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    • Apr 16 2008
    • 16 Apr 2008

    Terminology II: What is Rare?

    In the world of collecting, like in anything else, there’s a language used by insiders. From video gamers to traders in the stock market, talking the talk can be half the battle.

    • Apr 15 2008
    • 15 Apr 2008

    Terminology Part I: What is Antique?

    In the world of collecting, like in anything else, there’s a language used by insiders. From video gamers to traders in the stock market, talking the talk can be half the battle.

    Whether collecting is your hobby or your profession, knowing how to navigate “collector speak” is a useful tool of the trade.

    • Feb 26 2008
    • 26 Feb 2008

    The American Girl Doll

    Collecting dolls is a popular pastime among females young and old. From Raggedy Ann to Barbie, dolls are a part of growing up and often remain a part of the home through collections. A doll that has really made a splash in the media recently is the American Girl Doll.

    • Feb 23 2008
    • 23 Feb 2008

    Diminutive Audio Equipment as Collectible

    Musical toys are some of the most sought-after audio equipment in avant garde music genres. This phenomenon has made primitive, electronic instruments into collectibles. In addition to the sheer novelty of collecting poor quality, low-fi objects, the idea of toy keyboards from the eighties as collectibles speaks to the high-speed rate of progress in audio.

    • Feb 11 2008
    • 11 Feb 2008

    Shareable Collections

    By nature people collect and accumulate based on need – food, clothing, and friends, for example, are necessary items that we gather and hold onto because we need them to get by. We also collect things we’d prefer to avoid, like bills, wrinkles, and worries. Sometimes we keep things when we’d do better to get rid of them; things that clutter our living space or our minds.

    • Feb 5 2008
    • 5 Feb 2008

    Magna Carta For Sale

    Recently, a historical document made big news when it surpassed all estimates at auction. Sotheby’s conducted the sale of the sole, privately owned copy of […]

    • Jan 30 2008
    • 30 Jan 2008

    Tools of the Trade

    While sailors, carpenters, doctors, masons, and farmers all have tools designed specifically for their needs, spies and detectives seem to have the best tools. Like James Bond or Sherlock Holmes, you too can have a set of tools that will help you be a sleuth – as a furniture, art and decorative arts detective.

    • Jan 30 2008
    • 30 Jan 2008

    Gone in 45 seconds…

    Everyone is fascinated by the auctioneers’ chant and wonders, “What do they do when they’re not selling items at auction? Do they have a real job? They only work 4 to 8 hours a week! They really have it easy!”

    Today’s auctioneer is far more involved in the making and breaking of an auction and the company’s success than you could ever imagine.

    • Jan 28 2008
    • 28 Jan 2008

    Legacy at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Did you know the country’s most prestigious art museum, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, doesn’t charge an entrance fee?

    • Jan 27 2008
    • 27 Jan 2008

    Movie and Television Merchandise as Collectibles

    The box office tally isn’t the whole story of a film’s profit margin – “It’s the merchandise, silly.” So says Mel Brooks in his 1987 science fiction parody Spaceballs, as his character displays merchandise from the film – within the film – including bed sheets and a cereal box.