• 16
    Jul

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: A Randolph Street Market Round-Robin Conversation

In this edition of the Antiques Auction Forum, I host my annual round-robin conversation at the festive Randolph Street Market in Chicago with promoter Sally Schwartz, and antiques and collectibles experts Nena Ivon, Harry Rinker, Susan Klein Bagdade, Al Bagdade and Danielle Arnet, all addressing several issues facing the world of collecting in 2014. Listen here: […]

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  • 15
    Jul

Babe Ruth’s First Major League Contract with Earns a Cool Million at Centennial Auction

The Babe Ruth 100th Anniversary Auction concluded its first session this past weekend and Ruthian collectors made their mark, spending $3.6 million for the first 100 or so lots, including a cool one million dollars for the Great Bambino’s 1918 contract to play with the Boston Red Sox. The auction, which is being held at […]

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  • 14
    Jul

Clayton Moore’s Lone Ranger Costume Rides off into the Sunset for $195,000

WACO, Texas – A Lone Ranger costume worn by actor Clayton Moore in the classic television series sold at auction on Saturday, gaveling for $195,000 at A & S Auction Company. An undisclosed buyer purchased the outfit of sky blue woolen tunic and pants, red kerchief, black boots and white Stetson hat with a custom-made, […]

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  • 14
    Jul

Jacques Littlefield’s Collection of Tanks and other Historic Military Vehicles Auctioned

PORTOLA VALLEY, Calif. — Collectors from around the world said “tanks a lot” when they bought up more than 100 tanks and other military vehicles from the collection of Silicon Valley engineer Jacques Littlefield in an auction facilitated by American Auctions and held on Friday and Saturday, July 11-12. Littlefield, a Stanford University-trained engineer who […]

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  • 14
    Jul

How to Find the Value of a Rare Book without Auction Records

When you’re determining the value of a rare book, one of the first places to look is the auction records. WorthPoint’s Worthopedia™, the Americana Exchange and American Book Prices Current databases are essential resources for determining the prices a book has earned during the past 30 years or so. This is usually a decent indication […]

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  • 14
    Jul

EBay & Sotheby’s Partner to Bring World-Class Art, Collectibles to Global Audience

NEW YORK – Move over, sellers of old iPhones, vintage Barbies and second-hand designer clothing, and make way for Rembrandts, Matisses and Jackson Pollocks, as eBay—the global leader in online shopping—and storied international auction house Sotheby’s have formed a partnership that will allow art, antiques and collectibles lovers across the globe to browse and acquire […]

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  • 10
    Jul

Sotheby’s to sell the ‘Henry Graves Supercomplication’ – the ‘Holy Grail’ of Watches

GENEVA – A masterpiece of horology, the Henry Graves Supercomplication watch—made by Patek Philippe in 1933—is the most famous watch in the world and it is coming back to the market 15 years after setting a world-record auction price for a watch. Known as the most complicated watch ever made completely by human hands, the […]

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  • 8
    Jul

No run on ‘Redskins’ Collectibles since Patent Office Canceled Team Name Copyright

When the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled six trademarks belonging to the Washington Redskins football organization in mid-June, saying they are offensive to Native Americans, those in the sports collectibles world started wondering if the ruling would spark a run on Redskin collectibles. A month later, the answer is a resounding no. I called […]

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  • 8
    Jul

Sodas, Bitters, Whiskey Fifths, Flasks and Advertising Pieces to Pace Bottle Auction

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Nearly 200 lots of rare and highly collectible bottles—including sodas, bitters, back bars, medicines, whiskey fifths and flasks, plus advertising items and other spirits and poisons—will all come up for bid in American Bottle Auctions’ next big online and catalog sale, scheduled to begin on July 11 and run through July 20. […]

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  • 7
    Jul

Auction of Christopher Reeve’s ‘Superman III’ Costume Could Soar to Incredible Heights

Back in 1972, folk singer Jim Croce warned us not to “pull on Superman’s cape”—he went on to mention something about not spitting into the wind, pulling the mask off the Lone Ranger and some guy named Jim, but it would seem—but this July, one lucky bidder will not only get a chance to give […]

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