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  • 13
    Dec

In Christmases Past, Wicker Made the List

[caption id="attachment_2517517" align="alignleft" width="282"] Add a few millennia and you'll find the historical roots of this Victorian wicker sleigh.[/caption] In the past, Christmas was a much simpler time, and the emphasis was more on family, church and 
community rather than the monumental gift extravaganza it is today. Then, money was often
 tight and credit cards were a thing...

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    Dec

Back-Issue Comics Roundup – Dr. Fate’s Collection & the ‘Apocalypse’ Tweet

[caption id="attachment_2517498" align="alignright" width="281"] Dr. Fate’s Fantastic Four #1 (Marvel, 1961) sold for $60,000.[/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each week’s hot new comics and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide to...

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    Dec

Ask A Worthologist: The Giant, Menacing, Department Store Santa

[caption id="attachment_2517523" align="alignright" width="177"] Boo![/caption] Dana H. had a bit of a scare in the loft of an old carriage house on a gloomy day, a property she and her husband were thinking of buying. The sun breaking through a window cast a shadow of a large man standing behind her. Spinning about, it turned out to be...

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    Dec

Modern Sports Card Collecting Terms and Definitions

[caption id="attachment_2517404" align="alignleft" width="300"] A "sticker" autograph card bears the player or personality's autograph on a sticker affixed to the card, rather than "hard-signed" or "on-card."[/caption] If you are new to the hobby of collecting sports cards, or perhaps you are a returning collector reengaging with a childhood pursuit. Maybe you are considering giving sports cards as Christmas...

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  • 12
    Dec

Standing on Ceremony: Huabiao Pillars reworked as Amazing Silver Columns

中國出口銀器: 講究禮儀 [caption id="attachment_2517468" align="alignright" width="321"] These silver huabiao are the first I’ve ever encountered. They were made by a Beijing silversmith by the name of Bao Xiang, a silversmith I have to say I’ve never previously encountered, yet obviously a silversmith of significant skill.[/caption] Chinese culture is so enriched with allegorical imagery that one could almost say...

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  • 11
    Dec

Norman Rockwell’s ‘Saying Grace’ Achieves $46M at Sotheby’s American Art Auction

[caption id="attachment_2517451" align="aligncenter" width="479"] “Saying Grace,” which was voted by The Saturday Evening Post readers as their favorite cover, prompted an intense bidding war between two determined phone bidders who competed for more than nine minutes—an eternity at an auction—for the painting, which eventually sold for $46,085,000, a record for a Rockwell painting.[/caption] NEW YORK – Norman Rockwell’s...

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    Dec

1792 George Washington-Signed U.S. Federal Bond Sets World Record Price

[caption id="attachment_2517441" align="aligncenter" width="525"] This George Washington-signed U.S. federal bond from 1792 set a new world record price for a U.S. scripophily item at $265,500 (including an 18-percent buyer’s premium) was the highlight of two-day, two-session catalog and Internet sale held Oct. 19 and 22 by Archives International Auctions.[/caption] FORT LEE, N.J. – A historic U.S. federal bond,...

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    Dec

Lots of Diamonds, Jewelry and Watches in Many Price Points Highlight A.B. Levy’s Sale

[caption id="attachment_2517454" align="alignright" width="166"] This very fine diamond and platinum necklace, set with 300 round and brilliant cut diamonds and weighing about 8.45 carats, is estimated to bring between $100,000 and $150,000 in Dec. 15 at A.B. Levy’s in the firm’s West Palm Beach gallery.[/caption] WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – More than 200 lots of dazzling diamonds, jewelry...

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    Dec

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 12/11/2013

[caption id="attachment_2517425" align="alignleft" width="323"] Lunita #1, $3.99. A new drug on the streets is tapping into the supernatural and it’s going to take a witch and a DEA agent to stop it. Gorgeous art here by Sergi San.[/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each...

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  • 10
    Dec

It’s All In the Marks: O.C. White Articulated Lamp

[caption id="attachment_2517366" align="alignleft" width="300"] This design for the articulated arm of this O.C. White Co. began as an improvement for dental headrests.[/caption] The lamp pictured with its multi-articulated arms almost looks like something out of a modern "steampunk" design studio, but it in fact dates back to the early years of the 20th century. This lamp bears the...

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