• 9 Dec
    2013

Silversmith Wang Hing didn’t have Breakfast at Tiffany’s!

宏興沒去過蒂芬尼吃早餐! For almost 30 years there has been a widely held view that the most prolific of the Chinese Export Silver makers, Wang Hing, was an acknowledged supplier of silver wares to the New York-based luxury goods company Tiffany & Company; it is probably the most oft-cited piece of information linked to Wang Hing and […]

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  • 9 Dec
    2013

Bob Dylan’s Historic Newport Stratocaster to Soars to Nearly $1 Million, a Guitar Record

As comedian Don Adams used to say in his 1960-s TV comedy show Get Smart: “I missed it by this… much,” Christie’s appraisers had estimated that Bob Dylan’s 1964 Fender Stratocaster would bring $300,000 to $500,000 at auction. As I mentioned in an earlier article, my guess was that the guitar would bring closer to […]

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  • 9 Dec
    2013

Bigger on the Inside: Fifty Years of Doctor Who Collectibles

It was 50 years ago last month that a U.K. television program originally aimed at children would first flicker onto TV screens and become not only a British institution but also a beloved favorite of audiences of all ages all around the globe. Produced by the British Broadcast Corporation, “Doctor Who” first debuted on November […]

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  • 6 Dec
    2013

The Comic Speculator Back Issue Roundup – Superman-JFK Pages, Hollywood News

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 and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide to Comics (OVST), Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers […]

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  • 4 Dec
    2013

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Vinturi Wine Aerator, Remington Model 12 Pump-Action Rifle

QUESTION: I collect antique bottles by finding them when walking alongside the river banks in my area. This summer I came across an odd piece. It appears to be a piece of tube of some sort. It measures 3 5/8-inches in length. There are no manufacturing marks on it. The glass is clear and appears […]

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  • 4 Dec
    2013

‘Thrifting with the Boys’ Reality TV Show ‘Thrift Hunters’ to Premiere on Spike TV

Worthologists Jason T. Smith and Bryan Goodman—a.k.a. the boys from Thrifting with the Boys—are set to become reality television stars as their new program “Thrift Hunters” is scheduled to premiere on Spike TV on Jan. 18 at 9:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m. CST). “Thrift Hunters” stars Smith and Goodman—two of the biggest gamblers in Las Vegas—as […]

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  • 4 Dec
    2013

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 12/04/2013

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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  • 4 Dec
    2013

The Values of Antiquarian Books are not always Astronomic

When the Bay Psalm Book sold for a record $14.2 million on Nov. 26, I wasn’t surprised. After all, it was the very first book published in the United States, in 1640. Less than 2,000 were originally printed and only 11 are known to have survived. The book toured the country for quick visits to […]

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  • 3 Dec
    2013

The Clever Box: Small Containers offer Chinese Silversmiths Room to Astonish

中國出口銀器: 不凡的盒子! For Chinese artisans, boxes have always been more than mere utilitarian objects. Through the centuries, special decorative techniques were developed in order to make them extraordinarily special, while the amount of decorative detailing lavished upon boxes is often excessive, relative to the size of the object or the purpose it was made for. […]

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  • 2 Dec
    2013

Sports Memorabilia’s Top 10 Jaw-Dropping Price Tags

For as long as there have been sports, there has been sports memorabilia. There have also been collectors who are willing to pay astronomical sums for the opportunity to add one-of-a-kind, museum quality pieces to their collection. Sports have always had the ability to transcend cultures and socio-economic conditions to unite fans around the world. […]

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