• 8
    Apr

Non-Profits Turn to Antique Appraisal Days for Fundraising Help

The folks in Catskill, N.Y., had been looking for a new kind of fundraiser to augment their school district’s ever-tightening budget. Their new solution? Old things. The Catskill Educational Foundation—a non-profit organization that helps the Catskill School District pay for extra resources, programs and educational tools—hosted its first benefit Antiques Appraisal Day last Saturday, and […]

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  • 7
    Apr

Annual ISA Summer Conference to Focus on Scholarship and Business Development

CHICAGO – Author and gallery director Michael Findlay will deliver the keynote address at the International Society of Appraisers (ISA), which will also feature a broad range of distinguished antiques and fine art speakers at its annual meeting, this year slated for April 25-28 at the InterContinental at the Plaza in Kansas City, Mo. Findlay, […]

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  • 2
    Apr

Keene Marlboro Street Glassworks Sunburst Snuff Jar Gavels for $57,330 at Auction

WOODSTOCK, Conn. – A sunburst snuff jar made between 1815 and 1830 at the Keene Marlboro Street Glassworks in New Hampshire—an extremely rare piece and in virtually perfect condition—sold for $57,330, highlighting a recent Norman C. Heckler & Company’s Internet auction. It was a tidy, online-only affair that saw a little fewer than 100 items […]

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  • 31
    Mar

Guernsey’s Guitar Auction Could Rewrite Investment Guitar Market Thinking, Prices

In 1933, struggling 22-year-old musician Leonard Slye needed a guitar. He found one at a California pawn shop and paid $30 for it. In 1933, $30 was an average week’s wage, but Slye believed that the guitar—a three-year-old Martin OM-45 deluxe model serial #42125—was worth the price. New Martin OM-45s retailed for $225. Slye went […]

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  • 31
    Mar

Radar O’Reilly’s Teddy Bear from ‘M*A*S*H’ TV Show Hammers for $14,000

When a “national treasure” prop or costume from an iconic Hollywood movie or television show becomes available at auction, it can make headlines, especially among auction watchers, memorabilia collectors, as well as those who follow celebrity related news. One of the most sentimental TV-related props—Radar O’Reilly’s Teddy bear from the hit show “M*A*S*H”—sold at One […]

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  • 31
    Mar

Buyers to Get a Crack at Rockwell’s Iconic ‘The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room)’

NEW YORK – Norman Rockwell’s iconic baseball painting “The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room)” will be included in Christie’s May 22 sale of American Art. The work, which has never been offered at auction, was painted in 1957 for the March 2nd cover of The Saturday Evening Post and has remained in the same private […]

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  • 26
    Mar

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 03/26/2014

New Comics Roundup It’s another huge week for comics and if you don’t know what you’re doing, you might end up running from your local comic shop screaming! Boy, you’re lucky I’m here for you and ignoring my wife while writing about comics. This week Crossed hits issue #50 at Avatar and Garth Ennis returns […]

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  • 25
    Mar

Rinker on Collectibles: Why Is the Antiques Trade So Reluctant to Change?

In response to a Rinker on Collectibles Q & A column, Audrey Bell, owner of Gallery 18 Ltd., New London, Prince Edward Island, Canada, sent me an e-mail which read: in a “Q& A column you say, ‘Given the increasing role played by Internet searches for individuals wishing to sell antiques and collectibles, a specialized dealer […]

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  • 25
    Mar

Extra! Extra! Newspaper Movie Posters Take You to Where the Action Is

From cinema’s earliest days, newspapers offered the movies heroes, heroines and a visual shorthand it used constantly not only in the films, but also in the movie posters, lobby cards and stills used to promote them. It’s one of my main collecting areas and, while it’s obvious that I’m not the only one collecting newspaper-themed […]

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  • 25
    Mar

Chinese Export Silver: The 19th-Century Phenomenon Equivalent to the iPad!

The 1842 Treaty of Nanking broke the habit of a lifetime; after more than 2,500 years, China could no longer be the closely guarded introspective nation it had been. But even with the enforced opening of the fortress-like doors, the treaty was in reality more of a fissure rather the hoped-for wide open gateway that […]

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