• 11
    Mar

The History of Vacuum Cleaners on the Antiques Auction Forum Podcast

Worthologist Martin Willis discusses an unusual topic, with an entertaining guest, old-school salesman Ken Beach, talking about the history of the vacuum cleaner, recorded at the Home & Garden Show in Costa Mesa, Calif. on this latest edition of the Antiques Auction Forum podcast. Beach has sold vacuum cleaner for more than 49 years in 22 countries. [caption id="attachment_2522468"...

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  • 5
    Mar

Elephants—the Wonder of the Circus—Make for Specialized Collectible Category

As the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has announced it is ending its iconic elephant acts, saying they will be phased out by 2018, we thought it would be a nice chance to look back at an article about circus elephant collectibles our Larry Kellogg wrote on Sept. 7, 2010.  Elephant acts have been showcased by the...

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  • 3
    Mar

Hot Vinyl: Autographed Beatles Albums Sore past High Estimates at Bonhams Auction

As thrifters and eBay sellers can attest, there has been an uptick in the value of vinyl records lately, as long-playing records in very good condition are racking up decent returns, up from the mere pennies they had been demanding lately. But the market is still hot for rare and collectible record albums with, as a recent auction...

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  • 27
    Feb

WorthPoint Founder and CEO Will Seippel Talks Turkey (Calls) on eBay Radio

Will Seippel, the founder and CEO of WorthPoint, spoke with Lee Mirabal and Jim “Griff” Griffith on eBay Radio’s Top Rate Seller Hour on Feb. 26, discussing, among other things, a carved turkey call that he found and later sold for several thousand dollars, as well as why he started WorthPoint. Listen Here: [playlist ids="2522432"] EBay Radio is...

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  • 24
    Feb

Before the Radio Flyer, the was the Studebaker Junior Wagon

From the Worthologist Archives comes a relatively rare estate find: a Studebaker Junior Wagon. Vintage car enthusiasts are likely familiar with Studebaker automobiles; they were manufactured form 1902 to1966. Studebaker began as a blacksmith shop in Indiana in 1852, and when the Civil War broke out the Studebaker brothers became a major vendor of supply wagons to the...

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  • 23
    Feb

Apples to Apples: Comparing Genuine Chinese Export Silver to Fakes and Phonies

There is a cartoon that has been circulating in China that features two men and four baskets of apples. On each basket is the Apple computer company logo. One man asks the other: “Buddy, are you authorized to sell Apple?” to which the other replies “Authorized?” The reason behind this cartoon is that Chinese authorities have discovered and...

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  • 20
    Feb

Largest Celebration of the Circus—the Worldwide Circus Summit—to be held this Summer

It will be the largest celebration of Circus ever. Circus enthusiasts from around the world will gather in West Springfield, Mass., to attend the very first Worldwide Circus Summit. Planning for this extraordinary event began more than two years ago and it will reach fruition at the Big E Fairgrounds on July 14 through 18, 2015. One of...

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  • 18
    Feb

Levi Bettweiser and the Rescued Film Project on the Antiques Auction Forum Podcast

In this edition of the Antiques Auction Forum podcast, I talk with Levi Bettweiser about the Rescued Film Project and found film in the form of undeveloped rolls of film from locations all over the world, which are then developed and scanned to a digital archive. [caption id="attachment_2522377" align="alignright" width="300"] Levi Bettweiser looks over negatives developed from discarded...

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  • 17
    Feb

Working Manuscript to Don McLean’s Oft-Debated ‘American Pie’ Lyrics up for Auction

Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie; took my lyrics to the auction hoping someone would buy. On April 7, 2015, Songwriter’s Hall of Fame inductee Don McLean will say “bye-bye” to the working manuscript and typed notes for his iconic 1971 hit “American Pie.” The 16 pages comprised of 237 lines of manuscript and 26 lines of typed text...

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  • 16
    Feb

Comics Speculator: The End of DC Comics’ ‘New 52’

Recently, DC made a major announcement; one that shook DC collectors—old and new—to their very core. The New 52, DC’s relaunch of its entire line that took place a little more than three years ago, is coming to an end. According to the press release DC will be canceling 14 ongoing series in March, and then after its...

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