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  • 16
    Mar

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 03/16/2011

[caption id="attachment_2496132" align="alignright" width="197" caption="Amazing Spider-Man #656 (Joe Quesada Cap 70th Anniversary Variant Cover) 1:15"][/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each week's hot new comics and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide...

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  • 16
    Mar

Antiques Auction Forum: Tiffany Art Glass Podcast

Reyne Haines & Martin Willis decide to record an informational podcast together. They discuss one of Reyne’s specialties, Louis Comfort Tiffany’s art glass. They talk about the beginnings to when it had fallen out of favor in the 1930s to the 1960s. They discuss Lillian Nassau’s role in bringing the collectability back and what the market is like...

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  • 15
    Mar

Weekly News Roundup: March 14 to March 18

In art, antiques and collectibles headlines, we see China taking over second place in the world art market, Stephen Colbert’s enhanced portrait and Eric Clapton amps. From ARTINFO: China Overtakes Britain to Become the World's Second Biggest Art Market In case you haven’t noticed, there have been big art auctions in China to the tune of $8.3 billion....

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  • 15
    Mar

Robert Crumb Sketchbook, Greeting Cards Zap Top-Lot Honors at Weiss Auction

[caption id="attachment_2496101" align="aligncenter" width="560" caption="This personal sketchbook of Robert Crumb, the renowned cartoonist and creator of Zap Comics, brought top-lot honors at a recent Phillip Weiss Auction, selling for $16,950."][/caption] OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – An archive of material pertaining to the famous counterculture cartoonist Robert Crumb—including a pair of original, hand-drawn personal greeting cards and a 13-page sketchbook—sold for...

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  • 14
    Mar

Rinker on Collectibles: So Long, It’s Been Good to Know Yuh – Part III

I am staring into the abyss. It is dark, foreboding, and bottomless. The walls jut out in dozens of different directions. Obstacles, large and small, block every possible passageway. A faint light in the distance is fiery red. Movies such as “Lord of the Rings” featuring scenes of hurried flight over collapsing bridges above flowing lava flash through...

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  • 14
    Mar

Worthologist to Create, Donate Porcelain Tiles to Japanese Tsunami Rebuilding Effort

[caption id="attachment_2496150" align="aligncenter" width="512" caption="Katsushika Hokusai's (1760-1849) famous print, “The Great Wave of Kanagawa.” The people of Japan have faced countless earthquakes and tsunamis during their history. In Shintoism, nature is recognized as infinitely more powerful than humankind—as in the wave—and that humankind is in nature with the permission of the gods but with no particular concern from...

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  • 14
    Mar

Who Really Made It? Outsourcing in the American Furniture Industry

[caption id="attachment_2496077" align="alignright" width="288" caption="Sears didn’t make the Gem Roller Organ, but it was one of the largest distributors of the turn of the century music box made by the Autophone Co. of Ithaca, NY."][/caption] One if the most frequently asked questions about a piece of older and antique furniture is, “who made it?” That seems to be...

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  • 13
    Mar

Postcards Chronicle Fascinating History of the House of David

[caption id="attachment_2496063" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="House of David founders Benjamin and Mary Purnell pose near their motorcar in front of the Israelite Colony. The Children’s Band sits to the right, with the Ladies Band behind them. This Pre-20 postcard is valued at $10-$15."][/caption] House of David postcards have always been highly collectible. Most of its subjects are “multiples” (fitting...

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  • 13
    Mar

Exhibition of Modern Chinese Painter Shi Lu Highlights Christie’s Asian Art Week

NEW YORK – In conjunction with Asian Art Week (March 22-25), Christie’s will mount a rare presentation of one of 20th century China’s most distinctive artists, in the special exhibition titled “The Beauty of Art: An Exhibition of Paintings and Calligraphy by Shi Lu in the Private Collection of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth.” [caption id="attachment_2496112" align="aligncenter" width="154" caption="“Monumental Peaks,”...

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  • 11
    Mar

Porcelain Richlube Motor Oil Sign Leads Petrolinana & Advertising Auction

[caption id="attachment_2496041" align="alignright" width="300" caption="The sale’s top lot was this Richlube double-sided porcelain sign with race car graphic, which garnered $7,425."][/caption] PEOTONE, Ill. – An exceptionally clean Richlube Motor Oil double-sided porcelain sign (“100% Pure Pennsylvania”) soared to $7,425 at the Spring Petroliana & Advertising Auction held Mach. 4 by Matthews Auctions. The sale was conducted the day...

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