• 8
    Nov

Smart Pickers Find Gold in Vintage Bikes

[caption id="attachment_2516682" align="alignleft" width="300"] This Raleigh MK1 Pro Burner BMX bike sold for nearly $33,000—proof that picker's gold lies in unusual places.[/caption] Pickers everywhere dream of finding collectible "gold" stashed away in a barn or an attic. It seems almost weekly that the media is abuzz with the latest story of an artwork, coin, first-edition book or historic...

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  • 8
    Nov

Auction Report: Rare Beacon Sign Tabs $55,000 in October Petroliana Auction

[caption id="attachment_2516758" align="alignleft" width="181"] A Beacon Ethyl Gasoline single-sided porcelain die-cut sign with lighthouse-shaped design took top lot with a bid of $55,000.[/caption] PEOTONE, Ill. — A rare Beacon Ethyl Gasoline single-sided porcelain sign with a die-cut lighthouse-shaped design, made around 1940 and in remarkable condition, gaveled as the top lot with a bid of $55,000 at a...

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  • 8
    Nov

Auction Report: Gettysburg Cannon Tops Dancy-Polk House Auction

[caption id="attachment_2516728" align="alignleft" width="289"] This authentic Civil War cannon, fired by Union troops at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, topped the Dancy-Polk auction with $86,250.[/caption] DECATUR, Ala. — An authentic Civil War cannon, fired by Union troops at the Battle of Gettysburg, dated 1855 and complete with documented provenance, sold for $86,250 at an on-site sale of...

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  • 7
    Nov

Royal Bayreuth, Fine Art Glass Headline Huge Auction

[caption id="attachment_2516694" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Nov. 8 session will be dedicated to Royal Bayreuth, to include 14 figural Santas.[/caption] ST. CHARLES, Mo. — More than 650 lots in a wide range of collecting categories, including art glass, French cameo, Royal Bayreuth and quality antiques, will come up for bid on Nov. 8 and 9 at a sale conducted...

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  • 7
    Nov

One of Jesse Owens’ 1936 Olympic Gold Medal to Sell in Online Auction

[caption id="attachment_2516742" align="aligncenter" width="488"] Jesse Owens salutes during the presentation of his gold medal for the long jump in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Germany’s Lutz Long, the silver-medalist on the right, and Japan’s Naoto Tajima (bronze medalist, left) stand with him.[/caption] One of the four gold medals won by U.S. sporting great Jesse Owens at the 1936...

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  • 7
    Nov

Furniture’s Bum Rap: Mr. Eastlake was Innocent

[caption id="attachment_2516714" align="alignleft" width="200"] This Eastlake-style secretary shows the geometric precision and simplicity of Eastlake’s ideas.[/caption] According to some older and antique furniture dealers and collectors, there is one style from the 19th century that stands as the least attractive (read: ugly), most clunky and least desirable of all the Victorian period forms. What gets that honor? Eastlake,...

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  • 6
    Nov

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 11/06/2013

[caption id="attachment_2516804" align="alignright" width="283"] Iron Man #18 (Paul Rivoche Regular Cover), $3.99. “Iron Metropolitan” part one.[/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 issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and...

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  • 5
    Nov

Despite their Current ‘Hot’ Status, Skylanders’ Collectibility is a Shaky Proposition

[caption id="attachment_2516672" align="aligncenter" width="499"] Octo-magnet? Magnetopus? You decide. This Swap Force character (in the game) shows just one of the 256 possible combinations with the new figures. Trust me… your kids know what I’m on about here.[/caption] If you’ve got kids of video game-playing age (or if you are a video game-playing adult), I’m sure that the fact...

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  • 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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