• 2
    Nov

Collector’s Minute: Albert Ludovici Prints & Puzzles

[caption id="attachment_2494032" align="aligncenter" width="397" caption="“Rival Coaches – 1834” by Albert Ludovici Jr. is one of 16 images that were made into picture puzzles by Raphael Tuck & Sons, Ltd. In 1910-12."][/caption] The artist Albert Ludovici Jr. (1852-1932) was a member of British Royal Academy of Painters, Sculptors, Engravers, member of the French school of painting and an admirer...

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  • 2
    Nov

The Comic Speculator – Back Issue Report 11/02/2010

[caption id="attachment_2494049" align="alignright" width="216" caption="Amazing Spider-Man #26"][/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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  • 1
    Nov

Weekly News Roundup: November 1 – November 5

Looking at art, antiques and collectibles news, we see potential good news for the art market, Old West photos and a Marine’s collections. From The Wall Street Journal: Fall Auctions: Will Bigger Be Better? This week marks the beginning of Sotheby's, Christie's International and Phillips de Pury & Co.’s Impressionist, contemporary and modern art sales. The 2,266 pieces—up...

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  • 1
    Nov

Slotin Folk Art Auction Date Moved Back to Accommodate Huge Influx of New Items

[caption id="attachment_2494070" align="aligncenter" width="504" caption="More than 1,200 lots of self-taught art in a variety of forms—from face jugs to paintings, quilts to pottery—will be offered the weekend of Nov. 13-14 by Slotin Folk Art Auction at the Historic Buford Hall, including this original paint on Masonite work by M. B. Mayfield (1923-2005), titled “Avon Lady” (1983). Mayfield was...

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  • 27
    Oct

Rinker on Collectibles: Who Makes the Market?

Rich O’Neill e-mailed: “I am 62. I have attended real auto auctions as a buyer for more than 30 years . . . I recently acquired approximately 250 Franklin Mint, Danbury Mint, Harley Davidson Motorcycles, 98 percent accompanied by their Styrofoam box. Although condition varies, most are mint. Because of the down economy, I am considering establishing an...

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  • 27
    Oct

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 10/27/2010

[caption id="attachment_2493904" align="alignright" width="194" caption="Action Comics #894 1:10 Russell variant"][/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)...

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  • 26
    Oct

Weekly News Roundup: October 25 to October 29

In art, antiques and collectibles news, some boo-tiful auction results, a possible new owner of Christie’s and basketball’s original gentlemanly rules. From The Philadelphia Inquirer: Antiques: Vintage Halloween collectibles can be scary valuable If you are interested in Halloween collectibles, you might want to check out Morphy Auctions, not far from Philadelphia. Some spooky, and expensive, items were...

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  • 26
    Oct

A Circus Isn’t a Circus Unless It Has a Band: Collecting Circus Music

“A circus isn’t a circus unless it has a band.” So said Merle Evans in his biography written by Gene Plowden. Of course, Evans would think that. For 50 years he was bandmaster for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Likewise, a good circus collection isn’t complete unless it contains music and music-related memorabilia. So, let’s take...

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  • 25
    Oct

Unusual Family Mementos: Granddad’s FBI Wanted Posters

[caption id="attachment_2493849" align="aligncenter" width="358" caption="The FBI wanted poster for Fred Walter Lennon—a.k.a Fred Knorr, Floyd Knorr, Charles Murphy and “Corky”—was sought for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution and armed robbery in California in 1950. "][/caption] Years ago, I came across a bunch of FBI wanted poster cards from the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s. I thought that these were...

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  • 25
    Oct

The Collector’s Minute: New Hampshire 1776 Copper

[caption id="attachment_2493864" align="alignright" width="210" caption="The initials W. M. are on the reverse of the New Hampshire 1776 copper. Most examples of this coin in circulation today are copies of the original, made for the 1876 Independence Centennial. "][/caption] As an appraiser, over time, you run into the same reproductions, which turn up every couple of years like old...

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