• 2
    Sep

This Week in Geek 9/02/09

For those of you who didn’t hear the bomb go off Monday morning, Disney has purchased Marvel Comics for $4 billion. Needless to say the Internet is abuzz with nerds on both sides of the fence. As usual, the initial news is a carefully crafted PR event that really doesn’t give the fans any substantial […]

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  • 1
    Sep

A Primer on the Brimfield Antiques and Collectibles Shows and Assorted Events

I normally write an article on shows I attend after the event, when I have returned home to my trusty/rusty/crusty computer with my prizes and impressions. Now, though, I thought I’d give folks a “head’s up” on the Brimfield (Mass.) Antiques and Collectibles Show so they could make plans to attend. There are two schools […]

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  • 1
    Sep

Even if you Can’t Hit ’Em Straight, You Can Still Find ’Em and Collect ’Em

Creating a logo golf ball collection is easy. Adding to it takes a little ingenuity. Ask me. I know from where I speak. Starting out, almost every public or private golf club sells golf balls with the club imprint on it. Many golf outings and charity tournaments give them out to participants. So, you are […]

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  • 1
    Sep

Getting Down to the ABCs of Learning and Collecting

While many kids across the country have already gone back to school, and others are joyously trying to use up the last few days of summer before they head back to pencils and books, collectors may recall the basic pre-reading process of learning the ABCs. Such learning took place in many ways over the years, […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 31
    Aug

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

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 Internet and catalog auction held Aug. 10-21 by American Bottle Auction. The bottle, highly prized by collectors, boasted a fancy monogram in the center, a gorgeous embossing pattern and […]

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  • 31
    Aug

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

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 on September 23. Presenting the opportunity to enhance an existing collection or start one anew, First Open kicks off the category’s fall season with […]

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  • 31
    Aug

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

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 of Syracuse. Almost six months had passed since I attended a large antiques show, the exception being an occasional visit to the Elephant’s Trunk […]

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  • 31
    Aug

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

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. – More than 700 lots of fine art, period furniture and decorative accessories from prominent Carolina estates and collections—including the estate collection of the late W. Samuel Tarlton, a nationally known art dealer and past co-owner of the upscale Craig and Tarlton, Inc. antiques shop in Raleigh—will go on the block in a […]

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  • 31
    Aug

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

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 a Petroliana & Gas Station Collectibles Auction held here on Aug. 7. “This was one of our best auctions ever, at what is the biggest […]

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