• 22
    Sep

From Rock ‘N’ Roll to the Circus: Feld Follows the Path of P.T. Barnum

[caption id="attachment_2486327" align="alignright" width="235" caption="The cover of the souvenir program for “The Biggest Show of Stars for ’57.” This program is a cross collectible, sought-after by circus collectors and rock & roll collectors alike.  It has a value of $50.00 to $100.00 but has sold on eBay for as much as $305.00. Hard to find window cards for this...

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  • 22
    Sep

Gabel Kuro, Wurlizter Jukeboxes to Highlight John Gurrech Collection Auction

[caption id="attachment_2486296" align="alignright" width="336" caption="This extremely rare 1940 Gabel Kuro jukebox, completely restored and one of only a few known to exist, will highlight the upcoming auction of jukebox and advertising collector John Gurrech on Oct. 3."][/caption] NORTHPORT, Ala. – The world-famous jukebox and advertising collection of the late John Gurrech of Houston, Tex., including an extremely rare...

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  • 22
    Sep

Regular Maintenance for Antique Furniture – a List of ‘Should Do’s’

Over the last 30 years of repairing and restoring antique and collectible furniture, many questions have come from my customers about the little things that should or should not be done on a regular basis to care for their prize possessions. Much of this information is just "common sense," but many of us are so busy in our...

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  • 21
    Sep

Weekly News Roundup: Sept. 21-25, 2009

Starting out art, auction and collectibles news is an armed robbery of a Rene Magritte painting worth €3 million, a museum director accused of taking Egyptian artifacts, and an Italian airline auctioning its art collection. The Times of London Armed thieves steal Magritte painting in daylight raid A masterpiece by the surrealist painter René Magritte worth up to...

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  • 21
    Sep

Weiss Auction Items Run the Gamut: Stamps, Coins, Comic Art and Rock ‘N’ Roll

[caption id="attachment_2486312" align="aligncenter" width="553" caption="Lots pertaining to reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes will be sold, including this signed flight cover, will be among the hundreds of items in an impressive array of categories up for auction on Oct. 3-4."][/caption] OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – Hundreds of quality, fresh-to-the-market items in an impressive array of categories—to include stamps, coins, rare books, autographs,...

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  • 16
    Sep

This Week in Geek 9/16/09

[caption id="attachment_2486246" align="alignright" width="340" caption="Marvel, Disney and the $1.99 Comic Book?"][/caption] There was an amazing rumor that hit the internet last week. Well, an amazing comic rumor. anyway. We all know that Disney bought Marvel Comics recently. Shortly afterwards; amidst the rumors of Pixar Ant Man movies and Mickey Mouse/Spiderman crossovers came the rumor that Disney was seriously...

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  • 15
    Sep

Antique Furniture Marriage Proposal: How to Tell if Different Pieces Have Been Wed

[caption id="attachment_2486238" align="alignright" width="336" caption="This contraption of a kitchen work table is the top two drawer section of an Empire-period chest, legs from who knows what, and a walnut top that has been made to fit. This is more than just a marriage! "][/caption] Tall bookcase secretaries are very impressive, not to mention expensive, especially if they are...

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  • 15
    Sep

Anatomy of an Auction: What Is a ‘Cut’ Bid?

[caption id="attachment_2486218" align="alignright" width="357" caption="Anatomy of an Auction"][/caption] QUESTION: What is the universal signal from bidder to auctioneer   means  that “cut your opening dollar amount in half?” I thought it was when you took your bid card and kind of waved it sideways at the auctioneer with a cutting motion. – A Reader ANSWER: “I’m bid 50 . ....

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  • 15
    Sep

George Hunzinger’s 19th-Century ‘Patent Furniture’ is Easy to Identify

[caption id="attachment_2486212" align="aligncenter" width="248" caption="An example of George Hunzinger's (1835-1898) "Lollypop Chair.""][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2486214" align="aligncenter" width="246" caption="The design and patent number of a Hunzinger chair."][/caption] This rocking chair is an example made by the factory of Hunzinger was born in Germany in 1835 to a family that had been cabinetmakers since the 17th century. He emigrated to New York...

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  • 15
    Sep

Eltham Palace Is Really an Art Deco Dream Palace

[caption id="attachment_2486224" align="aligncenter" width="505" caption="It may not look like it from the outside, but Eltham Palace is an Art Deco fan's dream."][/caption] The 1930s are remembered by many people as a time of poverty and high unemployment. The economic difficulties of that era are well recorded, and for the masses, life was tough. But escape, of a sort,...

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