• 31
    Aug

Weekly News Roundup: Aug. 31-Sept. 4, 2009

In art, antiques and collectibles news is Sotheby’s taking a rating hit, a tennis memorabilia auction coinciding with the U.S. Open, a seagoing exhibit in the Middle East and auctioning off the crypt above Marilyn Monroe’s. From Bloomberg: Sotheby’s Corporate Credit Rating Is Cut One Level by Moody’s So. Moody’s dropped Sotheby’s rating from Ba2 to Ba3. On...

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  • 31
    Aug

Rare California Clubhouse Whiskey Bottle—First Ever to be Auctioned—Brings $30,240

[caption id="attachment_2485786" align="alignright" width="233" caption="This California Clubhouse whiskey bottle, made circa 1872-74 and only one of nine known examples, sold for $30,240 at an Internet auction hosted by the American Bottle Auction."][/caption] SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A medium chocolate amber California Clubhouse Whiskey bottle, made circa 1872-74 and one of only nine examples known, soared to $30,240 in an...

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  • 31
    Aug

Christie’s First Open Sale Kicks off Fall Season of Post-War & Contemporary Art

[caption id="attachment_2485774" align="alignright" width="339" caption="Flowers,” by Andy Warhol (1964), highlights the Christie’s First Open sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art, to be held on Sept. 23, 2009."][/caption] NEW YORK -- Appealing to a variety of collecting portfolios, Christie’s First Open sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art will offer an array of exciting paintings, sculptures, and works on paper...

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  • 31
    Aug

Great American Antiquefest! Shows there is Hope for the Antiques & Collectibles Market

[caption id="attachment_2485721" align="aligncenter" width="574" caption="Looking at the line of shoppers heading to the Great American Antiquefest!, things might be looking up for the antiques and collectibles market."][/caption] In late July I conducted an appraisal clinic at the Great American Antiquefest!, managed by Steve and July Allman (allmanpromotions.com) and held at Long Branch Park in Liverpool, N.Y., just north...

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  • 31
    Aug

Fine Art, Period Furniture, Accessories from Carolina Estates on the Block

[caption id="attachment_2485760" align="alignright" width="384" caption="Original oil on canvas rendering of a sunset by American painter Elliott Dangerfield (estimated to sell for between $15,000 and $25,000, at a Carolina estates sale hosted by Leland Little Auctions."][/caption] HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. – More than 700 lots of fine art, period furniture and decorative accessories from prominent Carolina estates and collections—including the estate...

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  • 31
    Aug

Mohawk Neon Porcelain Sign Soars to $30,250 at Petroliana Auction

[caption id="attachment_2485746" align="alignright" width="302"] The top lot at an August Petroliana & Gas Station Collectibles Auction was this Mohawk Gasoline single-sided porcelain neon sign, which soared to $30,250.[/caption] DES MOINES, Iowa – A Mohawk Gasoline neon single-sided porcelain sign, graded 9 on a scale of 1 to 10 for condition and with exceptional gloss, sold for $30,250 at...

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  • 26
    Aug

Unique Locomotive Iron Draws Unexpectedly Rich Bid at Auction

[caption id="attachment_2484317" align="alignright" width="300" caption="This locomotive-shaped iron, owned by a WorthPoint member who used WorthPoint’s consignment service to place it in auction, sold for $15,000 at auction, well above the estimated $10,000."][/caption] When WorthPoint member Marilyn Detwiler decided to use WorthPoint’s Ask a Worthologist service to value and then help her sell a locomotive-shaped iron, she hoped it...

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  • 26
    Aug

This Week in Geek 8/26/09

[caption id="attachment_2485705" align="alignright" width="336" caption="Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joseph Shuster."][/caption] The long and ugly court battle for the rights to Superman between the Siegel family (Jerry Siegel, along with Joseph Shuster, were the creators of Superman) may be nearing an end. On Monday, Aug. 22, Judge Larson, who has been overseeing the legal case, ordered the Siegel...

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  • 25
    Aug

Uncommon Railroad Watches: Challenging Collections to Complete

Railroad watches were produced in prodigious quantities by nearly all the American watch companies, starting in 1870 and running right up to 1969, with the first being the National Watch Company’s (Elgin) Key Wind B.W. Raymond for the Pennsylvania Railroad, and the last being Hamilton's 992B. While these "common" railroad watches are of interest to beginner collectors and...

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  • 25
    Aug

German-made Jasperware: Easy to Find & Underappreciated

[caption id="attachment_2485664" align="alignright" width="373" caption="This German-made Jasperware, like this plaque depicting classical scene, are very unappreciated items and often sell in the $80-$200 range at auction."][/caption] "Jasperware" was originally developed by Josiah Wedgwood during the mid 1700's. The Wedgwood company was one of the most innovative companies of its time, and often its popular lines were copied by...

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