• 24
    Sep

Postcard Time Machine: Remembering More Stars of TV and Film

Postcards of famous people have always been popular. In addition to historical figures, authors and kings and queens, postcards celebrate our favorite entertainers as well. These performers gave back to the world, broke barriers and created much of the foundation of today’s entertainment. Take a walk into the past through these postcards, and remember how […]

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  • 20
    Sep

I Inherited the Family Piano… Now What?

How do you stop an elephant from charging? Take away his credit card. Why do elephants have trunks? Because they would look silly with glove compartments. What do you give a seasick elephant? Lots of room. Silly, I know. But to Baby Boomers, these jokes are a reminder of the “elephant joke” fad of the […]

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  • 20
    Sep

The Ultimate Tea Ceremony: How the Custom of Taking Tea Influenced Silver Tea Sets

中國出口銀器: 終極茶道 Chinese Export Silver was very much a product of the China Trade, which in itself was a phenomenon born out of the long-established silk and tea trades between China and the West. Tea, like silver, is very much embedded into the Chinese psyche. Unlike in China, tea in the West in the 18th […]

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  • 20
    Sep

The Comic Speculator Back Issue Roundup – Uncle Scrooge Seller Now Rolling in Dough

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 […]

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  • 19
    Sep

The Gong Fu Tie Calligraphy Soars over Expectations to Sell For $8.2 million

NEW YORK – The Gong Fu Tie Calligraphy by Su Shi, one of the towering figures of early Chinese history, sold for $8,229,000 at Sotheby’s on Sept. 19, several times the pre-sale expectations of $1 million. Six bidders—both in the auction room and on telephones—fought for the piece which currently leads the Fine Classical Chinese […]

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  • 18
    Sep

Music, Coin-Op, Gaming & Toys to lead Sept. 21 Sale at Fontaine’s Auction Gallery

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Two outstanding 35-year collections to be sold without reserve, featuring items in many categories, will be included in a specialty auction slated for Saturday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m. (EST), by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery, in the firm’s gallery located at 1485 West Housatonic Street in Pittsfield. Approximately 450 fresh to the market […]

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  • 17
    Sep

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 09/18/2013

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 are taken from Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers and rankings are courtesy of ICV2.com. Lists […]

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  • 17
    Sep

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Pamela Wiggins on Antiques Journalism

In this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis talks with Pamela Wiggins, who grew up in the antiques business and later became a journalist, joining her two worlds together to write about the subject as well as encouraging the family hobby of antiques interest. Click here to go to her About.com page. Listen here: […]

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  • 17
    Sep

Q & A with Harry Rinker: 1950s Gentex Corporation H-4 Flight Aircraft Helmet

QUESTION: I have a helmet that was given to me by my deceased aunt. It is gold in color, has a ribbed top, and a decal of a wing with an anchor above two buttons to which a face shield or oxygen mask could be attached. Inside is a textile lining which includes a piece […]

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  • 16
    Sep

When Sun Shone on Canton for 95 Years: From Georgian to High Chinese Style

中國出口銀器: 陽光普照著廣州城的那九十五年 I’ve been aware of some debate recently over referenced manufacturing periods for some of the Chinese Export Silver makers. I couldn’t agree more that some of the established dating requires review, especially given that far more information has become and is still becoming available since cataloguing first began in the 1960s. As my […]

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