• 24 Mar
    2014

Wrestling Fans Covet Collectibles of the Squared Circle

The combination of athletic prowess, strength, theatrics and showmanship that create the world of professional wrestling has given rise to a host of collectible opportunities through the years. While professional wrestling has existed for decades, its skyrocketing popularity can clearly be traced back to the 1980s with the emergence of such legendary talents as Hulk […]

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  • 11 Mar
    2014

Early American Influence on the British Music Scene, U.K. Rock ’N’ Roll Posters

When we think of iconic 1960s rock bands, the likes of British artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who & Led Zeppelin all come to mind. However, these bands did not just emerge from a vacuum. It is important to consider the American influences that shaped the British music scene and gave […]

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  • 16 Dec
    2013

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Michael Lauck and the Magic of Collecting Magic

On this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis speaks with Michael Lauck about the history of magicians, including women in the field, Houdini, collecting ephemera, posters, props and more. This is a fascinating interview with a specialist that really knows his topic. Check out a blog post Michael wrote for the forum and also […]

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  • 15 Oct
    2013

The Evolution of the Elvis Movie Poster, U.K. Style

Elvis Presley was a movie star as well as a singer, starring in 33 big-screen productions. These films were not only hits in America but were widely appreciated overseas and probably no more so than in Britain. The legacy of Elvis Presley is such that all original Elvis movie posters are collectible and some of […]

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  • 24 Sep
    2013

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

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 are all regularly occurring circumstances that cause people to liquidate. This leads to big questions and overwhelming decisions like, “Where […]

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  • 12 Sep
    2013

Ringside Collectibles: Boxing Memorabilia Packs a Punch

Pugilism: (pu·gi·lism) The skill, practice and sport of fighting with the fists; boxing.—Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary. The sport of boxing has a long and divisive history. Dating back to the ancient Greek Empire, it was honored as an Olympic sport. Boxing or prizefighting, as it is also called, gained popularity first in England and then the in […]

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  • 3 Sep
    2013

Collectible Posters from the 1969-70 ‘American Invasion’ of the U.K.

The Beatles were at the vanguard of the “British Invasion” of America in the 1960s, a movement that embraced a slew of British bands that included The Rolling Stones, The Animals, the Dave Clark Five, etc. Memorabilia from this period is well collected. However, there was a two-way flow of talent back across the Atlantic […]

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  • 30 Jul
    2013

Bysouth’s U.K. Versions of Disney Movie Posters an Affordable Variant for U.S. Collectors

Disney movies are popular worldwide, and Britain has long had an avid appetite for Disney products. Posters for these movies were re-designed for the British market and it is a little-known secret that one of the U.K.’s best-known poster artists, Brian Bysouth, was responsible for a huge swathe of Disney titles over a 24 year […]

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  • 7 Jun
    2013

The Collector’s Minute: Who is Fougasse?

One of the joys of the antique and appraisal business is running into wonderful things you’ve never seen before,
each one a new mystery to be solved. I had one such item come across my desk earlier this month—a Second World War-era lithograph poster signed “Fougasse.” The name was familiar, but didn’t strike a bell. However, […]

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  • 16 May
    2013

Rinker on Collectibles: Global Hollywood & Its Impact on American Collectors

In 2005, Jane and Robert Kahn and their daughter Anna invited Linda and me to join them during their vacation in Florence, Italy. It was a time in our lives when the lure of a trip abroad faced little competition from grandchildren. Linda and I arrived in Florence on Thursday, May 12. We stayed at […]

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