• 29
    Jul

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – July 29 1943

Thursday, July 29, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa Tonight we had a party. There had been quite a bit of talk about one for quite some time and I was really looking forward to it. Of course I didn’t know what I was getting into. We were having a bunch of our nurses ? and […]

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  • 28
    Jul

Circus Programs: Souvenir Magazines a Colorful and Plentiful Collectible

Souvenir circus programs vary widely in content, size and quality, but most have one thing in common: they provide patrons with a colorful, chronological list of the acts that will be appearing in the performance. A program can be as simple as a single sheet with a list of the acts, but the programs most […]

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  • 28
    Jul

Weekly News Roundup: July 27-31, 2009

Topping art, antiques and collectibles news, we find bankrupt Lehman Brothers unloading its art collection, Brandeis University returning fire, stolen sports memorabilia and the Hermitage director banning the sale of nesting dolls. From Bloomberg: Lehman Mounts Art Bargain Auction With Lichtenstein, Bourgeois More news on the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy—the biggest one in American history—front. Freeman’s […]

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  • 28
    Jul

Auction Report: 8.22 Carat Diamond Ring Hits $77,000 at Multi-Estate Sale

NORTHPORT, Ala. – Multiple bidders in the room battled for a magnificent, nearly flawless diamond and platinum ring, boasting VVS1 quality—with a 6-carat center stone and a total weight of 8.22 carats—before one determined participant finally claimed the prize for $77,000. “For a little summer estate sale, I’d say we had a pretty good day,” […]

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  • 28
    Jul

1971 High Crop Diesel Tractor Soars to $64,000 at John Deere Collectibles Auction

LE MARS, Iowa – An extremely rare 1971 John Deere 2520 high crop diesel tractor with syncro-range transmission—one of fewer than 80 ever made—sold for $64,000 at a two-day sale of John Deere vintage tractors and related collectibles held July 8-9, making it the top lot in the auction. “Vintage tractors have really exploded in […]

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  • 28
    Jul

Lt. Lawson Reichard’s WWII Diary – July 28, 1943

Wednesday, July 28, 1943 Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa This morning I went in town to see Lt. Ferguson about this trial. He gave me all the details and we soon got our business over with. He’s a pretty decent chap and we had quite a bit of talk afterward. I still can’t figure why so […]

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  • 28
    Jul

Bugs with an Eye for Art: Insects Can Destroy Art and Antique Treasures

I have had customers come to me with oil painting on which they recently noticed small holes developing near the edges of the canvas and also found small piles of wood dust on the floor under the paintings. They took the paintings off the wall and discovered that the back of the frames and stretchers […]

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  • 27
    Jul

The Cycle Continues: What was Once In, then Out, is Now In Again

As we grow older, we see many things coming back from our early years. Fashion is probably number one; I’m expecting that one of these days soon you will be pulling your leisure suit and Nehru jacket out of the bag in the attic so you can tool around in style. The economic conditions currently […]

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  • 27
    Jul

Harry Rinker’s Tips on Researching and Authenticating Oil Paintings – Part II

This column continues my response to a request from Steve Dennis of Orlando, Fla. for a few insider tips that would help him decide whether to buy an oil painting that he might find at a garage/yard sale or flea market for resale. Steve wants to buy low and sell high in a short period […]

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  • 27
    Jul

Factory Decoys Offer another Collecting Avenue

There are as many strategies to collecting decoys as there are decoys. For example, one can collect by area made, maker or species. One popular area of decoy collecting is the factory-made decoy. Factory decoys are those decoys commercially made by machine and advertised for sale in sporting magazines. This really began around 1870, due […]

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