• 30
    Sep

Climax of David Fore Collection Sale Bolsters Worldwide Coin Collections

[caption id="attachment_2515763" align="aligncenter" width="537"] Lot 1618, a Tipu Sultan Gold 4-Pagodas from Mysore shone as the star of day one. Against a conservative estimate of $9,714, this beautiful example achieved $35, 620, including the buyer’s premium.[/caption] A room full of enthusiastic bidders found fierce competition from buyers on the Internet and on the phone as they fought to...

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  • 30
    Sep

Is It a Set? Does It Matter? Harlequin Furniture Sets or Suites an Accepted Practice

[caption id="attachment_2515753" align="aligncenter" width="455"] This set of 19th-century Jacobean reproduction chairs needs even closer inspection to see the slight difference in size of the two end chairs compared to the two middle chairs. (LiveAuctioneers.com/Bonhams)[/caption] That’s a great set of dining room chairs you bought at auction. Sounds like you got a real good deal on them, too. But...

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  • 30
    Sep

It’s all in the Marks: No, It`s not Early Meissen

[caption id="attachment_2515747" align="aligncenter" width="410"] The original Meissen entwined AR (Augustus Rex) mark.[/caption] Contrary to many who believe that advertising and product branding was mainly a Madison Avenue/20th-century marketing innovation, “branding”—the marketing of a name, or even profiting off a competitors reputation—dates back to antiquity. When it comes to pottery and porcelain, there were dozens of smaller potteries that...

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  • 25
    Sep

Rinker on Collectibles: Who’s Responsible for Maintaining Value in a Collecting Category?

[caption id="attachment_2515677" align="alignright" width="339"] Wood Auctions could easily schedule 20 or more auctions a year featuring cut glass, but that would flood and prices would plummet. Instead, Woody Auction continues to hold five cut glass catalog sales per year, “cherry picking” the best from the sellers’ collections and offers this material, this way preserving values within the middle-...

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  • 25
    Sep

Takes a Cup of Kindness Yet: Chinese Export Silver Beakers

[caption id="attachment_2515724" align="alignright" width="249"] It is incredible to believe this piece is 1,250 years old. Classic silver techniques that are still used today have been employed and recognizable Chinese motifs appear, including the Mandarin duck.[/caption] 中國出口銀器: 我們一起真誠地舉杯 There are not many things the West and China had in common in the 18th and 19th centuries, but certainly one...

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  • 25
    Sep

Estate Executors’ Headaches: Liquidating Tangible Personal Property

[caption id="attachment_2515715" align="aligncenter" width="560"] If you are going to host an on-site auction, the auctioneer will take care of the mundane things, such as advertising and having enough parking.[/caption] Pop quiz for executors: what estate settlement task will take up most of your time, cause you the most aggravation, and return the smallest amount of cash to the...

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  • 25
    Sep

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 09/25/2013

[caption id="attachment_2515681" align="alignright" width="283"] Guardians of the Galaxy #6 (Paolo Rivera Variant Cover), 1:50 ($15-$20). Rivera doing vintage EC and it’s awesome.[/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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  • 24
    Sep

It’s Time to Sell Your Sports Collection… Now What?

[caption id="attachment_2515651" align="alignleft" width="274"] Having your cards graded by a reputable, third-party service is essential when it comes time to sell your collection.[/caption] There are many reasons and numerous potential life-changing events that may provide the catalyst for selling your treasured sports memorabilia collection. Financial hardship, college tuition, home downsizing, the healthcare or death of a loved one...

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  • 24
    Sep

The Avengers: The Comic Book Juggernaut that Almost Wasn’t

[caption id="attachment_2515620" align="alignright" width="271"] Avengers #1 (September 1963) was actually a fill-in title developed because Daredevil #1 wouldn’t be ready in time. The 12-cent comic sold for a record $250,000 in 2011.[/caption] In the summer of 1963, Marvel Comics published a comic book that few at the time imagined would still be making waves in American pop culture...

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  • 24
    Sep

Collectible Sports Figures: They’re More than Just Bobbleheads

[caption id="attachment_2515603" align="aligncenter" width="251"] The Hartland Company is credited as the entity that really gave rise to collectible sports figures, with the original 1958 run including Eddie Mathews (pictured), Hank Aaron, Warren Spahn, Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth.[/caption] There are many types of sports figures for collectors to pursue that have intrinsic value all of their own. However,...

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