• 13
    May

The California Gold Rush’s Effect on Chinese Silver and Hong Kong

加州淘金热对中国银器和香港的影响 The more it is researched, the more Chinese Export Silver is shown to be by far the most complex and diverse silver category. It is virtually impossible to pick up an item of this silver without it being far more than what its outward appearance conveys. Picking up a piece of Chinese Export Silver is tantamount to...

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  • 8
    May

Five Steps to Take When the Liquidation Company Says No

It’s a common occurrence: an executor calls an estate sale company to provide an estimate for liquidating an estate’s personal property and the liquidation company says “no thanks.” Why does this happen, and what can an executor do when it does? It happens because liquidating an estate’s personal property can be a monumental job, and there has to...

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  • 5
    May

Comics Speculator: ‘Avengers Age of Ultron’ Turns Back-Issue Spotlight on The Vision

Summer is here! It might not feel like it where you are, but trust me, “Avengers Age of Ultron,” the first of this summer’s comic-book-movies, opened last Friday. So, yes, summer is here. And, like all the Marvel movies before it, “Age of Ultron” had a massive $187,656,000 opening. So, to critics who are whining about super-hero-movie-fatigue: you’re...

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  • 1
    May

Toys on Parade: Collectible Playthings are anything but Child’s Play

Collectors looking to bringing back childhood memories of Mickey Mouse, Barbie, Popeye, trains, banks, robots and much more will have several opportunities this month as a number of toy auctions are scheduled for May. Morphy’s Auction will be hosting a toy auction on May 30-31 in Denver, Pa., featuring a robot collection, rare European toys as well as...

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  • 30
    Apr

WorthPoint’s Worthopedia Grows by 24 Million New Pieces of Sales & Auction Data

WorthPoint, the Internet’s largest resource for identifying and finding the value of subscribers’ art, antiques and collectibles, has announced that it has just added more than 24 million pieces of art, antiques and collectibles sales results to its Worthopedia™ database, bringing the total to more than 264 million. The new sales data—24,503,288 individual sales records collected from November...

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  • 23
    Apr

Gemr Brings Online Communities to Disparate Collectors and their Collections

Whether the objects of someone’s collection are well-known—such as comic books or vintage firefighter helmets—to the more esoteric, like a Sneakerhead’s collection of Air Jordan basketball shoes, the website Gemr has brought like-minded enthusiasts together to learn, share and show-off their collection, as well as put buyers in touch with possible sellers to help improve and increase collections. Gemr, which...

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  • 23
    Apr

800 Props & Collectibles from FX Series ‘Justified’ on the Auction Block

Fans of the TV show “Justified” may be delighted to know that they can now own a piece of the show. The Hollywood collectibles auction site ScreenBid.com is offering more than 800 props and wardrobe items from the hit series in an auction that is running through Saturday, April 25. The critically acclaimed FX series, based on the...

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  • 21
    Apr

9 Hot Collectibles Categories to Consider for Investment Potential

Some collectors consider investment potential when buying antiques and collectibles. While not everyone agrees with this approach, a number of auctioneers and dealers gave their views on items with the most investment potential or that are currently “hot.” Auctioneers generally agree that today’s environment is much different from several years ago. Millennials—those people born between 1975 and 1995—have...

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  • 21
    Apr

WorthPoint Releases New iOS App for iPhone and iPad; Android App to Follow this Summer

WorthPoint, the Internet’s largest resource for identifying and finding the value of subscribers’ art, antiques and collectibles, has announced the release of its new 2015 iOS app for iPad and iPhone, allowing antiques and collectibles enthusiasts access to the company’s huge online database of values records. [caption id="attachment_2522726" align="alignleft" width="300"] The new version of the WorthPoint app fixes...

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  • 15
    Apr

The Boomers Dilemma: When the Kids don’t want to inherit the Family Antique ‘Treasures’

There was a time when prosperous Americans eschewed durable consumer goods. Rarely would they buy a mass-produced sofa or dining set. Instead, they bought functional antiques that would hold their value from generation to generation and not be fodder for the dump in six or seven years. Take the DuPont’s of Delaware, for example. The Winterthur Museum (a...

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