‘Introducing…. The Beatles’: A Story about a First Collectible
I’m old and I can’t remember anything. So when my editor asked me to write about my very first collectible, I was shocked (and somewhat disturbed) to realize I remembered every single detail. And I was interested to see that this same collectible has had a surprising trajectory in value over the years—a whole story […]
Q & A with Harry Rinker: A Bottle of 1969 Château Mouton Rothschild
QUESTION: I have a bottle of 1969 Château Mouton Rothschild. The bottle is No. 32124. The bottle label notes: “Shipped by / LEXIS /LACHINE & CO.” What is the bottle’s value and what is the best way to sell it? – KC, Hellertown, Pa. ANSWER: Château Mouton Rothschild, a legendary wine estate, is located in […]
D’Angelico and D’Aquisto: Masters of the Handmade Archtop Guitar
Handmade stringed musical instruments are seldom average. They are usually found at the extremes of quality: they are either gawdawful or sublime. The “worst of the worst” are poorly assembled, using woods with mismatched tonal qualities. I’ve seen some fretted instruments—guitars, banjos, mandolins and dulcimers—that were absolutely beautiful and a delight to hold but couldn’t […]
I Inherited the Family Piano… Now What?
How do you stop an elephant from charging? Take away his credit card. Why do elephants have trunks? Because they would look silly with glove compartments. What do you give a seasick elephant? Lots of room. Silly, I know. But to Baby Boomers, these jokes are a reminder of the “elephant joke” fad of the […]