• 8
    Oct

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 10/09/2013

[caption id="attachment_2515937" align="aligncenter" width="614"] Superman Wonder Woman #1 (Tony S. Daniel Regular Cover), $3.99. Writer Charles Soule and artist Tony Daniel tell the story of what it’s like when superheroes date. Well, sort of.[/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,...

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  • 8
    Oct

D’Angelico and D’Aquisto: Masters of the Handmade Archtop Guitar

[caption id="attachment_2515970" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Sublime: This 1943 D’Angelico New Yorker archtop recently sold for $36,414.[/caption] Handmade stringed musical instruments are seldom average. They are usually found at the extremes of quality: they are either gawdawful or sublime. The “worst of the worst” are poorly assembled, using woods with mismatched tonal qualities. I’ve seen some fretted instruments—guitars, banjos, mandolins...

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  • 8
    Oct

Rinker on Collectibles: Mechanical Art Balances Mass-Production and Aesthetics

[caption id="attachment_2515904" align="aligncenter" width="600"] This 1930 Ruxton front-drive sedan resides in the Nethercutt Museum. Despite its technological excellence and ingenuity, the car was introduced during a rough part of history and the company struggled to find its financial footing. The final Ruxton automobiles were built in 1931. Does its aesthetics make it a piece of art or simply...

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  • 7
    Oct

Chinese Export Silver Candlesticks are Lustrous Beacons of Excellence

[caption id="attachment_2515880" align="alignright" width="292"] Here we have a pair of circa 1890 candlesticks by the Canton- and ShangHai-based retail silversmith Sing Fat. Whereas Chinese Paktong candlesticks had been virtually always in the neo-classical style, Chinese Export Silver pairs were almost always decorated in the high Chinese style. While this pair has a vaguely Western form, and there’s a...

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  • 7
    Oct

Creative Solutions to Furniture Problems: Use What’s Available

[caption id="attachment_2515964" align="alignright" width="225"] This small bottle of cedarwood oil from a health food store restored the original smell to my cedar chest.[/caption] In a fit of Spring cleaning, never mind what time of year it was, my wife decided to clean out her old cedar chest. When she got the chest emptied she realized that it didn’t...

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  • 4
    Oct

The Comic Speculator Back Issue Roundup – Low-Grade Golden Age Comics Hopping

[caption id="attachment_2515872" align="alignright" width="274"] On Sept. 22, a copy of Action Comics #13 (DC, 1939) that featured the fourth-ever Superman cover printed sold for $13,100 with 31 bids. Here’s the kicker, this issue was CGC-graded in 1.5 (Fair/Good) condition.[/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at...

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  • 2
    Oct

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 10/02/2013

[caption id="attachment_2515835" align="alignright" width="283"] Savage Wolverine #9 (Francesco Francavilla Variant Cover), 1:50, ($15-$18). Now that’s a Francavilla variant I can get behind.[/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...

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  • 2
    Oct

‘Youngest Picker’ to Launch Estate Sales Company with Southern California Sale

[caption id="attachment_2515854" align="alignleft" width="218"] Connor McCrory’s goal is to be in the antiques and collectibles business. He’s getting a jump on his career by launching his business—Estate Sales by Connor—with his inaugural estate sale in La Canada, Calif., on Oct. 11-12.[/caption] Just about every 8-year-old can tell you what he or she wants to be when they grow...

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  • 2
    Oct

‘Youngest Picker’ to Launch Estate Sales Company with Southern California Sale

[caption id="attachment_2515854" align="alignleft" width="218"] Connor McCrory’s goal is to be in the antiques and collectibles business. He’s getting a jump on his career by launching his business—Estate Sales by Connor—with his inaugural estate sale in La Canada, Calif., on Oct. 11-12.[/caption] Just about every 8-year-old can tell you what he or she wants to be when they grow...

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  • 1
    Oct

East Meets West Sale Includes Art of Three Continents

[caption id="attachment_2515804" align="alignleft" width="167"] This French 19th-century “swinger” timepiece from the estate of Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman will come to auction.[/caption] MALVERN, Pa. — Asian objects, including Chinese furniture, fine arts and porcelains, will be sold alongside items from the Western culture like traditional artwork, antique clocks and period furniture at an “East Meets West” auction slated for...

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