• 25
    Nov

Distinguished Private Collections Lead Three Books and Manuscripts Auction

NEW YORK – On Dec. 4 and Dec. 9, Christie’s New York will present three sales offering over 550 lots of important and rare books, manuscripts, and maps from distinguished private collections. The first day of sales begins with part II of The William E. Self Library of important English and American Literature auction and […]

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  • 25
    Nov

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

NEW YORK – A celebrated series of paintings by Newell Convers (N.C.) Wyeth (1882-1945), one of America’s greatest illustrators, will take center stage at Christie’s fall sale of Important American Paintings on Dec. 2, 2009. The Robinson Crusoe series of 14 canvases are the original oil paintings used to illustrate Daniel Defoe’s classic novel published […]

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  • 24
    Nov

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

WINSTED, Conn. – One of the largest single-owner lifetime collections of model airplanes in existence—well over 1,000 examples, some unassembled and still in their original boxes—will be sold at an on-site auction slated for Sunday, Dec. 6, at 12 noon. “This is the most fascinating single-owner collection of like merchandise it has ever been my […]

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  • 24
    Nov

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

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, prior to his assassination by gunshot at the hand of Charles J. Guiteau on July 2, 1881—sold for $4,068 at an estate sale that was top-heavy with weapons and […]

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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 […]

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  • 23
    Nov

Delaware River Decoys Differ from Their Coastal Brethren

I recently wrote about the New Jersey decoys in general and of the coastal bays in particular (Hollow, Light-Weight Decoys Valued on the Jersey Coast and Delaware Valley). There is a separate tradition of decoy making in New Jersey and Pennsylvania that centers on the southern part of the Delaware River. These decoys are also […]

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  • 23
    Nov

Wild West Show Memorabilia Features Great Names of the American West

Collecting wild west show memorabilia is as important to circus collectors as collecting circus memorabilia. The history of the wild west show brings to mind names of great traveling shows and their attractions—Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World, Pawnee Bill’s Historic Wild West, 101 Ranch Wild West Show, Buffalo […]

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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 […]

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  • 23
    Nov

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

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 is it?” The most tempting thing in the world […]

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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 […]

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