• 28
    Jun

The Influence of the Triads on the Decorative Arts in China

Incongruous as it may seem, the tumultuous changes in the social order in China and Hong Kong in the early 20th century would probably not have occurred without the behind-the-scenes activities of the Triads. In China, they were highly visible, some becoming style icons in their own right; in Hong Kong they were an ever-present […]

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  • 27
    Jun

Looking to Sell Your Hollywood Collectibles? Then we’ve got an Auction for You

Last year’s Bonhams and Turner Classic Movies’ “What Dreams are Made of”auction drew more than 700 bidders who bought a wide array of movie memorabilia led by the more than $4 million paid for the authentic Maltese Falcon statuette used in the classic John Huston/Humphrey Bogart film. This year, more than 1,000 are expected to register for […]

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  • 25
    Jun

Jomar Memorabilia Hits the Internet; Circus Collectors & Enthusiasts Rejoice

Unless you are a circus enthusiast, the name Jomar probably doesn’t mean anything to you. Even an experienced antique collector can rarely identify what it is. Mention Jomar to a circus history enthusiast, though, and he will immediately recognize the name of John Ringling’s private railroad car. The name “Jomar” was created by combining the […]

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  • 25
    Jun

Dylan’s ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ Lyrics set record for Popular Music Manuscript at $2M

And the hits just keep on coming—as far a high-end popular music collectibles are concerned—as Bob Dylan’s original hand-written lyrics for the 1965 epic “Like A Rolling Stone” fetched $2,045,000 Tuesday night at Sotheby’s to set an auction record for a pop music manuscript. The lyrics, which carried a $1- to $2-million presale estimate, were […]

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  • 24
    Jun

The Postcard Time Machine: Using Postcards Creatively

“Gee, these old postcards are cool—but I’m not really a collector,” say several of my friends. Some tell me that they have a few old postcards that were sent to family members, and they just don’t know what to do with them. Let’s explore some ideas for interesting things can you do with postcards. Create […]

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  • 20
    Jun

Most Expensive Thing in the World is a One-Cent Stamp; Is this a Good Thing?

The new Most Expensive Thing in the World is a stamp; the 1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta postage stamp, to be exact. The calculations going into the designation seem to make sense. The little red scrap of paper, measuring just one inch by 1 1.2 inches, sold on Tuesday night for $7.9 million. Add in […]

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  • 19
    Jun

18 Million Antiques and Collectibles Sale Records added to Worthopedia™

WorthPoint has announced that it has just added more than 18 million pieces of art, antiques and collectibles sales results to its Worthopedia™ database, bringing the total to more than 221 million, along with more than a billion photographs. The new sales data—18,230,735 individual sales records collected during the first quarter of 2014, to be […]

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  • 18
    Jun

Red Wing Pottery Museum Grand Opening Headlines Pottery Collectors Society Convention

RED WING, Minn. – Every year, the Red Wing Collectors Society’s annual convention proves to be a great time for those who collect the stoneware, art pottery and dinnerware that was produced in Minnesota’s beautiful, historic Mississippi River town. But this year’s Convention—which will take place July 10-12 in Red Wing, Minn. —will feature a […]

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  • 17
    Jun

World’s Most Valuable Stamp Sets Fourth World Record at $9.5 Million

A humble, dirty and heavily postmarked 1-cent stamp from 19th-century British Guyana has become the world’s most valuable stamp—for the fourth time—realizing nearly 1 billion times its face value. The 1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta sold for $9.48 million on Tuesday evening at Sotheby’s in New York. It entered the auction with an estimated sales […]

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  • 17
    Jun

‘Manly Collecting Comes Out of the Mancave’ – A Webinar with Author Eric Bradley

Eric Bradley, the author of the newly released book “Mantiques: A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff,” recently conducted a webinar on WorthPoint, talking about mantiques, a popular collectibles category that is picking up new aficionados daily. Bradley, who is a public relations associate at Heritage Auctions, the world’s third largest auction house, and the editor […]

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