• 28
    Jun

The Collector’s Minute: Playboy Bunny Costumes

Playboy magazine and the Playboy Bunny were among the most memorable icons of the 1960s, at least to most males over the age of 12 at the time. The best selling Playboy issue was the November 1972 edition, featuring Swedish model Lena Soderberg on its cover, which sold 7,161,561 copies. While the magazine’s popularity has […]

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  • 27
    Jun

Treasures That Aren’t: The Most Faked Collectibles

In antiques and collectibles, you’ve got your share of frauds and scams. We’ve been shocked by stories of imposters who can create “authentic” paintings by the world’s masters, produce ancient art objects, forge signatures on baseballs, create “rare” books, “find” long lost stamps and “discover” historical letters or diaries. Even antique wine has been fabricated. […]

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  • 21
    Jun

The Collector’s Minute: Barzilay Stereo Cases & Cabinets

“Barzilay” is not a name you hear much of any more, but back in the 
1960s to 1970s, it was one well known to audiophiles designing their 
own stereo sound systems. Barzilay produced stereo equipment case 
kits, speaker cases and wall units in kit form, much like the now familiar Ikea 
company furniture today. The […]

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  • 10
    Jun

Movie Money May be Fake but can be Real Collectables

By Gerald Tebben From the cursed gold coins in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl” to a common $1 bill in “National Treasure,” money plays a part, sometimes a starring role, in many recent movies. Here’s a look at some of the numismatic treasures appearing on the silver screen. Primitive? Persian-like “gold […]

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  • 1
    Jun

Loar Mandolins: The Choice of Famous Fretters

On the afternoon of Nov. 13,1985, Della Monroe, wife of Grand Ole Opry star Bill Monroe, came home to find Bill’s cherished 1923 Lloyd Loar Gibson F5 mandolin and his back-up F5 lying in splinters on their fireplace hearth. Someone with a grudge against her husband had broken into their home and beat the mandolins […]

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  • 31
    May

Turn-of-the-Century Frederick Glasier Circus Photos on Exhibit in Tampa

Several years ago (2009) I wrote a couple of WorthPoint articles about circus photographs: Some Circus Photos are Worth a Thousand Bucks and Older Circus Photos Bring Higher Prices. A section in the first article focused on the photos of Frederick W. Glasier (1866-1950), who captured circus images during the late 1800s and early 1900s. […]

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  • 31
    May

Space, the Final Collecting Frontier: ‘Star Trek’ Toys and Memorabilia

The second half of the 1960s was a memorable time for American television programming. Audiences were introduced to numerous shows that would become revered classics, including “I Spy,” “Days of Our Lives,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” “Batman,” “Dark Shadows,” “Mission Impossible,” “Columbo,” “Hawaii Five-O” and “Sesame Street.” Also premiering during this period was another program […]

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  • 21
    May

Massive Collection of Elvis Presley Memorabilia to Headline Memorial Day Auction

ST. LEONARD, Md. – A huge single-owner lifetime collection of Elvis Presley items promises to be the centerpiece offering in a Memorial Day antiques and collectibles auction slated for Monday, May 27, at Chesapeake Auction House. An expected top lot of the Elvis collection is a rare, limited-edition Aloha Hawaii Elvis Celebrity Series World Doll […]

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  • 20
    May

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Thorens Music Box, H. L. Leonard Bamboo Fly Rod

QUESTION: I have a Thorens music box and a dozen 4 ½-inch metal disc records, one of which is “A Bicycle Built for Two.” The mechanism is housed in a small wooden box. What is the value of my music box and discs? – A, Spring City, Pa. ANSWER: Herman Thorens registered the Thorens family […]

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  • 16
    May

Rinker on Collectibles: Global Hollywood & Its Impact on American Collectors

In 2005, Jane and Robert Kahn and their daughter Anna invited Linda and me to join them during their vacation in Florence, Italy. It was a time in our lives when the lure of a trip abroad faced little competition from grandchildren. Linda and I arrived in Florence on Thursday, May 12. We stayed at […]

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