• 25 Jul
    2013

Kevin Smith’s Low-Key Celebrity Auctions Benefits The Wayne Foundation

Celebrity auctions come in all shapes and sizes. Most of them are for charitable causes, while some are estate liquidations. You’ll find celebrities auctioning off their prized possessions or even themselves with proceeds going to their favorite charities. Most celebrities use famous auction houses like Christie’s, but some like to take their offerings directly to […]

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  • 27 Jun
    2013

Treasures That Aren’t: The Most Faked Collectibles

In antiques and collectibles, you’ve got your share of frauds and scams. We’ve been shocked by stories of imposters who can create “authentic” paintings by the world’s masters, produce ancient art objects, forge signatures on baseballs, create “rare” books, “find” long lost stamps and “discover” historical letters or diaries. Even antique wine has been fabricated. […]

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  • 10 Jun
    2013

Movie Money May be Fake but can be Real Collectables

By Gerald Tebben From the cursed gold coins in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl” to a common $1 bill in “National Treasure,” money plays a part, sometimes a starring role, in many recent movies. Here’s a look at some of the numismatic treasures appearing on the silver screen. Primitive? Persian-like “gold […]

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  • 31 May
    2013

Space, the Final Collecting Frontier: ‘Star Trek’ Toys and Memorabilia

The second half of the 1960s was a memorable time for American television programming. Audiences were introduced to numerous shows that would become revered classics, including “I Spy,” “Days of Our Lives,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” “Batman,” “Dark Shadows,” “Mission Impossible,” “Columbo,” “Hawaii Five-O” and “Sesame Street.” Also premiering during this period was another program […]

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  • 21 May
    2013

Massive Collection of Elvis Presley Memorabilia to Headline Memorial Day Auction

ST. LEONARD, Md. – A huge single-owner lifetime collection of Elvis Presley items promises to be the centerpiece offering in a Memorial Day antiques and collectibles auction slated for Monday, May 27, at Chesapeake Auction House. An expected top lot of the Elvis collection is a rare, limited-edition Aloha Hawaii Elvis Celebrity Series World Doll […]

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  • 1 May
    2013

Collecting The Duke, English Style: John Wayne UK Quad Movie Posters

In this article we are going to look at one of the true greats of the 20th century cinema: John Wayne, the epitome of the all-American hero, and the posters of his movies available in the United Kingdom. For much of his career, Wayne was the archetypal star of the movie Western. Though the popularity […]

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  • 3 Apr
    2013

Animation Cels: Collecting Childhood Memories of Favorite Cartoon Characters

Animation cels, as we know them today, first became available for sale in 1937 when the Courvoisier Galleries framed the original production cels from popular cartoons and sold them to fans. At the time they were readily available and incredibly affordable. You could easily find and buy a cel of your favorite Disney character for […]

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  • 15 Mar
    2013

Collecting the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ — A Look at King Kong Memorabilia

It was 80 years ago this month that movie-going audiences were first introduced to one of filmdom’s most iconic—and arguably tragic—characters: the gargantuan-sized gorilla, King Kong. A masterpiece of fantasy cinema, “King Kong” made its premiere on March 2, 1933 at two venues: New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, and its sister cinema, the […]

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  • 11 Mar
    2013

Rinker on Collectibles: When Does a Collectible Hit its Bottom Price?

When asked about the influence of the Internet—especially eBay—on the antiques and collectibles market, the shift in the antiques and collectibles supply and demand is one of the first points I make. Prior to the Internet/eBay, auctioneers, collectors, dealers and others in the antiques and collectible trade could only best guess at the survival rate […]

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  • 1 Mar
    2013

Q & A with Harry Rinker: World War Two-Era USO Entertainer-Signed Dollar Bill

QUESTION: I have a bill that my father carried through his World War II service in Africa, Italy and Germany. The bill contains autographs obtained backstage from members of U.S.O. touring groups. Signatures include Louise Allbritton, June Allyson, Mary Brian, Eddie Cantor, Harry James, George Raft, Dinah Shore, and one name I cannot make out. The […]

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