• 8 Apr
    2014

Non-Profits Turn to Antique Appraisal Days for Fundraising Help

The folks in Catskill, N.Y., had been looking for a new kind of fundraiser to augment their school district’s ever-tightening budget. Their new solution? Old things. The Catskill Educational Foundation—a non-profit organization that helps the Catskill School District pay for extra resources, programs and educational tools—hosted its first benefit Antiques Appraisal Day last Saturday, and […]

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  • 7 Apr
    2014

Annual ISA Summer Conference to Focus on Scholarship and Business Development

CHICAGO – Author and gallery director Michael Findlay will deliver the keynote address at the International Society of Appraisers (ISA), which will also feature a broad range of distinguished antiques and fine art speakers at its annual meeting, this year slated for April 25-28 at the InterContinental at the Plaza in Kansas City, Mo. Findlay, […]

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  • 24 Mar
    2014

Connor’s Corner: My Next Estate Sale features Great Hollywood Collectibles

I am Connor and I am in 3rd grade. I live near Hollywood—I can walk to Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network—and live less than a five-minute drive from Disneyland, Warner Brothers and NBC TV Studios. This is why a lot of the collectibles and antiques that I find here are related to TV or movies or […]

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  • 20 Mar
    2014

Estate Sale Misidentification Almost leads to Melting of $33M Fabergé Egg

What a difference a few minutes of research can make. If you haven’t heard by now, collectors around the globe are talking about the discovery of the third Imperial Russian Fabergé egg, identified last week by Kieran McCarthy of London’s Wartski jewelers. The Fabergé community is extremely excited about the find, as the egg has […]

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  • 18 Mar
    2014

Presentation Sword, Dinosaur Nest with Seven Eggs Power Philip Weiss Auctions’ Sale

LYNBROOK, N.Y. – A rare and historic British presentation sword and scabbard from 1813 soared to $27,060 and a 75-million-year-old dinosaur egg nest with seven eggs sold for $17,915 at a 600-lot estate sale held Feb. 26 by Philip Weiss Auctions. The sale grossed $250,000. It was an eclectic auction, one that featured rock ’n’ […]

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  • 18 Mar
    2014

Cottone Auctions Sale to Feature Works by Greatest Names in the Art World

GENESEO N.Y – Works by some of the greatest names of 19th- and 20th-century art will be part of Cottone Auctions’ annual Winter Fine Art and Antiques Auction on March 29, when more than 500 lots will be for sale. Featured will be numerous pieces from the prominent estate of William Levine of Rochester, NY. […]

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  • 17 Mar
    2014

Estate Executors’ Headaches: How to Open, Price and Sell Residential Safes

One of my “go-to” movies when I’m in the mood for a caper-flick is “The Italian Job” starring Mark Wahlberg. In a clever bit of cinematography, Wahlberg’s gang of thieves steal a safe full of gold bars by using explosives to cut a hole in the floor around the safe causing it to crash through […]

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  • 6 Mar
    2014

Works by De Kooning, Chinese & Asian Antiques to Headline Elite Decorative Arts Sale

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – Original works by major listed artists such as Willem de Kooning, Chaim Soutine and Angel Botello, plus Chinese objects and other Asian antiques will headline an estates auction slated for Saturday, March 15, by Elite Decorative Arts, at the firm’s gallery in the Quantum Town Center, at 1034 Gateway Blvd. here […]

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  • 17 Feb
    2014

New Ivory Ban to Prove Problematic for Executors, Dealers & Collectors

In February of last year, armed wardens of the California Department of Fish and Game descended on an auction preview hosted by Slawinski Auction Company. The wardens seized 40 lots of ivory with a market value of about $150,000. Slawinski employees claimed that there were about 20 wardens, armed and in uniform. Owner Bob Slawinski […]

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  • 10 Feb
    2014

Cruise Ship Art Values a Matter of Knowing Appraisals

Wandering through the house with the executor, I tried to get a sense of the contents of the estate. I was immediately curious about the dozens of shipping tubes I saw; they were everywhere. There were tubes in closets, on shelves and in the spaces beneath the beds. I asked if the decedent an architect. […]

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