• 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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  • 11
    Nov

Baseball Hall-of-Famers Mazeroski, Musial Auctions each Realize $1 Million-Plus

[caption id="attachment_2516771" align="alignleft" width="244"] Bill Mazeroski’s 1960 Game 7 uniform—the one he was wearing when he hit a walk-off home run to give the Pittsburgh Pirates the World Series championship over the New York Yankees—sold for $632,500 on Saturday.[/caption] Baseball collectibles auctions always generate interest, but this last weekend, two auctions in particular were the focus of the...

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  • 11
    Nov

Lifetime Pagano ‘Rustic Collection’ to Sell in November

[caption id="attachment_2516787" align="alignleft" width="300"] This one-owner 1990 IROC-Z Chevrolet Camaro in like-new condition, with 9,315 original miles on the odometer, is set to sell at the auction.[/caption] BRISTOL, Conn. — An online-only auction totaling more than 500 lots of Victorian carved- and marble-top furniture, silver and gold coins, sporting goods and other category items will be held in...

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  • 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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