• 28
    Dec

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Roosevelt Ticket Stub, Designer Kahlua Bottle

QUESTION: I own a reserved seat ticket (Gate 4, Section 104) for an “ALL CHICAGO WELCOME / for / PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT / SOLDIER FIELD / SAT., OCTOBER 28, 1944, 7 P. M.” My mother found this while cleaning out her house. She wonders if it has any worth other than its history. If it does, […]

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  • 28
    Dec

Some Circus Animals Are the Stars of the Show

“. . .There they go, the pride of the circus. There they go, our animal stars. Give a hand to these handsome creatures. They are the big top’s finest features. Those fabulous animals. Those glorious animals. Those fabulous animals. Our greatest stars.” — Excerpt from “Those Fabulous Animals,” the theme song of a Ringling Bros. […]

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  • 22
    Dec

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 12/22/2010

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 auction sales. Sales numbers […]

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  • 22
    Dec

Weekly News Roundup: December 20 to December 24

Noteworthy happenings in the art, antiques and collectibles world include some fine wine, some pricey princessy pictures and toys, toys and more toys. From Reuters: Christie’s wine sales top $71 million for 2010 Wine auctions have something to toast—sales going up. Last year, Christie’s brought in about what it did in prerecession 2007, topping last […]

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  • 21
    Dec

Collector’s Minute: First Commercial Christmas Card

To collectors, there is always a “Holy Grail” or the “Stuff of Dreams” for their category of collecting, for which, of course, a small fortune would be required to obtain the item. For Collectors of Christmas memorabilia there are many items out there that could fill their personal “12 Days of Christmas” wish list. The […]

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  • 21
    Dec

Pair Carved Alabaster Marble Sculptures of Cleopatra, Judith Crack $130,000

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – A pair of carved, early Continental alabaster and marble statues of Cleopatra and Judith, each standing 23 inches tall and having exceptional detail, sold for $132,250 at a cataloged antique auction held Nov. 13 by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery. The statues were the top earner of the more than 500 lots sold. Overall, […]

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  • 21
    Dec

Lithograph Bullet Board Featuring Battleship Scene Paces Militaria, Guns & Ammo Sale

MATTHEWS, N.C. – An original United Metal Cartridges reprint lithograph bullet board showing ships and a battleship scene and with over 170 attached cartridges, sold for $2,938 in an Internet and catalog auction that ended Nov. 20 by SoldUSA.com. Some 2,000 lots of militaria, guns, ammo and hunting and fishing collectibles changed hands in the […]

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  • 21
    Dec

Watch Auction Caps $91-Million Year; Highest Annual Timepiece Total Ever at Christie’s

NEW YORK – With its final auction of the fall season on Dec. 14 in New York, Christie’s International wrapped up a record-breaking year for fine and rare watches that realized $91.2 million in total sales—the highest annual total ever achieved for watches at the global auction house. During what has emerged as a remarkable […]

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  • 21
    Dec

Treasures from New York’s Madison Galleries Owners to Cross the Block in West Palm Beach

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches will conduct a single-owner, two-session auction on Jan. 10-11, 2011 offering the personal property of Mrs. Florence Rubinstein and the late Mr. Irving Rubinstein. The Rubinstein’s were the owners of the renowned Madison Galleries in New York City before retiring to Delray Beach. The […]

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  • 20
    Dec

Rinker on Collectibles: The 1980s are the New ‘Old’

Time condenses as one grows older. Linda and I just returned from our annual week-long Weihnachts (Christmas) vacation to Germany’s Erzgebirge region. It was a winter wonderland—two feet of snow on the ground when we arrived in Seiffen and snow every day during our stay. When we returned home to Brookfield, Conn., late in evening, […]

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