• 25
    Nov

N.C. Wyeth’s ‘Robinson Crusoe’ Series to Come Up for Auction

[caption id="attachment_2487658" align="aligncenter" width="553" caption="Newell Convers (N.C.) Wyeth’s “Robinson Crusoe (endpaper)”—one of 14 paintings used to illustrate Daniel Defoe’s classic novel published by the Cosmopolitan Book Corporation in 1920—highlights Christie’s Fall sale of Important American Paintings to be held on Dec. 2, 2009. "][/caption] NEW YORK – A celebrated series of paintings by Newell Convers (N.C.) Wyeth (1882-1945),...

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  • 24
    Nov

Collecting Urge Takes Flight: Massive Single-Owner Lifetime Model Airplane Auction

[caption id="attachment_2487631" align="aligncenter" width="574" caption="Paul Lachat of Winsted, Conn., stands among his massive collection of model planes and other items that will go on auction on Dec. 6, 2009. There are more than 600 completed planes (some made of pine and dating back to the World War II era) and about 500 more kits that he bought but...

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  • 24
    Nov

Auction Report: Carte De Visite of Pres. Garfield as a Civil War General Brings $4,068

[caption id="attachment_2487616" align="alignright" width="187" caption="Rare, signed carte de visite of slain President James A. Garfield, taken during the Civil War brought $4,068 at an auction held Nov. 14-15 by Philip Weiss Auctions."][/caption] OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – A rare signed carte de visite of former President James A. Garfield—taken when he was a Union Brigadier General in the Civil War,...

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  • 23
    Nov

Weekly News Roundup: November 23 to November 27

In art, antiques and collectibles news, a half-smoked cigar shows up, Michael Jackson is still a superstar and big-bucks whiskey. From The Times (UK): Winston Churchill D-Day cigar discovered Under almost any other circumstance, a partially smoked cigar would be heading for the trash can not the auction block. But when that cigar was smoked by Winston Churchill...

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  • 23
    Nov

Delaware River Decoys Differ from Their Coastal Brethren

[caption id="attachment_2487599" align="aligncenter" width="559" caption="This John Blair, Jr. pintail that sold for $47,500 at Guyette and Schmidt’s July auction 2009. This price was achieved due to its very good condition plus very desirable provenance. The decoy was acquired from the Blair family in the 1980s. Photo courtesy of Guyette and Schmidt."][/caption] I recently wrote about the New Jersey...

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  • 23
    Nov

Wild West Show Memorabilia Features Great Names of the American West

[caption id="attachment_2487564" align="aligncenter" width="502" caption="This large size Kelty photo of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey shows Col. Tim McCoy and His Congress of Rough Riders of the World. McCoy was featured in the after-show during the 1935 season. This photo is valued at $300-$400."][/caption] Collecting wild west show memorabilia is as important to circus collectors as collecting...

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  • 23
    Nov

Rinker on Collectibles: Defining Online-Only Auctions

On November 14, 2009, I participated as a speaker at the fall convention of the New York State Auctioneers Association, held at the Colgate Inn at Hamilton, New York. My two presentations were “Antiques and Collectibles in the 21st Century: The First Decade” and “Where Have All the Antiques Gone?” The first is the title of my Masters...

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  • 23
    Nov

Aging with Style – Appearance Isn’t Always the Best Indicator of Age

[caption id="attachment_2487581" align="alignright" width="316" caption="This is a period Chippendale chair, circa 1770."][/caption] Aging with style is almost everyone’s ultimate objective, immediately behind not aging at all. But in this context the word “aging” is being used as a verb as we try to answer the most often asked question about most antiques and collectibles, especially furniture: “How old...

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  • 23
    Nov

History of Thanksgiving Day

As a fans of antiques and collectibles, whose interest in history is peaked by the things we collect, we thought it would be interesting to provide here an account of Thanksgiving in America as it was thought in more than a century ago. What follows is “The History of Thanksgiving Day” as it appeared in pages of “The...

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  • 19
    Nov

The Comic Speculator 11/18/2009 Part 1

[caption id="attachment_2487531" align="alignright" width="288" caption="Dark Avengers"][/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...

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