• 18
    Mar

Attempts to Build LEGO Board Games take the Fun out the Construction Toy System

In case you didn’t get the memo, “The LEGO Movie” is awesome. It’s a celebration of the perennially popular Danish construction toy and the particular culture of LEGO building, playing, and collecting. References abound throughout the anarchic film, including funny jabs at failed LEGO concepts like the pro sports-themed sets, circa 2002, and the flat-out […]

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  • 18
    Mar

Freeman’s Continues to Expand to D.C., The Midwest and California

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Freeman’s Auctioneers & Appraisers—America’s oldest auction house, founded in Philadelphia in 1805—is continuing to expand by successfully launching regional offices in Boston and Charlottesville, Va. and bringing in three new experts to focus attention on other regions. Matthew S. Wilcox, the former vice president of Trusts & Estates at Freeman’s, has returned […]

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  • 18
    Mar

Sotheby’s S|2 Gallery to host Selling Exhibition of Niki De Saint Phalle ‘Nana’ Sculptures

NEW YORK – Sotheby’s will present a selling exhibition of works by Niki de Saint Phalle titled “Joie de Vivre,” featuring more than 30 sculptures by the Parisian sculptor, painter and filmmaker, at the auction house’s S|2 gallery. The show is described as a “journey through the visionary artist’s career exploring an expansive range of […]

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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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  • 18
    Mar

Cottone Auctions Sale to Feature Works by Greatest Names in the Art World

GENESEO N.Y – Works by some of the greatest names of 19th- and 20th-century art will be part of Cottone Auctions’ annual Winter Fine Art and Antiques Auction on March 29, when more than 500 lots will be for sale. Featured will be numerous pieces from the prominent estate of William Levine of Rochester, NY. […]

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  • 18
    Mar

Music Items, Coin-Op, Advertising, Toys and Gaming to lead Fontaine’s Auction

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – For folks looking to start or increase their collection of musical items, coin-op, advertising, toys, country store, banks, gaming and more will have 365 lots of fresh, quality merchandise to consider in a March 29 auction scheduled by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery. The musical items will feature rare Victrolas, gramophones, music boxes, phonographs […]

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  • 17
    Mar

Q & A with Harry Rinker: ‘Bone’ Picture Book, Honeywell Kangaroo Paperweight

QUESTION: I own a copy of the “Bone Picture Book,” published by McGraw-Hill in 1968. Before listing it on eBay, I tried to research its value. I found no information on Abe Books, Amazon, eBay or WorthpPoint. I am considering an opening bid request of $12, but am concerned the request is too low. What […]

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  • 17
    Mar

Collector’s Minute: Isidore Jules Bonheur Sculptures

Sculptor Isidore Jules Bonheur was born on May 15, 1827, in Bordeaux, France, to a well-known family of artists. Isidore’s first salon entry was a plaster study of an African horseman attacked by a Lion in 1848. He later exhibited in his sculptures at the Paris Salon and The Royal Academy in London. This piece […]

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  • 17
    Mar

Ask a Worthologist: The ‘Thrift Store’ Bowl

Gerald S. found this silver bowl at a second-hand shop. It wasn’t until 
later that looked at he looked closer and decided to find out more about it by contacting us. He emailed us via WorthPoint’s 
“Ask a Worthologist” service to find out exactly what he had, and his inquiry was forwarded to me. Here’s […]

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  • 17
    Mar

The Huge Influence of the Early 20th-Century Chinese Department Stores

中國出口銀器: 二十世紀初中國百貨公司業的巨大影響 Department stores were first introduced to China in the late 19th century but they came in the guise of foreign chains or investors who were doing nothing more than trying to establish lucrative colonial implants that had previously appeared on the Indian sub-continent and elsewhere in Southeast Asia. In Shanghai, the first stores […]

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