• 10
    Nov

Allman Promotions Acquires Florida’s West Coast Antique Shows

[caption id="attachment_2487302" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Steve and Judy Allman, owners of Allman Productions LLC, have announced that they have acquired all of the shows previously managed by Yvonne and Jim Tucker of Antiques Shows of Florida."][/caption] NAPLES, Fla. – Judy and Steve Allman, owners of Allman Productions LLC, have announced that they have acquired all of the shows previously...

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  • 10
    Nov

Auction Report: Antique Duffner & Kimberly and Tiffany Lamps Highlight Fontaine’s Sale

[caption id="attachment_2487290" align="alignright" width="255" caption="This Tiffany Studios 20-inch Dragonfly table lamp with excellent 6-dragonfly shade is estimated to bring between $75,000 and $100,000 at a massive three-session auction on Nov. 21 hosted by Fontaine's Auction Gallery."][/caption] PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Antique lighting by Tiffany, Handel, Duffner & Kimberly, Pairpoint and others will highlight a massive three-session cataloged auction boasting...

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  • 10
    Nov

Older Circus Photos Bring Higher Prices

[caption id="attachment_2487273" align="alignright" width="258" caption="Miss Uno was a snake charmer with Adam Forepaugh Shows. Even though she doesn’t have her snake in this cabinet card photo, the image sold for $33 in 2008."][/caption] In a previous article Circus Photos I wrote about circus photographs and their values. Another article on Side Show collectibles highlighted pitch cards and photos...

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  • 10
    Nov

That’s Entertainment! Dealers Need to Drop their Aloofness

“The world is a stage The stage is a world of entertainment. That’s entertainment!” —lyrics from “That’s Entertainment” Antiques and collectibles are part of the entertainment industry. Many involved in the trade do not view it from this perspective, but it is true. If we do not entertain, we do not have customers. If we do not have...

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  • 5
    Nov

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Venus Paradise Coloring Sets, ‘Down Beat’ Issues

QUESTION: I am seeking information about Venus Paradise coloring sets. Every path I tried, including Google, led me to a big zero. Are they being hoarded? I would like to buy one for my upcoming birthday. – CDZ, West Hartford, CT, via e-mail ANSWER: I did a Google search and found information about Venus Paradise coloring sets. Try...

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  • 5
    Nov

Removing Mold from Art & Antiques a Job for Restoration Professional

[caption id="attachment_2487227" align="alignright" width="381" caption="Some molds can be toxic, so it is important to wear the appropriate protection, including gloves and a proper respirator or dust mask."][/caption] The rash of devastating hurricanes in the southeast United States over the last few years has created a potentially dangerous situation for collectors and institutions now salvaging mold and mildew covered...

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  • 4
    Nov

This Week in Geek 11/04/09

[caption id="attachment_2487249" align="alignright" width="320" caption="New Mutants"][/caption] This Week in Geek is a weekly blog about new comics written by WorthPoint Comic book Worthologist Matt Baum. Every Wednesday Matt takes a look at trends—good and bad—in the world of comic books from a collector's point-of-view. Make sure to click on the hot links for previews and more information on...

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  • 4
    Nov

Weekly News Roundup: November 2 to 6

Starting out the week in art, antiques and collectibles news, we have letters from the roué Lord Byron, a really good thank-you for a job well done and royalty cash in the attic. From The Associated Press: Byron letters get nearly $460,000 at UK auction To put it delicately, Romantic poet Lord Byron was a rake who racked...

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  • 4
    Nov

The Comic Speculator 11/04/2009

[caption id="attachment_2487193" align="alignright" width="318" caption="Deadpool"][/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 auction sales....

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  • 4
    Nov

Wonderful Wind-up Toys: Wheels, Cogs and Springs Combine to Thrill Children

[caption id="attachment_2487205" align="aligncenter" width="452" caption="A German-made Guntherman "Blue Bird" Land Speed Car in good working order. This tin lithographed wind-up car is 20 inches long and features sporty Art Deco detailing. Circa 1930."][/caption] In this world of computer technology and artificial intelligence, wind-up toys of the past seem that much more amazing. For more than a century, the...

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