• 16
    Dec

Furniture French: You May Already Speak It

[caption id="attachment_2517543" align="alignleft" width="208"] A chifferobe's name is a combination of two words: "wardrobe" and chiffonier, the French term for a tall chest of drawers.[/caption] If you like older and antique furniture, you may have already acquired another asset that you didn’t even know about in addition to the antiques. You may have the beginnings of a second...

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  • 16
    Dec

Naughty or Nice: ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ Capra, Commies and the FBI

[caption id="attachment_2517583" align="aligncenter" width="491"] The finale of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The FBI’s J. Edgar Hoover didn’t like the themes of the movie and sent agents to investigate the production.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2517588" align="alignright" width="200"] This original advertising poster is offer on eBay for $15,995.[/caption] “He’s making a list, checking it twice; gonna find out who’s naughty or nice…”...

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  • 13
    Dec

Winter-Themed Animals are Favorite Christmas-Time Steiff Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2517566" align="alignright" width="214"] Santa Claus, who made his grand debut in the Steiff catalog in 1953, was produced as a five-ways jointed 31-cm doll with a rubber head.[/caption] Christmas and Steiff really do go hand in hand and for many families all over the world, it simply would not be the holidays without a little something “Steiff-y”...

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  • 13
    Dec

WWI Drawing by Official British War Artist Christopher Nevinson sets Record

[caption id="attachment_2517485" align="aligncenter" width="480"] American Pop Artist Roy Lichtenstein, a screenprint entitled “Two Nudes” realised a strong price of £124,000.[/caption] LONDON – A poignant First World War drawing by official War Artist for the British Government, Christopher Nevinson, set a new world record for a work on paper by the artist at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auction’s sale of...

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  • 13
    Dec

In Christmases Past, Wicker Made the List

[caption id="attachment_2517517" align="alignleft" width="282"] Add a few millennia and you'll find the historical roots of this Victorian wicker sleigh.[/caption] In the past, Christmas was a much simpler time, and the emphasis was more on family, church and 
community rather than the monumental gift extravaganza it is today. Then, money was often
 tight and credit cards were a thing...

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  • 13
    Dec

Back-Issue Comics Roundup – Dr. Fate’s Collection & the ‘Apocalypse’ Tweet

[caption id="attachment_2517498" align="alignright" width="281"] Dr. Fate’s Fantastic Four #1 (Marvel, 1961) sold for $60,000.[/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...

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  • 13
    Dec

Ask A Worthologist: The Giant, Menacing, Department Store Santa

[caption id="attachment_2517523" align="alignright" width="177"] Boo![/caption] Dana H. had a bit of a scare in the loft of an old carriage house on a gloomy day, a property she and her husband were thinking of buying. The sun breaking through a window cast a shadow of a large man standing behind her. Spinning about, it turned out to be...

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  • 13
    Dec

Modern Sports Card Collecting Terms and Definitions

[caption id="attachment_2517404" align="alignleft" width="300"] A "sticker" autograph card bears the player or personality's autograph on a sticker affixed to the card, rather than "hard-signed" or "on-card."[/caption] If you are new to the hobby of collecting sports cards, or perhaps you are a returning collector reengaging with a childhood pursuit. Maybe you are considering giving sports cards as Christmas...

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  • 12
    Dec

Standing on Ceremony: Huabiao Pillars reworked as Amazing Silver Columns

中國出口銀器: 講究禮儀 [caption id="attachment_2517468" align="alignright" width="321"] These silver huabiao are the first I’ve ever encountered. They were made by a Beijing silversmith by the name of Bao Xiang, a silversmith I have to say I’ve never previously encountered, yet obviously a silversmith of significant skill.[/caption] Chinese culture is so enriched with allegorical imagery that one could almost say...

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  • 11
    Dec

Norman Rockwell’s ‘Saying Grace’ Achieves $46M at Sotheby’s American Art Auction

[caption id="attachment_2517451" align="aligncenter" width="479"] “Saying Grace,” which was voted by The Saturday Evening Post readers as their favorite cover, prompted an intense bidding war between two determined phone bidders who competed for more than nine minutes—an eternity at an auction—for the painting, which eventually sold for $46,085,000, a record for a Rockwell painting.[/caption] NEW YORK – Norman Rockwell’s...

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