• 6
    Oct

The Collector’s Minute: Venetian Murano Glass

Murano glass has a very long history. In 1292, an ordinance was passed in the city of Venice that banished glass making to the island of Murano in the Venetian lagoon. According to some historians, the reason was partly to protect other buildings from fires (which commonly started in glass works; the Great Fire of […]

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  • 30
    Sep

This Week in Geek 9/30/09

Maybe it was the iTunes motion comic, or writer Brian Michael Bendis’ undying love for her, but one thing is for certain: me naming Spiderwoman #1 as a speculator spick of the week did not make the title sell out last week. However, it did sell out. Marvel issued a press release earlier this week […]

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  • 29
    Sep

Weekly News Roundup: Sept. 28 to Oct. 2

In art, antiques and collectibles headlines, we find a chess set used in an Ingmar Bergman film selling high, potentially fake Frida Kahlo collectibles and an attempt to save a glass archive. From Bloomberg: Bergman Chess Pieces, Headset Stir Swedish Bid Frenzy Possessions of Ingmar Bergman, the influential and prolific Swedish director who died two […]

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  • 29
    Sep

Collecting the Omega Speedmaster is All About the Details

I have been a collector and a dealer in watches for more than 35 years. It is said that collecting watches is about the details. While this statement may hold some truth for most collectible watches, they’re nothing compared to the pertinent details of the Omega Speedmaster! The year 2007 marked the 50th anniversary of […]

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  • 29
    Sep

The Collector’s Minute: The Laughing Buddha Figure

“Laughing Buddha” is the common English name for the Buddhist figure variously known as Budai or Hotei. He is the interpretation of the Bodhisattva Maitreya (translated as Mílè Fó in Chinese), the predicted Buddha who would succeed Gautama Buddha in the future. This Buddha is based on a wandering Chinese Chan monk who lived in […]

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  • 29
    Sep

Living with Country Antiques: Fixing a Table with a Sticky Top

I received a letter from a reader, asking about a country farm table with a particular problem: “We found it at an outdoor antiques show last fall. It sat in our garage until this spring, when we finally were able to use our new room. We didn’t cover the table because the garage is clean. […]

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  • 28
    Sep

Harry Rinker’s Hypothetical New Book: Not Appropriate for ‘The Big House’

I am addicted to the cable channel Turner Classic Movies (TCM), much to the chagrin of my wife Linda who finds many of the movies dated and boring. Robert Osborne, TCM’s host, quotes Lauren Bacall as saying, “every movie is a new movie if you haven’t seen it before.” I agree. Further, once is not […]

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  • 28
    Sep

Thomas Brooks Rosewood Cylinder Desk Tops All at Kirkwood Mansion Auction

EUTAW, Ala. – A magnificent rosewood cylinder desk, made in the 1860s by Thomas Brooks and standing nine feet, three inches tall, soared to $49,450 at the Sept. 5 sale of the contents of the Kirkwood mansion, one of the most famous and stately privately-owned antebellum homes in the South. The cylinder desk was the […]

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  • 28
    Sep

Housing Works to Host ‘Early American Prints’ Charity Auction

NEW YORK – Housing Works Auctions announced today that on Wednesday, Oct. 7, it will host “Early American Prints,” a live charity auction of more than 60 fine prints from 19th-century America, including dozens by legendary engravers Currier & Ives. Longtime Housing Works volunteer and celebrity appraiser Kathleen Guzman will serve as auctioneer. The prints, […]

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  • 28
    Sep

18th Cent. Pennsylvania Chippendale Tiger Maple Desk Highlights Multi-Estate Sale

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. – A gorgeous late-18th century Pennsylvania Chippendale tiger maple desk—probably Lancaster County and crafted from strikingly figured tiger maple with poplar secondary—sold for $41,400 against a pre-sale estimate of $5,000-$10,000 at a multi-estate Historic Hillsborough Auction held Sept. 19. The desk was the top achiever of the more than 700 quality lots that […]

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