• 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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  • 3
    Nov

Hungary for Herend Classical China? Pristine Porcelain is Nation’s Pride

[caption id="attachment_2487177" align="alignright" width="400" caption="A Herend Rothschild large bird teapot, featuring two different bird motifs (there are 12 Rothschild Oiseaux motifs) and scattered butterflies, circa 1915-1930."][/caption] The Herend Manufactory (as it call itself) has a long and exalted history in Hungary—its country of origin—with its reputation having spread to other capitals beginning in the early years of its...

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  • 3
    Nov

Contents of Missouri Antique Shop, Lifetime Collection Owners to Cross Auction Block

[caption id="attachment_2487157" align="alignright" width="342" caption="This magnificent étagère attributed to Mitchells & Rammelsberg, with four shelves and carved finial, are among the items from the antique shop and personal collection of Brad and Eunice Witt that will be up for action on Nov. 7, 2009."][/caption] ST. CHARLES, Mo. – The contents of the antique shop and items from the...

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  • 2
    Nov

Lifetime Collection of Folk Art Enthusiast Highlights Fall Masterpiece Auction

[caption id="attachment_2487146" align="aligncenter" width="550" caption="A paint-on-board creation by the renowned late folk artist Howard Finster, executed in 1983, is among the items collected by folk art collector and early self-taught art pioneer Lynne Ingram that will go on auction on Nov. 7."][/caption] BUFORD, Ga. – A Fall Masterpiece Auction, featuring around 800 lots of self-taught art, Southern folk...

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  • 2
    Nov

Picasso, Dali among Works in Baterbys Auction that Benefits Aids Awareness

[caption id="attachment_2487126" align="alignright" width="218" caption="Signed serigraph by Italian-born artist Nicola Simbari (b. 1929), titled “White Dress” is expected to bring in an estimated $700 to $1,000."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2487127" align="alignright" width="219" caption="Another Salvador Dali lithograph this one from is “Divine Comedy” series (1960, est. $1,500-$2,000). The entire auctioneer"][/caption] ORLANDO, Fla. – More than 300 original and reproduction works of...

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  • 28
    Oct

Weekly News Roundup: October 26 to October 30

In art, antiques and collectibles news, we find one big diamond, a Sinatra diatribe and actress Charlene Theron committing a big oops. From The Associated Press: 32-carat diamond sells for $7.7M at NYC auction Leonore Annenberg, widow of “TV Guide” founder and billionaire Walter Annenberg, certainly knew how to celebrate her birthday. For her 90th in 2008, she...

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  • 28
    Oct

This Week in Geek 10/28/09

[caption id="attachment_2487107" align="alignright" width="320" caption="Michael Jackson: This Is It"][/caption] Be it a number grade from a well known grading service, a pedigree from an auction house or even a signature from a creator, there's all kinds of factors that can add value to a comic book. One of the most dubious and hard to authenticate is the claim...

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  • 27
    Oct

Auction Report: Monumental Mahogany Front and Back Bar Brings Record Price

[caption id="attachment_2487076" align="aligncenter" width="502" caption="Front and back bar with original matching liquor cabinet by Brunswick, Balke & Collender Co. soared to a record selling price of $302,500 at the living estate sale of Ron Wallace, a dedicated collector and the former president of UPS."][/caption] ANN ARBOR, Mich. – A monumental mahogany Los Angeles model front and back bar...

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  • 27
    Oct

Auction Report: Vigorous Battle over Tiffany Sterling and Metal Salt & Pepper Shakers

[caption id="attachment_2487064" align="alignright" width="288" caption="This set of rare Tiffany sterling silver and mixed metals salt and pepper shakers went to a determined buyer from New York City for $4,000 at a multi-estate sale Sept. 25-26 hosted by Richard D. Hatch & Associates."][/caption] FLAT ROCK, N.C. – A gorgeous pair of rare Tiffany sterling silver and mixed metals salt...

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