Two Historic Lots Relating to Gen. George Armstrong Custer to Cross the Block
FAIRFIELD, Maine — Two lots related to Gen. George A. Custer and featuring historically important and museum quality materials, including wartime documents, letters, photographs, medals and a sample of the Confederate Appomattox surrender flag, will be sold on in the Outstanding March Firearms Auction, to be hosted by James D. Julia, Inc., on March 11-12, […]
Auction House, Damaged by Sandy, Returns with Toy, Book, Memorabilia Sales
LYNBROOK, N.Y.— Three auctions have been scheduled for February and March featuring historical memorabilia, rare books, stamps, and coins hosted by Phillip Weiss Auctions. The sales represent the return to live sales for the firm, which was displaced when its Oceanside, N.Y., building was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy and the company was forced to vacate […]
The Scandal of Clipped Autograph Cards
P.T. Barnum was dead on correct with the famous phrase “There’s a sucker born every minute.” Although this saying can be applied to almost any situation where someone has been taken, it is especially true in the antiques field. When people buy on emotion, sometimes their rational thinking takes a back seat. Or else they […]
Lincoln Victory Speech Nets $3.5 Million
Although we are in a recession, the combination of passion, with money, of course, drives the market. In the autograph industry, we’ve seen a stabilization and solid interest in popular figures, as dictated by the phrase: Quality Sells! And, as one recent piece proves, when these factors—uniqueness, popularity and timing—come together; it can result in […]
Preserving precious letters from the past
How do I protect a collection of poignant World War II letters from my father? First, copy them. Until recently, I always suggested photocopying. Today, I recommend scanning. When copying the letters, make certain to keep the envelope and letter together. Individuals have a bad habit of taking letters out of envelopes and placing them […]
Collecting Historical Autographs – Basic info
When collecting autographs, it is better to collect letters and documents and avoid clipped signatures (signatures that were cut from letters or documents). First, there is nothing historical about a clip, and Secondly, it is very hard to properly authenticate a clipped signature. Go for letters and documents and other “larger” items.
Great Antiques Find: Tea Caddy’s Secret
You get 10 Worthologists together under one roof with approximately 30 years each of experience, and I guarantee no matter how diverse their areas of specialty, they all have one thing in common: STORIES OF THE GREAT Antiques and Collectibles FIND. Here’s one of mine.
Immigration, learning from our antiques
As the founder of WorthPoint, I have been asked countless times what I collect. I think it is a funny question, as I have learned that a collector’s attention span is usually measured in a 5-6 year time span. I am typical in that respect, as, what I collect changes every 5-6 years. The problem is that I keep what I collected, thus, I have many collections that I am not active in.