• 11
    Jul

Top 10 Worthopedia Searches for April-June 2011

It’s time for the quarterly roundup of the Top 10 Worthopedia searches and, as usual, I was fascinated by the results. A couple of items from antiquity made the list this time, as well as a couple of valuable old coins, an unusual 1943 collectible from Charles and Ray Eames, a beautiful vintage oil painting and an extremely...

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  • 11
    Jul

‘Novelty’ Furniture Helped American Manufacturing Survive the Great Depression

[caption id="attachment_2498691" align="alignright" width="189" caption="The ubiquitous “smoker” was one of the most common novelties of the Depression era. This one was made by Cushman."][/caption] Have you ever picked up a book about American 20th-century furniture and marveled at the number of seemingly “non-furniture” items included in the pages? If you look around homes and estates originally furnished in...

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  • 11
    Jul

Keeping the Old Teddy Bear Looking New: Maintaining a Vintage Steiff Collection

[caption id="attachment_2498653" align="alignleft" width="217" caption="A 1949 Steiff Teddy baby models a lavender sachet, perfect for keeping your mohair collection insect free and fresh smelling."][/caption] Special and precious things require TLC (tender loving care) and that is no different when it comes to Steiff (or other vintage mohair) collectibles. Yes, it is delightful to come across a newfound treasure...

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  • 11
    Jul

Unloved Antiques: National Geographic Magazines

[caption id="attachment_2498628" align="alignleft" width="225"] Even in pristine condition, a stack of old National Geographic magazines aren’t worth that much.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2498629" align="alignleft" width="205"] That is unless you have one signed on the cover by a famous personality, such Buzz Aldrin or Sir Edmund Hillary, which could net you $250 or so.[/caption] The next item in this series of...

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  • 6
    Jul

Weekly News Roundup: July 4-July 8

In art, antiques and collectibles news, we see Elizabeth Taylor’s jewels, an Apollo astronaut in hot water and Derek Jeter’s 3,000th. From International Business Times: Elizabeth Taylor collection to go up for auction It seems only fitting that Elizabeth Taylor’s jewels and designer duds will go on a three-month worldwide tour before ending up at Christie’s auction house....

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  • 6
    Jul

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 07/06/2011

[caption id="attachment_2498586" align="alignright" width="194" caption="Flashpoint #3 (of 5)(Ivan Reis & George Perez Variant Cover B)"][/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...

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  • 5
    Jul

Never-Before-Seen Photos of The Beatles’ Historic 1964 Visits to America for Sale

[caption id="attachment_2498568" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Some 50 never-before-seen photographs of The Beatles during their first U.S. tour, taken by 18-year-old Mike Mitchell, will be sold at Christie’s New York on July 20, 2011."][/caption] NEW YORK – Fifty lots of unpublished and never-before-seen photographs of the Beatles’ first hysteria-inducing visits to America in 1964, shot in black and white, will...

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  • 5
    Jul

Central New York State Gears Up for 40th Madison-Bouckville Antique Week

BOUCKVILLE, N.Y. – The Madison-Bouckville Antique Week—the largest antiques and collectibles show in New York state and often been compared to the tri-annual colossus in Brimfield, Mass.—will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and features some seven large fields filled with some 2,000-plus dealers and vendors and is expected to draw 45,000 people during its Aug. 15-21...

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  • 5
    Jul

Rinker on Collectibles: Priced to Sell

As I walked into the booths during a visit to Wilson Antiques in Traverse City, Mich., I reacted to prices one of two ways: (a) this stuff is priced to sell or (2) these prices are ridiculous. While this is not the first time I have done this, the frequency has increased during the past two years. As...

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  • 5
    Jul

Dining with Antiques – Pierced Sterling Serving Pieces

[caption id="attachment_2498551" align="alignright" width="300" caption="A Gorham Luxembourg cucumber server like this one would be part of an elaborate Victorian table setting, as formal, unique serving utensils for almost every kind of food—oysters, asparagus, bone marrow, crackers, fruit preserves, horseradish, olives—were part of a daily fine-dining experience."][/caption] Wealthy Victorians had a formal, unique serving utensil for almost every kind...

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