• 2
    Mar

Hammond Model S Chord Organs: The Non-Musician’s Instrument of Choice

[caption id="attachment_2519159" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Hammond Model S6 chord organ. The Model S organs were designed to have non-musicians “playing lovely organ music within 30 minutes.”[/caption] Americans value their leisure time. I know I do; it’s nice to have some time to spend however I see fit. My ancestors (yours, too, I suspect) worked all day and had...

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  • 28
    Feb

Back-Issue Comics Roundup – Original Art of Wolverine’s First Appearance to be Sold

In this week’s roundup, we’ll start with some amazing auctions this going on at your favorite comic book auction houses this week and then we’ll take a peek at some key comics that have direct connections to some of this week’s new releases. But first, be sure to strap into your extreme cold weather gear, because our adventure...

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  • 28
    Feb

Catherine the Great Owned the Ultimate Collection of Chinese Silver Filigree Works

中國出口銀器: 凱薩琳大帝來了 [caption id="attachment_2519060" align="aligncenter" width="555"] Catherine the Great inaugurating the new Imperial Academy of Art in 1765 at the Shuvalov Palace in St Petersburg; just another day at the office for her Imperial Highness.[/caption] Catherine the Great could never be called a simple girl; to do so would be a gross understatement of the reality that was...

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  • 27
    Feb

$10M ‘Saddle Ridge Hoard’ Gold Coin Treasure Rocks Numismatic World

[caption id="attachment_2519000" align="aligncenter" width="565"] 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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  • 26
    Feb

Rare and Exceptional Weapons to be had in Julia’s March Firearms Auction

[caption id="attachment_2518885" align="aligncenter" width="491"] One of the expected top lots James D. Julia’s upcoming Firearms Auction, slated for on March 10-12, is lot #2008—an extraordinary cased brace of Colt Model 1860 Revolvers—that once firearms belonged to Spanish General Don Carlos Garcia Tassara. They carry a a pre-sale estimate of $250,000 to $350,000.[/caption] FAIRFIELD, Maine – James D. Julia,...

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  • 26
    Feb

Borro offers Short-Term Asset Loans on High-End Art, Jewelry, Luxury Autos

[caption id="attachment_2518960" align="aligncenter" width="491"] Among the items Borro.com has taken in as collateral for a personal asset loan is this Andy Warhol print of Moa and a Fender Telecaster guitar.[/caption] For owners of high-end art, antiques, collectibles, jewelry and even luxury automobiles in need of fast cash, there is now a way to tap into some of those...

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  • 26
    Feb

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 02/26/2014

[caption id="attachment_2519012" align="alignleft" width="404"] Fantastic Four #1 (Jerome Opena Variant), 1:50 ($10-$12). The Fantastic Four gets another #1 this week, new red costumes and a new writer in James Robinson.[/caption] New Comics Roundup The Fantastic Four gets another #1 this week, new red costumes (I’m not crazy about the new look) and a new writer in James Robinson....

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  • 25
    Feb

Rinker on Collectibles: A 21st-Century Perspective on Collector Value

[caption id="attachment_2518952" align="alignright" width="300"] A “View of the Erie Canal” Historical Staffordshire Creamer, circa 1824, sold for $600 in an Internet auction on May 18, 2008. Wonder who bought it; a collector of Staffordshire, a collector of the Erie Canal or some other collector for some other reason.[/caption] The antiques and collectibles trade utilizes three basic monetary values—collector,...

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  • 25
    Feb

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Richard Wright on the Harry Bertoia Exhibit

[caption id="attachment_2518921" align="aligncenter" width="511"] The Harry Bertoia Sculpture: 15 Years at Wright exhibit is being held at the Wright gallery in New York. This exhibition showcases select works from Wright’s history of selling Bertoia at auction, alongside works never before offered on the market.[/caption] In this edition of the Antiques Auction Forum, Martin Willis speaks with Richard Wright...

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  • 25
    Feb

Combining Chinese Export Silver with other Metals was Rare, but Beautiful

中國出口銀器也玩重金屬 [caption id="attachment_2518976" align="aligncenter" width="571"] This bowl, made, circa 1890, by a Canton maker we only know as “C.L.,” incorporates copper in the shell of the crab, a rarity for Chinese Export Silver and an indication that it was commissioned.[/caption] It would be perfectly logical to expect Chinese Export Silver to be exactly what it says on the...

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