• 5
    Nov

Rinker on Collectibles: Developing an Interior Decorating Mindset – Part I

When conducting an appraisal clinic, I inform participants that I will use one of three basic values to determine the worth of an object. The first is collector value—what a collector who does not own but wants to buy an example will pay. I emphasize that while collector value was once the dominant secondary market antiques and collectibles...

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  • 5
    Nov

Ask a Worthologist: Victorian Tulip Lamp

[caption id="attachment_2516639" align="alignright" width="184"] This Victorian-style tulip lamp looks old, but the label and wiring say it's from the 1970s.[/caption] Mary T. has a hanging lamp she found at a thrift shop. It looks old but has parts that look new. She contacted WorthPoint’s Ask a Worthologist service to inquire about this piece, its age and the maker....

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  • 5
    Nov

The Pink Star, One of the World’s Most Valuable Diamond, Could Realize $60 Million

[caption id="attachment_2516657" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Pink Star, the most valuable diamond ever to be offered at auction, will be go under the gavel in Sotheby’s Geneva sale of Magnificent Jewels on Nov. 13, 2013.[/caption] GENEVA –The Pink Star, the most valuable diamond ever to be offered at auction, will be go under the gavel in Sotheby’s Geneva sale...

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  • 5
    Nov

Art of the Automobile Auction to Rev the Hearts of Elite Manhattan Motorheads

[caption id="attachment_2516650" align="aligncenter" width="491"] The flamboyant, future-forward 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis Exclusive Study carries a $2-$2.5 million presale estimate and is expected to lead RM Auctions’ Art of the Automobile event, slated for Nov. 21 in Manhattan.[/caption] BLENHEIM, Ontario – Fresh on the heels of its record-breaking Monterey, Calif., sale in August, RM Auctions is offering up three new...

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  • 4
    Nov

Native American Artifacts, Art and Collectibles to be Sold at Big Fall Phoenix Event

[caption id="attachment_2516622" align="alignright" width="160"] This full-sized smoked moose hide and rawhide Woodlands baby carrier, or cradleboard, is expected to be the top lot in an upcoming Allard Auctions’ Big Fall Phoenix Auction, scheduled for Nov. 9-10. The cradleboard carries a $10,000- to $20,000-presale estimate.[/caption] MESA, Ariz. – A full-sized smoked moose hide and rawhide Woodlands cradleboard (Native American...

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  • 4
    Nov

Leave it on the Rack: How to Spot a Fake Rock T-Shirt

While out thrifting in the field, WorthPoint’s Worthopedia is an invaluable tool to research an item we aren’t sure about. Typically, using online research can help determine what to buy and then what price to sell. However, research can be just as valuable alerting you what to pass up, therefore saving you money and time. Most every article...

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  • 4
    Nov

‘Youngest Picker’ Connor McCrory to Appear on ‘Queen Latifah Show’

[caption id="attachment_2516604" align="aligncenter" width="538"] Connor McCrory, who just launched Estate Sales by Connor, caught the interest of CBS’s “Queen Latifah Show” producers. The 8-year-old will appear on the show with Queen Latifah on Nov. 4, 2013.[/caption] When we last checked in on young Connor McCrory, the 8-year-old Southern California boy with a passion of antiques and collectibles, he...

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  • 4
    Nov

Unloved Antiques: Bronze Commemorative Medals and Coins

[caption id="attachment_2516634" align="alignleft" width="282"] This Medallic Arts Company medal, minted in 1950 to commemorate its own 50th year in business, has a very modest value.[/caption] Nearly everyone has a bronze commemorative coin or medal kicking about the house. I must have a half dozen or so myself from local events. I have the 125th-anniversary coin of the founding...

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  • 3
    Nov

When Dylan Went Electric: Historic Newport Stratocaster to be Auctioned by Christie’s

[caption id="attachment_2516584" align="alignright" width="291"] The 1964 Fender Stratocaster guitar that was played by Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival in July of 1965. Christie’s estimates the guitar will bring between $300,000 and $500,000. I expect it to sell for more like $1 million.[/caption] On Dec. 6, 2013, Christie’s of New York will auction the 1964 Fender Stratocaster...

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  • 2
    Nov

Collecting on Steroids: The Effect of PEDs on the Sports Memorabilia Market

[caption id="attachment_2516570" align="alignleft" width="195"] In the late 1990s, Mark McGwire's rookie card commanded hundreds of dollars. Steroid use has tainted his legacy and prices. It now sells for under $20.[/caption] The issue of steroids, human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing drugs certainly isn’t new to sports. Athletes from the worlds of cycling, boxing and the Olympics have fallen...

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