• 7
    Dec

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

NEW YORK – From contemporary works by Salvador Dalí and Tom Wesselmann to iconic photographs of Marilyn Monroe from the pages of Playboy magazine, The Year of the Rabbit, an auction of more than 125 works from the corporate collection of Playboy Enterprises, will cross the auction block at Christies on Dec. 8, 2010. The […]

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  • 2
    Dec

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

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. – Nearly 650 mostly fresh-to-the-market lots in a dizzying array of categories—including a session dedicated specifically to fine wine—will be offered at a two-session weekend sale slated for Dec. 3-4 by Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales. The auction will be conducted in the firm’s new, state-of-the-art gallery at 620 Cornerstone Court. Online […]

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  • 2
    Dec

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

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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  • 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 […]

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  • 1
    Dec

Brisk Bidding Propels Christie’s Latin American Art Auction

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 & 18 in New York. The auctions, conducted before a crowded sale room, achieved 14 new world auction records and a grand total of $23,323,275. Virgilio Garza, […]

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  • 1
    Dec

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

WESTHAMPTON, N.Y. – Just like chestnuts roasting on an open fire and Jack Frost’s icy patterns on windowpanes, Grey Flannel Holiday Auction is a sure sign that the holiday season has arrived. This year, 2010 will wrap up with a Dec. 8 Internet/absentee Holiday Auction packed with top-notch memorabilia from across the sports spectrum. The […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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  • 30
    Nov

Collector’s Minute: White Eagle Statue

Large iron or bronze eagle figures or statuettes like the one pictured left are generally “architectural salvage” from 19th-century buildings and monuments scheduled for demolition. Most date from the 1840s through the first quarter of the 20th century. Unless there is a foundry mark or a provenance regarding where they came from, assigning a maker […]

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  • 30
    Nov

Collecting the Business behind Circus Show Business

‘The Circus is the only ageless delight that you can buy for money. Everything else is supposed to be bad for you. But the Circus is good for you. It is the only spectacle I know that, while you watch it, gives the quality of a truly happy dream.’ — Ernest Hemingway Hemingway penned those […]

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