• 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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  • 13
    Sep

The Postcard Time Machine: Remembering Classic Television Stars

Postcards preserve the past and, like photographs, remind us of people we miss. In this stroll down the memory lane of TV stardom, we’ll take a look at some favorites who are no longer with us. Lucile Ball and Desi Arnez [caption id="attachment_251546" align="alignright" width="269"] This 1950s TV fan postcard features a portrait of Lucile Ball and Desi...

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  • 13
    Sep

Ask a Worthologist: Edmands & Co. Crock

[caption id="attachment_2515419" align="alignright" width="264"] Dendra Y. bought this crock at auction for $22. She made a good buy, as these Edmands & Co. cobalt-blue pieces usually sell for $200 to $300.[/caption] Dendra Y. picked up a crock at a local auction. Only later did she look at the name stamped on it and became curious. She contacted our...

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  • 12
    Sep

Brunswick Panatrope Radio Phonograph was the First Multi-Disc Record Player

[caption id="attachment_2515390" align="aligncenter" width="495"] The 1929 Brunswick Panatrope turntable, tone arm, record volume control, needle cup and record storage bin with a Brunswick record. (Photo: Spin Alley Vintage Phonographs and Radios)[/caption] I bought my first MP3 player last week. I know it's old technology. Apple introduced the iPod in 2001 and I’m just getting on-board. Call me a...

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  • 12
    Sep

American Marble Auctions Makes Debut with Inaugural Online Sale

[caption id="attachment_2515425" align="alignright" width="231"] This magnificent, giant paneled speckled Onionskin marble, graded 8.9, is “too rare to value.” It is expected to be the top lot in the upcoming inaugural American Marble Auctions Internet-only auction slated for Sept. 20-29.[/caption] SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The first-ever Internet-only auction for American Marble Auctions—an offshoot of American Bottle Auctions, which has featured...

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  • 12
    Sep

Ringside Collectibles: Boxing Memorabilia Packs a Punch

[caption id="attachment_2515380" align="alignleft" width="300"] This pair of gloves signed by Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier are a great collectible for every boxing fan.[/caption] Pugilism: (pu·gi·lism) The skill, practice and sport of fighting with the fists; boxing.—Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary. The sport of boxing has a long and divisive history. Dating back to the ancient Greek Empire, it was honored as...

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  • 10
    Sep

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 09/11/2013

[caption id="attachment_2515338" align="alignright" width="283"] Sons of Anarchy #1 (of 6)(Cover A R.M. Guera), $3.99. SAMCRO gets its own comic mini-series written by Hellboy collaborator Christopher Golden.[/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...

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  • 10
    Sep

Rinker on Collectibles: Who Defines the High End within a Collecting Category?

[caption id="attachment_2515320" align="aligncenter" width="480"] A scene from Christie’s auction room in London, 1808, as drawn by Thomas Rowlandson and Augustus Pugin for Ackermann’s “Microcosm of London.” Are the high-end items at this sale the same as the high-end items sold in this room 10 years later? What was 25 years later, or 50, even?[/caption] I divide the objects...

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  • 9
    Sep

Influential Lalique Glass Cactus Table to Highlight Upcoming Gallery 95 Auction

[caption id="attachment_2515290" align="aligncenter" width="474"] This incredible Marc Lalique cactus table from the 1950s is expected to bring $25,000-$50,000 at a two-day sale scheduled for Sept. 21-22 by Gallery 95 Auction, in the firm’s gallery here in Hardeeville, S.C., just north of Savannah, Ga.[/caption] HARDEEVILLE, S.C. – Fine furniture from the 19th and 20th centuries—including a fabulous and influential...

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