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  • 20
    Oct

Archive Pertaining to the Doomed Ocean Liner Titanic to be Sold at Auction

[caption id="attachment_2500287" align="aligncenter" width="442" caption="This letter, handwritten on Titanic stationery and dated April 10, 1912 (five days before the sinking), will be among the items up for bid in a three-day auction facilitated by Phillip Weiss Auctions."][/caption] OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – A historically significant, museum-quality archive of material pertaining to the doomed ocean liner the RMS Titanic, which comes...

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  • 20
    Oct

Auction Report: 1906 Rock Island Railroad Reverse Glass Sign Nets $71,500

[caption id="attachment_2500279" align="aligncenter" width="491" caption="This 1906 Rock Island Railroad reverse glass train sign, measuring eight feet long and in the original frame, netted $71,500 in an auction facilitated by Showtime Auction Services."][/caption] ANN ARBOR, Mich. – An 8-foot-long 1906 Rock Island Railroad reverse glass train sign brought $71,500 at an auction held Sept.30-Oct. 2 by Showtime Auction Services,...

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  • 19
    Oct

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 10/19/2011

[caption id="attachment_2500263" align="alignright" width="197" caption="Key of Z #1 (of 4)(Cover B Tony Moore)"][/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...

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  • 17
    Oct

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Mexican Silver-Plated Silent Butlers, Marufuku Sakura Deck

QUESTION: I have a pair of individual silver-plated silent butlers. The basket-shaped body consists of woven metal strands. The top is a shallow oval ashtray with cylinder cups at three and nine o’clock. On the bottom of each basket is a rectangular plaque stamped with “TA- 01 / central circle surrounded by LOS CASTILLO TAXCO / HECHO EN...

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  • 17
    Oct

Weekly Arts, Antiques & Collectibles News Roundup: Oct. 17-21, 2011

(UPDATED DAILY; Thursday, Oct. 20 2:45 p.m.) In our weekly roundup of arts, antiques and collectibles, we learn not to mess with the 82-year-old owner of Armen Amerigian Antiques near Boston, that one of John Lennon’s teeth will be auctioned (removed pre-death) and of a couple of Superman-related stories . . . Boston Globe 82-Year-Old Store Owner Chases...

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  • 17
    Oct

Unloved Antiques: ‘Stradivarius’ Style Violins

[caption id="attachment_2500222" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="A violin with a label stating: “Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno, which was used a part of a marketing strategy, indicating the violin was designed after originals by Antonio Stradivari. It is worth, usually, around $75."][/caption] The twelfth item in this series of “Unloved Antiques” is the world-famous “Stradivarius Violins.” Nothing hits the popular-culture’s...

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  • 17
    Oct

Meet WorthPoint’s Über-Collectors: Rob Bertrand, Sports Memorabilia

[caption id="attachment_2500139" align="aligncenter" width="491" caption="Rob Bertrand, über-collectors, is building a 500 Home Run autograph collection. Here are his first 11 signed baseballs."][/caption] Passion, energy, excitement. The thrill of the hunt. It seems that everyone infected with the collecting bug shares these same traits! True enthusiasts—or “über collectors” —spend endless hours building their perfect collections and becoming experts in...

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  • 17
    Oct

Murphy’s Law: Not All That Folds is a Murphy

[caption id="attachment_2500243" align="alignright" width="195" caption="This is a nice example of a turn-of-the-century chifferobe. (LiveAuctioneers.com/Austin Auction gallery photo)"][/caption] Furniture can be quite cumbersome, especially in small quarters. Or even in big ones. In medieval times, the great room of an estate was a multifunction room, serving first as banquet hall then as recreation room. The banquet tables were merely...

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  • 17
    Oct

WorthPoint Founder & CEO Will Seippel on ‘Net Profits’ Radio Show Saturday, Oct. 22.

WorthPoint founder and CEO Will Seippel will be a guest on the radio show “Net Profits” on WXNT 1430 AM in Indianapolis from 9-10 a.m. EDT on Saturday, Oct. 22. While the show airs in the Indianapolis area, you can stream it live through the station’s website or listen to it via “Net Profits’” podcast. “Net Profits,” which...

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  • 13
    Oct

Extraordinary Collection of Clocks, Music Boxes & Instruments to have Buyers Singing

[caption id="attachment_2500180" align="alignright" width="300" caption="This 19th-century silver and gold gilt over bronze figural cartel clock, maker marked “Barbedienne & Cie.” (Paris) is just one of many clocks, music boxes and musical instruments that are part of a private collection that will be sold at auction on Saturday, Oct. 22, by Great Gatsby’s in Atlanta."][/caption] ATLANTA – An extraordinary,...

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