• 15
    Nov

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Dan Meader on the JFK and the Legends Auction

On this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis speaks Martin talks to Dan Meader at John McInnis Auctions about the record-breaking David Powers Auction of JFK’s affects earlier this year and the upcoming monumental Legends Auction, JFK, Peter Lawford, Ernest Hemingway, Marilyn Monroe and more. Listen to Dan’s enthusiasm as he explains behind the […]

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  • 15
    Nov

Chinese Export Silver Items Strike Gold at Heritage Auctions Sale

At the back end of August this year, the Dallas-based auction house Heritage Auctions had consulted with me regarding some items of Chinese Export Silver due in a mixed silver sale scheduled for Nov. 5. Officials from Heritage did it of their own accord, as opposed to my usual hectoring of auction houses to improve […]

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  • 15
    Nov

‘Introducing…. The Beatles’: A Story about a First Collectible

I’m old and I can’t remember anything. So when my editor asked me to write about my very first collectible, I was shocked (and somewhat disturbed) to realize I remembered every single detail. And I was interested to see that this same collectible has had a surprising trajectory in value over the years—a whole story […]

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  • 14
    Nov

A Primer for Determining Fair Market Value of Estate Art, Antiques and Collectibles

Uncle Bob has always been proud of this vast collection of widgets. A world-traveler, Uncle Bob would invariably come across the most rare and interesting widgets in the oddest places. He always said that when he died, and those widgets were sold, it would bring in 10 times what he paid for them. Unfortunately for […]

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  • 14
    Nov

Rarity Is Key In Vintage Board Game Value

Growing up in the 1950s, board games were a regular part of my family life. Back then we only had three TV stations and AM radio—that was the BC era: “Before Cable.” Whenever the weather got stormy, TV reception would suffer. No matter how much Dad fiddled with the rabbit-ears antenna, we would get more […]

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  • 13
    Nov

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Kerr & Co. Gold Belt Buckle, Howdy Doody Show Marionette

QUESTION: I almost sold a belt buckle for a couple of bucks at my garage sale a few weeks ago until I took a better look at it. The front of the rectangular belt buckle has horizontal engraved lines with a central “E E H” monogram. The back has multiple markings. The top bar has […]

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  • 13
    Nov

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Daniel Finamore on ‘Impressionists on the Water’

On this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis speaks with Daniel Finamore, PhD, the Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., about the “Impressionists on the Water” exhibition that runs from Nov. 9 through Feb. 17, 2014. Listen here: Martin Willis is Worthologist, auctioneer […]

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  • 13
    Nov

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 11/13/2013

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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  • 12
    Nov

From America to Estonia: Finding the Hidden/True/Lost Value of Antiques

I bought my first antique in 1977; the year my son was born. It was a late 19th-century oak sideboard with a beveled mirror. I convinced my husband that it was an investment that would appreciate on our drive home unlike new furniture. I’m certain that the investment aspect was a consideration in my desire […]

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  • 12
    Nov

Hurricane Sandy Anniversary Reminds Us to Protect What We Collect

A little more than a year ago, on Oct. 29, Hurricane Sandy pounded the entire U.S. eastern seaboard from Florida to Maine, with particularly severe damage in New Jersey and New York, flooding streets, tunnels and subway lines and cutting power in and around the New York City. But the damage was not limited to […]

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