• 27
    Jan

Lost and Found Visuals: The Art and Value of Vernacular Photography

The old photograph was pasted into a scrapbook and had crusty brown rubber cement seeping around the edges. The image was a little girl with a sneaky smile and dark bangs, peeking out of the paneled window of a white frame house. Her tiny finger subtly pointed to the ominous city quarantine sign on the […]

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  • 18
    Feb

Levi Bettweiser and the Rescued Film Project on the Antiques Auction Forum Podcast

In this edition of the Antiques Auction Forum podcast, I talk with Levi Bettweiser about the Rescued Film Project and found film in the form of undeveloped rolls of film from locations all over the world, which are then developed and scanned to a digital archive. Listen here: For more about the Rescued Film Project, […]

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  • 14
    Apr

Auction House seeking Great Bambio Memorabilia for Babe Ruth Centennial Auction

Babe Ruth. No other name in all of sports, or Americana, for that matter, can transcend generational divides the way he does. It seems that no matter when one was born, chances are, you are at least familiar with the name if not intimately aware of his great dominance and impact on the sport of […]

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  • 25
    Mar

Extra! Extra! Newspaper Movie Posters Take You to Where the Action Is

From cinema’s earliest days, newspapers offered the movies heroes, heroines and a visual shorthand it used constantly not only in the films, but also in the movie posters, lobby cards and stills used to promote them. It’s one of my main collecting areas and, while it’s obvious that I’m not the only one collecting newspaper-themed […]

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  • 18
    Mar

Presentation Sword, Dinosaur Nest with Seven Eggs Power Philip Weiss Auctions’ Sale

LYNBROOK, N.Y. – A rare and historic British presentation sword and scabbard from 1813 soared to $27,060 and a 75-million-year-old dinosaur egg nest with seven eggs sold for $17,915 at a 600-lot estate sale held Feb. 26 by Philip Weiss Auctions. The sale grossed $250,000. It was an eclectic auction, one that featured rock ’n’ […]

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  • 6
    Feb

Belated Sports Collecting Resolutions for the New Year

Let’s face it. Change is difficult. That’s why most life-changing New Year’s resolutions fail within the first few weeks of being made. However, when it comes to your sports collection, there are certainly small, attainable steps you can take that will make a significant improvement in the overall quality and value of your items. That […]

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  • 20
    Jan

Paranormal Photo Album Far Exceeds Expectations at Auction

As an appraiser, I try to scan the results of auctions in my interest area so I can stay on top of changing market trends. A Dec. 12, 2013, auction of photographs and photo albums, offered by Swann Auction Galleries, was mostly disappointing. Only 70 percent of the lots sold and total sales were 10-percent […]

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