• 9
    May

Hofner Violin Bass’ Long and Winding Road into Rock ’n’ Roll History

It’s no secret that celebrity endorsements increase a product’s sales. It doesn’t seem to make any difference whether the endorsement is paid or unpaid. Oprah endorsed the Clarisonic skincare device on her show, and sales rose from 1.7 million in 2005 to more than 40 million in 2008. Mark Zuckerberg mentioned the iGrill on his […]

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  • 4
    May

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Kevin McElroy on Antique Violins

In this week’s installment of the Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis speaks with luthier Kevin McElroy of Frost Gully Violins in Freeport, Maine, about what makes antique violins special, and what to look for in a fine instrument. Listen here: Martin Willis is Worthologist, auctioneer and director of decorative arts for James D. Julia […]

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  • 16
    Apr

Q & A with Harry Rinker: ‘Hit of the Week’ Records, Kichiemon Okamura Block Prints

QUESTION: I own approximately three dozen “HIT OF THE WEEK” records. The label reads: “Durium Products Corporation – New York / Durium T.M. Reg. – Made in U.S.A.” Song titles include: “I Still Get a Thrill,” “Just a Gigolo,” “Kiss Me Goodnight,” “My Mom,” “Reaching for the Moon” and “You’ll Be Mine in Apple Blossom […]

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  • 10
    Apr

Jukeboxes and Collecting Make Beautiful Music Together

It commands attention: this icon of the 1950s is outfitted with sparkling chrome, flashy fins, gleaming bumpers, taillights and a dashboard-style console that’s surrounded by a glass windshield. A 1958 Chrysler Imperial? Nope. A 1958 Seeburg Silver Age jukebox. The 1950s were the peak of America’s love affair with both automobiles and jukeboxes. Eisenhower pushed […]

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  • 19
    Mar

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Zon-O-Phone Phonograph, Peter Ompir Toleware Tray

QUESTION: Our family owns a Zon-O-Phone phonograph that is good condition. There are several discs stored in the cabinet. We enjoy it as an interesting piece of furniture and occasionally listen to the recordings. What information can you provide about the Zon-O-Phone and its value? – TL, State College, Pa., via e-mail ANSWER: Frank Seaman […]

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  • 15
    Mar

Investing in a Steinway: How to tell if that Piano for Sale is Worth the Price

The investment value of Steinway pianos has long been touted by piano dealers. In their sales training, Steinway teaches an acronym based on their name that must be learned by all candidates: “S” stands for sound; “T” for touch, “E” for enduring beauty, “I” for investment, and so on. New salespersons must memorize all the […]

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  • 14
    Mar

Serious Toyz Auction Features 1,300 Quality Lots in Wide Range of Categories

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – Serious Toyz will seek to cement its reputation one of the leading vintage toy and collectible auction houses in the United States with a colossus 1,300-lot auction featuring high-grade antique and vintage items in dozens of collecting categories. The auction will begin in mid-March and end on April 5 and 6. Among […]

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  • 1
    Mar

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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  • 18
    Feb

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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  • 31
    Oct

Unloved Antiques: 19th-Century Pump Organs

The next item in this series of Unloved Antiques is the 19th-century “pump” or “reed” organ, or the Estey “Eastlake-style”* organ, to be more precise. The reed organ was once an important domestic instrument, offering a cheap alternative to the ever-popular family piano while, at the same time, providing a suitable instrument for accompanying family […]

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