• 14
    Aug

Lost and Found Visuals: The Art and Value of Vernacular Photography

The old photograph was pasted into a scrapbook and had crusty brown rubber cement seeping around the edges. The image was a little girl with a sneaky smile and dark bangs, peeking out of the paneled window of a white frame house. Her tiny finger subtly pointed to the ominous city quarantine sign on the […]

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  • 13
    Aug

When Seeking Advice on Antique Furniture, it’s Important to Manage Your Experts

In the identification and evaluation of antique furniture, almost everyone needs some help now and then, even the “experts.” No one can know it all, as the field is too vast and too interpretive for any one person to be the ultimate authority. So how do you rule in or out who you might think […]

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  • 12
    Aug

Bill Watterson’s ‘Pearls Before Swine’ Panels net $74,000 for Parkinson’s Research

DALLAS – The original artwork for the recent three-comic-strip collaboration between Bill Watterson—the reclusive genius behind the much-loved “Calvin and Hobbes” comic strip—and “Pearls Before Swine” cartoonist Stephen Pastis realized more than $74,000 in an auction to to benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. The auction was held at Heritage Auctions, which […]

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  • 8
    Aug

Sometimes a Flea Market is the Best Venue to Sell Your Household Goods

I have been selling on eBay since eBay has been in existence. But sometimes, depending on what you’re selling, there are better venues to hawk your wares. Recently, I began to move my 89-year-old mother out of her home in Kennebunk, Maine, and into an assisted care facility. She was excited at the prospect of […]

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  • 8
    Aug

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Emily Susanin and the Chicago Auction World

In this edition of the Antiques Auction Forum, I talk with Emily Susanin of Susanin’s Auctioneers & Appraisers for some insight on the Chicago auction world, educating one’s self in the auctions and appraisals trade and the fun one can have dealing with interesting people and the pieces they’d like to consign. .. . . […]

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  • 7
    Aug

Need Something to Cuddle? One Woman’s Collection of 1,100 Teddy Bears up for Auction

WOODSTOCK VALLEY, Conn. – One woman’s collection of more than 1,100 toy bears—with more than 200 of them antique examples by early makers such as Steiff and Merrythought—will be sold at a public auction on Friday, Sept. 19th, by Norman C. Heckler & Company. The bears were collected over the course of nearly 50 years […]

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  • 5
    Aug

Collection of Dennis Brown Gauge 1 Locomotives to Pace Transport Auction

For those of us whose only familiarity with the British model railroads is Thomas the Tank engine, the announcement on Tuesday that the late Dennis Brown’s collection of Gauge 1 locomotives will be a large segment of the upcoming Dreweatts & Bloomsbury’s Transport Auction might be a bit informative—and maybe a bit tempting—for model train […]

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  • 5
    Aug

Bid now to own Bill Watterson’s ‘Pearls Before Swine’ Panels; Proceeds to benefit Parkinson’s research

DALLAS – The original artwork for the recent three comic strip collaboration between Bill Watterson—the reclusive genius behind the much-loved “Calvin and Hobbes” comic strip—and “Pearls Before Swine” cartoonist Stephen Pastis are currently up for bid at Heritage Auctions, with proceeds from the sale to benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Watterson’s […]

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  • 1
    Aug

Tribal & Oceanic Artifacts Collected by Real-Life ‘Indiana Jones’ to Pace Great Gatsby’s Sale

ATLANTA, Ga. – A collection of tribal and oceanic artifacts gathered from around the world by a noted college professor who liked to describe himself as a real-life “Indiana Jones,” and another collection of some 50 exotic African animal shoulder and full-body taxidermy mounts owned by the publisher of outdoor magazines, will co-headline an auction […]

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  • 31
    Jul

Be Careful about Whose Advice You take when Holding a Yard Sale

I recently read a headline of an Internet article highlighting: “11 Things No One Will Buy At Your Yard Sale.” Since many of WorthPoint’s subscribers are buyers and resellers of everything from antique chandeliers to old concert T-shirts, I have been following the reseller crowd to see what they are talking about. I figured that […]

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