• 8
    Nov

Auction Report: Rare Beacon Sign Tabs $55,000 in October Petroliana Auction

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 Fall Petroliana & Automobilia Auction held Oct. 17 and 18 by Matthews Auctions. The two-day event was held prior to […]

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  • 8
    Nov

Auction Report: Gettysburg Cannon Tops Dancy-Polk House Auction

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 the contents of the Dancy-Polk House Inn on Oct. 12. The Dancy-Polk House Inn, constructed in 1829, is one of only four buildings […]

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  • 7
    Nov

Royal Bayreuth, Fine Art Glass Headline Huge Auction

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 by Woody Auction. More than 240 lots of Royal Bayreuth pieces will be offered on Friday […]

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  • 7
    Nov

One of Jesse Owens’ 1936 Olympic Gold Medal to Sell in Online Auction

One of the four gold medals won by U.S. sporting great Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics is headed to the auction block. SCP Auctions, which specializes in sports memorabilia, says on its website that the medal will be available in its auction running Nov. 20 through Dec. 7. Owens’s achievements at the 1936 Berlin […]

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  • 7
    Nov

Furniture’s Bum Rap: Mr. Eastlake was Innocent

According to some older and antique furniture dealers and collectors, there is one style from the 19th century that stands as the least attractive (read: ugly), most clunky and least desirable of all the Victorian period forms. What gets that honor? Eastlake, of course. Eastlake furniture is often regarded as the bottom of the barrel […]

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  • 6
    Nov

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 11/06/2013

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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  • 5
    Nov

Despite their Current ‘Hot’ Status, Skylanders’ Collectibility is a Shaky Proposition

If you’ve got kids of video game-playing age (or if you are a video game-playing adult), I’m sure that the fact that there is a new Skylanders set will not be a surprise to you. In fact, you may already be witnessing a Tribble-like infestation of the new “Swap Force” figures, which allow you to […]

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  • 5
    Nov

Rinker on Collectibles: Developing an Interior Decorating Mindset – Part I

When conducting an appraisal clinic, I inform participants that I will use one of three basic values to determine the worth of an object. The first is collector value—what a collector who does not own but wants to buy an example will pay. I emphasize that while collector value was once the dominant secondary market […]

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  • 5
    Nov

Ask a Worthologist: Victorian Tulip Lamp

Mary T. has a hanging lamp she found at a thrift shop. It looks old but has parts that look new. She contacted WorthPoint’s Ask a Worthologist service to inquire about this piece, its age and the maker. Her inquiry was forwarded to me: “We have a couple of thrift shops near me, and I […]

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  • 5
    Nov

The Pink Star, One of the World’s Most Valuable Diamond, Could Realize $60 Million

GENEVA –The Pink Star, the most valuable diamond ever to be offered at auction, will be go under the gavel in Sotheby’s Geneva sale of Magnificent Jewels on Nov. 13, 2013. A world’s natural treasure estimated in excess of $60 million, this 59.60‐carat, oval-cut pink diamond is the largest internally flawless fancy vivid pink diamond […]

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