• 9
    Dec

Silversmith Wang Hing didn’t have Breakfast at Tiffany’s!

宏興沒去過蒂芬尼吃早餐! [caption id="attachment_2517261" align="aligncenter" width="523"] Audrey Hepburn from "Breakfast at Tiffany's." For almost 30 years there has been a widely held view that the most prolific of the Chinese Export Silver makers, Wang Hing, was an acknowledged supplier of silver wares to the New York-based luxury goods company Tiffany & Company. But is it true. I now believe...

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  • 9
    Dec

Bob Dylan’s Historic Newport Stratocaster to Soars to Nearly $1 Million, a Guitar Record

[caption id="attachment_2517281" align="alignright" width="291"] Bob Dylan’s 1964 Fender Stratocaster that he played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival brought $965,000 at auction, including buyer’s premium.[/caption] As comedian Don Adams used to say in his 1960-s TV comedy show Get Smart: “I missed it by this... much,” Christie’s appraisers had estimated that Bob Dylan’s 1964 Fender Stratocaster would bring...

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  • 9
    Dec

Vintage Cookbooks: Time Traveling In the Kitchen

[caption id="attachment_2517286" align="alignleft" width="300"] The "War Meal" and suggestions that wives making vegetable compound would reduce in "far fewer childless homes" offer glimpses into the past.[/caption] I am a book lover, and collector and cookbooks are a large part of my collection. There is just something endearing and comforting about old cookbooks. At a glance, you can tell...

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  • 9
    Dec

Bigger on the Inside: Fifty Years of Doctor Who Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2517372" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Since 1963, 11 performers have portrayed the time-traveling Doctor. With the exit of current lead Matt Smith (far right), actor Peter Capaldi will inherit the role.[/caption] It was 50 years ago last month that a U.K. television program originally aimed at children would first flicker onto TV screens and become not only a British...

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  • 6
    Dec

Auction Report: Pepsin Gum Dispenser Takes Top Lot at Antique Sale

[caption id="attachment_2517251" align="alignleft" width="126"] A Pepsin Gum embossed tin dispenser, a coin-op taking one penny for gum and fortune sold for $57,000.[/caption] ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A rare antique Pepsin Gum embossed-tin dispenser, coin-operated to accept one cent for gum and to tell a fortune, sold for $57,000 at an auction held Oct. 4 through 6 by Showtime...

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  • 6
    Dec

The Comic Speculator Back Issue Roundup – Superman-JFK Pages, Hollywood News

[caption id="attachment_2517236" align="alignright" width="306"] Action Comics #252 (DC, 1959)[/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 and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide to Comics (OVST), Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and...

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  • 5
    Dec

New Auction Record for Edward Hopper Painting Set at Christie’s, $40.5 Million

[caption id="attachment_2517209" align="aligncenter" width="494"] Edward Hopper’s “East Wind Over Weehawken” sold for $40,485,000 on Dec. 5 in Christie’s sale of American Art in New York, setting a record auction price for a work by the prominent American realist painter.[/caption] NEW YORK – Prominent American realist painter Edward Hopper’s “East Wind Over Weehawken” sold for a world-record auction price...

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  • 5
    Dec

E. Howard No. 68 Floor Standing Astronomical Regulator Clock Soars to $277,300

[caption id="attachment_2517216" align="alignright" width="205"] This E. Howard & Co. No. 68 floor standing astronomical regulator sold for $277,300 at an antique clock auction held Nov. 23 by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery, a record price for this kind of clock at auction.[/caption] PITTSFIELD, Mass. – An E. Howard & Company No. 68 floor standing astronomical regulator clock descending over the...

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  • 4
    Dec

Collection of Mardi Gras Items to lead Two-Day Crescent City Auction Gallery Sale

[caption id="attachment_2517201" align="aligncenter" width="512"] These dazzling Mardi Gras scepters, probably for the King of Rex (1935) and the Queen of Comus (1917), will be among the Mardi Gras items up for auction at two-day estates sale slated for Dec. 7-8 by Crescent City Auction Gallery.[/caption] NEW ORLEANS – Wonderful pieces of Newcomb and George Ohr pottery, Russian icons—including...

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  • 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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