• 30
    Jul

Sword and Staff from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Film to be sold at Bonhams

In news that will have fans of Middle Earth all a-twitter from Mordor to the Shire, two of the most powerful and magical weapons feature in Peter Jackson’s Academy Award winning “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy—the wizard Saruman the White’s staff and the sword wielded by Aragorn, Ranger of the North—are to be offered […]

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  • 30
    Jul

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Walt Kolinda and Antiques as Green Products

In this edition of the Antiques Auction Forum, I talk with Walt Kolenda about how antiques are green products, he gives good advice for the collector just starting out, plus he throws out a few great stories and tips. Check out his Cape Ann Auctions website. . . . . . . Listen here: Martin […]

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  • 30
    Jul

American Indian Art, Artifacts from Puffer Collection will be sold Aug. 16-17 in Santa Fe

SANTA FE, N.M. – Around 900 lots of Western and Native art, American Indian artifacts and related collectibles, many from the private collection of Herb and Peggy Puffer, will come up for bid at the Best of Santa Fe auction, an annual event to be hosted by Allard Auctions, Inc. on Aug. 16-17. The Puffers, […]

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  • 29
    Jul

Durham Whiskey Fifth Bottle, One of Six Known, Hammers for $13,440 at Auciton

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A rare Durham Whiskey fifth bottle made between 1876 and 1882—one of maybe only six known—sold for $13,440 to take top lot honors at an Internet and catalog auction facilitated by American Bottle Auctions that and concluded July 20. In all, 186 bottles changed hands and the auction grossed $173,107. “These early […]

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  • 23
    Jul

Sam’s Piano from ‘Casablanca’ to Cross the Block this Autumn

One of the most iconic props from Hollywood’s heyday—Sam’s piano from Rick’s Café American in the movie “Casablanca”—will be going up for auction this November at the “No Place like Hollywood” auction at Bonhams. The piano, a recent addition to the auction, is one of some 30 items from “Casablanca,” coming to the auction from […]

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  • 22
    Jul

The Comic Speculator: Comics, and their Characters, They are a Changin’

The comic book world is constantly in flux. Characters die, characters return, good guys go bad and vice versa. It’s part of what brings readers back every month. In the age of the Internet, publishers love to leak news snippets and watch the fans squirm. And wow, do they. Sites like Twitter and Tumblr explode […]

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  • 21
    Jul

Buyer of Chinese ‘Chicken Cup’ Racks up 422 Million American Express Reward Points

Many of us plan our big, monthly purchases with rewards points in mind. Whether they are frequent flyer bonus points, credit card rewards points or another system that offers some kind of prize for spending money with a certain dedicated card, when we are buying big-ticket items, somewhere in the back of our brain we […]

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  • 20
    Jul

Chinese Export Silver Items Star in Recent Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Sale

NEWBURY, England – Auction houses are ideal platforms for judging buying trends which, by default, would also include prevailing values. In a recent sale at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ sale on in the U.K., 39 examples of Chinese Export Silver delivered some surprises; it goes without saying that the majority of buyers were from China. […]

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  • 17
    Jul

First Purely Islamic Coin—a Umayyad 77h Gold Dinar—to be auctioned in London

LONDON – The first purely Islamic coin, an exceptionally rare Umayyad 77h gold dinar, is expected to draw in the numismatist on Aug. 6 when A. H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd. holds its upcoming Islamic Coin Auction. This coin, minted in the Hijri/Muslim Calendar year of 77 (696 A.D.), is the most sought-after Islamic coin; its […]

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  • 17
    Jul

Subbuteo has been bringing Soccer Action to Enthusiasts’ Tabletops for 70 Years

So, the 2014 FIFA World Cup has ended and the Germans—undeniably the most organized team in the tournament—have been christened the World Champions. It was a great World Cup, full of drama and fever-pitched emotion with tremendous upsets and surprises. Tim Howard, the U.S. goalkeeper, stopped (almost) everything, Argentina’s Lionel Messi sulked and Brazil virtually […]

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