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  • 1
    May

28-Carat Kashmir Sapphire sets Price-Per-Carat Record at Sotheby’s Auction

[caption id="attachment_2520107" align="alignright" width="244"] This exceptional, 28.18-carat Kashmir sapphire and diamond ring sold for $5,093,000 on April 29 at Sotheby’s, setting a new world auction record price per carat for any sapphire. The final gavel price works out to works out to $180,731 per carat.[/caption] NEW YORK – An exceptional, Kashmir sapphire and diamond ring sold for $5,093,000...

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  • 1
    May

Great Finds: Rare Babe Ruth Poster Found in Wall of Demolished House

[caption id="attachment_2520089" align="aligncenter" width="243"] This 14- by 22-inch poster is believed to be the only surviving poster from a scheduled exhibition game featuring Ruth at Lexington Park in St. Paul, Minn., on June 16, 1926. (Photo: Heritage Auctions)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2520090" align="aligncenter" width="285"] Babe Ruth, who played his first Major League baseball game 100 years ago this summer, continues...

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  • 30
    Apr

Never Pay Retail Again: 10 Tips to become a Savvy Estate Sale Shopper

[caption id="attachment_2520050" align="aligncenter" width="566"] If you think about it, a local garage sale is usually just the stuff around the house someone no longer wants and not the entire contents of a house, as found at an estate sale.[/caption] Looking for something rare, collectible and maybe one of kind? Visit a local estate sale. According to EstateSales.net, there...

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  • 30
    Apr

Great Finds: A Doorstop in England turns out to be Carved Chinese Pot Worth £150K

[caption id="attachment_2520087" align="alignright" width="300"] A Chinese pot made from rare Zikan wood sold for £150,000 ($207,000) at Sworders auction house in England during a special Chinese Asian Arts Sale. The woman who owed the pot had used it as doorstop for the last 40 years. (Photo: Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers)[/caption] Quick, go check your doorstops. A woman in...

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  • 28
    Apr

Former NFL Head Coach Jerry Glanville to Offer Football, Racing Collectibles in Living Estate Sale

[caption id="attachment_2520033" align="alignright" width="254"] Former head NFL coach and NASCAR owner and driver Jerry Glanville will be holding a living estate sale on May 15-17 at his lake house in Dawsonville, Ga.[/caption] ATLANTA – Jerry Glanville, the former head NFL coach and NASCAR owner and driver, will be holding a living estate sale on May 15-17 at his...

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  • 22
    Apr

The Zen of Collecting: 8 Tips for Building a Better Collection

[caption id="attachment_2519998" align="alignright" width="289"] An early 20th-century zen-like scroll painting on silk, signed and seal-marked, depicting two fishermen in a mountain landscape. It sold at Eldred’s Auctioneers & Appraisers for $150 in 2006.[/caption] “Knowledge is power,” a quote attributed to Sir Francis Bacon, is the watchword of collecting and one reason WorthPoint is such a valuable resource: With...

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  • 22
    Apr

‘Thrift Hunters’ Star to Speak to Congress about Internet Sales Tax Issues

[caption id="attachment_2520008" align="aligncenter" width="464"] “Thrift Hunters” co-star and Thrifting with the Boys founder Jason T. Smith (left) with U.S. Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) during the Small Business Fly-in/Advocacy Day of the U.S. of eBay held in 2012. Smith will be talking with senators and U.S. representatives on April 30, 2014, about the issue of Internet sales tax as...

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  • 21
    Apr

An Open Love Letter to that Big, Green, City-Smashing Hunk, Godzilla

[caption id="attachment_2519972" align="alignright" width="295"] I have been in love with Mattel’s Godzilla figures since I watched my cousin Todd a 24-inch Godzilla during Christmas, 1979. My life would never be the same.[/caption] I remember it like it was yesterday. Flashback with me to Christmas, 1979. Every Christmas there are toys that dominate the shopping season, but this one...

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  • 17
    Apr

The Search for Christian and Easter Rarities in the World of Chinese Export Silver

中國出口銀器: 復活節的珍寶 Christianity has had a presence in China since the Tang Dynasty, including a significant influential Jesuit network, as well as Protestant missionaries, many of whom were Scottish. Yet, despite the long history, surviving Chinese Christian religious artefacts are extremely rare. During Passion Week and Eastertide, we explore this complex and at times violent history as well...

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  • 15
    Apr

The Great Restoration Debate: Should You Rebind or Recover Your Collectible Books?

[caption id="attachment_2519893" align="aligncenter" width="507"] The spines and corners of these books show bumps, frays and tears. An expert book restorer can repair these imperfections with very good results.[/caption] Book restoration can make a damaged book look much better, but it is expensive. Restoration is a sound decision for a family heirloom, like an 18th-century bible filled with generations...

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