• 14
    Mar

Chinese Export Silver Offers a Cabinet Full of Charming Curiosities

中國出口銀器: 珍奇百寶屋 [caption id="attachment_2519383" align="aligncenter" width="423"] This pounce was made by Tu Mao Xing of Tientsin (Tianjin) towards the end of the 19th century. Pounce is a fine powder made from powdered cuttlefish bone or very fine pale sand used to dry ink after writing a letter or calligraphy.[/caption] Sometimes I have to pinch myself; I must be...

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  • 12
    Mar

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 03/12/2014

[caption id="attachment_2519356" align="alignleft" width="300"] Magnus Robot Fighter Vol 4 #1 Midtown Exclusive Anacleto Variant, $10.[/caption] New Comics Roundup A lot of first issues are debuting this week, beginning with Returning #1 at BOOM!, featuring Zombies in the future. That is followed by the return of Beasts of Burden at Dark Horse, as well as a bunch more DC...

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  • 11
    Mar

Bidders Can Travel around the World of Antiquities at Artemis Gallery’s Auction

[caption id="attachment_2519350" align="alignleft" width="300"] This Egyptian Diorite conical offering bowl, circa 3050-2686 B.C., carries a presale estimate of $5,000 to $8,000. It will be up for auction at Artemis Gallery LIVE on March 14.[/caption] BOULDER, CO – Artemis Gallery LIVE will get the jump on the Ides of March with an auction of fine antiquities, Pre-Columbian, Far Eastern,...

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  • 11
    Mar

Rinker on Collectibles: A Tribute to America’s Attics (At Least to those that still Remain)

[caption id="attachment_2519346" align="aligncenter" width="461"] What’s in your attic, um, assuming you have an attic?[/caption] America’s attic as a storage and living space is an endangered species. Although every home has an attic, less than 15 percent of modern homes have an attic with sufficient ease of access to store things, let alone hide, play or live in it....

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  • 11
    Mar

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: The $10-Million Gold Coin Hoard Find

[caption id="attachment_2519341" align="aligncenter" width="502"] The finest-known example of the 1866-S “No Motto” Type I $20 Liberty was the gem out of the some 1,400 gold coins found by a Northern California couple buried on their property. The coin could claim more than $1 million at auction. The overall value of the “Saddle Hill Hoard” treasure is roughly $10...

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  • 11
    Mar

St. Patrick’s Day: Another Excuse to Collect!

[caption id="attachment_2519307" align="aligncenter" width="555"] The traditional St. Patrick’s Day postcard, dating back to 1910, are quick to find, even online, and will set you back just a couple of dollars. They’ll feature an idealized view of Ireland, featuring scenery, shamrocks, caricatures (red hair and freckles, always) and almost cartoon-y phrases.[/caption] As an Irish person—living in Ireland—let me relay...

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  • 11
    Mar

Muscle Car Music: Collecting those Icons of the ’70s, 8-Track Tapes

To garage-salers and flea market buffs, they seem to be everywhere. Most folks walk right by boxes full of them with their nose in the air and an attitude of indifference. For collectors, though, boxes of unwanted 8-track tapes are pure gold. Monthly sales of 8-track tapes number in the thousands on eBay, with prices sometimes exceeding $100...

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  • 11
    Mar

Sports Collectibles News & Notes: More Trouble for ‘King of Sport Memorabilia’

[caption id="attachment_2519300" align="aligncenter" width="441"] Collector Howard Rosing is suing William Mastro alleging that in 1998, 1999 and 2001, he and a business partner deliberately misrepresented the value of baseballs autographed by Baseball Hall of Famers Henry Chadwick, Mickey Welch, Jack Chesbro and Frank Chance. Rosing paid $130,369 through MastroNet Auctions that ended up being forgeries. This Mickey Welch...

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  • 11
    Mar

Collector’s Minute: Cybis Ticonderoga Carousel Horse Bicentennial Collectible

[caption id="attachment_2519296" align="alignleft" width="291"] This Cybis Bicentennial Ticonderoga Carousel Horse currently sells at auction in the $200-$300 range or more.[/caption] Since the mid-1800s, the production of commemorative items to celebrate anniversaries of historical events, births and deaths of celebrities, presidents and kings and queens has been a huge business. During the run-up to and during these events there...

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  • 11
    Mar

Early American Influence on the British Music Scene, U.K. Rock ’N’ Roll Posters

[caption id="attachment_2519327" align="aligncenter" width="530"] “Jailhouse Rock” UK Quad poster 1957. Elvis promoted Rhythm and Blues further with this influential movie. (Photo: rockpopmem.com)[/caption] When we think of iconic 1960s rock bands, the likes of British artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who & Led Zeppelin all come to mind. However, these bands did not just emerge...

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