• 20
    Sep

The Comic Speculator Back Issue Roundup – Uncle Scrooge Seller Now Rolling in Dough

[caption id="attachment_2515706" align="alignright" width="326"] A copy of Dell Four Color #386 (Dell, 1952) starring Uncle Scrooge in CGC 9.4 condition sold for $9,125 with 32 bids on Sept. 12[/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...

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  • 19
    Sep

The Gong Fu Tie Calligraphy Soars over Expectations to Sell For $8.2 million

[caption id="attachment_2515557" align="alignright" width="101"] The Gong Fu Tie calligraphy.[/caption] NEW YORK – The Gong Fu Tie Calligraphy by Su Shi, one of the towering figures of early Chinese history, sold for $8,229,000 at Sotheby’s on Sept. 19, several times the pre-sale expectations of $1 million. Six bidders—both in the auction room and on telephones—fought for the piece which...

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  • 18
    Sep

Music, Coin-Op, Gaming & Toys to lead Sept. 21 Sale at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery

[caption id="attachment_2515546" align="alignright" width="187"] This 1941 Wurlitzer model 850 jukebox, also called “The Peacock” because it features a brilliant peacock reverse painted on glass, will be among the scores of jukeboxes, Victrolas, gramophones, music boxes, phonographs and speakers up for auction Saturday, Sept. 21, at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery.[/caption] PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Two outstanding 35-year collections to be sold...

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  • 17
    Sep

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 09/18/2013

[caption id="attachment_2515517" align="alignright" width="281"] Batman '66 #3 (Cully Hamner Variant Cover), 1:25, ($8-$10). Awesome work here by Hamner for a really fun series.[/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...

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  • 17
    Sep

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Pamela Wiggins on Antiques Journalism

[caption id="attachment_2515514" align="alignright" width="160"] Pamela Wiggins[/caption] In this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis talks with Pamela Wiggins, who grew up in the antiques business and later became a journalist, joining her two worlds together to write about the subject as well as encouraging the family hobby of antiques interest. Click here to go to her About.com...

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  • 17
    Sep

Q & A with Harry Rinker: 1950s Gentex Corporation H-4 Flight Aircraft Helmet

[caption id="attachment_251550" align="aligncenter" width="224"] A Gentex H-4 U.S. Navy flight helmet.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_251550" align="aligncenter" width="224"] The label inside the Gentex H-4 U.S. Navy flight helmet.[/caption] QUESTION: I have a helmet that was given to me by my deceased aunt. It is gold in color, has a ribbed top, and a decal of a wing with an anchor above...

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  • 16
    Sep

When Sun Shone on Canton for 95 Years: From Georgian to High Chinese Style

中國出口銀器: 陽光普照著廣州城的那九十五年 [caption id="attachment_2515476" align="alignright" width="219"] This superb and highly unusual classic form cider jug, produced circa early 19th century in the late 18th-century high Georgian style, is just one example of Sun Shing’s masterworks. Known as “The Winslow Jug,” this piece simply oozes history as it once would have oozed cider.[/caption] I’ve been aware of some debate...

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  • 14
    Sep

It’s All in the Marks: Strnact Pottery

[caption id="attachment_2515538" align="alignleft" width="192"] Event at Art Nouveau's peak, pottery from Josef Strnact pottery didn't top price charts, possibly due to the fact so many pieces were produced.[/caption] This vase is made in the Art Nouveau style, circa 1900, and it was manufactured in Austria. The markings indicate that it was made by the Josef Strnact pottery from...

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  • 13
    Sep

The Secret Japanese Art of Kintsugi Brings Beauty to Breakage

[caption id="attachment_2515413" align="alignleft" width="300"] This small vase was repaired using kintsugi, the ancient Japanese method of using powdered metal and lacquer to bond broken items together.[/caption] Break a favorite antique? Instead of throwing it out or gluing it together, there is an alternative. Kintsugi, a traditional Japanese method of repairing ceramic, glass and other materials, means “gold repair”...

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  • 13
    Sep

The Comic Speculator: Back Issue Roundup – Captain Marvel Movie Rumors

[caption id="attachment_2515399" align="alignright" width="288"] Marvel Super-Heroes #13 (Marvel Comics, 1967), written by Roy Thomas, art by Gene Colan under the name “Adam Austin.” Shipped in March, 1968.[/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...

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