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  • 1
    Jun

Saving the World: How to Restore Antique and Vintage Globes

Globes were initially engraved or painted directly on spherical shells. In the late 16th century, globe-makers began printing maps and pasting them onto round shells made of solid wood or hollow wood stuffed with layers of paper. Some were made of blown glass, marble or metal. The maps were divided and cut into panels (gores) with curved sides...

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  • 28
    May

Protecting Your Sole Proprietor Estate Assets in the Case of Unexpected Death

You’ve worked long and hard to build your business. You have a great reputation, strong cash flow, a solid asset base, and reliable employees. You operate “lean and mean” as a sole proprietorship. You may be a car mechanic, consultant, plumber, eBayer, building contractor, landscaper, professional or other entrepreneur. [caption id="attachment_2523000" align="alignright" width="300"] If you own a sole...

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  • 22
    May

$25.3-Million Pogue Coin Collection Sale is Numismatic History in the Making

I have been involved in the numismatic field for more than four decades. In that time, I’ve had the privilege to catalog common coins and rarities, analyze the U.S. coin market via public and private sales, and maintain one of the most respected price guides and newsletters for U.S. coins. In the course of a year, hundreds of...

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  • 22
    May

Golden Age of Illustrations Works bring Record Prices

Today, a Norman Rockwell painting can sell for more than an Edward Hopper oil. Rockwell’s “Saying Grace” sold in December or 2013 for $46 million, a record price. Other Rockwells are selling in the millions—“After the Prom” sold at Sotheby’s for $9.1 million in May 2014. “The Rookie” sold at Christie’s in May 2014 for $22.5 million. As...

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  • 20
    May

As the need for Estate Liquidation Companies rise, so does the need for Estate Sale Licensing

The headline of the consumer complaint post was brash: “They literally stole our whole house: they sold $42,527 worth of items and gave us a check for $1,682.” The details of this homeowners’ plight were tragic: he had been “ripped off” by an estate sale company. According to the story on ripoffreport.com (specific company/client has been redacted due...

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  • 18
    May

WorthPoint Sells Online Marketplace GoAntiques.com to Gemr

In a move designed to streamline its information data business, WorthPoint has announced the sale of its GoAntiques.com online marketplace to Gemr.com, a social marketplace for collectors. WorthPoint founder Will Seippel, who acquired GoAntiques in 2008, said the sale only included the online dealer mall. WorthPoint is keeping everything acquired with GoAntiques that has to do with data...

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  • 13
    May

The California Gold Rush’s Effect on Chinese Silver and Hong Kong

加州淘金热对中国银器和香港的影响 The more it is researched, the more Chinese Export Silver is shown to be by far the most complex and diverse silver category. It is virtually impossible to pick up an item of this silver without it being far more than what its outward appearance conveys. Picking up a piece of Chinese Export Silver is tantamount to...

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  • 8
    May

Five Steps to Take When the Liquidation Company Says No

It’s a common occurrence: an executor calls an estate sale company to provide an estimate for liquidating an estate’s personal property and the liquidation company says “no thanks.” Why does this happen, and what can an executor do when it does? It happens because liquidating an estate’s personal property can be a monumental job, and there has to...

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  • 5
    May

Comics Speculator: ‘Avengers Age of Ultron’ Turns Back-Issue Spotlight on The Vision

Summer is here! It might not feel like it where you are, but trust me, “Avengers Age of Ultron,” the first of this summer’s comic-book-movies, opened last Friday. So, yes, summer is here. And, like all the Marvel movies before it, “Age of Ultron” had a massive $187,656,000 opening. So, to critics who are whining about super-hero-movie-fatigue: you’re...

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  • 1
    May

Toys on Parade: Collectible Playthings are anything but Child’s Play

Collectors looking to bringing back childhood memories of Mickey Mouse, Barbie, Popeye, trains, banks, robots and much more will have several opportunities this month as a number of toy auctions are scheduled for May. Morphy’s Auction will be hosting a toy auction on May 30-31 in Denver, Pa., featuring a robot collection, rare European toys as well as...

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