• 28 Sep
    2015

Looking past the Painting to see the Value of Antique Frames

There is one thing I can count on whenever I evaluate an estate: most rooms will have one floor and three or four walls. Consequently, well-decorated homes may have many more items on the walls than on the floors. Too often, estate executors spend most of their time inventorying the large items of furniture on […]

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  • 24 Aug
    2015

Five Tips to Remember when Buying Works by Renowned Artists

Buying a piece of high-quality art by a renowned artist can be a thrilling and enjoyable experience. It is often the best and most-memorable acquisition you ever make. But a hasty purchase can result in a bad case of buyer’s remorse or, worse, the impetus for initiating a lengthy and expensive lawsuit. Luckily, you don’t […]

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  • 10 Jul
    2015

N.C. Wyeth’s ‘Deerslayer’ Illustration Sells for $1.3 Million

When the original art for a famous book illustration comes up for auction, I’m always curious. Where has it been? Why is it now being sold? Will a museum or benefactor buy it, so that the public will be able to enjoy it? Or will it just disappear into a private home? Often, book illustrations […]

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  • 15 Jun
    2015

Removing Mold from Art & Antiques a Job for Restoration Professional

The rash of devastating hurricanes across the United States over the last few years has created a potentially dangerous situation for collectors and institutions now salvaging mold and mildew covered artwork and antique items from flood-affected areas. Mold should be treated very carefully. Your first priority should be to protect yourself against any health and safety […]

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  • 22 May
    2015

Golden Age of Illustrations Works bring Record Prices

Today, a Norman Rockwell painting can sell for more than an Edward Hopper oil. Rockwell’s “Saying Grace” sold in December or 2013 for $46 million, a record price. Other Rockwells are selling in the millions—“After the Prom” sold at Sotheby’s for $9.1 million in May 2014. “The Rookie” sold at Christie’s in May 2014 for […]

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  • 21 Apr
    2015

9 Hot Collectibles Categories to Consider for Investment Potential

Some collectors consider investment potential when buying antiques and collectibles. While not everyone agrees with this approach, a number of auctioneers and dealers gave their views on items with the most investment potential or that are currently “hot.” Auctioneers generally agree that today’s environment is much different from several years ago. Millennials—those people born between […]

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  • 28 Jun
    2014

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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  • 20 Jun
    2014

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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  • 22 May
    2014

T’ou Sè Wè Orphanage was the Birthplace of Chinese Modern Creative Arts

That a Jesuit orphanage and school in Shanghai founded in the 19th century should be the cradle of modern creative art in China is extraordinary in itself, but it is firmly rooted in a significant Jesuit presence in China since the mid-17th century and the profound influence it had on the Imperial court. The same […]

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  • 20 May
    2014

LeRoy Neiman’s Marilyn Monroe Portrait on DiMaggio-Signed Baseball Nets $96,000

I met Joe DiMaggio once, when I was 17. A friend of mine was DiMaggio’s third cousin, twice-removed or something like that, and he invited me to a DiMaggio family barbeque that Joltin’ Joe was going to attend. At the time, in the mid-’80s, DiMaggio was better known as “Mr. Coffee” to kids of my […]

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