• 14
    Oct

This Week in Geek 10/14/09

[caption id="attachment_2486810" align="alignright" width="185" caption="Wolvie Zombie"][/caption] It must be October because the Marvel Zombie Variants are back. All month Marvel will be releasing Zombified variants of several of their regular monthly titles. Most of the Variants seem to be shipping 1:10 so expect to see prices in the $7 to $10 range. The Marvel Zombies aren't the only...

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  • 13
    Oct

The Floundering of Antiques Shows: Eight Ways to Bring Customers Back

An Ohio reader’s e-mail begins: “As a soon to be 30-year dealer, I want to weigh in on (the issue of the death of antiques shows). Our area is currently watching the demise of one of its premier shows. It is not the dealers or buyers that are to blame. It is the show promoter. “An antiques show...

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  • 13
    Oct

Everyman’s Desk – The History of the Larkin Desk

[caption id="attachment_2486757" align="alignright" width="328" caption="This is the famous “Chautauqua” desk first offered by Larkin in the 1901 catalog for six certificates or as a premium for buying a $10 Combination Case of Larkin Soap products. Variations of this desk were offered into the early 1920s."] [/caption] The term "Larkin Desk" is a familiar one to most collectors and...

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  • 13
    Oct

Stevens Auction Co. to Host Pair of Estate Sales with a Southern Flair

[caption id="attachment_2486733" align="alignright" width="322" caption="Walnut Victorian marble-top parlor table attributed to Thomas Brooks (circa 1860) is one of the many items from Southern estates that will be up for sale on Oct. 17 and Oct. 31 by Stevens Auction Company."][/caption] ABERDEEN, Miss. – For collectors interested in redecorating with a Southern flair, October promises to offer some great...

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  • 13
    Oct

Collector’s Minute: An Art and Architecture Glossary

Art and architecture, like all other fields of interest, have interesting words and terms. Here is a quick guide to some of the styles and terms found in our worlds of art and architecture. Abstract Expressionism: This is a type of painting which developed in New York in the 1940s in which painting a recognizable object was not...

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  • 13
    Oct

Anatomy of an Auction – The Auctioneer’s Percentage

QUESTION: If I sell some of my collectibles at auction, what percentage should I expect to pay an auctioneer? – Marti, via email ANSWER: The answer to your question is . . . it depends . . . on a lot of variables. • First: Before quoting a commission rate, the auctioneer is going to want to know...

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  • 12
    Oct

Weekly News Roundup: October 12 to October 16

In art, antiques and collectibles news, a renowned toy collector dies, a drawing turns out to be a da Vinci and soprano Beverly Sills’ personal items are sold. From Auction News Central: Antique toy collector, KB Toys co-founder Donald Kaufman, 79 Some sad news. Donald Kaufman, a founder of KB Toys, has died. In the past few months,...

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  • 12
    Oct

Collector Books Issues New Editions of Popular Volumes

Collector Books is proud to announce the publication of five new editions of its popular books, and is offering a special discounts on books that will last through Nov. 11, 2009. While this special discount is in effect, you can get 20 percent off anything you order. Even if you order six books and get the usual 40...

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  • 12
    Oct

Auction Report: ‘Peanuts’ Strip, Signed ‘Lord of the Rings’ Set Highlight Weiss Auction

[caption id="attachment_2486744" align="aligncenter" width="553" caption="The top lot at the most recent Philip Weiss auction was this original “Peanuts” comic strip from 1954 by Charles Schulz, which gaveled for $28,250."][/caption] OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – A 3-volume set of the iconic “Lord of the Rings” trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien, with one of the books signed by the author himself, sold for...

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  • 8
    Oct

Know Your America: Geography through Souvenir Pottery, Plates and the Rest

[caption id="attachment_2486651" align="alignright" width="402" caption="An example of a Rowland & Marsellus Co. Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition commemorative blue transferware plate, ca. 1909. The exposition was held in Seattle in 1909 and the face decoration depicts various Seattle and area landmarks. "][/caption] From lovely plates and delicate pitchers to decorative trinket boxes and figural animals, souvenir pottery was proudly displayed in...

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