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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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  • 14
    Jul

Jacques Littlefield’s Collection of Tanks and other Historic Military Vehicles Auctioned

[caption id="attachment_2520692" align="aligncenter" width="550"] More than 100 tanks and other military vehicles from the collection of Silicon Valley engineer Jacques Littlefield, including this World War Two Sherman tanks, were sold at an auction facilitated by American Auctions and held on Friday and Saturday, July 11-12.[/caption] PORTOLA VALLEY, Calif. — Collectors from around the world said “tanks a lot”...

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  • 14
    Jul

How to Find the Value of a Rare Book without Auction Records

[caption id="attachment_2520677" align="aligncenter" width="550"] “Elementi teorico-pratici di musica con un saggio sopra l’arte di suonare il violino,” by Francesco Galeazzi, published in 1791-1796. “Elementi teorico-pratici” was an important 18th-century treatise on music theory and education, with a fascinating section on violin technique.[/caption] When you’re determining the value of a rare book, one of the first places to look...

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  • 14
    Jul

EBay & Sotheby’s Partner to Bring World-Class Art, Collectibles to Global Audience

[caption id="attachment_2520685" align="aligncenter" width="550"] While there are some listings for fine art lots on eBay now, such as this Cubist tempera painting of a still life signed “Pablo Picasso,” which is being for sale for $200 by a seller in Croatia, eBay’s new partnership with international auction Sotheby’s will mean that hundreds of lots of fine art will...

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