• 20
    Dec

Collector’s Minute: Christmas Plates

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without all the tradition and decorations. Precious memories stored away in boxes attics and basements along with the tinsel, ornaments and decoration for the other 49 weeks of the year are pulled out and displayed. Tree ornaments that have been in the family for four generations, paper chains or macaroni-covered Angels […]

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  • 16
    Dec

Holiday Shopping Becomes Easier as Christie’s Launches Free iPad App

NEW YORK – As the holiday shopping season reaches its fever pitch, Christie’s International, the world’s leading art business, has announced a new, free App designed specifically for users of the Apple iPad. With special features and functions that are optimized for the iPad’s interface, the new App takes users on a tour of Christie’s […]

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  • 16
    Dec

Chinese Pagoda Form Wood & Ivory Display Cabinet Realizes $34,500 at Auction

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. – A gorgeous 19th-century Chinese pagoda form wood and ivory display cabinet breezed to $34,500 at a two-session weekend cataloged auction held Dec. 3-4 by Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales, making it the top-selling item in an auction saw 650 items sold. The cabinet was describes as being in good overall condition […]

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  • 15
    Dec

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 12/15/2010

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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  • 14
    Dec

Weekly News Roundup: December 13 to December 17

In antiques, art and collectibles news, Custer’s last flag brings in top dollar, basketball’s bible and the Emancipation Proclamation are sold. From The Boston Globe: Only salvaged Last Stand flag sold for $2.2m That American flag, tattered and with possible bloodstains, that flew with Gen. George Custer at the Battle of Little Bighorn was acquired […]

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  • 14
    Dec

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Firestone Ashtray, Supertone Banjo, Crosley Radio

QUESTION: I have a Firestone rubber tire ashtray from the 1934 “Century of Progress” World’s Fair in Chicago. The ashtray is 5 ½ inches in diameter. The inset is a tinted orange glass. The wording reads: “CENTURY/ OF PROGRESS/ Firestone/ CHICAGO / 1934.” What can you tell me about it? – TC, via e-mail ANSWER: […]

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  • 14
    Dec

The Comic Speculator – Back Issue Report 12/14/2010

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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  • 14
    Dec

Ask A Worthologist Question: Rookwood Vellum Plaque

Vale E. has an unusual piece she inherited four years ago. Not knowing exactly what she had, she engaged “Ask a Worthologist” service. The question was forwarded to me. Here is her question: “I inherited this small portrait of a mountain winter scene with a pine tree about four years ago. I never really gave […]

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  • 14
    Dec

Is It An Antique? Who’s Asking?

A topic that invariably generates a lot of heat and a lot less light is the question of what qualifies as an antique. The use of the word itself is a little odd in that it is one of the few words we use to describe an object that doesn’t have anything to do with […]

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  • 14
    Dec

Fabulous Antique Chinese Market Watches

The Chinese have their own taste in things, from dress to food and just about everything in between. This includes watches and jewelry, and since I don’t know too much about jewelry, I better write about watches. Fortunately, I know a little about Chinese watches. Nowadays, the Chinese make everything, including watches. But there aren’t […]

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