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  • 24
    Aug

The Collector’s Minute: Grandpa’s Gold Watch

[caption id="attachment_2492859" align="alignright" width="207" caption="This plain-looking watch was made by Patek Philippe & Co. for the American retailer Shreve Crump & Low at the turn of the 19th century. It is worth much more than the gold “scrap value.”"][/caption] One item an appraiser runs into most often is that icon “Grandpa's gold watch,” and depending how well-heeled Grandpa...

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  • 24
    Aug

Rough Stuff No. 1 – An Introduction to Sandpaper

Let’s assume that you have already been through the soul-searching exercise about removing patina and destroying the value of an antique by stripping and refinishing it. Fine. Read Fred's Rough Stuff No. 2 - Choosing the Right Sandpaper. Now on to the real world, since most of us aren’t dealing with antiques when we talk about refinishing a piece of...

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  • 24
    Aug

The Collector’s Minute: Unmarked Porcelain Puzzles

[caption id="attachment_2492854" align="alignright" width="297" caption="Porcelain pieces made by small potteries and decorating shops in and around Paris in the 18th and 19th centuries are referred to as “Old Paris Porcelain” or simply “Paris Porcelain.”"][/caption] Unmarked 18th- & 19th-century porcelain is a puzzle to everyone, even among dealers and experts. Trying to attribute an unmarked piece at first glance...

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  • 18
    Aug

Baterbys Summer Auctions to Offer 300 Works by 20th-Century Masters, Up-and-Comers

[caption id="attachment_2492814" align="alignright" width="365" caption="The hand-embellished giclee on canvas by Hua Chen, titled “Thoughts of the Past” (31.5” x 31.75”), will be among the more than 300 pieces of fine art to be auctioned on Aug. 21 and 28 by Baterbys Art Auction Gallery."][/caption] ORLANDO, Fla. – More than 300 original and reproduction works of art by some...

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  • 18
    Aug

International Society of Appraisers Releases Fall Education Schedule

CHICAGO – The International Society of Appraisers has released its fall schedule of courses for ISA member appraisers, as well as for non-members, including classes on appraising fine art and antiques. The fall schedule begins with two classes scheduled for Sept. 28-Oct. 3 at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Chicago. The course offerings are Appraisal of Fine...

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  • 18
    Aug

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 08/18/2010

[caption id="attachment_2492785" align="alignright" width="314" caption="Darkwing Duck #3 1:10 variant cover by Amy Mebberson"][/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 and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide to Comics...

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  • 17
    Aug

Weekly News Roundup: August 16-20

In this week’s art, antiques and collectibles news, we find questionable Ansel Adams negatives, a disgraced racer’s bike and some pricey vegetables. From The New York Times: Tale of Ansel Adams Negatives Grows Hazy Update: Remember that $45 find of Ansel Adams negatives that were appraised at $200 million? We-e-e-l-l-l, maybe not worth so much or much of...

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  • 17
    Aug

Porcelain Washington Chief Gasoline Sign Soars to $20,900 at Petroliana Auction

[caption id="attachment_2492823" align="alignright" width="357" caption="This Washington Chief Gasoline double-sided porcelain sign sold for $20,900, making it the top-selling lot in at an Aug. 6 auction hosted by Matthews Auctions."][/caption] DES MOINES, Iowa – An outstanding 72-inch Washington Chief Gasoline double-sided porcelain sign, with full Indian headdress profile for a graphic, climbed to $20,900 at an Aug. 6 petroliana auction...

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  • 16
    Aug

One Man’s Guidelines for Buying Contemporary Arts and Crafts

This past July, Linda and I attended the 53rd Guilford (Conn.) Craft Expo, a juried craft show sponsored by the Guilford Art Center. Approximately 175 artists displayed their wares. The Expo’s Web site promotion typifies hundreds of similar events across the United States: “Craft Expo is known for its one-of-a-kind work of the highest quality: Ceramics, Glass, Leather,...

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  • 16
    Aug

The Comic Speculator – Back Issue Report 08/16/2010

[caption id="attachment_2492795" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Darkwing Duck #1"][/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 and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide to Comics (OVST), Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online...

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