• 13
    Dec

Ask A Worthologist: The Giant, Menacing, Department Store Santa

Dana H. had a bit of a scare in the loft of an old carriage house on a gloomy day, a property she and her husband were thinking of buying. The sun breaking through a window cast a shadow of a large man standing behind her. Spinning about, it turned out to be the last […]

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  • 13
    Dec

Modern Sports Card Collecting Terms and Definitions

If you are new to the hobby of collecting sports cards, or perhaps you are a returning collector reengaging with a childhood pursuit. Maybe you are considering giving sports cards as Christmas gifts this year. Many things have changed within the sports-collecting market over the last several years, with new business practices, product innovations and […]

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  • 12
    Dec

Standing on Ceremony: Huabiao Pillars reworked as Amazing Silver Columns

中國出口銀器: 講究禮儀 Chinese culture is so enriched with allegorical imagery that one could almost say it is its very foundation. As with any world culture, it is an osmotic accumulation of influences from outside and within China over the millennia, manifesting itself in ceremonial and decorative objects in combinations that are themselves often wonders in […]

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  • 11
    Dec

Norman Rockwell’s ‘Saying Grace’ Achieves $46M at Sotheby’s American Art Auction

NEW YORK – Norman Rockwell’s masterpiece, “Saying Grace,” set a new record for any work sold in an American Art auction and nearly tripled the previous auction record for the artist when it achieved $46,085,000 on Dec. 4 at Sotheby’s American Art auction, soaring past its $20-million high estimate. “Saying Grace” was among a selection […]

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  • 11
    Dec

1792 George Washington-Signed U.S. Federal Bond Sets World Record Price

FORT LEE, N.J. – A historic U.S. federal bond, issued to and signed by then-President George Washington in 1792 bond soared to $265,500—with an 18-percent buyer’s premium included—becoming the most ever paid at auction for a single U.S. stock or bond. The Washington bond was the highlight of two-day, two-session catalog and Internet sale held […]

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  • 11
    Dec

Lots of Diamonds, Jewelry and Watches in Many Price Points Highlight A.B. Levy’s Sale

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – More than 200 lots of dazzling diamonds, jewelry and fine timepieces—pulled from prominent local estates and collections and spanning a broad range of price points, from a few hundred dollars to $100,000 or more—will be sold at auction Sunday, Dec. 15, at A.B. Levy’s, in the firm’s West Palm Beach […]

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  • 11
    Dec

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 12/11/2013

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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  • 10
    Dec

It’s All In the Marks: O.C. White Articulated Lamp

The lamp pictured with its multi-articulated arms almost looks like something out of a modern “steampunk” design studio, but it in fact dates back to the early years of the 20th century. This lamp bears the mark of O.C. White Co. Dr. Otis C. White founded the company and patented these multi-jointed articulated arms in […]

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  • 10
    Dec

The Antique Turkey Platter: Rarely Used Dish Could Pay for Christmas and then Some

It’s that time of year where family heirlooms are dragged out of their hiding places in china cabinets and buffets to serve on the table for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners without much though about their value. Year after year, pieces like vegetable bowls, gravy boats and platters are loaded with all the good things that […]

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  • 9
    Dec

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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