• 5
    Aug

This Week in Geek 8/05/09

This Week in Geek is a weekly blog about new comics written by WorthPoint comic book Worthologist Matt Baum. Every Wednesday, Matt takes a look at the week’s new comics from a collector’s point-of-view and discusses which books may be hard to find in the near future and why. Make sure to click on the […]

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  • 5
    Aug

Provenance Adds to the Value of Antique Furniture

With the large number of antiques and collectibles appraisal shows on television and the increasing number of similar sites available online—some worthwhile and informative and some not—you have surely heard the expression “what a wonderful provenance” or “with such an excellent provenance it surely would sell at auction for…” So what exactly is a provenance […]

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  • 5
    Aug

Take Steps Now to Prevent Winter Damage to Outdoor Art

People love their gardens, and that includes many wonderful old statues and other ornaments made of stone and metal. But every winter, many witness damage to some of them from exposure to the elements. So what should you do now—or this fall at the latest—to protect stone and metal yard art from extreme winter conditions? […]

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  • 5
    Aug

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – August 5, 1943

Thursday, Aug. 5, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa Today was another one of those scorchers. The only relief we had from it was the ice cream we had for dinner. We send in the ingredients to a place here in Tunis and they make it up for .30 a quart. That’s a pretty good profit, […]

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  • 4
    Aug

Weekly News Roundup: Aug. 3-7, 2009

In art, antiques and collectibles headlines is Barbra Streisand selling items for good causes, a potential Chicago real-estate steal and bidding on a bard’s Bible. From The Associated Press: Barbra Streisand to auction items for charity She may have started out singing “Second Hand Rose,” but over the years, Barbra Streisand didn’t shop at Goodwill. […]

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  • 4
    Aug

The Celery Vase: A Prominent Way to Serve an Exotic Vegetable

According to the early nineteenth century writer Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin in “The Physiology of Taste,” gastronomy required “intelligent knowledge of whatever concerns man’s nourishment.” Brillat-Savarin’s 1825 treatise on the fine art of foods was the first treatment of dining as an art form. The newly developing interest in food appropriately reflected a growing awareness of […]

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  • 4
    Aug

Exotic Ivory, Fine Art and a Great Big Rock Sell in West Palm Beach

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A large ivory collection from a Miami doctor, the result of a 30-year collecting effort, provided the backbone of sales at Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches earlier this summer here West Palm Beach, Fla., which also featured fine art and a great big diamond earning nice prices as well. […]

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  • 4
    Aug

Fontaine’s Civil War Auction Grows by 300 Lots, Adds Second Day

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – What started out as a 500-lot, one-day auction of Civil War, Firearms & Militaria at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery—a sale that would have been impressive at that—has swollen to an 800-plus-lot colossus that will span the weekend of Aug. 15-16. “Two private collections were recently acquired,” said John Fontaine, owner of Fontaine’s Auction […]

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  • 4
    Aug

Rare J. Chein & Co. Toys Mark Single-Owner Collection Sale

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – A large single-owner collection comprising some 400 lots in an array of categories—to include Chein toys, Coca-Cola collectibles, framed art and lithograph prints, Indian art and artifacts, vintage dolls, toy trains and airplanes, Americana and more—will be sold in an online, phone and absentee bid auction slated for Saturday, Aug. 15. The […]

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  • 4
    Aug

The History of the Roskopf Watch

I am telling the story of Georges Fredric Roskopf not only because it is a fascinating history, but to make a point to watch collectors and enthusiasts: collections of watches don’t necessarily have to be high grade, bejeweled, gold, or “high falutin’” to be interesting and collectible. A collection of Roskopf and Roskopf-type watches can […]

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