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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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  • 4
    Jun

Enjoy the Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men Bubble While it Lasts

[caption id="attachment_2520421" align="alignleft" width="217"] The Green Goblin “Gobby” super-rare that I sold for $45 almost as soon as I opened a 79¢ Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men booster pack. The red stripe under the text denotes its rarity.[/caption] Hey kid! You want to buy a Green Goblin card and a single, six-sided die for $45? Sure, I...

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  • 4
    Jun

Gomez Addams was the Original ‘Mantiques’ Collector

After talking with Eric Bradley—the author of the newly released book “Mantiques: A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff”—last week about mantiques and who collects them, I started thinking about who in popular culture had an affinity for the weird, manly stuff that fall in this collectibles category. I have only been able to come up with one character,...

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  • 4
    Jun

A True Southern Lady’s Lifetime Collection, Estate of to be sold at Auction

[caption id="attachment_2520360" align="alignright" width="300"] The lifetime collection and estate of the late Zoe Spedale—a socialite, true Southern lady and wife of a world-renowned surgeon, who appointed their spectacular Louisiana home (above) with the finest artwork, furniture and decorative accessories life had to offer, gathered quite literally from around the word—will be sold on Saturday, June 7, by Stevens...

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  • 3
    Jun

Porcelain Retrieved from 1690 Chinese Shipwreck to Highlight Auction

[caption id="attachment_2520355" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Chinese blue and white kangxi porcelain finger bowl with blue banding on interior, exterior with landscape with buildings and rocks, was purportedly recovered from the Vung Tau, a ship that sank off the coast of Vietnam in the late 17th century. Despite its history, it has a modest auction estimate, as it is expected...

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