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  • 21
    Apr

An Open Love Letter to that Big, Green, City-Smashing Hunk, Godzilla

[caption id="attachment_2519972" align="alignright" width="295"] I have been in love with Mattel’s Godzilla figures since I watched my cousin Todd a 24-inch Godzilla during Christmas, 1979. My life would never be the same.[/caption] I remember it like it was yesterday. Flashback with me to Christmas, 1979. Every Christmas there are toys that dominate the shopping season, but this one...

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  • 17
    Apr

The Search for Christian and Easter Rarities in the World of Chinese Export Silver

中國出口銀器: 復活節的珍寶 Christianity has had a presence in China since the Tang Dynasty, including a significant influential Jesuit network, as well as Protestant missionaries, many of whom were Scottish. Yet, despite the long history, surviving Chinese Christian religious artefacts are extremely rare. During Passion Week and Eastertide, we explore this complex and at times violent history as well...

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  • 15
    Apr

The Great Restoration Debate: Should You Rebind or Recover Your Collectible Books?

[caption id="attachment_2519893" align="aligncenter" width="507"] The spines and corners of these books show bumps, frays and tears. An expert book restorer can repair these imperfections with very good results.[/caption] Book restoration can make a damaged book look much better, but it is expensive. Restoration is a sound decision for a family heirloom, like an 18th-century bible filled with generations...

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  • 14
    Apr

Auction House seeking Great Bambio Memorabilia for Babe Ruth Centennial Auction

[caption id="attachment_2519882" align="aligncenter" width="594"] Goldin Auctions is seeking items related to Babe Ruth for the Babe Ruth Centennial Auction, taking place on July 12, exactly 100 years to the day Ruth played in his first Major League Baseball game.[/caption] Babe Ruth. No other name in all of sports, or Americana, for that matter, can transcend generational divides the...

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  • 14
    Apr

WorthPoint adds Book on Chinese Export Silver & Marks to its Online Library

[caption id="attachment_2519877" align="alignleft" width="281"] Adrien von Ferscht’s important book, “Collector’s Guide to Chinese Export Silver 1785-1940” has just been added to WorthPoint’s Marks and Library product.[/caption] WorthPoint has announced that it has just added Adrien von Ferscht’s important book, “Collector’s Guide to Chinese Export Silver 1785-1940”—the largest information reference resource for this unique collectible silver category—to its Marks...

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  • 14
    Apr

8-Year-Old WorthPoint Fan Gives Antique Valuations at the Topanga Vintage Market

ATLANTA – 8-year-old Connor McCrory, known as “America’s Youngest Picker,” will be giving free antiques and collectibles valuations using the WorthPoint Mobile App at the Topanga Vintage Market—home to more than 180 of Los Angeles’s top vintage vendors, plus art, crafts, music and food trucks—on April 27, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pierce College in...

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  • 14
    Apr

The Enamel Revival Phenomenon and its Relationship to Chinese Export Silver

中國出口銀器: 琺瑯的復興現象 [caption id="attachment_2519906" align="aligncenter" width="458"] Highly sophisticated Chinese cloisonné first surfaced during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), and that workmanship can be seen in this superb bowl.[/caption] The art of cloisonné is often looked upon as a Chinese art and, in some respects, it is a correct assumption. However, cloisonné, as a technique, finds its roots back in...

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  • 11
    Apr

7-Foot-Tall Stainless Steel Popeye could Rake in $25 million worth of Spinach

[caption id="attachment_2519852" align="aligncenter" width="491"] Jeff Koons’ “Popeye,” a seven-foot-tall stainless steel statue will be offered at Sotheby’s on May 14 and could realize a huge pile of spinach… some $25 million worth.[/caption] NEW YORK – “I yam what I yam.” And what he is, is a seven-foot-tall metallic sculptural representation of the American pop culture icon, Popeye. Considered...

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  • 10
    Apr

The Important Glasgow Connection to Canton and Chinese Export Silver

中國出口銀器: 格拉斯哥的聯系 [caption id="attachment_2519847" align="aligncenter" width="499"] A cross-section of an 18th-century East Indiaman. The preferred ship plying the Calcutta-Canton-Glasgow trade route, they could carry a large load, but were also heavy and cumbersome, required a large crew and were not particularly speedy.[/caption] There are more similarities between the early 19th-century port cities of Glasgow, Scotland, and Canton, China,...

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  • 9
    Apr

Just What the Doctor Ordered: Original Manuscripts of Medical Recipes

[caption id="attachment_2519820" align="aligncenter" width="491"] This medical manuscript dating from 1599, handwritten in French and Latin and entitled “Ravier Plusiers receptes et regimes pour solager et guerir plusiers malade,” includes recipes for the bite of a mad dog, toothache, sickness of the spleen, sickness of the lungs, and cure of a sick child. It is estimated to sell for...

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