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  • 28
    Aug

Single-Owner Lifetime Collection of Native American Artifacts to Cross the Block

[caption id="attachment_2515061" align="aligncenter" width="480"] This large steatite effigy pipe in the form of a rabbit, 9¼-inches long by 3¾-inches high, is just one of some 50 such pipes from the single-owner lifetime collection Richard and Linda Popp of Hutchinson, Kan. This auction, which will include scores of Native American artifacts, as well as antiques in many other categories,...

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  • 27
    Aug

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 08/28/2013

[caption id="attachment_251503" align="alignright" width="311"] Batman Incorporated Special #1 (Ethan Van Sciver Variant Cover), 1:25, ($8-$10). A must have for any Bat-Cow fan.[/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, back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here...

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  • 25
    Aug

Rinker on Collectibles: The $300 Auction Lot Minimum and its Impact

[caption id="attachment_2515046" align="alignright" width="300"] Today, every catalog auction house/gallery and some non-catalog auctions have a minimum object/lot requirement. Most do not publicize what that amount is. For major regional houses, the number appears to be $500. The minimum for some of the larger houses exceeds $1,000.[/caption] Thanks to an invitation from Rich Reed, I attended the Friday afternoon,...

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  • 25
    Aug

Estate Executors’ Headaches: Hard-to-Sell Items

[caption id="attachment_2515050" align="aligncenter" width="512"] One executor told me that the estate had a “huge collection of antique radios and old magazines.” What did I find? Every room of the decedent’s house was stacked floor-to-ceiling with old radios and magazines. These radios are nicely displayed, but still present a difficulty in getting them sold.[/caption] It’s fun to think of...

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  • 25
    Aug

Pearl River Meets the East River over a Chinese Export Silver Box

珠江在一個中國出口銀盒上遇到了紐約的東河 [caption id="attachment_2514998" align="aligncenter" width="430"] This box, as seen from above, was commissioned by Charles Constant Delmonico, the great nephew of one of the founding brothers of the iconic Delmonico’s restaurant in New York. Set with turquoise cabochon stones, the box is both constructed of and decorated in an intricate reticulated network of high relief swirling dragons amidst...

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  • 24
    Aug

Traditional Furniture Dimensions: Will It Fit in Today’s Life?

[caption id="attachment_2514915" align="alignleft" width="143"] This Rococo Revival side chair is from a parlor set in the Henry Ford pattern by J. and J.W Meeks, circa 1850. While it is an imposing chair, it is quite diminutive in size. The front seat rail is only 16 inches high. The “pinched waist” of the lower back is only 11 inches...

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  • 23
    Aug

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Watch: Infinity Series Reintroduces Thanos

[caption id="attachment_2515032" align="alignright" width="277"] Recently, Marvel launched its latest event, Infinity, the story that reestablishes Thanos as one of its biggest cosmic baddies. And, as usual, with a Big Event comic comes a whole slew of sexy variants.[/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by Worthpoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each...

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  • 23
    Aug

ANA World’s Fair of Money Auctions Set Chicago Area on Fire; $75 Million in Sales

[caption id="attachment_2515014" align="aligncenter" width="218"] The King of American coins—the 1804 Silver Dollar graded PCGS PR 62—brought the house down, as it captured $3,877,500.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2515015" align="aligncenter" width="218"] The sales price established a new record for the class I 1804 dollar in this grade, as well as setting a new house record for Heritage Auctions.[/caption] CHICAGO – Strength and...

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  • 23
    Aug

Retro-Themed Sports Cards Make the New Old Again

[caption id="attachment_2514877" align="alignleft" width="215"] This 2001 Topps Heritage card of Cal Ripkin uses the 1952 Topps design.[/caption] In this modern era of baseball-card collecting, there are a wide array of brands and products from which collectors can choose. For collectors returning to the hobby after a several year hiatus, or for those of any age just getting started,...

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  • 22
    Aug

Beanies, Dolls and Plates: The ‘Valueless Collectibles’

[caption id="attachment_2514760" align="alignleft" width="203"] Yolanda Bello's "Jennifer" doll charmed me into the Ashton Drake doll market. Like so many Beanie Babies, my collection will likely end up at a thrift store.[/caption] We all know that the Beanie Baby craze was a wild ride for a couple of years. People were actually acquiring these plush little darlings in the...

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