• 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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  • 12
    Dec

Bidding War Spices Up American Bottle Auctions Sale

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – An outstanding, mint condition Brown’s Celebrated Indian Herb bitters bottle, patented Feb. 11, 1868, sold for $36,960 in an Internet and catalog auction held by American Bottle Auctions, as it was expected to be the sale’s top lot. But there were some surprises as well, including a bidding war over a Eagle/Grapes […]

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  • 9
    Dec

Playboy ‘The Year of the Rabbit’ Auction Realizes $2.9 Million

NEW YORK – Contemporary works by Salvador Dalí and Tom Wesselmann to iconic photographs of Marilyn Monroe from the pages of Playboy magazine sold in The Year of the Rabbit auction of more than 125 works from the corporate collection of Playboy Enterprises at Christies on Dec. 8, 2010. The collection is comprised mostly of […]

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  • 8
    Dec

Weekly News Roundup: December 6 to December 10

In art, antiques and collectibles news, we have cigarette packs, Johnny Cash’s jumpsuit and (gulp) Queen Elizabeth’s panties. From The Charlotte Observer: Unopened, antique cigarette packs could fetch healthy price Here might be an incentive to quit smoking. Don’t open the pack, keep it for many years, and it may be worth more—a lot more—than […]

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  • 8
    Dec

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 12/08/2010

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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  • 7
    Dec

Chandler, Dave the Slave & Meaders Family Pottery Abound in Georgia Auction

ADAIRSVILLE, Ga. – Rare and important pottery, including Edgefield pieces by Chandler, works attributed to Dave the Slave, and many pieces by the renowned Meaders family, will lead a Dec. 11 auction to be facilitated by Ken’s Antiques & Auction. The auction will also feature furniture, fine estate jewelry and original works of art by […]

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  • 7
    Dec

Rare & Vintage Art Glass from Well-Known Collections to Cross the Block

WICHITA, Kan. – Hundreds of pieces of rare and vintage art glass, including Wave Crest, Tiffany, R.S. Prussia, Royal Bayreuth, Royal Worcester, Daum Nancy, Galle, and Thomas Webb & Sons, will be sold at auction to be facilitated by Woody Auction on Saturday, Dec. 11, in the 4H Hall of the Sedgwick County Extension Center. […]

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  • 7
    Dec

Panic Attack: Holiday Quick Fixes for Furniture

As the holidays roll around on a regular basis this time of the year, they are often accompanied by panic attacks, as the realization sets in that you are not really ready to host the big neighborhood party or to have a houseful of overnight guests usually accompanied by young children. You really meant to […]

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  • 7
    Dec

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

In Part I of this Rinker on Collectibles mini-series, I introduced readers to the concept of wonder as it relates to antiques and collectibles. I also expressed concern that I was becoming complacent and losing my ability to see wonder in objects to the same degree I had earlier in my career. The column ended […]

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