• 4
    Dec

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

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 current online auction sales. Sales numbers and rankings are courtesy of ICV2.com. Lists […]

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  • 4
    Dec

The Values of Antiquarian Books are not always Astronomic

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 published in the United States, in 1640. Less than 2,000 were originally printed and only 11 are known to have survived. The book toured the country for quick visits to […]

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  • 3
    Dec

The Clever Box: Small Containers offer Chinese Silversmiths Room to Astonish

中國出口銀器: 不凡的盒子! For Chinese artisans, boxes have always been more than mere utilitarian objects. Through the centuries, special decorative techniques were developed in order to make them extraordinarily special, while the amount of decorative detailing lavished upon boxes is often excessive, relative to the size of the object or the purpose it was made for. […]

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  • 2
    Dec

Auction Report: Curran’s ‘Far Away Thoughts’ Tops October Art Sale Returns

MILFORD, Conn. — An oil-on-canvas painting titled “Far Away Thoughts” by the American genre and landscape painter Charles Courtney Curran (1861-1942), sold for $192,000 at Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers’ fall fine-art auction held Oct. 24. Curran was a prolific painter, known for his light-filled renderings, often of young women. This painting was a prime example […]

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  • 2
    Dec

Sports Memorabilia’s Top 10 Jaw-Dropping Price Tags

For as long as there have been sports, there has been sports memorabilia. There have also been collectors who are willing to pay astronomical sums for the opportunity to add one-of-a-kind, museum quality pieces to their collection. Sports have always had the ability to transcend cultures and socio-economic conditions to unite fans around the world. […]

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  • 2
    Dec

Whiskey Making Collectibles a Legal Way to Remember Our Moonshining History

Aug. 10, 1958, just north of Blacksburg, Va.: The blue ’58 Ford sedan was hard to keep on the road. Moving at nearly 90 miles per hour and heavily loaded in the back, the car’s front tires weren’t making good contact with the pavement, causing the vehicle to “dance” over the winding and hilly mountain […]

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  • 27
    Nov

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Dylan Shub of the Gryphon’s Nest

On this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis speaks with 27 year-old Dylan Shub of the Gryphon’s Nest in Jerusalem, who explains how the antique business works in Israel, as well as what it was like starting as a toddler in the business. Shub later discusses the social media aspect of the antiques dealing […]

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  • 27
    Nov

The Bird’s the Word: A Look at Steiff’s Thanksgiving Turkeys

Of course, the bird’s the word when it comes to turkey at Thanksgiving! No matter how your family prepares the ceremonial bird—roasted in the oven, deep fried in boiling oil or barbequed on the backyard grill—the turkey platter is usually the pièce de résistance on America’s Thanksgiving holiday table. Steiff’s turkeys—although clearly not made for […]

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  • 27
    Nov

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 11/27/2013

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 current online auction sales. Sales numbers and rankings are courtesy of ICV2.com. Lists […]

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  • 27
    Nov

Rinker on Collectibles: An Antique is Anything Made Before 1980

Shortly after I wrote “Rinker on Collectibles” Column #942 entitled “An Antique Is Anything Made before 1963” in April 2005, I received an e-mail from Bruce Chaney of Roanoke, Ind., that read: “You are the reason that we go into so many ‘antique’ shops and malls and see nothing but secondhand furniture and junk! So […]

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