• 19
    Oct

Look with Your Brain, as well as Your Eyes, to Avoid a Costly Mistaken Identity

  [caption id="attachment_2493751" align="alignright" width="300"] Canvas for surgical wallets has been used for more than 100 years. And this style of wallet has been used for more than 200 years.[/caption] I was wandering around an antique mall in Tennessee one time a few years back and noticed some small tools and other oojahs in a display case. The...

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  • 19
    Oct

Ask A Worthologist Question: Plantation Desk

  [caption id="attachment_2493746" align="alignright" width="289"] This Plantation desk, rescued from a Wisconsin feed mill 25 years ago, still have some value after some restoration, probably in the $1,000-$1,500 range.[/caption] Nearly 25 years ago, Jeremy B. hauled away an old desk in a Wisconsin feed mill. After a friend encouraged him to have it appraised, he turned to WorthPoint’s...

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  • 19
    Oct

Huge Weekend of Hollywood Memorabilia, Antique Toys, Trains & Dolls Sale Set

[caption id="attachment_2493764" align="aligncenter" width="574" caption="The Holy Grail of lunchboxes collecting, a Mint condition 1954 Superman vs. The Robot by Universal, will be among the items up for sale in a three-day event scheduled for Oct. 22-24 by Philip Weiss Auctions."][/caption] OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – A massive, three-day weekend sale slated for Oct. 22-24 by Philip Weiss Auctions will feature...

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  • 13
    Oct

Gerhard Richter’s ‘Two Candles’ Expected to Bring $12 Million in November Auction

[caption id="attachment_2493699" align="alignright" width="202" caption="Gerhard Richter, “Zwei Kerzen” is expected to realize between $12 and $16 million when offered at auction on Nov. 10 in Christie’s “Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction.”"][/caption] NEW YORK – One of the most monumental and iconic pictures ever painted by Gerhard Richter, “Zwei Kerzen” ("Two Candles"—an image that is totally universal and...

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  • 13
    Oct

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 10/13/2010

[caption id="attachment_2493677" align="alignright" width="195" caption="Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #5 Sook 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...

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  • 12
    Oct

Historic Conewago Manor Inn (Pa.) Contents to be sold without Reserve

[caption id="attachment_2493656" align="aligncenter" width="551" caption="The contents of the historic Conewago Manor Inn in Elizabethtown, Pa., will be sold in an on-site auction slated for Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Inn itself."][/caption] ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. – The contents of the Conewago Manor Inn—an historic structure dating back to an original 1742 grant from the William Penn family, founders of the...

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  • 12
    Oct

When Is a Good Time to Jump Into the Market?

Jim McMahon’s e-mail reads: “My question is about colleting cap guns. I have noticed a decline in prices on eBay. In your opinion, is this decline a temporary thing? How close to the bottom do you think we are? Is now a good time to get into the market? I know you do not have a crystal ball....

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  • 11
    Oct

Weekly News Roundup: October 11 to October 15

John Lennon tops this week’s art, antiques and collectibles news along with an ancient Roman helmet and a Chinese vase that evoked childhood memories. From the New York Times: Before Auction, Lennon Has Brush With the F.B.I. John Lennon died almost 30 years ago, yet the FBI still has him on its radar. Lennon was fingerprinted in 1976...

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  • 11
    Oct

The Collector’s Minute: Stag Handled Carving Sets

[caption id="attachment_2493717" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="A five-piece carving set made and signed by Henckels and features stag handles with ornate Sterling mounts. The blades are steel and signed “Henckels Twin Works, Solingen, Germany.” In excellent condition, this set sold for $425 in 2008."][/caption] Items we see a great deal of that is often described as “having been in the...

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  • 11
    Oct

German Immigrants’ Innovations Changed 19th Century American Furniture

[caption id="attachment_2493607" align="aligncenter" width="432" caption="This is the front parlor of the ante-bellum mansion Rosalie in Natchez, Miss. It contains the largest collection J. H. Belter furniture in the country. One of Belters’ most popular patterns, Rosalie, was designed for and named after this house. (Fred Taylor photo)"][/caption] Political turmoil is seldom something to be thankful for, but it...

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