• 4
    Dec

American G.I.’s Trove of Third Reich Military Relics to lead Mohawk Arms Auction

[caption id="attachment_2517196" align="alignright" width="300"] This German Luftwaffe signal regiment standard, made of silk and beautifully embroidered, 4 feet by 4 feet, could be the top lot in the upcoming Mohawk Arms’ Auction #70, a live and Internet sale already online and slated to end Dec. 6-7. The standard carries a $20,000 presale estimate.[/caption] BOUCKVILLE, N.Y. – A trove...

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  • 4
    Dec

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Vinturi Wine Aerator, Remington Model 12 Pump-Action Rifle

[caption id="attachment_2517191" align="alignleft" width="298"] A wine aerator spout pourer or Vinturi pourer. The goal is to aerate the wine, a process that improves its bouquet and flavor, as it is poured.[/caption] QUESTION: I collect antique bottles by finding them when walking alongside the river banks in my area. This summer I came across an odd piece. It appears...

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  • 4
    Dec

‘Thrifting with the Boys’ Reality TV Show ‘Thrift Hunters’ to Premiere on Spike TV

[caption id="attachment_2517227" align="aligncenter" width="491"] Worthologists Jason T. Smith and Bryan Goodman—a.k.a. the boys from Thrifting with the Boys—are set to become reality television stars as their new program “Thrift Hunters” is scheduled to premiere on Spike TV on Jan. 18 at 9:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m. CST).[/caption] Worthologists Jason T. Smith and Bryan Goodman—a.k.a. the boys from Thrifting with...

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  • 4
    Dec

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 12/04/2013

[caption id="attachment_2517177" align="alignright" width="283"] Batman Superman #6 (Cliff Chiang Variant Cover), 1:25, ($8-$10). I Love this variant featuring the title this comic should have.[/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, back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices...

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  • 4
    Dec

The Values of Antiquarian Books are not always Astronomic

[caption id="attachment_2517171" align="aligncenter" width="498"] A copy of the first book printed in the United States, officially titled “The Whole Booke of Psalmes,” sold at auction on Nov. 26 for $14,165,000 (including buyer’s premium).[/caption] When the Bay Psalm Book sold for a record $14.2 million on Nov. 26, I wasn’t surprised. After all, it was the very first book...

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  • 3
    Dec

The Clever Box: Small Containers offer Chinese Silversmiths Room to Astonish

中國出口銀器: 不凡的盒子! [caption id="attachment_2517146" align="aligncenter" width="456"] This late seventh-century Tang Dynasty silver gilt box from Shaanxi Province takes the form of a six-lobed flower decorated with a finely hammered surface upon which repoussé, ring punched and chased decorative motifs are applied, embellished by mercury gilding. It is hard to fathom this box is 1,300 years old, yet it...

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  • 2
    Dec

Auction Report: Curran’s ‘Far Away Thoughts’ Tops October Art Sale Returns

[caption id="attachment_2517134" align="alignleft" width="241"] The top lot of the sale was this oil-on-canvas piece by Charles Courtney Curran, titled "Far Away Thoughts," which sold for $192,000.[/caption] MILFORD, Conn. — An oil-on-canvas painting titled “Far Away Thoughts” by the American genre and landscape painter Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942), sold for $192,000 at Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers’ fall fine-art auction...

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  • 2
    Dec

Sports Memorabilia’s Top 10 Jaw-Dropping Price Tags

[caption id="attachment_2517114" align="alignright" width="222"] No. 10 on the Top 10 jaw-dropping prices paid for a sports memorabilia item is Babe Ruth’s "Called Shot Jersey," which hammered for 940,000.[/caption] For as long as there have been sports, there has been sports memorabilia. There have also been collectors who are willing to pay astronomical sums for the opportunity to add...

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  • 2
    Dec

Whiskey Making Collectibles a Legal Way to Remember Our Moonshining History

[caption id="attachment_2517104" align="alignright" width="225"] Handmade clay jugs like this one were often used for storing moonshine. For collectors looking to get into whiskey making and moonshining, a jug like this is a good place to start.[/caption] Aug. 10, 1958, just north of Blacksburg, Va.: The blue ’58 Ford sedan was hard to keep on the road. Moving at...

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  • 27
    Nov

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Dylan Shub of the Gryphon’s Nest

[caption id="attachment_2517089" align="alignright" width="240"] Dyal Shub[/caption] On this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis speaks with 27 year-old Dylan Shub of the Gryphon’s Nest in Jerusalem, who explains how the antique business works in Israel, as well as what it was like starting as a toddler in the business. Shub later discusses the social media aspect of...

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