• 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 Secret Japanese Art of Kintsugi Brings Beauty to Breakage

[caption id="attachment_2515413" align="alignleft" width="300"] This small vase was repaired using kintsugi, the ancient Japanese method of using powdered metal and lacquer to bond broken items together.[/caption] Break a favorite antique? Instead of throwing it out or gluing it together, there is an alternative. Kintsugi, a traditional Japanese method of repairing ceramic, glass and other materials, means “gold repair”...

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  • 13
    May

加州淘⾦金热对中国银器和⾹香港的影响

深⼊入研究发现,中国外销银是⺫⽬目前看来最复杂和最多样的银类品种。⽆无法任取⼀一 件这种银器物⽽而知其然,其内涵传递的信息远⽐比其外观要多。拾⼀一件外销银如同握⼀一 颗⼿手榴弹,其中满裹着各种历史、⽂文化和艺术价值,随时准备引爆⽽而揭开⼀一个个秘密。.   然⽽而中国外销银背负着⼀一个⻓长达50年或更⻓长时期的错误命名,从没有给予它⼀一个 接近真相的适合头衔,其需求与产⽣生并⾮非物如其名。尽管在18世纪末⾄至1840年这60多 年的时间⾥里,当时⼀一⼤大批重要的新古典银出现显然是为了“出⼝口市场”⽽而制作,多数银 ⾸首先因此⽽而⽣生产,⽽而后另外⼀一些产品则是供国内消费,以旅居中国的⻄西⽅方居民或新兴 中国的中产阶级为主。 仅在最近⼤大量的勘校性研究后发现,⼀一些被⻄西⽅方认为是“制造者”⾝身份的⼈人,实际 上并不是制造者,他们是零售银匠或零售商,其银制品仅是其中⼀一种特别商品。鉴定 银器标识背后的⼈人物,在这时空中,经常能够带⼈人进⼊入⼀一个⽆无法预料的旅程,其中这 样⼀一个银器标识就是⾹香港的“Chong Woo(⻓长和)”。 具有“⻓长和”标识的银器总为稀缺品,可往往与优质产品⽆无关,但是此银器标识⼜又 没有特别明确的样式。该标识能够追溯到英国殖民统治早期(具体⽽而⾔言是1849年 起),这清楚地表明曾有⼈人懂得严格控制银器的⼯工艺与样式质量。 与许多中国零售银匠标识⼀一样,“⻓长和”之名完全是虚构的名称,该标识背后的真 实⼈人物是招⾬雨⽥田(Chiu Yu Tin,常称招成林),他是⾹香港岛最早的移民者之⼀一,仅14 岁⼩小⼩小年纪就去到那⾥里谋⽣生。他出⽣生在南海县⼀一个贫苦的家庭,该县距⼲⼴广州不远。有趣的是,许多重要的⼲⼴广州零售银匠来⾃自佛⼭山南海县。招⾬雨⽥田可能与银匠世家有某些密 切联系。 但是我们所知道的是在1849年,招⾬雨⽥田赚到了⾜足够的钱能够让其开展奢侈品⽣生 意,并且在1853年的⾹香港名录中显⽰示他是⼀一位承办商或“中国⼩小⼯工艺品”⽅方⾯面的商⼈人。1849年在美国历史上也是⼀一个吉祥年,詹姆斯·∙⻢马歇尔(James Marshall)第⼀一次在当 时苏特锯⽊木⼚厂中(Su@er's Sawmill)发现了⾦金⼦子,也就是今天称之为萨克拉曼多的地 ⽅方,距离三藩市不远。 我们也很快知道在⾹香港运营开启后的1851年,来⾃自⾹香港的“华⼈人⻓长和(Chinaman Chungwoo)”的商品进⼊入到美国三藩市的海关记录条⺫⽬目中,包括总价值为426美元的 茶、丝及其他多种品⺫⽬目,船运⾄至于三藩市的三个独⽴立商⼈人。后来船运的货物也包括有 漆器、银器、家具、围⼱巾、床罩,甚⾄至还有⼥女鞋。 [caption id="attachment_2523377" align="aligncenter" width="600"] ⾹香港在1842年成为了英国殖 民地,当时三藩市的⼈人⼝口有 ⼤大约200⼈人。直到1854年⾹香港拥有2.5万⼈人⼝口,淘⾦金热的⼀一年后的1850年,三藩市拥有相当的⼈人⼝口数量。[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2523378" align="aligncenter" width="600"] ⾹香港和三藩市在视觉上具有着 离奇的相似度,可⻅见于1840年末这两个新⽣生城市——⾹香港港⼝口[上左图] 与三藩市港⼝口的绘画中[左图]。[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2523379" align="alignright" width="287"] 招⾬雨⽥田95岁时肖像[/caption] “长和”船运货物的价值在1850年代急 剧上涨,特别是当鸦片成为常规货物运 载至美国。招雨田当时可能还年轻,但 是他从商却是使用当时典型的中国贸易 策略。他创建了一个“联号”网络 —— 一连串可信赖的商人而他们又常常源自 同一家族或为同乡。这样的贸易链条有 着复杂的所有权结构,许多方面不无相 似,从而形成一个合作或相互的团体, 各成员管其账目,并由同一个组织者或 主要持股人赚取保费,这里则是指招雨 田。...

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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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  • 30
    Apr

WorthPoint’s Worthopedia Grows by 24 Million New Pieces of Sales & Auction Data

WorthPoint, the Internet’s largest resource for identifying and finding the value of subscribers’ art, antiques and collectibles, has announced that it has just added more than 24 million pieces of art, antiques and collectibles sales results to its Worthopedia™ database, bringing the total to more than 264 million. The new sales data—24,503,288 individual sales records collected from November...

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  • 23
    Apr

Gemr Brings Online Communities to Disparate Collectors and their Collections

Whether the objects of someone’s collection are well-known—such as comic books or vintage firefighter helmets—to the more esoteric, like a Sneakerhead’s collection of Air Jordan basketball shoes, the website Gemr has brought like-minded enthusiasts together to learn, share and show-off their collection, as well as put buyers in touch with possible sellers to help improve and increase collections. Gemr, which...

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