• 27
    Jan

Anton Horvat Platinum, Sapphire and Diamond Brooch Gavels For $108,000 at Nadeau’s

[caption id="attachment_2518232" align="aligncenter" width="474"] This Anton Horvat platinum, sapphire and diamond brooch sailed past the pre-sale estimate of $4,000 to $6,000 to gavel for $108,000 at Nadeau’s Auction Gallery’s annual New Year’s Day Auction on Jan. 1.[/caption] WINDSOR, Conn. – A stunning Anton Horvat platinum, sapphire and diamond brooch—having at its center a cushion-cut, 6-carat blue sapphire—sailed past...

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  • 27
    Jan

The Great Restoration Debate: Steiff Teddy Bears and Stuffed Animals

[caption id="attachment_2518225" align="alignright" width="224"] This early post-World War Two mohair Steiff Teddy Baby doesn’t have any personal history or significant financial value, but his brilliant color and unusual arrangement of Steiff IDs make him quite rare. As a result, I had him cleaned, his felt foot paw pads recovered and his nose restitiched by a professional restorer.[/caption] Of...

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  • 24
    Jan

Estate Executors Can Only Profit from Hiring an Appraiser

[caption id="attachment_2518213" align="alignleft" width="300"] Would you have mistaken this for trash? This ticket stub to The Beatles February 1964 concert sold on eBay for $4,133.[/caption] There’s a very compelling reason why estate executors should enlist the help of an appraiser or auctioneer when sorting through an estate’s personal property: Executors often have no idea what’s collectible and what’s...

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  • 24
    Jan

Exquisitely Carved Antique Chinese Ivory Figures Realize $45,000 at Ahlers & Ogletree’s

[caption id="attachment_2518251" align="alignleft" width="217"] This pair of exquisitely carved Chinese antique ivory figures, each carving standing 35 ¾ inches tall, was sold as one lot and realized $45,000 at a New Year's auction held Jan. 4-5 by Ahlers & Ogletree in Atlanta.[/caption] ATLANTA – A pair of exquisitely carved and detailed Chinese antique ivory tusk figures on fitted...

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  • 24
    Jan

Imperial Russian Garde Du Corps Officer’s Helmet Hammers for $17,050 At Mohawk

[caption id="attachment_2518245" align="alignright" width="230"] This Imperial Russian Garde du Corps officer’s helmet, made between 1900 and 1917, realized $17,050 in a live and Internet sale auction that went online in early November and ended Dec. 6-7, 2013, at Mohawk Arms.[/caption] BOUCKVILLE, N.Y. – An Imperial Russian Garde du Corps officer’s helmet, made circa 1900-1917 and in overall excellent...

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  • 23
    Jan

It’s All in the Marks: Laviolette Limoges Porcelain

[caption id="attachment_2518207" align="alignleft" width="300"] Values in Limoges porcelain peaked in the 1980s but slumped in recent years due to the number of pieces flooding the market from estate sales.[/caption] Floral French Limoges porcelain was very popular from the last quarter of the 19th century until the beginning of the First World War in 1914. Pottery in this style...

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  • 22
    Jan

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 01/22/2014

[caption id="attachment_2518180" align="alignright" width="325"] All-New Invaders #1 (John Cassaday Variant Cover), 1:50 ($14-$16)[/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each week’s hot new comics, back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction...

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  • 21
    Jan

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Mary Miley Theobald & ‘Stuff After Death’

In this edition of the Antiques Auction Forum, Martin Willis speaks with historian and author Mary Miley Theobald on a “what to do” book on when you are faced with in inherited household. They cover topics such as how to identify, value and dispose of inherited stuff. Check out her “Stuff After Death” or visit her website. Listen...

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  • 21
    Jan

Rinker on Collectibles: How Accurate are Our Memories?

This column examines two types of memories—collecting and personal. While there are similarities between collecting and personal memories, there are key differences. There also is a difference between memory and reality. Memory changes, becoming distorted over time. Reality is constant. Memory is preferred over reality, especially when it offers a more positive view of a past moment or...

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  • 21
    Jan

The Longest Tea Party the World’s Ever Seen! Part 1

中國出口銀器: 有史以來最長的茶具 之一 [caption id="attachment_2518160" align="alignleft" width="324"] The tea clipper Loudoun Castle is unloading at the East India Dock in London on Dec. 8, 1877. The tea trade was essential in developing the market for Chinese Export Silver.[/caption] My research has long made me aware of the inextricable links between The China Trade period and Chinese Export Silver;...

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