• 14
    Dec

Ask A Worthologist Question: Rookwood Vellum Plaque

[caption id="attachment_2494680" align="alignright" width="300"] An early 20th century Rookwood Vellum plaque painted by Sara Sax, circa 1914-20.[/caption] Vale E. has an unusual piece she inherited four years ago. Not knowing exactly what she had, she engaged “Ask a Worthologist” service. The question was forwarded to me. Here is her question: “I inherited this small portrait of a mountain...

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  • 14
    Dec

Is It An Antique? Who’s Asking?

[caption id="attachment_2494673" align="alignright" width="222"] This Victor model RC-3 radio was built in the 1920s. Is it an antique?[/caption] A topic that invariably generates a lot of heat and a lot less light is the question of what qualifies as an antique. The use of the word itself is a little odd in that it is one of the...

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  • 14
    Dec

Fabulous Antique Chinese Market Watches

[caption id="attachment_2494661" align="alignright" width="225" caption="The back of a watch made for the original Chinese market. These watches usually featured enamel colorful designs of flowers and other sights of nature."][/caption] The Chinese have their own taste in things, from dress to food and just about everything in between. This includes watches and jewelry, and since I don't know too...

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  • 12
    Dec

Bidding War Spices Up American Bottle Auctions Sale

[caption id="attachment_2494719" align="alignright" width="185" caption="The surprise lot of the recent American Bottle Auctions sale was this turquoise Eagle/Grapes one-quart flask. A pre-sale estimate placed the expected selling price to be $1,000-$2,000, but the crudity, condition (mint) and color (a brilliant turquoise) combined to spark a bidding war that finally settled at $19,600."][/caption] SACRAMENTO, Calif. – An outstanding, mint...

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  • 9
    Dec

Playboy ‘The Year of the Rabbit’ Auction Realizes $2.9 Million

[caption id="attachment_2494584" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Tom Wesselmann’s “Mouth #8” (1966) is the top lot in the upcoming The Year of the Rabbit auction of more than 125 works from the corporate collection of Playboy Enterprises, to be hosted by Christies on Dec. 8, 2010."][/caption] NEW YORK – Contemporary works by Salvador Dalí and Tom Wesselmann to iconic photographs of...

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  • 8
    Dec

Weekly News Roundup: December 6 to December 10

In art, antiques and collectibles news, we have cigarette packs, Johnny Cash’s jumpsuit and (gulp) Queen Elizabeth’s panties. From The Charlotte Observer: Unopened, antique cigarette packs could fetch healthy price Here might be an incentive to quit smoking. Don’t open the pack, keep it for many years, and it may be worth more—a lot more—than the original price....

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  • 8
    Dec

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 12/08/2010

[caption id="attachment_2494621" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Lady Mechanika Benetiez Sketch variant"][/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 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...

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  • 7
    Dec

Chandler, Dave the Slave & Meaders Family Pottery Abound in Georgia Auction

[caption id="attachment_2494593" align="alignright" width="300" caption="The Dec. 11 auction to be hosted by Ken’s Antiques & Auction will include the only known rooster dish ever created by folk art icon Arie Meaders."][/caption] ADAIRSVILLE, Ga. – Rare and important pottery, including Edgefield pieces by Chandler, works attributed to Dave the Slave, and many pieces by the renowned Meaders family, will...

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  • 7
    Dec

Rare & Vintage Art Glass from Well-Known Collections to Cross the Block

[caption id="attachment_2494573" align="alignright" width="229" caption="This magnificent 11½-inch Wave Crest scroll mold plaque framed by 16-inch gilt floral border will be one of the highlights of a consignment auction to be facilitated by Woody Auction on Saturday, Dec. 11"][/caption] WICHITA, Kan. – Hundreds of pieces of rare and vintage art glass, including Wave Crest, Tiffany, R.S. Prussia, Royal Bayreuth,...

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  • 7
    Dec

Panic Attack: Holiday Quick Fixes for Furniture

As the holidays roll around on a regular basis this time of the year, they are often accompanied by panic attacks, as the realization sets in that you are not really ready to host the big neighborhood party or to have a houseful of overnight guests usually accompanied by young children. You really meant to do something about...

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