• 26
    Jul

Massive Panama City (Fla.) Estate Sale to Feature All Kinds of Americana

[caption id="attachment_2498948" align="alignright" width="253" caption="A pair of carriage-style, electrified Johnny Walker revolving bar lights will be among the hundreds of items up for auction at the sale of the John and Jean Robertson estate, to be sold on July 30, 2011."][/caption] PANAMA CITY, Fla. – The estate of John and Jean Robertson, collectors who amassed a staggering number...

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  • 25
    Jul

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Star Wars LP, Vintage Toy Blocks, Moravian Clay Titles

QUESTION: I have a 1977 “The Story of Star Wars” record album. What is its value? – M, Wind Gap, Pa. ANSWER: Researching the answer to your question served as a reminder of the rapid nature of technological advances over the last 35 years. [Author’s Aside: It is hard to believe that 35 years soon will have passed...

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  • 25
    Jul

Early Americans Knew How to Tote Their Own Horns

  [caption id="attachment_2498980" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="The Tansel family of Kentucky were early powder horn engravers who horns can be identified by their distinct style. This Tim Tansel-engraved powder horn, measuring 14 inches in length, features a typical fish mouth engrailed edge, with raised ring and an engraved “E. Pluribus Unum” saying and dated 1841. It also sports an...

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  • 25
    Jul

Wicker Furniture: A Process, Not a Material

[caption id="attachment_2498886" align="alignright" width="184" caption="This elaborate wicker chair was made at the height of the Victorian wicker phase in the 1880s and 1890s."][/caption] Everybody knows what wicker is. Right? It’s that woven stuff that’s painted white. It may even be that stuff used in some chair seats. Or is that cane? Or rush or reed? As it turns...

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  • 25
    Jul

Ask A Worthologist Question: Oscar Bach Table

[caption id="attachment_2498856" align="alignright" width="210"] Walter F. picked up this table at a garage sale for $250. His wife loves it and wanted to know more about the piece. After contracting with “Ask a Worthologist,” she was told it dates to about 1925 and is very likely a piece by Oscar Bach, or his former partner Bertram Segar.[/caption] Walter...

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  • 22
    Jul

The Comic Speculator – Back Issue Report 07/22/2011

[caption id="attachment_2498819" align="alignright" width="186" caption="Captain America #100"][/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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  • 21
    Jul

‘The Beatles Illuminated: The Discovered Works of Mike Mitchell’ Realizes $361,938

[caption id="attachment_2498806" align="alignright" width="295" caption="The top lot of the “The Beatles Illuminated: The Discovered Works of Mike Mitchell” sale was this gelatin silver print, numbered 1 of 1, which sold for $68,500."][/caption] NEW YORK – All 46 lots of unpublished and never-before-seen photographs of the Beatles’ first hysteria-inducing visits to America in 1964, taken by a teenager, sold...

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  • 21
    Jul

Christie’s Global Art Sales Total $3.2 Billion in First Half of 2011

[caption id="attachment_2498800" align="alignright" width="270" caption="“Les Peupliers,” painted by Claude Monet in 1891, sold for $22,482,500 at Christie’s in May."][/caption] LONDON – While many are suffering through the recession and a jobless recover, those with cash on hand are spending a lot of it on high-end art, antiques and collectibles, as evidenced in Christie’s International announced today that its...

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  • 21
    Jul

From Salt to Zinc: Red Wing Pottery’s Transition between Stoneware Glazes

[caption id="attachment_2498777" align="alignright" width="300" caption="An easy example of stoneware jugs turned out during between 1895 and 1900, when the Red Wing and Minnesota Stoneware companies transitioned from a salt glaze (left) to a zinc glaze (right)."][/caption] When it comes to the period between 1895 and 1900, when the Red Wing and Minnesota Stoneware companies moved away from making...

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  • 20
    Jul

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 07/20/2011

[caption id="attachment_2498767" align="alignright" width="197" caption="Daredevil #1 (John Romita Sr. Variant Cover)"][/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),...

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