• 6
    Aug

Vintage Sports Pennants Provide Historical and Collectible Value

While still produced and available at stadiums around the country, the team pennant as we know them today are more of fan shop novelties than a true collectible. Fortunately for collectors, the opposite is true of vintage pennants, the older the better. These colorful triangle-shaped pieces of felt once served as a primary piece of […]

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  • 6
    Aug

For Board Game Collectors, Crowdfunding Offers Rewards at a Great Risk

I’ve written about Kickstarter and the current crowdfunding craze—specifically its impact on the gaming hobby—quite a bit, not just here at WorthPoint, but also elsewhere. Crowdfunding has emerged as another example of the kind of democratization that the Internet fosters, and although that certainly is an overwhelming positive social and political effect there are definitely […]

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  • 5
    Aug

Lot of 1970s-Era United Arab Emirates Banknotes Gavels for $29,500 at AIA Sale

FORT LEE, N.J. – One lot consisting of five 1970s-era banknotes from the United Arab Emirates, with Serial Number “000002” in denominations ranging from 1-to-100 Dirhams, sold for $29,500 at a live and Internet auction held by Archives International Auctions in the firm’s gallery on June 4. The set was easily the sale’s top lot. […]

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  • 5
    Aug

Early A. E. (Elmer) Crowell Bufflehead Drake Decoy Realizes $207,000 at Auction

HYANNIS, Mass. – An early bufflehead drake decoy, made around 1910-12 by the renowned carver A.E. (Elmer) Crowell—the highest-graded bufflehead drake by Crowell ever offered, and one of only two known in such a high pristine grade—soared to $207,000 at a Summer Decoy Auction held July 28-29 by Decoys Unlimited, Inc., on Cape Cod. The […]

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  • 5
    Aug

Items from the Estate of Swedish Count & Countess to Headline Elite Decorative Arts Sale

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – Around 150 lots from the estate of Count and Countess Claes-Eric de Lewenhaupt of Sweden—including 19th-century paintings and other decorative items—will headline a multi-estate auction planned for Saturday, Aug. 10, to be hosted by Elite Decorative Arts. The sale will be held at the Elite Decorative Arts gallery, located in the […]

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  • 4
    Aug

Auction Report: World War I Squadron Insignia, Archive Take Top-Lot Honors

BOUCKVILLE, N.Y. — A World War I squadron insignia and archive pertaining to American pilot Lt. Paul Green took the top lot with a winning bid of $13,200 at a live and Internet auction held June 8 and 9 held by Mohawk Arms. Lt. Green was assigned to the French Escardille 131, Bomber Group 4. […]

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  • 4
    Aug

ANA Windy City Auctions to Deliver the ‘King’ of American Coins

The American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money, scheduled for Aug. 13-17 in the Windy City suburb of Rosemont, Ill., is a time for excitement and jubilation for coin collectors and dealers, too. It’s also a time for camaraderie, stories and of, course, a chance to buy, sell and trade the finest coins available. And […]

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  • 2
    Aug

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Connor McCrory, the 8-Year-Old Picking Prodigy

In this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis has a delightful conversation with 8-year-old Connor McCrory, who is a prodigy picker. Having a passion for collecting and gaining knowledge at such an early age, the antique world is his oyster. McCrory, who was born with congenital heart disease, is vibrant and healthy. But because […]

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  • 2
    Aug

The Oddities, the Mysteries & Sometimes the Agonies of Chinese Export Silver

中國出口銀器: 奇異的, 神秘的, 也有時令人苦惱的 One of the many advantages of being known as carrying out in-depth research into Chinese Export Silver and its complex history is that I receive a huge number of images from people from around the world. The volume has increased as readership grows; a noticeable spike in the graph occurred when […]

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  • 2
    Aug

‘My Children Do Not Want It’: 6 Reasons Why the Young Don’t Dig Antiques

A phrase that I hear on a weekly basis, when appraising antiques, is troubling: “My children (or grandchildren),” I am told, “want nothing to do with my antiques.” When I was growing up, there were all sorts of people my age enjoying and appreciating antiques, and many of them were planning on getting into the […]

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