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  • 25
    Mar

Chinese Export Silver: The 19th-Century Phenomenon Equivalent to the iPad!

[caption id="attachment_2519683" align="alignright" width="300"] This silver gilt cup is Chinese, straddling the Sung and Tang dynastic periods. While there are some recognizably Chinese decorative motifs, the overwhelming influences are still veering more towards the Sassania. But the important fact of this particular object is that it was made in China and the silver technique is clearly influenced by...

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  • 24
    Mar

Connor’s Corner: My Next Estate Sale features Great Hollywood Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2519711" align="alignleft" width="153"] Connor McCrory[/caption] I am Connor and I am in 3rd grade. I live near Hollywood—I can walk to Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network—and live less than a five-minute drive from Disneyland, Warner Brothers and NBC TV Studios. This is why a lot of the collectibles and antiques that I find here are related to TV...

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  • 24
    Mar

Going Out Like a Lamb: Steiff’s Sheep Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2519650" align="alignleft" width="223"] Perhaps the best-known Steiff lamb of all is Steiff’s Lamby lamb. This pattern is standing, unjointed and made from white wool plush. This pattern was produced as “Lamb” from 1949 to 1954 and as “Lamby” from 1954 through 1976.[/caption] As the end of March quickly approaches, it’s hard not to think of the old...

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  • 24
    Mar

Wrestling Fans Covet Collectibles of the Squared Circle

[caption id="attachment_2519570" align="alignleft" width="231"] Vintage pro-wresting magazines and autographs garner top dollar from collectors, especially from superstars like Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan.[/caption] The combination of athletic prowess, strength, theatrics and showmanship that create the world of professional wrestling has given rise to a host of collectible opportunities through the years. While professional wrestling has existed for...

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  • 24
    Mar

Unloved Antiques: Cavalier Cedar Chests

[caption id="attachment_2519565" align="aligncenter" width="526"] This Cavalier cedar chest, in the waterfall design circa 1920, may be loved for its family history but with tens of millions produced for the last 100 years, collectors aren't so crazy about them.[/caption] Some items, even if in good shape and approaching the magical 100-year mark that turns a “vintage” item into an...

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  • 20
    Mar

Estate Sale Misidentification Almost leads to Melting of $33M Fabergé Egg

[caption id="attachment_2519617" align="aligncenter" width="491"] The Third Imperial Easter Egg, made by Carl Fabergé was nearly melted down for scrap value following a series of misidentifications. Only chance saved it, changing from a white elephant to $33-million treasure for a Midwestern scrap dealer. Until its recent rediscovery, it was among eight of the original 50 Imperial Fabergé Eggs lost...

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  • 19
    Mar

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 03/19/2014

[caption id="attachment_2519599" align="alignright" width="242"] Ghost Rider is a week late but finally here and … driving a car? All-New Ghost Rider #1 (Smith Variant) 1:25 ($8-$10).[/caption] New Comics Roundup Get ready for new comic day, kids, because there’s a ton of stuff to take home: Antarctic Entertainment kicks it off with 16-Bit Zombies #1; BOOM! has a comic...

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  • 18
    Mar

Attempts to Build LEGO Board Games take the Fun out the Construction Toy System

[caption id="attachment_2519516" align="aligncenter" width="500"] A great example of a really bad LEGO board game. At least Time Cruisers came with around 40 actual LEGO parts.[/caption] In case you didn’t get the memo, “The LEGO Movie” is awesome. It’s a celebration of the perennially popular Danish construction toy and the particular culture of LEGO building, playing, and collecting. References...

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  • 18
    Mar

Freeman’s Continues to Expand to D.C., The Midwest and California

[caption id="attachment_2519502" align="alignright" width="218"] Matt Wilcox has been hired by Freeman’s to develop new business in Washington, D.C., and the lower mid-Atlantic region. He is also a Worthologist for fine art.[/caption] PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Freeman’s Auctioneers & Appraisers—America’s oldest auction house, founded in Philadelphia in 1805—is continuing to expand by successfully launching regional offices in Boston and Charlottesville,...

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    Mar

Sotheby’s S|2 Gallery to host Selling Exhibition of Niki De Saint Phalle ‘Nana’ Sculptures

[caption id="attachment_2519483" align="alignright" width="258"] Niki de Saint Phalle’s “Nana” (painted marble) stands a monumental 75 inches tall, making it one of the largest Nana figures ever created by the artist. A marble Nana of this magnitude has not been offered on the market in decades.[/caption] NEW YORK – Sotheby’s will present a selling exhibition of works by Niki...

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