• 16
    Jun

That Box of Old 78 RPM Discs May Contain a Gold Record Encased in Shellac

The bidding stood at $16,800 until the last few seconds of the eBay auction. Then, auction sniping software kicked in. Within seconds, the bidding soared to over $30,000. The final selling price of the item was just over $37,000. What was it that caused all the fuss? An old shellac 78 RPM record by Tommy Johnson on the...

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  • 15
    Jun

Removing Mold from Art & Antiques a Job for Restoration Professional

The rash of devastating hurricanes across the United States over the last few years has created a potentially dangerous situation for collectors and institutions now salvaging mold and mildew covered artwork and antique items from flood-affected areas. Mold should be treated very carefully. Your first priority should be to protect yourself against any health and safety issues associated with...

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  • 12
    Jun

Wayne Henderson’s Hand-Made Guitars are the Perfect Collectible

Henderson guitars are certainly not the most expensive hand-made acoustic guitars. At about $5,000 (plus or minus) when new, their price pales in comparison to some other small-luthier-built guitars. They are not even the most well-known; but Eric Clapton owns one, and so does Tommy Emmanuel, Peter Rowan and Grammy winner Gillian Welch. Doc Watson played his often....

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  • 10
    Jun

The Postcard Time Machine: The Mermaids of Weeki Wachee

Mermaids have captured the hearts of men, women and children worldwide for thousands of years, from the first stories in 1000 B.C. to the animated version of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid.” Mermaids are very sought-after by postcard collectors, and some of the most interesting ones are those from Weeki Wachee Spring, Fla. Although the tourist attraction...

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  • 8
    Jun

Brand of Brothers – The Stickley Furniture Family

Anyone who dabbles in older and antique furniture knows that the name “Stickley” is an important one in American antique furniture. And everybody knows that Gustav Stickley made much of the high-priced Mission style furniture that currently enjoys so much favor in the auction market. Is that all there is to it? Not by a long shot. [caption...

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  • 6
    Jun

Collectible Matchbox Cars: Hope You Saved the Box!

I am 54 years old. So if my math is correct, it would have been about 46 years ago (the late 1960s). Now, I’ll sound more like I’m 80 years old when I tell you that my dearly departed Mother would occasionally take me to the “Five ’n’ Ten” store down in the local village, which is when...

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  • 3
    Jun

Kintsugi Techniques: A Detailed Look at the Art of Repair

There is a boom going on in the Japanese art of repair called kintsugi. A quick search on the Internet will turn up links to several major exhibitions in the last couple years. This ancient, traditional art is starting some well-deserved attention outside of Japan. As I’ve noted in a previous article, if you are interested in an ecologically...

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  • 1
    Jun

Saving the World: How to Restore Antique and Vintage Globes

Globes were initially engraved or painted directly on spherical shells. In the late 16th century, globe-makers began printing maps and pasting them onto round shells made of solid wood or hollow wood stuffed with layers of paper. Some were made of blown glass, marble or metal. The maps were divided and cut into panels (gores) with curved sides...

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  • 28
    May

Protecting Your Sole Proprietor Estate Assets in the Case of Unexpected Death

You’ve worked long and hard to build your business. You have a great reputation, strong cash flow, a solid asset base, and reliable employees. You operate “lean and mean” as a sole proprietorship. You may be a car mechanic, consultant, plumber, eBayer, building contractor, landscaper, professional or other entrepreneur. [caption id="attachment_2523000" align="alignright" width="300"] If you own a sole...

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  • 22
    May

$25.3-Million Pogue Coin Collection Sale is Numismatic History in the Making

I have been involved in the numismatic field for more than four decades. In that time, I’ve had the privilege to catalog common coins and rarities, analyze the U.S. coin market via public and private sales, and maintain one of the most respected price guides and newsletters for U.S. coins. In the course of a year, hundreds of...

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