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  • 22
    Aug

Princess Doraldina 5-cent Fortune Teller Machine to Lead Arcade & Gaming Auction

[caption id="attachment_2520972" align="alignleft" width="379"] This Princess Doraldina coin-op fortune teller machine, made circa 1928 by Michael Munves, is expected to the lead the upcoming Fontaine’s Auction Gallery, set for Sept. 13. It carries a $12,000 to $15,000 presale estimate.[/caption] PITTSFIELD, Mass. – A coin-operated a Princess Doraldina 5-cent fortune teller machine, displaying a life size gypsy woman in...

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  • 21
    Aug

Mayhem at Chicago ANA; Gold Kennedy Half Dollar Changes Hands for $100,000

[caption id="attachment_2520962" align="alignright" width="215"] This is the first of its kind: a high relief proof gold Kennedy half dollar, struck in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the John F. Kennedy half dollar and contains ¾ oz. of 24kt gold.[/caption] Since its very inception some 50 years ago, the Kennedy half dollar remains for many a valued and...

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  • 19
    Aug

Hallowed Relics of the Gridiron on Display at New College Football Hall of Fame

In just a couple of weeks, large portions of the country will joyously shout out many of the following phrases, while many, many more will have no idea what they are talking about: [caption id="attachment_2520955" align="alignleft" width="300"] The top artifact in the new College Football Hall of Fame museum is the Illinois jersey worn by Red Grange.[/caption] “Roll...

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  • 19
    Aug

Bidding for Superman Premier Comic Soaring in eBay Auction

[caption id="attachment_2520842" align="alignright" width="300"] This copy of Action Comics #1 in 9.0 condition up for auction on eBay is currently at $1,950 million, indicating it will be the most expensive comic ever sold when the hammer comes down on Aug. 24. The current record for a comic book selling at auction is $2.16 million.[/caption] With five days left...

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  • 14
    Aug

Lost and Found Visuals: The Art and Value of Vernacular Photography

[caption id="attachment_2520936" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Collectors of found photography look for scenes from a bygone era with mini narratives to imagine.[/caption] The old photograph was pasted into a scrapbook and had crusty brown rubber cement seeping around the edges. The image was a little girl with a sneaky smile and dark bangs, peeking out of the paneled window of...

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  • 13
    Aug

When Seeking Advice on Antique Furniture, it’s Important to Manage Your Experts

In the identification and evaluation of antique furniture, almost everyone needs some help now and then, even the “experts.” No one can know it all, as the field is too vast and too interpretive for any one person to be the ultimate authority. So how do you rule in or out who you might think can help you?...

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  • 12
    Aug

Bill Watterson’s ‘Pearls Before Swine’ Panels net $74,000 for Parkinson’s Research

[caption id="attachment_2520916" align="aligncenter" width="550"] A detail of one of the working comic strip panels drawn by “Calvin and Hobbes” creator Bill Watterson for the “Pearls Before Swine” strip earlier this year that was up for sale at Heritage Auctions. This strip was the high-seller of the three, realizing $35,850.[/caption] DALLAS – The original artwork for the recent three-comic-strip...

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  • 8
    Aug

Sometimes a Flea Market is the Best Venue to Sell Your Household Goods

[caption id="attachment_2520901" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Flea markets, such as the Arundel Flea Market—which could be the best flea market in Maine—offers a place for people to sell things that would not be efficient or worth the time on eBay.[/caption] I have been selling on eBay since eBay has been in existence. But sometimes, depending on what you’re selling, there...

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  • 8
    Aug

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Emily Susanin and the Chicago Auction World

[caption id="attachment_2520911" align="alignright" width="152"] Emily Susanin[/caption] In this edition of the Antiques Auction Forum, I talk with Emily Susanin of Susanin’s Auctioneers & Appraisers for some insight on the Chicago auction world, educating one’s self in the auctions and appraisals trade and the fun one can have dealing with interesting people and the pieces they’d like to consign....

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  • 7
    Aug

Need Something to Cuddle? One Woman’s Collection of 1,100 Teddy Bears up for Auction

[caption id="attachment_2520885" align="aligncenter" width="550"] A large grizzly bear on wheels appears to be protectively watching over a group of more traditional stuffed bears, all of which will be auctioned on Sept. 19 by the Norman C. Heckler & Company. The bears, some 1,100 in all, come from the one-woman collection of Charlotte “Chotsie” Lefevre, so amassed them over...

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