• 24 Jan
    2014

Estate Executors Can Only Profit from Hiring an Appraiser

There’s a very compelling reason why estate executors should enlist the help of an appraiser or auctioneer when sorting through an estate’s personal property: Executors often have no idea what’s collectible and what’s not. A case in point: I recently helped a neighbor sort through the contents of her brother’s estate. It was a typical […]

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  • 21 Jan
    2014

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Mary Miley Theobald & ‘Stuff After Death’

In this edition of the Antiques Auction Forum, Martin Willis speaks with historian and author Mary Miley Theobald on a “what to do” book on when you are faced with in inherited household. They cover topics such as how to identify, value and dispose of inherited stuff. Check out her “Stuff After Death” or visit […]

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  • 7 Jan
    2014

Estate Executors’ Headaches: Selling Trophy Mounts

If you were an estate executor and discovered a cache of illegal drugs in a decedent’s home, you’d know not to sell them, right? Of course; everyone knows that there are consequences for selling controlled substances. If you have even a modicum of environmental awareness, you also know that it’s illegal to improperly dispose of […]

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  • 19 Nov
    2013

Roseville Pottery, Brilliant Cut Glass Collections to lead Multi-Estate Auction

ABERDEEN, Miss. – Choice items from the estate of Dr. Ray Gregory, a general surgeon from Corinth, Miss.— to include around 200 pieces of Roseville pottery collected over the course of 40 years, about 50 pieces of brilliant cut glass, dozens of pre-1900 copper kettles and more—will headline a fall antique extravaganza auction planned for […]

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  • 14 Nov
    2013

A Primer for Determining Fair Market Value of Estate Art, Antiques and Collectibles

Uncle Bob has always been proud of this vast collection of widgets. A world-traveler, Uncle Bob would invariably come across the most rare and interesting widgets in the oddest places. He always said that when he died, and those widgets were sold, it would bring in 10 times what he paid for them. Unfortunately for […]

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  • 12 Nov
    2013

Hurricane Sandy Anniversary Reminds Us to Protect What We Collect

A little more than a year ago, on Oct. 29, Hurricane Sandy pounded the entire U.S. eastern seaboard from Florida to Maine, with particularly severe damage in New Jersey and New York, flooding streets, tunnels and subway lines and cutting power in and around the New York City. But the damage was not limited to […]

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  • 4 Nov
    2013

‘Youngest Picker’ Connor McCrory to Appear on ‘Queen Latifah Show’

When we last checked in on young Connor McCrory, the 8-year-old Southern California boy with a passion of antiques and collectibles, he was launching his estate sales business with a two-day sale in mid-October. That sale generated some interest by a local television news crew. On, Monday, Nov. 04, 2013, Connor went big time as […]

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  • 27 Oct
    2013

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Behind the Scenes of an Auction of a Lifetime

This week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast’s format is a little different as we present a Martin Willis lecture in Amesbury, Mass., about the behind-the-scenes action of a highlight of his career: the 1989 auction at the homestead of Josiah Bartlett, New Hampshire’s first governor and the second to sign the Declaration of Independence. Listen here: […]

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  • 22 Oct
    2013

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Martin Codina and ‘Liquidating an Estate’

In this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis talks with Martin Codina as the two met at Connor McCrory’s (America’s Youngest Picker) first estate sale in Southern California to talk about the recent release of Mr. Codina’s book: “Liquidating an Estate, How to Sell a Lifetime of Stuff, Make Some Cash and Live to […]

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  • 22 Oct
    2013

Estate Executors’ Headaches: What to do with Upholstered Furniture

Writer Amy Gale, in her book “Shows, Shops, & Auctions: Essays on the Antiques Trade,” recounts a tale of London surgeon Samuel Sharp, traveling in Italy in 1760. In the late 18th century, says Ms. Gale, the Italian countryside was a place of “hunger, lawlessness and filth.” Dr. Sharp would agree with her conclusion. On […]

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