• 1
    Apr

Advertising & Country Store Collectibles to pace Huge Showtime Auction

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – More than 2,400 lots from three major collections of country store, pedal cars, toys and firefighting memorabilia will be offered at auction on the weekend of April 12-14 by Showtime Auction Services, at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor/Saline Road in Ann Arbor. Internet bidding will be facilitated by […]

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  • 28
    Mar

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Curtis-Lee Mansion Lithograph, Nabisco Pro Face Cards

QUESTION: I own a lithograph print of the Curtis-Lee Mansion, also known as Arlington House, located in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. John Ross Key, the grandson of Francis Scott Key, did the lithograph. The print is framed and measures 25 ½ inches by 13 ½ inches. What is its value? – D, Quincy, […]

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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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  • 15
    Mar

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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  • 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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  • 11
    Mar

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

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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  • 12
    Feb

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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