• 29
    Aug

Grey Flannel’s Basketball Hall of Fame Auction a Slam Dunk for Hoops Collectors

[caption id="attachment_2515098" align="alignright" width="231"] This 1960 U.S.A. Basketball Olympic Gold Medal, belong to Basketball Hall of Famer Jerry Lucas, is among the 140-some items to be had at the Grey Flannel’s Annual Basketball Hall of Fame Auction, slated for Sept. 7. (Photo: Grey Flannel Auctions)[/caption] SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Each year, basketball’s finest gather in Springfield, Mass., to honor...

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  • 29
    Aug

Antiques and More from Dante’s Down The Hatch in Atlanta to be Sold Sept. 21

[caption id="attachment_2515090" align="aligncenter" width="491"] The entrance sign to Dante’s Down the Hatch, an Atlanta institution for more than 40 years, is just one of hundreds of items to be sold at auction on Sept. 21. Dante’s recently closed its doors, having fought unsuccessfully to have a huge property tax bill lowered.[/caption] ATLANTA – Items and equipment from Dante’s...

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  • 29
    Aug

Footsteps of Buddha: Sotheby’s to offer Items from Exhibition of Buddhist Art

[caption id="attachment_2515082" align="aligncenter" width="152"] This Grey Schist Standing Bodhisattva, from the ancient region of Gandhara during the Kushan period, circa 3rd and 4th century, is the highlight of Sotheby’s Footsteps of the Buddha: Masterworks from Across the Buddhist World, which will be on exhibition Sept. 3-23.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2515080" align="aligncenter" width="149"] A large-for-its-time bronze figure of Bodhisattva Manjushri, attributed...

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  • 29
    Aug

Huge African Ivory Elephant Tusks to Headline Crescent City Auction Gallery Sale

[caption id="attachment_2515107" align="alignleft" width="300"] This pair of large, mid-20th century African ivory elephant tusks, measuring 60 inches tall and 79 ½ inches long, are expected to lead a two-day multi-estate auction planned for Sept. 7-8 by Crescent City Auction Gallery.[/caption] NEW ORLEANS – A pair of enormous mid-20th century African ivory elephant tusks, a large and unusual Peruvian...

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  • 28
    Aug

8-Gallon Blue-Banded Crock Scores $4,200 at Red Wing Collectors Society Auction

[caption id="attachment_2515068" align="alignright" width="265"] At $4,200, this eight-gallon Red Wing pantry jar was the top lot in this year’s Red Wing Collectors Society Convention Auction. Nearly 1,500 collectors from around the country attended this year’s Convention in Red Wing. Minn.[/caption] RED WING, Minn. ― An eight-gallon Red Wing blue-banded pantry jar was the top item in this year’s...

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  • 28
    Aug

Single-Owner Lifetime Collection of Native American Artifacts to Cross the Block

[caption id="attachment_2515061" align="aligncenter" width="480"] This large steatite effigy pipe in the form of a rabbit, 9¼-inches long by 3¾-inches high, is just one of some 50 such pipes from the single-owner lifetime collection Richard and Linda Popp of Hutchinson, Kan. This auction, which will include scores of Native American artifacts, as well as antiques in many other categories,...

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  • 27
    Aug

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 08/28/2013

[caption id="attachment_251503" align="alignright" width="311"] Batman Incorporated Special #1 (Ethan Van Sciver Variant Cover), 1:25, ($8-$10). A must have for any Bat-Cow fan.[/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 here...

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  • 25
    Aug

Rinker on Collectibles: The $300 Auction Lot Minimum and its Impact

[caption id="attachment_2515046" align="alignright" width="300"] Today, every catalog auction house/gallery and some non-catalog auctions have a minimum object/lot requirement. Most do not publicize what that amount is. For major regional houses, the number appears to be $500. The minimum for some of the larger houses exceeds $1,000.[/caption] Thanks to an invitation from Rich Reed, I attended the Friday afternoon,...

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  • 25
    Aug

Estate Executors’ Headaches: Hard-to-Sell Items

[caption id="attachment_2515050" align="aligncenter" width="512"] One executor told me that the estate had a “huge collection of antique radios and old magazines.” What did I find? Every room of the decedent’s house was stacked floor-to-ceiling with old radios and magazines. These radios are nicely displayed, but still present a difficulty in getting them sold.[/caption] It’s fun to think of...

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  • 25
    Aug

Pearl River Meets the East River over a Chinese Export Silver Box

珠江在一個中國出口銀盒上遇到了紐約的東河 [caption id="attachment_2514998" align="aligncenter" width="430"] This box, as seen from above, was commissioned by Charles Constant Delmonico, the great nephew of one of the founding brothers of the iconic Delmonico’s restaurant in New York. Set with turquoise cabochon stones, the box is both constructed of and decorated in an intricate reticulated network of high relief swirling dragons amidst...

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