• 14
    Sep

Weekly News Roundup: Sept. 14-18, 2009

Headlining art, antiques and collectibles news are some stolen Warhol portraits, a stolen note from Jackie Kennedy and photographer Annie Leibovitz getting more time to straighten out her financial mess. From The Los Angeles Times: Fortune in Warhol Pop Art stolen Ten portraits of athletes worth multimillions of dollars—including O. J. Simpson, skater Dorothy Hamill, soccer hero Pelé,...

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  • 14
    Sep

Jump Into Collecting Books: Investing in Modern and Current First Editions

[caption id="attachment_2486196" align="alignright" width="338" caption="First edition of “Carrie”"][/caption] If you are looking for an investment you can enjoy on a rainy day is relatively easy to get into and doesn't require a broker or bank, then give first edition books a go. Most people think that collecting first editions is an expensive hobby for the high-income earners with...

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  • 14
    Sep

New Lessons: The Impact of the 2008-09 Economic Crisis on Collectors

When did the 21st century officially begin—January 1, 2000 or January 1, 2001? The great debate of 10 years ago has reached “who cares” status. As a 2000 proponent, I am happy to see the null/naught decade end and the tens decade begin. As the null/naught decade concludes, the antiques and collectibles trade is once again in survival...

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  • 14
    Sep

Rare Hawkes Coronet Pattern Tray Tops American Brilliant Cut Glass Auction

[caption id="attachment_2486165" align="alignright" width="336" caption="This oval-shaped tray in the Coronet pattern by Hawkes was the top lot at an auction of several American Brilliant Cut Glass collections hosted by Woody Auctions, netting $27,000."][/caption] ST. CHARLES, Mo. – A rare American Brilliant Cut Glass (ABCG) oval-shaped tray in the Coronet pattern by Hawkes was the top seller at a...

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  • 9
    Sep

This Week in Geek 9/09/09

Hot on the heels of Disney's acquisition of Marvel Comics comes equally huge news from DC. Well, maybe not equally huge, but pretty big. Publisher and president of DC Comics Paul Levitiz is stepping down after seven years. The announcement came with the news that DC would be reorganizing and will now be known as DC Entertainment. The...

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  • 9
    Sep

Last Year’s Almanacs May Not Be Useful, but They Sure Are Collectible

[caption id="attachment_2486134" align="alignright" width="263"] The "Tribune Almanac of 1859," published by H. Greeley co. New York, contains 80 pages of info and advertisements.[/caption] It used to be said of something no longer of use that it was “as useless as last year’s almanac.” But not any longer. Old almanacs are both valuable and interesting, and lately have become...

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  • 9
    Sep

Basic Training for Those Starting an American Toy Soldier Collection

[caption id="attachment_2486114" align="aligncenter" width="553" caption="A toy soldier riding a motorcycle made by Barclay, one of the original American toy soldier manufacturers."][/caption] For many of today’s adults, lead soldiers are toys that our parents or grandparents played with. By the time they came around, the lead soldier was mostly a thing of the past, and if soldiers were in...

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  • 8
    Sep

Heralds Promote Circuses Coming to Town, Tear Down ‘Inferior’ Competition

[caption id="attachment_2486054" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="Ken Maynard’s Wild West Circus and Indian Congress toured in 1936 and featured the motion picture, western star in person. Value is $50-$75."][/caption] Circus heralds and couriers stand out among all the advertising pieces produced by the traveling shows of the Golden Age. They were printed in greater volume than another advertising item—usually in...

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  • 8
    Sep

The Thrill of the Hunt: Netting a Rare Butterfly Table

[caption id="attachment_2486069" align="alignright" width="325" caption="The William & Mary figured maple butterfly table with block vase and ring turned legs that had been so elusive. "][/caption] A few years ago, Steve Fletcher—the lead auctioneer of Skinner Auction Gallery in Boston—had just accepted a glass of water and stepped down from the podium to take a break. Karen Keane, the...

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  • 8
    Sep

The Origin of the COMEX Rolex ‘Sea Dweller’ Diver’s Watch

[caption id="attachment_2486038" align="alignright" width="378" caption="Rolex "Sea Dweller""][/caption] During the late 1960s, in collaboration with COMEX—a France-based professional dive company—Rolex developed its "Submariner" model to meet the most stringent technical and professional demands of the professional deep-sea diver. In the process, Rolex eventually produced a very different watch from the Submariner and named it the "Sea Dweller," which is...

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