• 13
    Aug

Previously Unknown Original Warhol Silkscreen to Headline Labor Day Sale

[caption id="attachment_2514816" align="alignright" width="368"] The expected top lot of a Labor Day sale to be hosted Col. Kirk’s Auction Gallery is this previously unknown silkscreen work by Pop Art icon Andy Warhol. The silkscreen, a probable one-of-a-kind, is titled “Of Thee I Sing – Nico”—“Nico” being the nickname given to Warhol’s lifelong friend, the fashion model Christa Paffgen.[/caption]...

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  • 13
    Aug

General Gasoline Transitional Sign featuring Mobil Pegasus Logo Soars to $18,150

[caption id="attachment_2514800" align="alignright" width="272"] This General Gasoline double-sided porcelain transitional sign for Mobil, with Pegasus logo, sold for $18,150 at an auction held Aug. 1-2 by Matthews Auctions, timed to coincide with the popular Iowa Gas Swap Meet here in Des Moines.[/caption] DES MOINES, Iowa. – A rare General Gasoline double-sided porcelain transitional sign—showing the iconic Mobil Pegasus...

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  • 12
    Aug

Game-Used Bats: The Challenge of Authentication

[caption id="attachment_2514715" align="alignleft" width="300"] Even with excellent game-used characteristics, the job of authenticating baseball bats challenges the best of experts.[/caption] One of the most highly desirable pieces of high-end baseball memorabilia that collectors pursue is the game-used bat. It is also one of the hardest to authenticate, especially when it comes to vintage pieces prior to the 1980s....

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  • 12
    Aug

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Chance is a Scarce Commodity in the Antiques World

[caption id="attachment_2514779" align="aligncenter" width="500"] A seven-piece set of Old Hickory Furniture, like this bed and chairs, is the subject of this week’s Q and A with Harry column. (Photo: Z and A Antiques)[/caption] NOTE: While this “Rinker on Collectibles” Questions and Answers column focuses only on one question, the information and principals discussed in the second half of...

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  • 11
    Aug

Antique Marbles—The Simplest of Toys is now a Complex Hobby

[caption id="attachment_2514766" align="alignright" width="200"] I found eight Gooseberry marbles like this one in a jar of common marbles at a flea market I bought for $5. They were all in perfect condition and I wound up selling them over the following months for more than $800. (Photo: American Bottle Auction)[/caption] I had a 15-minute break from work one...

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  • 9
    Aug

The Agony and Ecstasy of Owning a ‘Priceless’ Painting

[caption id="attachment_2514744" align="alignleft" width="240"] For $3, I became the proud owner of a Rembrandt! I was sure of it—proving even experts can get caught up in the emotion of a great find.[/caption] Several years ago, I purchased a beautiful painting at a garage sale for $3. The scene seemed very familiar, but I didn’t linger on my analysis...

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  • 9
    Aug

The Art of the Silver Cage Shows Creative Genius of Chinese Silversmiths

中國出口銀器: 銀籠子的藝術 [caption id="attachment_251468" align="alignright" width="390"] This fine reticulated Chinese Export Silver casket by Wang Hing features dragons chasing the flaming pearl in clouds is the Chinese silversmith’s ultimate dream.[/caption] Chinese Export Silver produced some extraordinary silversmiths by anyone’s standards; a much-used statement by me and one I am oft criticized about. There is an unwritten hierarchy of...

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  • 9
    Aug

The Comic Speculator Back Issue Report – Crime Doesn’t Pay, Batman # 1 Edition

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 online auction sales. Sales numbers and rankings are...

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  • 6
    Aug

Rinker on Collectibles: More Antiques & Collectibles Cozy Mysteries

[caption id="attachment_2514670" align="alignright" width="181"] Antiques Disposal (Trash 'n' Treasures Mysteries)[/caption] My good friend Jane Cleland introduced me to the world of cozy mysteries, and since the summer reading season isn’t quite over, I thought you, gentle reader, might find some of these antiques-and-collectibles-related stories worth cracking. Cozy mysteries have 10 main criteria: (1) the crime-solver is usually a...

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  • 6
    Aug

It’s all in the Marks: Using War and ‘Country of Origin Marks’ for Quick Dating

[caption id="attachment_2514646" align="alignright" width="200"] If you run across this mark that reads “Make in Czechoslovakia,” you will know the piece was made between 1918 and 1993.[/caption] For appraisers and dealers, there are some instant identifiers to determine earliest possible dates of production, some as simple as the country of origin mark. In the course of human history, war...

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