• 6
    Oct

Q & A with Harry Rinker: WWII Puzzle & Poster, Star Wars Toys, Cowboy Costume

QUESTION: As a collector of WWII aviation items, I came across a “Fighters for Victory” picture puzzle in its period box. It was put together in the past, and I am considering assembling it. If it is complete, I plan to frame and mount it in the room that houses my WWII aviation items. My concern is that...

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  • 6
    Oct

Weekly News Roundup: October 5 to October 9

In art, antiques and collectibles headlines, we find that Los Angels Lakers star Kobe Bryant is no longer persona non grata in the collectibles world, as he inks a deal to be a sports card spokesman, the Canadian government mistakenly sells some antiques for ridiculously low prices, and some of Audrey Hepburn’s outfits and letters will go up for...

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  • 6
    Oct

Vintage, Collectible Toys on the Block at Serious Toyz Online Auction

[caption id="attachment_2486582" align="alignright" width="353" caption="This Linemar tin battery-operated remote-control 1956 Mark II Continental car—in the box—is “is one of the rarest tin cars in the world,” says Serious Toyz owner Tom Miano."][/caption] CROTON-ON-HUDSON, NY — Touted as among the most impressive and diverse online auctions of its kind in years and a spectacular opportunity for collectors to bid...

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  • 6
    Oct

Renoir Lithograph Tops Dallas Auction Gallery Auction

DALLAS – Dallas Auction Gallery recently hosted an important auction featuring a Pierre Auguste Renoir, "Le Chapeau Epingle" lithograph in sanguine, a pair of Chinese carved ivory foo-lions, an important Chinese Ming Zhengde Imperial blue and white porcelain table screen, a regency style carved marble garden bench, a Joseph Emmanuel Zwiener Table de Salon, a Chinese Qing Dynasty...

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  • 6
    Oct

Thomas Butterworth, Andrew Wyeth Works Highlight Converse Auction

[caption id="attachment_2486554" align="aligncenter" width="507" caption="A half-dozen collographs (prints on paper) by Andrew Wyeth are expected to be a highlight at the upcoming Oct. 21 auction to be hosted by Gordon S. Converse & Co."][/caption] WAYNE, Pa. – Some 200 lots of fine art, period American furniture, decorative accessories—including a pair of oils by Thomas Butterworth and a half-dozen...

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  • 6
    Oct

Gatling Guns Hits the Mark at Fontaine’s Civil War, Firearms and Militaria Auction

[caption id="attachment_2486572" align="alignright" width="350" caption="The top lot of the Civil War, Firearms and Militaria Auction held by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery was this spectacular Colt Model 1883 .45 caliber Gatling gun, which realized $172,500."][/caption] PITTSFIELD, Mass. – A Colt Model 1883 .45 caliber Gatling gun—the 19th-century precursor to the modern-day machine gun—scored a bull’s eye when it soared to...

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  • 6
    Oct

The Collector’s Minute: Venetian Murano Glass

[caption id="attachment_2486452" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="This Venetian Murano pheasant (circa 1960) measures 19 inches long and stands about 10 inches tall. Comparable examples by unknown artists sel in the $150 to $300 range."][/caption] Murano glass has a very long history. In 1292, an ordinance was passed in the city of Venice that banished glass making to the island of...

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  • 30
    Sep

This Week in Geek 9/30/09

[caption id="attachment_2486497" align="alignright" width="420" caption="Spiderwoman"][/caption] Maybe it was the iTunes motion comic, or writer Brian Michael Bendis' undying love for her, but one thing is for certain: me naming Spiderwoman #1 as a speculator spick of the week did not make the title sell out last week. However, it did sell out. Marvel issued a press release earlier...

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  • 29
    Sep

Weekly News Roundup: Sept. 28 to Oct. 2

In art, antiques and collectibles headlines, we find a chess set used in an Ingmar Bergman film selling high, potentially fake Frida Kahlo collectibles and an attempt to save a glass archive. From Bloomberg: Bergman Chess Pieces, Headset Stir Swedish Bid Frenzy Possessions of Ingmar Bergman, the influential and prolific Swedish director who died two years ago, went...

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  • 29
    Sep

Collecting the Omega Speedmaster is All About the Details

[caption id="attachment_2486464" align="alignright" width="282" caption="A Professional model Omega Speedmaster, with spearpoint second hand. The Speedmaster is one of the most challenging modern watches to collect because the number of changes made to the line over the last 50 years."][/caption] I have been a collector and a dealer in watches for more than 35 years. It is said that...

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