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  • 8
    Apr

Non-Profits Turn to Antique Appraisal Days for Fundraising Help

[caption id="attachment_2519800" align="alignright" width="410"] Ray Zyla from Mohawk Arms checks out a pair of antique rifles during the Catskill Educational Foundation’s benefit Antiques Appraisal Day. The event was a success, raising $1,400.[/caption] The folks in Catskill, N.Y., had been looking for a new kind of fundraiser to augment their school district’s ever-tightening budget. Their new solution? Old things....

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  • 7
    Apr

Annual ISA Summer Conference to Focus on Scholarship and Business Development

CHICAGO – Author and gallery director Michael Findlay will deliver the keynote address at the International Society of Appraisers (ISA), which will also feature a broad range of distinguished antiques and fine art speakers at its annual meeting, this year slated for April 25-28 at the InterContinental at the Plaza in Kansas City, Mo. Findlay, director of Acquavella...

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  • 2
    Apr

Keene Marlboro Street Glassworks Sunburst Snuff Jar Gavels for $57,330 at Auction

[caption id="attachment_2519785" align="alignleft" width="212"] This sunburst snuff jar, made between 1815 and 1830 at the Keene Marlboro Street Glassworks in New Hampshire, sold for $57,330, making it the top lot at a Norman C. Heckler & Company’s Internet auction that closed on March 26.[/caption] WOODSTOCK, Conn. – A sunburst snuff jar made between 1815 and 1830 at the...

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  • 31
    Mar

Guernsey’s Guitar Auction Could Rewrite Investment Guitar Market Thinking, Prices

[caption id="attachment_2519765" align="aligncenter" width="213"] This Martin OM-45 deluxe model serial #42125 could set the record for highest-selling guitar at auction on April 2, when it crosses the block at Guernsey’s in New York.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2519766" align="aligncenter" width="230"] Roy Rogers bought a Martin OM-45 deluxe model for $30 before he was Roy Rogers. It eventually sold for 460,000 in...

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  • 31
    Mar

Radar O’Reilly’s Teddy Bear from ‘M*A*S*H’ TV Show Hammers for $14,000

[caption id="attachment_2519758" align="aligncenter" width="475"] The Teddy bear owned by the Radar O’Reilly character (right) on the hit TV show “M*A*S*H” sold for more than $14,000 at auction on March 27.[/caption] When a “national treasure” prop or costume from an iconic Hollywood movie or television show becomes available at auction, it can make headlines, especially among auction watchers, memorabilia...

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  • 31
    Mar

Buyers to Get a Crack at Rockwell’s Iconic ‘The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room)’

[caption id="attachment_2519777" align="aligncenter" width="466"] Norman Rockwell’s 1957 illustration “The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room)” carries a pre-sale estimate of $20 to $30 million, the highest estimate ever for Rockwell at auction.[/caption] NEW YORK – Norman Rockwell’s iconic baseball painting “The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room)” will be included in Christie’s May 22 sale of American Art. The work,...

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  • 26
    Mar

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 03/26/2014

[caption id="attachment_2519726" align="alignleft" width="283"] Silver Surfer #1 (Francesco Francavilla Variant), 1:50 ($12-$15)[/caption] New Comics Roundup It’s another huge week for comics and if you don’t know what you’re doing, you might end up running from your local comic shop screaming! Boy, you’re lucky I’m here for you and ignoring my wife while writing about comics. This week Crossed...

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  • 25
    Mar

Rinker on Collectibles: Why Is the Antiques Trade So Reluctant to Change?

In response to a Rinker on Collectibles Q & A column, Audrey Bell, owner of Gallery 18 Ltd., New London, Prince Edward Island, Canada, sent me an e-mail which read: in a “Q& A column you say, ‘Given the increasing role played by Internet searches for individuals wishing to sell antiques and collectibles, a specialized dealer who does not...

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  • 25
    Mar

Extra! Extra! Newspaper Movie Posters Take You to Where the Action Is

[caption id="attachment_2519661" align="aligncenter" width="450"] “Deadline – U.S.A”. (20th Century Fox, 1952) was released as “Deadline” in the U.K. This British quad-style poster (30 inches by 40 inches) sold for $418.25 in a sale of movie memorabilia at Heritage Auctions a year ago.[/caption] From cinema’s earliest days, newspapers offered the movies heroes, heroines and a visual shorthand it used...

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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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