• 6
    Dec

Auction Report: Pepsin Gum Dispenser Takes Top Lot at Antique Sale

[caption id="attachment_2517251" align="alignleft" width="126"] A Pepsin Gum embossed tin dispenser, a coin-op taking one penny for gum and fortune sold for $57,000.[/caption] ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A rare antique Pepsin Gum embossed-tin dispenser, coin-operated to accept one cent for gum and to tell a fortune, sold for $57,000 at an auction held Oct. 4 through 6 by Showtime...

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  • 6
    Dec

The Comic Speculator Back Issue Roundup – Superman-JFK Pages, Hollywood News

[caption id="attachment_2517236" align="alignright" width="306"] Action Comics #252 (DC, 1959)[/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 Comics (OVST), Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and...

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  • 5
    Dec

New Auction Record for Edward Hopper Painting Set at Christie’s, $40.5 Million

[caption id="attachment_2517209" align="aligncenter" width="494"] Edward Hopper’s “East Wind Over Weehawken” sold for $40,485,000 on Dec. 5 in Christie’s sale of American Art in New York, setting a record auction price for a work by the prominent American realist painter.[/caption] NEW YORK – Prominent American realist painter Edward Hopper’s “East Wind Over Weehawken” sold for a world-record auction price...

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  • 5
    Dec

E. Howard No. 68 Floor Standing Astronomical Regulator Clock Soars to $277,300

[caption id="attachment_2517216" align="alignright" width="205"] This E. Howard & Co. No. 68 floor standing astronomical regulator sold for $277,300 at an antique clock auction held Nov. 23 by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery, a record price for this kind of clock at auction.[/caption] PITTSFIELD, Mass. – An E. Howard & Company No. 68 floor standing astronomical regulator clock descending over the...

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  • 4
    Dec

Collection of Mardi Gras Items to lead Two-Day Crescent City Auction Gallery Sale

[caption id="attachment_2517201" align="aligncenter" width="512"] These dazzling Mardi Gras scepters, probably for the King of Rex (1935) and the Queen of Comus (1917), will be among the Mardi Gras items up for auction at two-day estates sale slated for Dec. 7-8 by Crescent City Auction Gallery.[/caption] NEW ORLEANS – Wonderful pieces of Newcomb and George Ohr pottery, Russian icons—including...

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  • 4
    Dec

American G.I.’s Trove of Third Reich Military Relics to lead Mohawk Arms Auction

[caption id="attachment_2517196" align="alignright" width="300"] This German Luftwaffe signal regiment standard, made of silk and beautifully embroidered, 4 feet by 4 feet, could be the top lot in the upcoming Mohawk Arms’ Auction #70, a live and Internet sale already online and slated to end Dec. 6-7. The standard carries a $20,000 presale estimate.[/caption] BOUCKVILLE, N.Y. – A trove...

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  • 4
    Dec

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Vinturi Wine Aerator, Remington Model 12 Pump-Action Rifle

[caption id="attachment_2517191" align="alignleft" width="298"] A wine aerator spout pourer or Vinturi pourer. The goal is to aerate the wine, a process that improves its bouquet and flavor, as it is poured.[/caption] QUESTION: I collect antique bottles by finding them when walking alongside the river banks in my area. This summer I came across an odd piece. It appears...

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  • 4
    Dec

‘Thrifting with the Boys’ Reality TV Show ‘Thrift Hunters’ to Premiere on Spike TV

[caption id="attachment_2517227" align="aligncenter" width="491"] Worthologists Jason T. Smith and Bryan Goodman—a.k.a. the boys from Thrifting with the Boys—are set to become reality television stars as their new program “Thrift Hunters” is scheduled to premiere on Spike TV on Jan. 18 at 9:30 p.m. (8:30 p.m. CST).[/caption] Worthologists Jason T. Smith and Bryan Goodman—a.k.a. the boys from Thrifting with...

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  • 4
    Dec

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 12/04/2013

[caption id="attachment_2517177" align="alignright" width="283"] Batman Superman #6 (Cliff Chiang Variant Cover), 1:25, ($8-$10). I Love this variant featuring the title this comic should have.[/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...

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  • 4
    Dec

The Values of Antiquarian Books are not always Astronomic

[caption id="attachment_2517171" align="aligncenter" width="498"] A copy of the first book printed in the United States, officially titled “The Whole Booke of Psalmes,” sold at auction on Nov. 26 for $14,165,000 (including buyer’s premium).[/caption] When the Bay Psalm Book sold for a record $14.2 million on Nov. 26, I wasn’t surprised. After all, it was the very first book...

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