• 9 May
    2013

Are You Game for a Game of Thrones?

When I tried to read George R. R. Martin’s “A Game of Thrones” some years ago, I found it to be turgid, soapy and overwhelmingly dull. I never would have expected it to be adapted into a smash hit TV series for HBO. But here it is, three seasons deep and going strong. I’m still […]

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  • 9 May
    2013

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
    2013

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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  • 2 May
    2013

The Kentucky Derby: The Race for the Roses is a Collectibles Treasure Trove

The 2015 running of the Kentucky Derby will mark the 141st race in the event’s history. Annually held in Louisville, Ky., the race is the first leg of the sport’s Triple Crown and is considered to be “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” and is marketed as such. The history of the race dates […]

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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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  • 16 Apr
    2013

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
    2013

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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  • 6 Apr
    2013

Hitting a Circus Jackpot at Annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair

This year I hit the jackpot in my on-going quest to add to my collection of circus memorabilia. Each March, for most of the past 32 years, I’ve attended the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair in St. Petersburg, Fla., searching for new items to expand my collection. The past three years I’ve written WorthPoint articles about […]

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  • 4 Apr
    2013

Dealing with Dealers: Online Sale, Auctions and Pawn Shops

In the last two articles of this series I mentioned how to quickly dispose of glassware, vases, figurines, and items of value when handled through local antique dealers, consignment shops, flea markets and, if all else fails, to consider donations as an option, too. My local experiences made for a very interesting tale of how […]

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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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