• 29
    Nov

The Retrophile Files: Billy’s Antiques & Props Defends New York’s Old, Odd

[caption id="attachment_2501102" align="aligncenter" width="431" caption="No matter what you may find outside of Billy’s Antiques & Props on East Houston Street in New York that interests you, you’re bound to find more inside."][/caption] Billy’s Antiques & Props has staying power, and in NYC, that is no easy feat. Big-box stores and over-inflated real estate prices have made small, privately...

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  • 29
    Nov

The Rise and Fall of the Great Sid Sackson Gaming Collection

[caption id="attachment_2501063" align="aligncenter" width="480"] The one and only Sid Sackson and a tiny percentage of his gaming collection.[/caption] Sid Sackson is regarded by many to be one of the most important and influential game designers of all time. His seminal works—most notably simple economic, auction and trading games like Acquire and Bazaar—helped establish the basis for much of...

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  • 28
    Nov

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Model Eskimo Hunter and Sealskin Kayak

QUESTION: In the process of cleaning out a house, I found a model of a sealskin kayak that measures 30 inches in length. A figure of a hunter sits in the kayak. There also are several ivory and wooden accessories. A wooden stand accompanies the model. I estimate the model dates from the mid-20th century or earlier. What...

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  • 28
    Nov

Dining with Antiques – Christmas Rosettes

[caption id="attachment_2501148" align="alignright" width="300"] The antique kitchen implements used to make these Christmas Rosettes are highly collectible and can still be used as designed.[/caption] In the 1840s and 1850s, northern Europe experienced a wave of crop failures and food shortages that resulted in a flood of immigration to the United States. Scandinavian settlers brought with them the tradition...

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  • 28
    Nov

Ask A Worthologist Question: Roseville Vase

[caption id="attachment_2501123" align="alignright" width="240"] WorthPoint member Jeff A. found an unmarked vase in an antique store he liked. It looked like an early Art Nouveau piece, probably from the turn of the 19th century. The dealer concurred, and eventually they struck a deal. After engaging WorthPoint’s “Ask A Worthologist” service, Jeff now knows that the preconception as to...

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  • 28
    Nov

Elizabeth Taylor’s ‘Crown Jewels of Hollywood’ Coming Up for Auction

[caption id="attachment_2501071" align="aligncenter" width="512" caption="Christie’s will be holding an exclusive sale of Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry from Dec. 3 to Dec. 17. Some 950 pieces will be available for bidding on its online gallery."][/caption] A selection of 2,000 items from what some call “The Crown Jewels of Hollywood,” Elizabeth Taylor’s incredible collection, will hit the Christie’s auction block this...

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  • 23
    Nov

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 11/23/2011

[caption id="attachment_2501089" align="alignright" width="194" caption="Flash #3 (Jim Lee Variant Cover)"][/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 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)...

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  • 22
    Nov

Sale of Phila. Museum of Art Paintings to Finance Purchase Historic Peale Piece

[caption id="attachment_2501027" align="aligncenter" width="404" caption="“Portrait of Yarrow Mamout” is one of the earliest known works of art to depict an African American who had been freed from slavery and is the earliest known painting of a Muslim in America."][/caption] NEW YORK – A group of paintings formerly in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be...

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  • 22
    Nov

The Many Collections Belonging to the Late Mildred Yates Farrior to Sell Dec.3

[caption id="attachment_2501009" align="alignright" width="276" caption="This Victorian grouping of a Renaissance Revival platform rocking chair with vintage ladies’ hat in seat, and walnut side table with period items shows some of the many and varied collections belonging to the late Mildred Yates Farriorm that will be sold at auction on Saturday, Dec. 3, by The Specialists of the South"][/caption]...

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  • 22
    Nov

Thanksgiving Greetings from All of Us at WorthPoint

[youtube T5799TwR61E] . Let the people in your life know you are thankful for them this year by sending them a Thanksgiving video card. The video, a collection of vintage postcards provided courtesy of R & J Silver and Such (the actual cards can be found on GoAntiques.com, along with many other Thanksgiving collectibles), was produced a few...

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