• 9
    Oct

Rare ’40s Beacon Ethyl Gasoline Sign Could Rev Bids up to $60,000 in Petrolina Auction

[caption id="attachment_2515992" align="alignleft" width="181"] This rare early ’40s Beacon Ethyl Gasoline single-sided porcelain die-cut sign with lighthouse-shaped design, rated 9, is expected to bring between $40,000 and $60,000 at the Fall Peotone Petroliana & Automobilia Auction slated for Thursday and Friday, Oct. 17-18, by Matthews Auctions, LLC.[/caption] PEOTONE, Ill. – A rare Beacon Ethyl Gasoline single-sided porcelain sign...

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  • 9
    Oct

Archives International Auctions offers U.S. & Worldwide Banknotes & Scripophily

[caption id="attachment_2516002" align="aligncenter" width="614"] This Wells Fargo Mining Company (Nevada) 1880 stock certificate, with speeding stage coach vignette, will find a new home following two-day, two-session auction slated for Oct. 19 and 22 by Archives International Auctions.[/caption] FORT LEE, N.J. – More than 1,400 lots of rare and highly collectible U.S. and worldwide banknotes, scripophily (the collecting of...

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  • 8
    Oct

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Maureen Stanton, on ‘Killer Stuff and Tons of Money’

[caption id="attachment_2515911" align="aligncenter" width="425"] Maureen Stanton[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2515912" align="aligncenter" width="198"] “Killer Stuff and Tons of Money.”[/caption] In this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis conducts a great interview with Maureen Stanton, author of “Killer Stuff and Tons of Money.” Listen in for a behind-the-scenes look at the way it really is in the world of the antiques...

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  • 8
    Oct

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Belmont Metal Products Dual White Enamel Washtubs

[caption id="attachment_2515898" align="aligncenter" width="614"] A reader is asking about this dual white enamel washtub setup. The tubs and are mounted on a metal frame and has a metal tag that reads: BELMONT METAL PRODUCTS, INC. / YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO.[/caption] QUESTION: I have a dual (double) washtub setup. The tubs have a white enamel finish and are mounted on a...

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  • 8
    Oct

Canton Georgian Gems in Massachusetts: A Boston Connection to Chinese Export Silver

在馬薩諸塞州的廣東喬治亞風瑰寶 [caption id="attachment_2516051" align="aligncenter" width="525"] A neo-classical Chinese Export Silver teapot by the enigmatic silversmith we know as WE WE WC, circa 1820 Canton silversmith. Such a piece is capable of holding its own against any of its comparable Western contemporaries.[/caption] How can one get excited over a silver teapot? No, this isn’t a riddle; it’s a reality!...

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  • 8
    Oct

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 10/09/2013

[caption id="attachment_2515937" align="aligncenter" width="614"] Superman Wonder Woman #1 (Tony S. Daniel Regular Cover), $3.99. Writer Charles Soule and artist Tony Daniel tell the story of what it’s like when superheroes date. Well, sort of.[/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,...

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  • 8
    Oct

D’Angelico and D’Aquisto: Masters of the Handmade Archtop Guitar

[caption id="attachment_2515970" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Sublime: This 1943 D’Angelico New Yorker archtop recently sold for $36,414.[/caption] Handmade stringed musical instruments are seldom average. They are usually found at the extremes of quality: they are either gawdawful or sublime. The “worst of the worst” are poorly assembled, using woods with mismatched tonal qualities. I’ve seen some fretted instruments—guitars, banjos, mandolins...

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  • 8
    Oct

Rinker on Collectibles: Mechanical Art Balances Mass-Production and Aesthetics

[caption id="attachment_2515904" align="aligncenter" width="600"] This 1930 Ruxton front-drive sedan resides in the Nethercutt Museum. Despite its technological excellence and ingenuity, the car was introduced during a rough part of history and the company struggled to find its financial footing. The final Ruxton automobiles were built in 1931. Does its aesthetics make it a piece of art or simply...

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  • 7
    Oct

Chinese Export Silver Candlesticks are Lustrous Beacons of Excellence

[caption id="attachment_2515880" align="alignright" width="292"] Here we have a pair of circa 1890 candlesticks by the Canton- and ShangHai-based retail silversmith Sing Fat. Whereas Chinese Paktong candlesticks had been virtually always in the neo-classical style, Chinese Export Silver pairs were almost always decorated in the high Chinese style. While this pair has a vaguely Western form, and there’s a...

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  • 4
    Oct

The Comic Speculator Back Issue Roundup – Low-Grade Golden Age Comics Hopping

[caption id="attachment_2515872" align="alignright" width="274"] On Sept. 22, a copy of Action Comics #13 (DC, 1939) that featured the fourth-ever Superman cover printed sold for $13,100 with 31 bids. Here’s the kicker, this issue was CGC-graded in 1.5 (Fair/Good) condition.[/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at...

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