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  • 25
    Feb

Rinker on Collectibles: A 21st-Century Perspective on Collector Value

[caption id="attachment_2518952" align="alignright" width="300"] A “View of the Erie Canal” Historical Staffordshire Creamer, circa 1824, sold for $600 in an Internet auction on May 18, 2008. Wonder who bought it; a collector of Staffordshire, a collector of the Erie Canal or some other collector for some other reason.[/caption] The antiques and collectibles trade utilizes three basic monetary values—collector,...

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  • 25
    Feb

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Richard Wright on the Harry Bertoia Exhibit

[caption id="attachment_2518921" align="aligncenter" width="511"] The Harry Bertoia Sculpture: 15 Years at Wright exhibit is being held at the Wright gallery in New York. This exhibition showcases select works from Wright’s history of selling Bertoia at auction, alongside works never before offered on the market.[/caption] In this edition of the Antiques Auction Forum, Martin Willis speaks with Richard Wright...

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  • 25
    Feb

Combining Chinese Export Silver with other Metals was Rare, but Beautiful

中國出口銀器也玩重金屬 [caption id="attachment_2518976" align="aligncenter" width="571"] This bowl, made, circa 1890, by a Canton maker we only know as “C.L.,” incorporates copper in the shell of the crab, a rarity for Chinese Export Silver and an indication that it was commissioned.[/caption] It would be perfectly logical to expect Chinese Export Silver to be exactly what it says on the...

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  • 25
    Feb

It’s Got a Good Beat and You can Dance to It: ‘American Bandstand’ Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2518938" align="alignright" width="275"] Dick Clark knew that teenagers of the late 1950s and early ’60s had disposable income and provided a stream of “American Bandstand” merchandise for them to buy. Now, that merchandise is a hot collectible for Baby Boomers.[/caption] Promotional merchandise has become such a part of American media marketing that many new movies launch simultaneously...

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  • 24
    Feb

Stolen-Art Recovery Services: When Do Finder’s Fees Become Blackmail?

[caption id="attachment_2518826" align="aligncenter" width="517"] Camille Pissaro’s "Le Quai Malaquais, Printemps" (1906) was looted by Nazis from an Austrian family in 1940. Surviving family members say Art Loss Register located the painting for free, but it would not reveal the location until its owners agreed to a hefty “finder’s fee.” (Photo: Christie's)[/caption] The Art Loss Register, a for-profit company...

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  • 24
    Feb

Iconic Sports Memorabilia Reach Impressive Numbers at Platinum Night Auction

[caption id="attachment_2518907" align="aligncenter" width="204"] This watch, awarded to Babe Ruth after the New York Yankees defeated the New York Giants in the 1923 World Series, gaveled for $717,000.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2518908" align="aligncenter" width="240"] The back of the Babe Ruth watch. The tradition of awarding elaborately decorated rings to World Series champions has not yet been established in 1923.[/caption] This...

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  • 21
    Feb

NBA All-Star Weekend’s 2014 Jam Session Collectibles Guide

[caption id="attachment_2518925" align="alignright" width="300"] The NBA has also produced some limited edition collectibles for the 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend’s NBA Jam Session, including this multi-colored commemorative basketball.[/caption] Even if you weren’t able to make it to New Orleans for the 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend, collectors will still have the opportunity to score some great collectibles and commemorative pieces...

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  • 20
    Feb

Back-Issue Comics Roundup – Great Gold- and Silver-Age Original Art Up for Bid

[caption id="attachment_2518847" align="aligncenter" width="193"] Original Fred Guardineer cover page from Action Comics #15.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2518848" align="aligncenter" width="177"] Original Frank Miller page from issue #2 of the Dark Knight Returns.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2518849" align="aligncenter" width="182"] Neal Adams original Batman cover for issue #210.[/caption] This week in the Back Issue Roundup, we start with some amazing auctions going on at your...

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  • 19
    Feb

Auction of Civil War Items and Reenactment of the Battle of Okolona Slated for Feb. 22

[caption id="attachment_2518763" align="alignleft" width="289"] A reenactment of the Battle of Okolona in Mississippi—a victory for the Confederates in 1864 and one that stemmed the tide of advancing Union forces—will be part of a three-day slate of activities that will include an on-site auction to be held Feb. 22 in Okolona by Stevens Auction Company. This past October, Stevens...

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  • 19
    Feb

Items from Dinosaur Fossils to Rock ‘N’ Roll Memorabilia Offered at Philip Weiss Sale

[caption id="attachment_2518774" align="alignright" width="178"] For Beatles memorabilia, it doesn't get much better than George Harrison's personal fur coat.[/caption] LYNBROOK, N.Y. – A record album signed by Lou Reed and Andy Warhol, a fur coat owned and worn by George Harrison, an 1812 British presentation sword with scabbard, the original Groucho Marx secret-word duck from the TV show “You...

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