• 17
    Jun

Back on Top: World’s Most Valuable Stamp Expected to Set Fourth World Record

A humble, dirty and heavily postmarked 1-cent stamp from 19th-century British Guyana is set to become the world’s most valuable stamp—for the fourth time. The 1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta is expected to fetch between $10 and $20 million Tuesday evening at Sotheby’s in New York. This little stamp, measuring just 1 inch-by-1¼ inches (2.5-by-3.2 […]

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  • 16
    Jun

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Brother Arnold on Shaker Furniture and History

In this edition of the Antiques Auction Forum, we are honored to host one of the three surviving Shakers, Brother Arnold, who discusses the history of the Shakers, their way of life and the objects they crafted, which are treasured by collectors from coast to coast. This podcast was recorded live at the Sabbathday Lake […]

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  • 16
    Jun

Rare World Cup Game Brings Soccer’s Premier Tourney to Your Tabletop

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is underway in Brazil and for fans of the Beautiful Game worldwide—which cuts across all economic classes, religious divisions and club loyalties—there is no more exciting time in the world of sport. “Soccer,” as we call it in America, has never had much of a foothold (pun intended), but that […]

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  • 11
    Jun

Militaria Spanning Multiple Wars, Generations to Cross Block at Mohawk Arms Sale

BOUCKVILLE, N.Y. – A spectacular German Second World War tapestry that could have hung in the Reichstag building in Berlin, a Civil War felt fez hat worn by a member of the 11th New York Fire Zouaves, and a trove of items pertaining to a WWII U.S. Navy P.T. boat will all be sold in […]

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  • 10
    Jun

Prospecting and the Evolution of Rookie Card Collecting

Collecting baseball cards of your favorite rookie players has changed drastically over the last several years. Today, a player’s first officially licensed trading card may be produced years before that particular player ever steps foot onto the diamond for an MLB team. This fact has created a niche in the hobby called prospecting: collecting early […]

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  • 10
    Jun

Dr. Bode Collection of Worldwide Banknotes to Highlight International Paper Money Show

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Dr. Richard Bode Collection—an astounding compilation of worldwide banknotes ranging from the earliest known currency from China’s Ming Dynasty (1388-1664) all the way up to modern-day polymer notes—will be the featured exhibit at this year’s International Paper Money Show (IPMS) slated for June 13-14 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis. […]

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  • 9
    Jun

Jacqueline Kennedy Letters Pulled from Auction Raises Questions of Ethics, History

When published lots are abruptly taken off the auction block, there is usually controversy involved. That is certainly true of a recent cancellation that involved a trove of private letters written by Jacqueline Kennedy to a Catholic priest. Their friendship started in 1950, when she was still Jacqueline Bouvier—a 21-year-old socialite visiting Ireland with her […]

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  • 9
    Jun

Asian Carvings, Works of Art to Lead Elite Decorative Arts Sale

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – A large and important 19th-century Chinese porcelain screen, an extraordinary and intricately carved Chinese red coral figural grouping and a gorgeous pair of 19th-century Japanese bronze and mixed metal floor vases are just a few of the lots bidders will be vying for at Elite Decorative Arts’ Fine Asian Carvings & […]

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  • 5
    Jun

Chinese Export Silver and the Enlightened Renaissance

Chinese Export Silver always adapted to the realities of Chinese history. It was, after all, a product of that history, as such, that it has qualities that no other silver category possesses. Viewed in the overall context of China, it is an excellent indicator of prevailing historical events at any given time. That a de-facto […]

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  • 4
    Jun

John Lennon Drawings & Manuscript Sale Fetches $2.9 Million—Twice High Estimate

The single-owner auction, John Lennon: ‘You Might Well Arsk’: Original Drawings And Manuscripts, 1964-65—featuring Lennon’s original artwork and autographed manuscripts for two books the musician wrote and illustrated at the height of Beatlemania in 1964 and 1965—realized a total of $2.89 million at Sotheby’s in New York, well over the high estimate of $1.2 million. […]

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