• 7
    Dec

Circus Christmas Cards — A Colorful Big Top Collectible

[caption id="attachment_2487843" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Roland Butler was working on the design for the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. card when he died in 1961. The design was used for many years after his death. "][/caption] During the Christmas season, circuses are typically at winter quarters preparing for another year on the road. Circus owners have always been alert to use...

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  • 7
    Dec

Unhappy Trails: Cowboy Heroes Fade Away as Fans Head to that Great Corral in the Sky

"My heroes have always been cowboys, And, they still are, it seems. Sadly, in search of, but one step in back of, Themselves and their slow-movin’ dreams" —Lyrics by Sharon Vaughn My heroes are cowboys, but not the real-life cowboys who rode the western plains. My partners are on the silver-screen; B-movie cowboys and 1950s and 1960s television...

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  • 7
    Dec

The Collector’s Minute: That Old Piece of Pottery is Not as Old as it Looks

[caption id="attachment_2487865" align="aligncenter" width="270" caption="A blue and white pitcher such as this one was sold as utility ware for domestic use and, therefore, seldom marked."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2487866" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="The swastika as used on this pitcher is meant as a good luck symbol and has nothing to do with Nazi Germany."][/caption] One of the interesting things about the...

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  • 4
    Dec

This Week in Geek 12/04/09

[caption id="attachment_2487831" align="alignright" width="384" caption="Fall of the Hulks"][/caption] This Week in Geek is a weekly blog about new comics written post-comic-shop-visit by WorthPoint comic book Worthologist Matt Baum. Every Wednesday Matt takes a look at the week's new comics from a collector's point-of-view and discusses which the comics he'll be purchasing and why. Make sure to click on...

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  • 3
    Dec

Christie’s December Photographs Sale in New York Offers Exceptional Array of Works

[caption id="attachment_2487815" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Thomas Struth’s “Grab von Lu Xun, Shanghai Express, 1997” is estimated to bring $20,000-30,000 at an auction of photographs at Christie’s New York on Dec. 7, 2009."][/caption] NEW YORK – Christie’s is pleased to announce the sale of photographs on Dec. 7 that will conclude the auction house’s Fall 2009 season for the category....

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  • 3
    Dec

The Comic Speculator 12/03/2009

[caption id="attachment_2487804" align="alignright" width="270" caption="Batman and Robin"][/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 (OVST), Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online...

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  • 3
    Dec

Auction Report: Wyeth’s ‘Above The Narrows’ Leads $32.3M American Art Sale

[caption id="attachment_2487667" align="alignright" width="357" caption="Above The Narrows,” tempera on panel by Andrew Wyeth, brought $6.9 million, second-highest price achieved for an Andrew Wyeth painting. The painting depicts the artist’s teenage son Nicky as a lone figure standing at Bradford’s Point, overlooking the St. George River in Maine."][/caption] NEW YORK – Andrew Wyeth’s tempera on panel painting “Above The...

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  • 2
    Dec

Weekly News Roundup: November 30 to December 4

In art, antiques and collectible news, we find Audrey Hepburn, Alice in Wonderland, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy and a very pricey diamond. From The Associated Press: Audrey Hepburn's designer gowns hit auction blocks [caption id="attachment_2487777" align="alignleft" width="116" caption="Givenchy dress from "How to Steal a Million""][/caption] Audrey Hepburn was the epitome of elegance on-screen and off. Next week,...

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  • 30
    Nov

The Ringling Name Sells Products and Expands the World of Circus Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2487716" align="aligncenter" width="502" caption="This is one of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey train cars manufactured by K-Line in 1994. This train car is O Gauge and can sometimes be found on eBay for as little as $50. "][/caption] In a previous article I wrote a little about the history of The Greatest Show On Earth....

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  • 30
    Nov

History of the Breitling Navitimer Watch is Shrouded in Mystery

[caption id="attachment_2487703" align="alignright" width="300" caption="The history of the Breitling Navitimer watch is hard to pin down, as company records have been lost, and company lore does not match up with other facts. This all makes the Navitimer an interesting watch to collect."][/caption] The story of the first Navitimer is shrouded in mystery and even some controversy. Quite simply,...

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