WACO, Texas – A Lone Ranger costume worn by actor Clayton Moore in the classic television series sold at auction...

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