• 8
    Jan

The $1.99-Million Dime: 1894-S 10-Cent Piece Sells in Tampa Auction

[caption id="attachment_2525526" align="aligncenter" width="605"] If anyone finds another 1894-S Barber Dime, Heritage Auctions wants to know about first and is offering a reward of $10,000 just to authenticate it.[/caption] DALLAS – An 1894-S Barber Dime, the finest known, realized $1,997,500 at auction on Jan. 7, 2016 as the centerpiece of Heritage Auctions’ Platinum Night event at the Florida...

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  • 8
    Jan

Nailed It! Dime Struck on a Nail Brings $42,300 at Auction

Spectacular mint error brings impressive price realized in spirited bidding in Heritage Auctions Tampa, FL Florida United Numismatists (FUN) Convention auction TAMPA – A singular and spectacular U.S. Mint error coin—a Roosevelt Dime struck on a zinc-coated sixpenny nail and graded MS65 PCGS—sold for $42,300 on Jan. 6, 2016, in Heritage Auctions’ Florida United Numismatists (FUN) U.S. Coins...

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  • 8
    Jan

What You Really Have To Touch When You Buy

[caption id="attachment_2525519" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Most people are more comfortable buying from an auction catalog sight-unseen than through an online offering.[/caption] “I will not buy it unless I can touch it and see it” is among the most common reasons given for not buying antiques and collectibles online. The rationale predates the internet. Individuals who refused to buy objects...

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  • 6
    Jan

Is That Old Circus Poster You Found Authentic or a Reproduction? More Answers

Nearly seven years ago I wrote my first article for WorthPoint—“Is That Old Circus Poster You Found Authentic or a Reproduction?”—a guide to help identify circus poster reproductions. Ever since, I have been receiving e-mails with comments about that article and questions about posters readers have found. Hopefully, I can answer or clarify some of those questions. [caption...

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  • 5
    Jan

Step into My Parlor … and Sit in the Correct Chair

[caption id="attachment_2525510" align="aligncenter" width="400"] These two chairs from a Renaissance Revival parlor set of the 1870s illustrate the difference in the gentleman’s chair (left) and the lady’s chair (right) in the overall size, the arrangement of the arms and the size and height of the back. (Flomaton Auction photo)[/caption] One of the most frequently seen arrangements of seating...

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  • 4
    Jan

Telling Between Real and Reproduction Cherry Blossom Depression Glass

Cherry Blossom is just one of the hundreds of Depression glass patterns produced. It happens to by my favorite so it’s the easiest to write about for me! [caption id="attachment_2482775" align="aligncenter" width="420"] The reproduction Cherry Blossom butter dish is on left—the actual butter dish is on right.[/caption] Cherry Blossom was produced by the Jeannette Glass Co., located in...

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  • 24
    Dec

‘The Night Before Christmas,’ Auctioneer’s Style

’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the hall Not a customer was stirring, they were all at the mall; The prints were hung on the easels with care, In hopes that Dealers all would be there; The Dealers were nestled in that draughty old shed, While visions of Stickley and Roycroft danced in their heads; And...

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  • 23
    Dec

WorthPoint Integrates Marks Database, Digital Library into Core Website

WorthPoint.com, the Internet’s largest resource for identifying and finding the value of subscribers’ art, antiques and collectibles, has just added a valuable researching tool to suite of products that will allow subscribers access to thousands of marker’s marks, as well as a digital library of historic price guides and reference books on antiques and collectibles. The new marks...

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  • 23
    Dec

Important Collection of Unknown Louis Prang Ephemera Discovered

[caption id="attachment_2525390" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A collection of ephemera relating to Louis Prang—the “Father of the American Christmas Card”—include his passport, numerous documents and photographs related to his family genealogy, early art and printed examples from his firm, a poem by his wife addressed to Prang, a printed “List of Prang’s Creations” dated Sept. 1, 1870, and a unpublished...

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  • 23
    Dec

Circus Christmas Cards — A Colorful Big Top Collectible

[caption id="attachment_2525306" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Roland Butler was working on the design for the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. card when he died in 1961. The design was used for many years after his death.[/caption] During the Christmas season, circuses are typically at winter quarters preparing for another year on the road. Circus owners have always been alert to use any...

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