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Worthologist Steve Ellis: Netting rare lures(5/17/08)
A Japanese buyer walked into Steve Ellis’s shop, the Fishermen’s Spot, in Van Nuys, California, looking for fishing collectibles – particularly lures. The buyer came with bait – a half-inch stack of traveler’s checks, the one on top for $1,000.
Fred Taylor: The Furniture Hunter(5/11/08)
Fred Taylor’s career in furniture, furniture restoration, antiques and collectibles began when he and his wife, Gail, moved from a one-bedroom apartment to their first home in 1973 – a 2,000-square-foot house in Tampa, Florida. “We didn’t own a stick except a couple of bean bag chairs,” Taylor said. And so the hunt through yard sales and junk shops began.
When Cost Doesn’t Matter: The China Syndrome(4/27/08)
In the antique business, when cost doesn’t matter, prices soar and the market is chaotic.
In March, a white jade Chinese vase – valued at about $40,000 – went on the block at Elders Fine Art & Antiques and sold at auction by iGavel to an off-shore, Asian collector for $300,000.
Queen of Barbies: Meet Melissa Musselman(4/25/08)
When the Durham National Heritage Museum hosted a successful exhibition of Barbie collectibles in 2001, Melissa Musselman decided to take it to the next level. She tried to organize a national touring exhibition of the collectibles, which included the best items from 30 top Barbie experts.
Matt Braum: Saving comic books from Mom(3/17/08)
Matt Baum says he became a collector of comic books at the age of ten – when
his mother looked at the heap of comics littering his room and delivered an ultimatum: “You’ve got to pick these up … or I’m throwing them away.”