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  • 16
    Aug

It’s All in the Marks: How to Identify Rookwood Pottery

[caption id="attachment_2514863" align="alignleft" width="148"] It's a Rookwood vase, but when was it made and who designed it?[/caption] For appraisers at Antiques Roadshow-type of events, it's often like teaching condensed "Antiques 101" courses, with a narrow focus on one maker, artist or decorative-arts movement. In many cases, we first concentrate on the basics of identification to determine more detailed...

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  • 15
    Aug

Illuminating Antique Furniture: Let There Be Light… with Caution

[caption id="attachment_2514885" align="alignleft" width="300"] If left in place long enough, this table runner and centerpiece will protect the center of the table while the exposed sections fade around it. The table should be uniformly covered in the long term.[/caption] Have you ever stopped to think how important light is to your antique furniture? A good place to start is...

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  • 14
    Aug

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 08/14/2013

[caption id="attachment_2514828" align="alignright" width="378"] Infinity #1 (of 6)(Marko Djurdjevic Variant Cover), 1:200, ($50-$60). There should be plenty of the variants out there so keep your price point low.[/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...

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  • 13
    Aug

Motorcycle & Harley-Davidson Memorabilia, Advertising to Highlight Petroliana Sale

[caption id="attachment_2514808" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Three mid-20th century Servi-Car “trikes” (three-wheel motorcycles), including the one shown, will be sold at an auction hosted by Matthews Auctions on Wednesday, Aug. 28.[/caption] DAVENPORT, Iowa. – A single-owner lifetime collection of motorcycle memorabilia—much of it Harley-Davidson and to include vintage clothing, posters, accessories, parts, signs and even three operational Servi-Car three-wheelers—will be...

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  • 13
    Aug

A New Must-Have for Fastionista Barbie Collectors with ‘Coach Barbie’

[caption id="attachment_2514838" align="alignright" width="269"] Mattel and Coach have unveiled “Coach Barbie,” a version of iconic Barbie Roberts doll dressed head to toe in a genuine Coach outfit, including the Classic Trench in Tattersall, an exact replica of the popular Coach style, along with a striped sweater and an ultrasuede skirt. For Barbie doll loving fashionitas, it really does...

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  • 13
    Aug

Playing at the House of Mouse: Disney’s Magic Kingdom-Themed Board Games

[caption id="attachment_2514783" align="aligncenter" width="270"] A Visit to Walt Disney World game is a bright, colorful and does not offer a hint of the money you’ll be spending once you go through that gate.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2514784" align="aligncenter" width="270"] The game when it’s set up. It’s just like being there. I guess Mickey and the gang likely get comp tickets....

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  • 13
    Aug

Previously Unknown Original Warhol Silkscreen to Headline Labor Day Sale

[caption id="attachment_2514816" align="alignright" width="368"] The expected top lot of a Labor Day sale to be hosted Col. Kirk’s Auction Gallery is this previously unknown silkscreen work by Pop Art icon Andy Warhol. The silkscreen, a probable one-of-a-kind, is titled “Of Thee I Sing – Nico”—“Nico” being the nickname given to Warhol’s lifelong friend, the fashion model Christa Paffgen.[/caption]...

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  • 13
    Aug

General Gasoline Transitional Sign featuring Mobil Pegasus Logo Soars to $18,150

[caption id="attachment_2514800" align="alignright" width="272"] This General Gasoline double-sided porcelain transitional sign for Mobil, with Pegasus logo, sold for $18,150 at an auction held Aug. 1-2 by Matthews Auctions, timed to coincide with the popular Iowa Gas Swap Meet here in Des Moines.[/caption] DES MOINES, Iowa. – A rare General Gasoline double-sided porcelain transitional sign—showing the iconic Mobil Pegasus...

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  • 12
    Aug

Game-Used Bats: The Challenge of Authentication

[caption id="attachment_2514715" align="alignleft" width="300"] Even with excellent game-used characteristics, the job of authenticating baseball bats challenges the best of experts.[/caption] One of the most highly desirable pieces of high-end baseball memorabilia that collectors pursue is the game-used bat. It is also one of the hardest to authenticate, especially when it comes to vintage pieces prior to the 1980s....

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  • 12
    Aug

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Chance is a Scarce Commodity in the Antiques World

[caption id="attachment_2514779" align="aligncenter" width="500"] A seven-piece set of Old Hickory Furniture, like this bed and chairs, is the subject of this week’s Q and A with Harry column. (Photo: Z and A Antiques)[/caption] NOTE: While this “Rinker on Collectibles” Questions and Answers column focuses only on one question, the information and principals discussed in the second half of...

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