• 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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  • 1
    Nov

Chinese Export Silversmiths were Masters of the Art of the Tazza

中國出口銀器: 藝術大師級的高腳盤子 [caption id="attachment_2516554" align="alignright" width="300"] A tazza does not have to be grand and imposing, as this rather sweet small example by Hung Chong shows. The delicate fretwork chrysanthemum motif signifies longevity. The plain circular central motif could well be a “wish granting” pearl.[/caption] It is equally perplexing to find the origins of the object we know...

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  • 1
    Nov

Rare Bay Psalm Book, the First Book Printed in America, to be Auctioned by Sotheby’s

[caption id="attachment_2516538" align="aligncenter" width="496"] One of the finest surviving copies of the Bay Psalm Book—the first book printed in what is now the United States of America—will be auctioned at Sotheby’s on Nov. 26. It carries a pre-sale estimate of $15 to $30 million.[/caption] NEW YORK – One of the finest surviving copies of the Bay Psalm Book—the...

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