• 2
    Aug

Auction Report: Pair of Huanghuali Folding Hunting Chairs Bags $26,880

[caption id="attachment_2492549" align="aligncenter" width="384" caption="This pair of Huanghuali hunting chairs from the estate of the late Dr. Kevin-John McIntyre, was the top lot, garnering $26,880 in an auction held June 12 by Finney’s Auction Service. The Huanghuali two-door cupboard pictured between the chairs sold for $2,800."][/caption] SCHODACK, N.Y. – A beautiful pair of Huanghuali Chinese folding hunting chairs...

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  • 2
    Aug

Cincinnati Offers a Hotbed of Early Firefighter Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2492566" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="A tintype of a mid-19th-century fireman, complete with the sitter's silver belt plate. Note the fire hat and fire horn in the background. There is currently a surge of interest in antique firefighting equipment."][/caption] Fathers, ask your sons today what they want to be when they grow up. The answer isn't the same as...

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  • 2
    Aug

Auction Report: Agnew & Brown 1870s Target Ball Hits the Mark at $30,000

[caption id="attachment_2492556" align="aligncenter" width="432" caption="This target ball made in the 1870s by Agnew & Brown sold for a record price of $29,120 in an online auction held July 15-22, 2010, by American Bottle Auctions."][/caption] SACRAMENTO, Calif. – An Agnew & Brown 3-inch target ball from the 1870s, showing an embossed pigeon on the reverse side and quite possibly...

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  • 2
    Aug

Living Large with Steiff’s Life-Size Studio Animals

[caption id="attachment_2492536" align="alignright" width="240" caption="A 30-inch sitting Steiff Studio Basset hound, made as a window decoration for the Hush Puppies shoe company in 1960 and again in 1967. Steiff has an entire area in its production facility in Giengen, Germany, dedicated to manufacturing Studio, or life-sized (or oversized) items."][/caption] The Steiff Company is known throughout the world as...

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  • 2
    Aug

Roy Rogers’ Auction is Truly the Last Roundup for Movie, Early TV Cowboys

“I’m heading for the last roundup Gonna saddle old Paint for the last time and ride So long, old pal. It’s time your tears were dried I’m heading for the last roundup” — Billy Hill, 1933 [caption id="attachment_2492525" align="alignright" width="281" caption="Roy Rogers and Dale Evans."][/caption] The last roundup is fast approaching for the B-movie, black-and-white western and early...

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  • 29
    Jul

Petroliana Items From Three Major Collections to go on the Block at Iowa Gas Show

[caption id="attachment_2492491" align="alignright" width="300" caption="This rare Bulko Gasoline porcelain sign with elephant graphic and white background, rated 9+/10, will be among the petroliana items up for auction by Matthews Auctions on Friday, Aug. 6, 2010."][/caption] DES MOINES, Iowa – More than 500 lots of petroliana items—mostly gas and oil signs but to include globes, cans and a great...

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  • 28
    Jul

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 07/28/2010

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 and rankings are...

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  • 27
    Jul

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Abe Lincoln’s Dresser, $5 Error Note, Pedal Batmobile

QUESTION: My grandfather stored furniture for a family who lost their farm during the Great Depression. They moved back to Illinois to be with their family. When they returned, they gave my grandfather his choice of one of the pieces as payment. Even though it was covered in three layers of paint, he chose a dresser. He painstakingly...

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  • 27
    Jul

Weekly News Roundup: July 26-30

Among the art, antiques and collectibles headlines, we find Elvis and Frisky the “Coronation Street” cat, a piano with a prestigious pedigree and a very expensive handbag. From The Chicago Tribune: Auction house drops Elvis embalming tools Yuck. A Chicago auction house has Elvis death memorabilia on the block—including the toe tag that was placed on his corpse....

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  • 27
    Jul

Top 10 Worthopedia Searches for June, 2010

[caption id="attachment_2492516" align="aligncenter" width="430" caption="Several thousand pounds of antiques and collectibles loaded up and ready for shipment from Maine to Georgia."][/caption] I am late with the most viewed items from June, but with good cause. I am laughing from the disbelief captured in a couple of the more vocal comments about the Hennessey cognac in the top items...

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