• 17
    Nov

The Comic Speculator – Back Issue Report 11/17/2010

[caption id="attachment_2494336" align="alignright" width="180" caption="Aquaman #1, CGC Certified 9.2"][/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...

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  • 16
    Nov

Weekly News Roundup: November 15 to November 19

In art, antiques and collectibles news, we find Bernie’s undies, Sir Ed’s watches and a spectacular diamond. From Bloomberg Businessweek: Madoff’s Bed, Underwear Snapped Up in $2 Million New York Sale It’s nice that an auction of Ponzi King Bernie Madoff’s personal items brought in $2 million for his victims, but his underwear? Someone bought his underwear? We...

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  • 16
    Nov

Historical Artifacts from Byrd’s Antarctic Expedition Headline Pre-Thanksgiving Sale

[caption id="attachment_2494315" align="alignright" width="196" caption="Unique historical artifacts and ephemera pertaining to Antarctic exploration from the 18th century through modern day, a large selection of vintage cameras and photographica; and 50 highly detailed ship and boat models will be auctioned in Old Town Auctions’ pre- Thanksgiving sale on Nov. 19-21."][/caption] HAGERSTOWN, Md. – Traditionally, Old Town Auctions conducts a...

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  • 16
    Nov

1947 Woody, Canine & Equestrian Collectibles, ABCG to Star in Estates Sale

[caption id="attachment_2494303" align="aligncenter" width="518" caption="This 1947 Buick Woody Super 8 Roadmaster, garaged for decades and in remarkable shape, will be among the items up for bid in a weekend antique auction slated for Nov. 19-20 by Richard D. Hatch & Associates. "][/caption] FLAT ROCK, N.C. – A pair of remarkable estates, plus hundreds of other fresh-to-the-market consignments—including many...

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  • 16
    Nov

Pop! ‘Ohhh…Alright…’ Sets New World Auction Record For Lichtenstein at $42.6 Million

[caption id="attachment_2494321" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Roy Lichtenstein’s Pop Art masterpiece “Ohhh...Alright…” sold for $42.6 million in Christie’s Evening Sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art on Nov.10, 2010, setting a new world record auction price for the artist."][/caption] Roy Lichtenstein’s Pop Art masterpiece “Ohhh...Alright…” depicting a blue-eyed, flame haired beauty in Ben-Day dots sold for $42.6 million in Christie’s Evening...

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  • 16
    Nov

Three Prominent Texas Art Companies Combine to Establish Dallas Fine Art Auction

[caption id="attachment_2494292" align="aligncenter" width="459" caption="David McGary’s “Gray Hawk’s Legacy” is just one of many pieces of Texas and Western art that will be up for auction in an event hosted by three prominent Texas art companies— David Dike Fine Art, Debbie Leeuw Fine Art and Dallas Auction Gallery—in January of 2011."][/caption] A unique partnership of three prominent Texas...

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  • 16
    Nov

Q & A with Harry Rinker: He-Man Poster, Micro Altimeter, L. Jambor Print

QUESTION: I have a 32-inch-by-23-inch Masters of the Universe poster. Two notations on the bottom read: “Mattel 1984 Hawthorne, Ca.” and “Mattel 1984 Filmation.” Some of the characters pictured on the poster are He-Man, Jitsu, Man of Arms, Orko and Roton. The colors remain strong. The poster is in excellent condition and is framed. Is there any interest...

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  • 16
    Nov

Top Security: Custom Table Pads

[caption id="attachment_2494370" align="alignright" width="304" caption="A good set of custom made table pads can greatly prolong the life of your dining table."][/caption] While modern taste in dining room tables, like modern taste in so many subjects today, varies considerably from household to household, the traditional format calls for a flat wooden surface supported by some type of leg or...

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  • 16
    Nov

Cincinnati Silver Tableware Still Shines 200 Years Later

[caption id="attachment_2494361" align="alignright" width="266" caption="These twist-handle coin silver forks with bright cut engraving clearly show a distinctive Cincinnati style. They were made and sold by Duhme & Co. in the mid-19th century, and brought $287.50 for the group at a May 2005 auction. (Photo courtesy of Cowan’s Auctions, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio)"][/caption] When Cincinnati’s first settlers arrived in 1788,...

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  • 16
    Nov

Collector’s Minute: Ivorex and Plaster Plaques

[caption id="attachment_2494287" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="An example of plaster plaques of “Anne Hathaway’s Cottage” (left) and “Shakespeare’s House Stratford-on-Avon” that have confused some people into believing they were indeed hand-carved ivory."][/caption] Appraisers & dealers often run across odd items that their owners are convinced are made of some exotic, hand-carved material such as marble or ivory. Unfortunately, most are...

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