• 27
    Oct

Haunting Photographic Images of Early Halloween Costumes are Desired Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2516476" align="aligncenter" width="417"] Many photos of vintage Halloween costumes are collected because of their unintended artistry. This early 1930s rural snapshot is haunting and hypnotic.[/caption] Halloween’s roots arguably date back thousands of years to Celtic harvest traditions. But the celebration in the form we know it today has a much more recent history. In the United States,...

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  • 27
    Oct

The Complex Hierarchy of the China Trade Relative to the Chinese Export Silver Trade

相對於中國出口銀貿易而言的中國貿易之複雜階級制度 [caption id="attachment_2516402" align="aligncenter" width="538"] “View of Hoppo Returning,” a late 18th-century depiction by unknown Chinese artist. When the Hoppo arrived for inspection visits, the merchants and local officials turned out to receive him[/caption] Chinese Export Silver was very much a product of the China Trade, but the period between 1757-1842 is now known as the “Old China...

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  • 25
    Oct

Great Obscure Halloween Board Games Lurking in the Shadows

[caption id="attachment_2516439" align="aligncenter" width="483"] As much as I appreciate that they put the Reptile woman in the game (the drawing in the bottom right quadrant), and as great as the figurines look, the game is awful. (Left to right) Abraham Van Helsing, Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster (from “Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell”), and Father Sandor (from “Dracula,” “Prince...

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  • 25
    Oct

Lalique, Netsuke, Patek Philippe Headline Levy’s Sale

[caption id="attachment_2516396" align="alignleft" width="300"] This Japanese carved wood-and-lacquer Netsuke from the Meiji period (1868-1912), stands 2 inches tall and has an estimated price of $500-$800.[/caption] PALM BEACH, Fla. — Collections of 1920s Rene Lalique glass, netsuke carving and signed estate jewelry will headline a 500-lot estate auction planned for Oct. 27. The auction, hosted by A.B. Levy’s, will...

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  • 25
    Oct

Auction Report: Meissen Urns Take Top Lot at Cottone Fall Fine Art Sale

[caption id="attachment_2516361" align="alignleft" width="300"] The top lot of the auction was this spectacular pair of antique Meissen armorial covered urns, which sold for $201,250.[/caption] GENESEO, N.Y. — A spectacular pair of antique Meissen armorial covered urns sailed past their pre-sale high estimate of $15,000 to gavel for $201,250 at a Fall Fine Art & Antiques Auction held Oct....

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  • 25
    Oct

The Comic Speculator Back Issue Roundup – Ghost & Phantom Variants on the Rise

[caption id="attachment_2516419" align="alignright" width="298"] Avengers #158 (Marvel, 1977)[/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 place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide to Comics (OVST), Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current...

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  • 25
    Oct

The Collector’s Minute: Calendar Medals

[caption id="attachment_2516288" align="alignleft" width="288"] This brass calendar medal, minted in 1858 to commemorate President George Washington, sold for less than $150.[/caption] Calendar medals are often items of speculation, and they’re frequently though to be one-of-a-kind, rare presentation pieces. But like paper calendars, they only appear rare because they were often discarded once their useful life was over. Some...

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  • 23
    Oct

Oswald, Pollock, Houdini Featured in October Sale

[caption id="attachment_2516316" align="alignleft" width="193"] This letter from Lee Harvey Oswald to the head of the Communist Party USA headlines the sale.[/caption] LYNBROOK, N.Y. — A handwritten letter by JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, a copy of “LIFE Magazine” from 1949 signed by artist Jackson Pollock and an 1848 Peter Force printing of the Declaration of Independence will headline...

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  • 23
    Oct

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 10/23/2013

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 of new comics...

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  • 22
    Oct

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Martin Codina and ‘Liquidating an Estate’

[caption id="attachment_2516280" align="aligncenter" width="199"] "Liquidating an Estate, How to Sell a Lifetime of Stuff, Make Some Cash and Live to Tell About It"[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2516281" align="aligncenter" width="227"] Martin Codina[/caption] In this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis talks with Martin Codina as the two met at Connor McCrory’s (America’s Youngest Picker) first estate sale in Southern California...

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