• 25
    Feb

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Richard Wright on the Harry Bertoia Exhibit

In this edition of the Antiques Auction Forum, Martin Willis speaks with Richard Wright of Wright20 about his new New York City location hosting the Harry Bertoia Exhibition, as well as the life and works of Bertoia, from his famous diamond chairs to installations and highly regarded sounding sculptures. Listen here: Martin Willis is Worthologist, […]

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  • 25
    Feb

Combining Chinese Export Silver with other Metals was Rare, but Beautiful

中國出口銀器也玩重金屬 It would be perfectly logical to expect Chinese Export Silver to be exactly what it says on the can; silver made for the export market in mind. The art of silversmithing is, after all, a very exacting and particular skill. To discover examples of this quite unique silver category that combine other metals—copper, in […]

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  • 25
    Feb

It’s Got a Good Beat and You can Dance to It: ‘American Bandstand’ Collectibles

Promotional merchandise has become such a part of American media marketing that many new movies launch simultaneously with a merchandising push. Disney is a master of such promotion, along with Lucasfilms and Pixar. Most of the merchandise comes and goes quickly, but dolls representing cultural and pop icons linger on year after year, moving from […]

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  • 24
    Feb

Stolen-Art Recovery Services: When Do Finder’s Fees Become Blackmail?

The Art Loss Register, a for-profit company that calls itself the “world’s largest private database of lost and stolen art,” has evolved over the years into the de facto authority when it comes to successful art recovery. As reported in the New York Times last September, the ALR helps fill a “gaping void”—billions of dollars’ […]

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  • 21
    Feb

NBA All-Star Weekend’s 2014 Jam Session Collectibles Guide

Even if you weren’t able to make it to New Orleans for the 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend, collectors will still have the opportunity to score some great collectibles and commemorative pieces produced specifically for this annual event. Coinciding with NBA All-Star Weekend is the accompanying NBA Jam Session, an interactive and themed celebration of the […]

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  • 20
    Feb

Back-Issue Comics Roundup – Great Gold- and Silver-Age Original Art Up for Bid

This week in the Back Issue Roundup, we start with some amazing auctions going on at your favorite comic book auction houses and then we’ll take a peek at some key comics that have direct connections to some of this week’s new releases. But first, be sure to strap into your extreme cold weather gear […]

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  • 19
    Feb

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 02/19/2014

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 sales. Sales numbers and rankings are courtesy of ICV2.com. Lists […]

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  • 18
    Feb

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Royal Doulton Copy, B. David Jewelry

QUESTION: I have a Royal Doulton “Lavinia” figure that I received from my grandmother. The logo on the bottom does not match the logo I found on websites featuring Royal Doulton marks. There is an “HN” but no number after it. What exactly do I have? – BN, by email. ANSWER: The first rule in […]

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  • 18
    Feb

Jenny Lind Beds: Jenny Didn’t Really Sleep Here

A lot of curious and spurious information has polluted the modern vocabulary of antique furniture in the last 100 years. Some of this was done inadvertently, some through ignorance promulgated by people who say a lot more than they really know and some of it through commercial attempts to establish a brand name or just […]

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  • 17
    Feb

New Ivory Ban to Prove Problematic for Executors, Dealers & Collectors

In February of last year, armed wardens of the California Department of Fish and Game descended on an auction preview hosted by Slawinski Auction Company. The wardens seized 40 lots of ivory with a market value of about $150,000. Slawinski employees claimed that there were about 20 wardens, armed and in uniform. Owner Bob Slawinski […]

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