• 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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  • 24
    Aug

Traditional Furniture Dimensions: Will It Fit in Today’s Life?

[caption id="attachment_2514915" align="alignleft" width="143"] This Rococo Revival side chair is from a parlor set in the Henry Ford pattern by J. and J.W Meeks, circa 1850. While it is an imposing chair, it is quite diminutive in size. The front seat rail is only 16 inches high. The “pinched waist” of the lower back is only 11 inches...

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  • 23
    Aug

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Watch: Infinity Series Reintroduces Thanos

[caption id="attachment_2515032" align="alignright" width="277"] Recently, Marvel launched its latest event, Infinity, the story that reestablishes Thanos as one of its biggest cosmic baddies. And, as usual, with a Big Event comic comes a whole slew of sexy variants.[/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by Worthpoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each...

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  • 23
    Aug

ANA World’s Fair of Money Auctions Set Chicago Area on Fire; $75 Million in Sales

[caption id="attachment_2515014" align="aligncenter" width="218"] The King of American coins—the 1804 Silver Dollar graded PCGS PR 62—brought the house down, as it captured $3,877,500.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2515015" align="aligncenter" width="218"] The sales price established a new record for the class I 1804 dollar in this grade, as well as setting a new house record for Heritage Auctions.[/caption] CHICAGO – Strength and...

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  • 23
    Aug

Retro-Themed Sports Cards Make the New Old Again

[caption id="attachment_2514877" align="alignleft" width="215"] This 2001 Topps Heritage card of Cal Ripkin uses the 1952 Topps design.[/caption] In this modern era of baseball-card collecting, there are a wide array of brands and products from which collectors can choose. For collectors returning to the hobby after a several year hiatus, or for those of any age just getting started,...

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  • 22
    Aug

Beanies, Dolls and Plates: The ‘Valueless Collectibles’

[caption id="attachment_2514760" align="alignleft" width="203"] Yolanda Bello's "Jennifer" doll charmed me into the Ashton Drake doll market. Like so many Beanie Babies, my collection will likely end up at a thrift store.[/caption] We all know that the Beanie Baby craze was a wild ride for a couple of years. People were actually acquiring these plush little darlings in the...

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  • 21
    Aug

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 08/21/2013

[caption id="attachment_2514978" align="alignright" width="284"] Indestructible Hulk #12 (Mike Del Mundo Time Travel Variant Cover), 1:30, ($12-$15). These time travel variants have been a lot of fun. I love this Hulk-Mona Lisa.[/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...

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  • 20
    Aug

Dr. Robert Pierce Harris, Circus Physician to The Greatest Show on Earth

In the circus, much of the glory went to the performers, especially to the star performers. Their images were plastered on posters and in other advertising because everyone recognized them. They received all the applause. But behind the scenes were the people who kept the circus running. The unsung crew raised the tents and took them down and...

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  • 19
    Aug

Kline, Curran and Madrazo to Headline October Fine Art Auction

[caption id="attachment_2514923" align="alignleft" width="242"] "Far Away Thoughts," a work of Charles Courtney Curran, carries a pre-sale estimate of $120,000 to $180,000.[/caption] MILFORD, Conn. — Works by Charles Courtney Curran, Franz Kline, Roy Nacho, Jane Peterson and Roy Lichtenstein are currently slated to go to auction on Thursday, Oct. 24 in a semi-annual fine-art sale held by Shannon’s Fine...

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