Default Image
  • 19
    Jul

Sundblom Painting, St. John Estate Headline Summer Sale

[caption id="attachment_2514308" align="alignleft" width="300"] Original oil painting by Haddon “Sunny” Sundblom (1899-1976) titled "1914 Kentucky Derby" headlines the Atlanta sale.[/caption] ATLANTA — An original oil painting by the renowned magazine and commercial illustrator Haddon “Sunny” Sundblom (1899-1976) is the expected top lot at the Summer Estates Auction planned for Aug. 4, by Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Gallery. The...

Read More
Default Image
  • 19
    Jul

Giant Steiff ‘Petsy’ Bear Could Demand $50,000 at July 28 Theriault’s Auction

[caption id="attachment_2514343" align="alignleft" width="245"] Lot number 241, an “Extremely Rare Extra-Grand-Sized German Mohair “Petsy” Bear by Steiff with Family Provenance,” carries a presale estimate of $30,000 to $50,000. It is expected to be the top lot in the July 28 “In the Company of the Gentleman Bespoken” auction hosted by Theriault’s.[/caption] Here’s one auction all vintage doll, toy,...

Read More
Default Image
  • 18
    Jul

Collecting Outlaws: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

[caption id="attachment_2514239" align="alignright" width="300"] This set of antique cabinet cards shows the outlaw Jessie James.[/caption] Recently, gangsters were in the news in many ways. Jimmy Hoffa was “unearthed”—or wasn't—again. Respected actor James Gandolfini, who portrayed mob boss Tony Soprano, died. Whitey Bulger is on trial after a lifetime of killing and criminal behavior. As one CNN headline read:...

Read More
Default Image
  • 18
    Jul

Chinese Export Silver Design is Firmly Footed in Chinese Mythology

中國出口銀器: 牢牢紮根於中國神話 [caption id="attachment_2514324" align="aligncenter" width="216"] An image of a Qílín as depicted in the Ming Dynasty work Sancai Tuhui (三才圖會), compiled by Wang Qi (王圻) and Wang Siyi (王思義).[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2514325" align="aligncenter" width="243"] A modern-day digital art version of the Qílín.[/caption] All cultures have their own mythological hooved beasts. The Etruscans had their Minotaur, European mythology has...

Read More
Default Image
  • 18
    Jul

Antique & Collectible Hand Tools often make for Estate Sale Windfalls

[caption id="attachment_2514276" align="alignright" width="288"] This Sandusky Plow Plane, designed for cutting grooves into wood, recently sold for $14,000.[/caption] The big white canopy tent was erected overnight. It sat on the parking lot of a shopping mall, close to the highway. Attached was a vinyl banner that read “TOOL SALE.” Judging by the crowded parking lot, the sale was...

Read More
Default Image
  • 17
    Jul

More on Novelty Postcards: Out of the Ordinary

In my last two articles, we looked at several different categories of novelty postcards, including mechanicals, add-ons, postcards that serve other purposes and postcards made from unusual materials. In this final article about novelty cards, let’s explore even more out-of-the-ordinary postcards. Novelty postcards of certain types are particularly hard to find and even harder to find in the...

Read More
Default Image
  • 16
    Jul

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 07/17/2013

[caption id="attachment_2514211" align="alignright" width="288"] Red Sonja #1 (Stephanie Buscema Subscription Variant Cover), $3.99. I love this one and it might be harder to find than you think.[/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...

Read More
Default Image
  • 15
    Jul

Rare, Important A. E. Crowell Decoys to Headline Decoys Unlimited Auction

[caption id="attachment_2514196" align="alignleft" width="300"] The expected top lot of the Summer Decoy Auction—slated for July 28-29 by Decoys Unlimited, Inc., at the Cape Codder Resort and Hotel—is this bufflehead drake by A. E. Crowell, which carries a $125,000 to $175,000 presale estimate.[/caption] HYANNIS, Mass. – Rare and important early 20th-century decoys by the renowned carver A. E. (Elmer)...

Read More
Default Image
  • 15
    Jul

Manatee Galleries’ July 27 Auction features Diplomat’s Chinese Porcelain Collection

[caption id="attachment_2514192" align="alignright" width="300"] This Chinese Chongzheng (1628-1643) transitional “Wucai boys” covered jar, standing 11½-inches tall and similar to an example that sold for HK$275,000 at Christie’s May 2012 sale in Hong Kong, is one of the nearly 400 lots belonging to Ambassador Ragnar Petri and Mrs. Ingrid Burdin Petri that will come up for auction on July...

Read More
Default Image
  • 15
    Jul

International Society of Appraisers Releases Fall Education Schedule

CHICAGO – The International Society of Appraisers has announced the six-course schedule for the Fall of 2013, which will begin in September and through November. The courses include: The 7-Hour Personal Property USPAP; Appraisal of Antiques & Residential Contents; Requalification; the Core Course in Appraisal Studies; the 15-Hour Personal Property USPAP; and Appraisal of Fine Art. For more information about...

Read More