• 15
    Nov

Chinese Export Silver Items Strike Gold at Heritage Auctions Sale

[caption id="attachment_2516929" align="aligncenter" width="465"] This splendid, lidded and standing cup, carries a mark of a retail silversmith we only know by the initials MLW. Yet this particular cup also bares the “chopmark” of the actual silver workshop that created it, in this case identifiable as Sheng Chang who, importantly, is a “known” maker, especially by Chinese aficionados. It...

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  • 15
    Nov

‘Introducing…. The Beatles’: A Story about a First Collectible

[caption id="attachment_2516899" align="aligncenter" width="234"] “Introducing… The Beatles” was the first Beatles album released in the United States, on Jan. 1964. The songs were repeats from the 1963 British debut album, “Please Please Me”[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2516900" align="aligncenter" width="240"] “Meet the Beatles!” was also released in the United States in January of 1964. It had the same cover photo as...

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  • 14
    Nov

A Primer for Determining Fair Market Value of Estate Art, Antiques and Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2516940" align="aligncenter" width="425"] Uncle Bob’s collection had to be reviewed to determine its Fair Market Value before the estate could sell it. What collections or antiques to you have in your house—or attic—that will need to go through a similar review? Do you know what a FMV would find for your collection?[/caption] Uncle Bob has always been...

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  • 14
    Nov

Rarity Is Key In Vintage Board Game Value

[caption id="attachment_2516880" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Board games were often created around the fads of the day.[/caption] Growing up in the 1950s, board games were a regular part of my family life. Back then we only had three TV stations and AM radio—that was the BC era: “Before Cable.” Whenever the weather got stormy, TV reception would suffer. No matter...

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  • 13
    Nov

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Kerr & Co. Gold Belt Buckle, Howdy Doody Show Marionette

[caption id="attachment_2516851" align="alignright" width="300"] The front of the belt buckle.[/caption] QUESTION: I almost sold a belt buckle for a couple of bucks at my garage sale a few weeks ago until I took a better look at it. The front of the rectangular belt buckle has horizontal engraved lines with a central “E E H” monogram. The back...

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  • 13
    Nov

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Daniel Finamore on ‘Impressionists on the Water’

[caption id="attachment_2516845" align="aligncenter" width="430"] Daniel Finamore, PhD, the Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., views one of the pieces in the “Impressionists on the Water” exhibit, which will run through next February.[/caption] On this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis speaks with Daniel Finamore, PhD, the...

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  • 13
    Nov

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 11/13/2013

[caption id="attachment_2516866" align="alignright" width="252"] Clown Fatale #1 (of 4), $3.99. Sexy female clowns are mistaken for contract killers and abandon their shabby traveling circus for a world of violence and cruelty—with clown makeup.[/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, back...

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  • 12
    Nov

From America to Estonia: Finding the Hidden/True/Lost Value of Antiques

[caption id="attachment_2516833" align="aligncenter" width="430"] The early 19th-century, three-room log cabin I purchased on several acres of rolling countryside outside of the small village of Välgi, Estonia. This small, 300-square-foot house lacked electricity and plumbing.[/caption] I bought my first antique in 1977; the year my son was born. It was a late 19th-century oak sideboard with a beveled mirror....

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  • 12
    Nov

Hurricane Sandy Anniversary Reminds Us to Protect What We Collect

[caption id="attachment_2516827" align="aligncenter" width="430"] If your home floods, would your art, antiques or collectibles be in danger of suffering water damage? Do you believe your homeowners insurance will cover it? You had better make sure.[/caption] A little more than a year ago, on Oct. 29, Hurricane Sandy pounded the entire U.S. eastern seaboard from Florida to Maine, with...

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  • 12
    Nov

Unloved Antiques: Capodimonte Ceramics

[caption id="attachment_2516793" align="alignleft" width="282"] While some early Capodimonte ceramics sell well, most aren't very collectible.[/caption] I don't have a week go by that I don't get a call or email about a "fantastic" piece of Italian porcelain by "Capodimonte.” It's nearly always claimed to be an inheritance, as I don't recall actually meeting anyone who admits to buying...

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