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  • 18
    Mar

Cottone Auctions Sale to Feature Works by Greatest Names in the Art World

[caption id="attachment_2519487" align="aligncenter" width="490"] Pablo Picasso’s “Faunes et Chevre” linocut is one of the many works of art by some of the biggest names in the art world included in the upcoming Winter Fine Art and Antiques Auction at Cottone Auctions slated for March 29.[/caption] GENESEO N.Y – Works by some of the greatest names of 19th- and...

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  • 18
    Mar

Music Items, Coin-Op, Advertising, Toys and Gaming to lead Fontaine’s Auction

[caption id="attachment_2519491" align="aligncenter" width="473"] This Nickelodeon coin-op upright player piano band organ with mahogany case and leaded glass windows is one of the top musical items in a March 29 auction scheduled by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery. It carries a presale estimate of $5,000 to $7,500.[/caption] PITTSFIELD, Mass. – For folks looking to start or increase their collection of...

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  • 17
    Mar

Q & A with Harry Rinker: ‘Bone’ Picture Book, Honeywell Kangaroo Paperweight

[caption id="attachment_251945" align="aligncenter" width="453"] An opening bid of $12 for "Bone" is not likely to attract any bidders. Open it at $1 and let the market decide its value. Do not be surprised if the final bid is less than $5.[/caption] QUESTION: I own a copy of the “Bone Picture Book,” published by McGraw-Hill in 1968. Before listing...

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  • 17
    Mar

Collector’s Minute: Isidore Jules Bonheur Sculptures

[caption id="attachment_2519418" align="alignleft" width="300"] The piece is based on “Taureau Chargeant” (“A Pacing Bull”) by Isidore Jules Bonheur but is a 20th-century reproduction. It appears older than it is because of its deep patina, which on these modern pieces is not the result of 100-plus years of oxidation, but a chemically induced one.[/caption] Sculptor Isidore Jules Bonheur was...

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  • 17
    Mar

Ask a Worthologist: The ‘Thrift Store’ Bowl

[caption id="attachment_2519429" align="alignright" width="288"] This thrift-store find was a real winner. It's a rare Roycroft piece from pre-1920.[/caption] Gerald S. found this silver bowl at a second-hand shop. It wasn't until 
later that looked at he looked closer and decided to find out more about it by contacting us. He emailed us via WorthPoint’s 
“Ask a Worthologist” service...

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  • 17
    Mar

The Huge Influence of the Early 20th-Century Chinese Department Stores

中國出口銀器: 二十世紀初中國百貨公司業的巨大影響 [caption id="attachment_2519529" align="alignright" width="312"] This kettle and stand is typical of the early Wing On Company silver production.[/caption] Department stores were first introduced to China in the late 19th century but they came in the guise of foreign chains or investors who were doing nothing more than trying to establish lucrative colonial implants that had previously...

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  • 17
    Mar

Is It an Antique or Real Treasure? It’s Your Call

[caption id="attachment_2519423" align="aligncenter" width="502"] Is this dining set a valuable antique? No. It is a 20th-century Colonial Revival reproduction. Is it attractive? Yes. Is it useful? Yes. Is it a treasure? Absolutely.[/caption] Assume for a minute that you have just come into the possession of what looks like it might be a valuable piece of antique furniture. Maybe...

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  • 17
    Mar

Estate Executors’ Headaches: How to Open, Price and Sell Residential Safes

[caption id="attachment_2519407" align="alignright" width="300"] Eventually, estate executor will have to deal with a safe, whether is in a wall, in the floor or sitting like a 700-pound gorilla in the basement. To relieve a bit of “executor pain,” here’s my primer on how to deal with residential safes: how to locate them, get them open, deal with the...

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  • 17
    Mar

The Postcard Time Machine: The Dionne’s Miracle Quintuplets

[caption id="attachment_2519442" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The five rosy-cheeked, curly-haired quints, playing like other little girls, brought smiles to tired hearts during the Great Depression. Postcard #4 is from the numbered set of 49 black-and-whites that make up the most common quint cards. Many collect them by number. Generally, $10-$15 is an expected price in excellent condition (though often seen...

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  • 17
    Mar

The Basics of Sports-Card Collecting: Understanding Card Grading

[caption id="attachment_2519471" align="alignleft" width="255"] This 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie card was graded by Professional Sports Authenticators as a PSA 8, Near Mint/Mint.[/caption] As with most collectibles, the value of a trading card often comes down to three criteria: condition, condition and condition. This is true whether you are talking about a vintage 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie...

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