• 18 Feb
    2013

You Like Me, You Really Like Me: Collecting Oscar and the Other Big Awards

“And the award goes to…” This is always a great opening line for articles like this, when the Oscar (for film), the Emmy (for television) the Grammy (for music) and the Tony (for the theatre) are presented to the—sometimes—surprised winner. So many people collect these awards because of their interest in these specialized arts honors. […]

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  • 12 Feb
    2013

Auction House, Damaged by Sandy, Returns with Toy, Book, Memorabilia Sales

LYNBROOK, N.Y.— Three auctions have been scheduled for February and March featuring historical memorabilia, rare books, stamps, and coins hosted by Phillip Weiss Auctions. The sales represent the return to live sales for the firm, which was displaced when its Oceanside, N.Y., building was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy and the company was forced to vacate […]

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  • 28 Nov
    2011

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

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 December. A special, online-only component of the sale includes more than 500 pieces of fine and costume jewelry for the online-only sale, including exceptional Art Deco-era jewelry and an array […]

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  • 20 Jun
    2011

Marilyn Monroe Costumes Go for Millions at Debbie Reynolds’ Auction

An unidentified person bidding by phone snatched up the iconic “subway grate” dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in “The Seven Year Itch,” paying $4.5 million—more than double the amount expected—proving that movie collectibles are right up there with classic art and other collectibles in terms of their increasing value. Several of the lots in the […]

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  • 15 Jun
    2011

Debbie Reynolds’ Cinema Costume and Prop Auction Offers Unique Hollywood Treasures

Remember the dress that flies up and exposes Marilyn Monroe’s legs to her waist as she stands over a New York City subway grate in “The Seven Year Itch?” The resulting widely published photograph became an iconic Monroe image, although it disturbed her then-husband, baseball great Joe DiMaggio, so much it contributed to the disintegration […]

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  • 2 Aug
    2010

Roy Rogers’ Auction is Truly the Last Roundup for Movie, Early TV Cowboys

“I’m heading for the last roundup Gonna saddle old Paint for the last time and ride So long, old pal. It’s time your tears were dried I’m heading for the last roundup” — Billy Hill, 1933 The last roundup is fast approaching for the B-movie, black-and-white western and early television cowboy stars. Gene, Hoppy and […]

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  • 3 May
    2010

Collecting ‘The Greatest Motion Picture On Earth’

“We bring you the circus, the pied piper whose magic tunes greet children of all ages, from 6 to 60, into a tinsel and spun-candy world of reckless beauty and mounting laughter and whirling thrills—of rhythm, excitement and grace—of blaring and daring and dance—of high-stepping horses and high-flying stars. But behind all this, the circus […]

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  • 22 Jul
    2009

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Rin Tin Tin, Cola-Cola Poster, Collector Plates

QUESTION: I own a wood plaque featuring a hand-carved image of Rin Tin Tin that measures approximately 7 inches by 3 ½ inches. Rin Tin Tin looks more like a wolf than a German shepherd, one of the n’s in his name is carved backward, and “Andenken,” “Wien D. P. Camp,” and initials—possibly those of […]

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  • 20 Feb
    2009

The Ten Most Valuable Oscar Best Picture Posters

Winning an Oscar may or may not catapult stars or director to greater things, but it most certainly tends to increase the value of movie posters connected to Oscar-winning films. Here are 10 of the most valuable Oscar best picture winner posters. “Wings” The 1927 Paramount release starring Clara Bow—the “It” girl—received the award for […]

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  • 30 Jan
    2009

Out-of-This-World Poster Artist Bob McCall

By Allan Maurer WorthPoint Worthologist Science fiction superstar Isaac Asimov once called Bob McCall “the nearest thing we have to an artist-in-residence in outer space.” Starting off with a love of aviation and a desire to draw, McCall has become one of the foremost illustrators of the history of aviation, documenting space missions, designing commemorative […]

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