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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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  • 10
    Dec

The Antique Turkey Platter: Rarely Used Dish Could Pay for Christmas and then Some

[caption id="attachment_2517319" align="alignleft" width="300"] This Staffordshire platter depicts the State Arms of Pennsylvania and is an early 19th-century piece by an unknown maker. As it is a very rare example, it sold for $26,000 in 2010.[/caption] It’s that time of year where family heirlooms are dragged out of their hiding places in china cabinets and buffets to serve...

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  • 9
    Dec

Silversmith Wang Hing didn’t have Breakfast at Tiffany’s!

宏興沒去過蒂芬尼吃早餐! [caption id="attachment_2517261" align="aligncenter" width="523"] Audrey Hepburn from "Breakfast at Tiffany's." For almost 30 years there has been a widely held view that the most prolific of the Chinese Export Silver makers, Wang Hing, was an acknowledged supplier of silver wares to the New York-based luxury goods company Tiffany & Company. But is it true. I now believe...

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  • 9
    Dec

Bob Dylan’s Historic Newport Stratocaster to Soars to Nearly $1 Million, a Guitar Record

[caption id="attachment_2517281" align="alignright" width="291"] Bob Dylan’s 1964 Fender Stratocaster that he played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival brought $965,000 at auction, including buyer’s premium.[/caption] As comedian Don Adams used to say in his 1960-s TV comedy show Get Smart: “I missed it by this... much,” Christie’s appraisers had estimated that Bob Dylan’s 1964 Fender Stratocaster would bring...

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  • 9
    Dec

Vintage Cookbooks: Time Traveling In the Kitchen

[caption id="attachment_2517286" align="alignleft" width="300"] The "War Meal" and suggestions that wives making vegetable compound would reduce in "far fewer childless homes" offer glimpses into the past.[/caption] I am a book lover, and collector and cookbooks are a large part of my collection. There is just something endearing and comforting about old cookbooks. At a glance, you can tell...

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  • 9
    Dec

Bigger on the Inside: Fifty Years of Doctor Who Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2517372" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Since 1963, 11 performers have portrayed the time-traveling Doctor. With the exit of current lead Matt Smith (far right), actor Peter Capaldi will inherit the role.[/caption] It was 50 years ago last month that a U.K. television program originally aimed at children would first flicker onto TV screens and become not only a British...

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  • 6
    Dec

Auction Report: Pepsin Gum Dispenser Takes Top Lot at Antique Sale

[caption id="attachment_2517251" align="alignleft" width="126"] A Pepsin Gum embossed tin dispenser, a coin-op taking one penny for gum and fortune sold for $57,000.[/caption] ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A rare antique Pepsin Gum embossed-tin dispenser, coin-operated to accept one cent for gum and to tell a fortune, sold for $57,000 at an auction held Oct. 4 through 6 by Showtime...

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  • 6
    Dec

The Comic Speculator Back Issue Roundup – Superman-JFK Pages, Hollywood News

[caption id="attachment_2517236" align="alignright" width="306"] Action Comics #252 (DC, 1959)[/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 Comics (OVST), Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and...

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  • 5
    Dec

New Auction Record for Edward Hopper Painting Set at Christie’s, $40.5 Million

[caption id="attachment_2517209" align="aligncenter" width="494"] Edward Hopper’s “East Wind Over Weehawken” sold for $40,485,000 on Dec. 5 in Christie’s sale of American Art in New York, setting a record auction price for a work by the prominent American realist painter.[/caption] NEW YORK – Prominent American realist painter Edward Hopper’s “East Wind Over Weehawken” sold for a world-record auction price...

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  • 5
    Dec

E. Howard No. 68 Floor Standing Astronomical Regulator Clock Soars to $277,300

[caption id="attachment_2517216" align="alignright" width="205"] This E. Howard & Co. No. 68 floor standing astronomical regulator sold for $277,300 at an antique clock auction held Nov. 23 by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery, a record price for this kind of clock at auction.[/caption] PITTSFIELD, Mass. – An E. Howard & Company No. 68 floor standing astronomical regulator clock descending over the...

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