• 21
    May

Huge Menagerie of Steiff Stuffed Animals to Highlight Julia’s Toy, Doll and Adverts Sale

FAIRFIELD, Maine – A menagerie of 125 Steiff stuffed animals from the collection of Chuck and the late Cathy Steffes—any of which could easily be the crown jewel in any Steiff collection—will highlight the upcoming Antique Toy, Doll & Advertising Auction to be held June 13 at James D. Julia, Inc. Billing itself as possibly […]

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  • 20
    May

Where’s Will? WorthPoint CEO Braves the Rain to Browse Brimfield

Those who braved Brimfield on Friday were prepared for the rainy weather, with ponchos and umbrellas and shoes they didn’t mind getting muddy. The bad weather kept the crowds low in number but didn’t dampen the antique-hunting experience. Determined shoppers—and I was one of them—simply picked their way around the mud and puddles to find […]

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  • 20
    May

LeRoy Neiman’s Marilyn Monroe Portrait on DiMaggio-Signed Baseball Nets $96,000

I met Joe DiMaggio once, when I was 17. A friend of mine was DiMaggio’s third cousin, twice-removed or something like that, and he invited me to a DiMaggio family barbeque that Joltin’ Joe was going to attend. At the time, in the mid-’80s, DiMaggio was better known as “Mr. Coffee” to kids of my […]

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  • 20
    May

‘Mantiques’ Book Brings Manly Collecting out of the Mancave and into the Mainstream

The term “antiques” used to elicit images of silver tea sets and Edwardian sideboards and even that “priceless Ming vaaase.” But if you say the word now, it’s just as likely to bring to mind thoughts of rusty two-handed saws and old snow shoes and surf boards. While the former are “antiques,” the latter are […]

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  • 19
    May

Sex Sells, but is it Collectable? Russ Meyer Movie Posters Are

Like it or not, sex sells! Unsurprisingly, sex figures prominently in popular culture through history. Early movies were quick to capitalize on sex, although the introduction of the Hays Code in 1930 and the resulting strict censorship kept things fairly buttoned up for nearly four decades. The more laissez-faire attitudes following the Second World War, […]

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  • 16
    May

Casino Magnate Steve Wynn Buys 7-Foot Stainless Steel Popeye Statue for $28 Million

Well, blow me down. Steve Wynn, the American business and casino magnate, bought a 7-foot-tall stainless steel statue of the iconic cartoon character Popeye—a creation of artist Jeff Koons’—for $28 million Wednesday evening at Sotheby’s in New York City. The brilliantly colored sailor man is posed with his impressive, cleft chin jutting out, his right […]

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  • 15
    May

Self-Taught Sam Doyle’s Painting of his Grandmother Soars to $204,000 at Folk Art Sale

BUFORD, Ga. – When Sam Doyle sat down with a few cans of house paint and a piece of rusted tin roofing, he could have never thought that the hour or two he spent painting a picture of his grandmother holding a newborn infant would ever mean much to anyone other than himself and maybe […]

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  • 13
    May

Globetrotting Geologist’s Jaw-Dropping Estate Sale to Draw Serious Collectors

Having run estate sales for 20 years, Rachel Fitch knew immediately that this one was going to be different. A retired geologist who had worked in at sites around the world wanted to sell off most of his possession, which includes antiques and collectibles from the jungles of Brazil to the hinterlands of China and […]

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  • 13
    May

Chinese Export Silver: The East-West Divide

中國出口銀器:東西方的分裂 Worthologist Adrien von Ferscht investigates the dichotomy of preference by Chinese collectors of Chinese Export Silver for items in the high Chinese style over the earlier, neo-classical pieces of the late 18th and early 19th centuries; silver that admirably demonstrates to extraordinary skill of Chinese silversmiths to produce work that was totally “foreign” in […]

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  • 12
    May

Seven Tips for Surviving Brimfield (or any other Large Antiques Festival)

The first of the three annual Brimfield antique shows gets underway this week along Route 20 in Massachusetts, and there will doubtless be many newbies attending this year’s events. We thought it might be a good idea to provide them with some tips on how to navigate the seemingly endless rows of tents and booths […]

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