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  • 17
    Jun

Back on Top: World’s Most Valuable Stamp Expected to Set Fourth World Record

[caption id="attachment_2520469" align="aligncenter" width="550"] A humble, dirty and heavily postmarked 1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta stamp is set to become the world’s most valuable stamp—for the fourth time—when it goes up for auction tonight at Sotheby’s.[/caption] A humble, dirty and heavily postmarked 1-cent stamp from 19th-century British Guyana is set to become the world’s most valuable stamp—for the...

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  • 16
    Jun

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Brother Arnold on Shaker Furniture and History

[caption id="attachment_2520770" align="alignright" width="189"] An example of a Shaker chair.[/caption] In this edition of the Antiques Auction Forum, we are honored to host one of the three surviving Shakers, Brother Arnold, who discusses the history of the Shakers, their way of life and the objects they crafted, which are treasured by collectors from coast to coast. This podcast...

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  • 16
    Jun

Rare World Cup Game Brings Soccer’s Premier Tourney to Your Tabletop

[caption id="attachment_2520461" align="alignleft" width="300"] Shaun Derrick’s The World Cup Game, published in 2006 by Games for the World. The giant referee and penalty flags on the cover symbolize how much bad officiating has influenced the “history of the greatest football tournament.”[/caption] The 2014 FIFA World Cup is underway in Brazil and for fans of the Beautiful Game worldwide—which...

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  • 11
    Jun

Militaria Spanning Multiple Wars, Generations to Cross Block at Mohawk Arms Sale

[caption id="attachment_2520373" align="alignright" width="300"] This monumental German Second World War Reichstag National Culture Gobelin tapestry, measuring 11 feet, 10 inches by 10 feet, 2 inches, is expected to be the top lot in Mohawk Arms’ Auction #71, a live and internet auction that ends June 13-14. It carries a presale estimate of $25,000.[/caption] BOUCKVILLE, N.Y. – A spectacular...

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  • 10
    Jun

Prospecting and the Evolution of Rookie Card Collecting

[caption id="attachment_2520451" align="alignright" width="211"] A rookie card used to be easy to identify. This 1952 Topps card is Mickey Mantle's rookie card, and being so, makes it the most valuable of the Mantle cards.[/caption] Collecting baseball cards of your favorite rookie players has changed drastically over the last several years. Today, a player’s first officially licensed trading card...

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  • 10
    Jun

Dr. Bode Collection of Worldwide Banknotes to Highlight International Paper Money Show

[caption id="attachment_2520386" align="alignright" width="307"] The IPMS Show has been held in Memphis (the Paper Money Capital of the World) since 1977.[/caption] MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Dr. Richard Bode Collection—an astounding compilation of worldwide banknotes ranging from the earliest known currency from China’s Ming Dynasty (1388-1664) all the way up to modern-day polymer notes—will be the featured exhibit at...

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  • 9
    Jun

Jacqueline Kennedy Letters Pulled from Auction Raises Questions of Ethics, History

[caption id="attachment_2520427" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Photographs and transcripts of these letters, written by Jacqueline Kennedy from 1950 to 1964, appeared in The Boston Globe on May 13, 2014. (Photo: Sheppard's Irish Auction House)[/caption] When published lots are abruptly taken off the auction block, there is usually controversy involved. That is certainly true of a recent cancellation that involved a...

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  • 9
    Jun

Asian Carvings, Works of Art to Lead Elite Decorative Arts Sale

[caption id="attachment_2520368" align="aligncenter" width="500"] This large, 19th-century Chinese porcelain screen consisting of four main panels, 38 ½ inches by 46 ¾ inches overall, is expected to realize between $30,000 and $40,000 or more at the Elite Decorative Arts’ upcoming Fine Asian Carvings & Works of Art Auction, slated for June 14.[/caption] BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – A large and...

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  • 5
    Jun

Chinese Export Silver and the Enlightened Renaissance

[caption id="attachment_2520447" align="aligncenter" width="575"] The Empress Dowager Cixi led China through a cultural and artistic renaissance.[/caption] Chinese Export Silver always adapted to the realities of Chinese history. It was, after all, a product of that history, as such, that it has qualities that no other silver category possesses. Viewed in the overall context of China, it is an...

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  • 4
    Jun

John Lennon Drawings & Manuscript Sale Fetches $2.9 Million—Twice High Estimate

[caption id="attachment_2520436" align="aligncenter" width="600"] “Untitled Illustration of a Four-Eyed Guitar Player,” a black ink drawing penned by John Lennon, realized $109,375—the highest price paid for a drawing in the John Lennon: ‘You Might Well Arsk’: Original Drawings and Manuscripts, 1964-65 auction held at Sotheby’s on June 4.[/caption] The single-owner auction, John Lennon: ‘You Might Well Arsk’: Original Drawings...

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