• 7
    Dec

Ask A Worthologist Question: Dresser-Designed Minton Porcelain Vase

[caption id="attachment_2494559" align="alignright" width="270"] Anne J.’s grandfather brought this vase back from England after the Second World War. She knows that it’s marked as made by Minton’s, but she wanted to learn its value. After turning to “Ask a Worthologist,” Mike Wilcox was able to give her a little history and a nice valuation.[/caption] Anne J. has a...

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  • 7
    Dec

Collect a Virtual Library of Circus Books from the Internet for Free

[caption id="attachment_2494569" align="alignright" width="232" caption="A bookshelf of free circus books is now loaded on my iPad."][/caption] Circus books are an important part of any circus memorabilia collection. A previous article (Circus Books: Building a Solid Foundation for Collecting) was all about that topic. Modern technology has given us a whole new way to look at books. For about...

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  • 7
    Dec

Christie’s and Playboy to Toast ‘The Year of the Rabbit’ with Art Auction

[caption id="attachment_2494584" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Tom Wesselmann’s “Mouth #8” (1966) is the top lot in the upcoming The Year of the Rabbit auction of more than 125 works from the corporate collection of Playboy Enterprises, to be hosted by Christies on Dec. 8, 2010."][/caption] NEW YORK – From contemporary works by Salvador Dalí and Tom Wesselmann to iconic photographs...

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  • 2
    Dec

Fine Wine, Period Furniture to Pace Dec. 3-4 Leland Little Auction

[caption id="attachment_2494520" align="alignright" width="231" caption="One lot consisting of three bottles of Chateau Lafite Rothschild wine (French, 2000 vintage), is one of the highlights of the fine wine auction, to be held Dec. 3 by Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales."][/caption] HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. – Nearly 650 mostly fresh-to-the-market lots in a dizzying array of categories—including a session dedicated specifically...

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  • 2
    Dec

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 12/02/2010

[caption id="attachment_2494510" align="alignright" width="197" caption="Wolverine The Best There Is #1 1:15 Phil Jimenez variant cover"][/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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  • 1
    Dec

Weekly News Roundup: November 29 to December 3

In art, antiques and collectibles news, we find an old map, the Emancipation Proclamation and James Bond versus Darth Vader. From The National Post: 17th century map of Canada discovered on dusty Scottish shelf Someone finally got around to checking out a dirty utility room in an old Scotland home. And there under years, possibly decades, of dust...

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  • 1
    Dec

Brisk Bidding Propels Christie’s Latin American Art Auction

[caption id="attachment_2494528" align="aligncenter" width="518" caption="The top lot of Christie’s Latin American Art sale was Fernando Botero’s “Family Scene” (1985), which surpassed its high estimate of $1,500,000, ultimately realizing $1,706,500."][/caption] NEW YORK – Works by Diego Rivera, Fernando Botero, Rufino Tamayo, and Beatriz Milhazes realized top prices at Christie’s two-session sale of Latin American Art on Nov. 17 &...

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  • 1
    Dec

Championship Rings, Game-Worn Sports Memorabilia to Star in Holiday Auction

[caption id="attachment_2494535" align="alignright" width="245" caption="Wide receiver J.R. Redmond’s New England Patriots 2001 Super Bowl XXXVI player’s ring is one highlight in the 2010 Grey Flannel Holiday Auction. The minimum bid for the ring is $10,000. (Grey Flannel Auctions image)"][/caption] WESTHAMPTON, N.Y. – Just like chestnuts roasting on an open fire and Jack Frost's icy patterns on windowpanes, Grey...

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  • 30
    Nov

Rinker on Collectibles: Maintaining a Sense of Wonder – Part I

When I finished my undergraduate degree at Lehigh University in January 1963, I immediately began graduate studies at the University of Delaware. My plan at the time was to earn a PhD in major in history and become a university professor. During the spring 1963 semester, I received permission to take an Art History course with the Winterthur...

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  • 30
    Nov

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Fire Hydrant Bank full of Silver Coins

QUESTION: I own a bank in the shape of a fire hydrant. My Uncle Pete, who was a volunteer at the Oakbrook Fire Company, gave it to my father. The bank is red in color, has a chain like a real fire hydrant, and stands two feet high. The body of the bank is plaster, but the bottom...

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