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  • 8
    Jul

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

[caption id="attachment_2513979" align="aligncenter" width="491"] Thomas Jefferson’s lifelong interest in gardening, botany and agriculture is explored in the Monticello’s beautifully restored flower and vegetable gardens, grove and orchards.[/caption] The Antiques Auction Forum podcast is on location! After a tour of Monticello, Martin Willis talks with Susan Stein, Richard Gilder senior curator & vice president for museum programs, about Thomas...

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  • 8
    Jul

Ten 1933 Double Eagle Coins Worth Millions in Fort Knox but not yet for Sale

[caption id="attachment_2513970" align="alignright" width="270"] The stuff dreams are made of: a 1933 Double Eagle $20 gold coin obverse.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2513971" align="alignright" width="270"] The reverse of the 1933 Double Eagle $20 gold coin.[/caption] This famous $20 gold coin is a true rarity and an American numismatic icon, a coin which numismatists dream about owning. Yet, the beautiful and beguiling...

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  • 8
    Jul

And Now for the Bad News: When Your Family Heirloom Isn’t a Treasure

[caption id="attachment_2514049" align="alignleft" width="300"] The label said Stickley and the reader thought he had a treasure. It was made by Stickley but it was part of the Stickley Brothers “Quaint American” line from the 1930s. It is still a nice piece, but keep the day job. He took it well.[/caption] Life is full of little disappointments, especially these...

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  • 8
    Jul

Spotting a Scam: How to Tell if Items Listed on Internet Auction Site May be Fakes

A past WorthPoint article (“Online Buyers Be Prepared”) discussed ways to identify reproductions and counterfeits when buying from Internet auction sites. But it is also helpful to recognize online swindlers by their methods of operation. Surprisingly, the biggest problem for buyers is not the seller who takes money and never delivers (because eBay, for example, has buyer protection...

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  • 8
    Jul

Floral Tours De Force: Wang Hing’s Chinese Export Silver

中國出口銀器上的花卉杰作 [caption id="attachment_2513957" align="aligncenter" width="494"] The object in question is a superb bowl made by Wang Hing in the form of an open cinquefoil prunus blossom flower head that has beautifully crafted prunus blossom tendrils entwining the main exterior body and also forming the feet. The bowl interior is parcel gilded.[/caption] I have decided I must be a...

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  • 8
    Jul

This Giant Steiff Poodle Wins the Best of Show Award for Rarity and Looks

[caption id="attachment_2514014" align="alignright" width="239"] This Steiff poodle named Snobby is 43 centimeters tall, five-ways jointed, made from grey wool plush and features a very unusual nose made out of very thin and sculpted black leather.[/caption] Every enthusiast has extra-special items in their collections—certain items that just take a gold medal for their rarity, design or the story behind...

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  • 3
    Jul

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 07/03/2013

[caption id="attachment_2513940" align="alignright" width="280"] Archie #645 (Tim Seeley Variant Cover), $3.99. Tim Seeley of Hack/Slash fame takes on Betty and Veronica and they look a little… um… more mature than I remember.[/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...

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  • 2
    Jul

Rare Blue-Green St. Drake’s Plantation X Bitters Bottle Gavels for $37,950

[caption id="attachment_2513933" align="alignright" width="191"] The top lot of the American Bottle Auctions’ Internet and catalog sale #58, which went online June 21 and ended June 30, was this rare blue-green St. Drake's 1860 X Plantation bitters bottle, which realized $37,950.[/caption] SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A St. Drake’s Plantation 1860 X bitters bottle—made between 1862-1872 and one of only a...

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    Jul

Avoiding a Razing: Maryland Town Pays Ransom to Rebel Troops

[caption id="attachment_2513908" align="aligncenter" width="529"] Circulated examples of $100 notes bearing the same designs as this unissued, $100 obsolete note from the Hagerstown Bank in Maryland were possibly part of the ransom paid to Confederate troops to keep the town from being burned. (Photo: oldmoney4u on eBay)[/caption] By Gerald Tebben The citizens of Hagerstown, Md., knew no good would...

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  • 1
    Jul

How to Sell Your Antiques, Collectibles and Vintage Items

[caption id="attachment_2513898" align="alignleft" width="300"] Got an overload of antiques? Inherited a houseful of vintage items? These tips can save you money, time and heartbreak.[/caption] Most antique dealers and collectors find that there comes a point when the need arises to sell a few items. There is also household downsizing or the necessity to liquidate an entire houseful of...

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