• 31
    Mar

Guernsey’s Guitar Auction Could Rewrite Investment Guitar Market Thinking, Prices

[caption id="attachment_2519765" align="aligncenter" width="213"] This Martin OM-45 deluxe model serial #42125 could set the record for highest-selling guitar at auction on April 2, when it crosses the block at Guernsey’s in New York.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2519766" align="aligncenter" width="230"] Roy Rogers bought a Martin OM-45 deluxe model for $30 before he was Roy Rogers. It eventually sold for 460,000 in...

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  • 31
    Mar

Radar O’Reilly’s Teddy Bear from ‘M*A*S*H’ TV Show Hammers for $14,000

[caption id="attachment_2519758" align="aligncenter" width="475"] The Teddy bear owned by the Radar O’Reilly character (right) on the hit TV show “M*A*S*H” sold for more than $14,000 at auction on March 27.[/caption] When a “national treasure” prop or costume from an iconic Hollywood movie or television show becomes available at auction, it can make headlines, especially among auction watchers, memorabilia...

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  • 31
    Mar

Buyers to Get a Crack at Rockwell’s Iconic ‘The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room)’

[caption id="attachment_2519777" align="aligncenter" width="466"] Norman Rockwell’s 1957 illustration “The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room)” carries a pre-sale estimate of $20 to $30 million, the highest estimate ever for Rockwell at auction.[/caption] NEW YORK – Norman Rockwell’s iconic baseball painting “The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room)” will be included in Christie’s May 22 sale of American Art. The work,...

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  • 26
    Mar

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 03/26/2014

[caption id="attachment_2519726" align="alignleft" width="283"] Silver Surfer #1 (Francesco Francavilla Variant), 1:50 ($12-$15)[/caption] New Comics Roundup It’s another huge week for comics and if you don’t know what you’re doing, you might end up running from your local comic shop screaming! Boy, you’re lucky I’m here for you and ignoring my wife while writing about comics. This week Crossed...

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  • 25
    Mar

Rinker on Collectibles: Why Is the Antiques Trade So Reluctant to Change?

In response to a Rinker on Collectibles Q & A column, Audrey Bell, owner of Gallery 18 Ltd., New London, Prince Edward Island, Canada, sent me an e-mail which read: in a “Q& A column you say, ‘Given the increasing role played by Internet searches for individuals wishing to sell antiques and collectibles, a specialized dealer who does not...

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  • 25
    Mar

Extra! Extra! Newspaper Movie Posters Take You to Where the Action Is

[caption id="attachment_2519661" align="aligncenter" width="450"] “Deadline – U.S.A”. (20th Century Fox, 1952) was released as “Deadline” in the U.K. This British quad-style poster (30 inches by 40 inches) sold for $418.25 in a sale of movie memorabilia at Heritage Auctions a year ago.[/caption] From cinema’s earliest days, newspapers offered the movies heroes, heroines and a visual shorthand it used...

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  • 25
    Mar

Chinese Export Silver: The 19th-Century Phenomenon Equivalent to the iPad!

[caption id="attachment_2519683" align="alignright" width="300"] This silver gilt cup is Chinese, straddling the Sung and Tang dynastic periods. While there are some recognizably Chinese decorative motifs, the overwhelming influences are still veering more towards the Sassania. But the important fact of this particular object is that it was made in China and the silver technique is clearly influenced by...

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  • 24
    Mar

Connor’s Corner: My Next Estate Sale features Great Hollywood Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2519711" align="alignleft" width="153"] Connor McCrory[/caption] I am Connor and I am in 3rd grade. I live near Hollywood—I can walk to Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network—and live less than a five-minute drive from Disneyland, Warner Brothers and NBC TV Studios. This is why a lot of the collectibles and antiques that I find here are related to TV...

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  • 24
    Mar

Going Out Like a Lamb: Steiff’s Sheep Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2519650" align="alignleft" width="223"] Perhaps the best-known Steiff lamb of all is Steiff’s Lamby lamb. This pattern is standing, unjointed and made from white wool plush. This pattern was produced as “Lamb” from 1949 to 1954 and as “Lamby” from 1954 through 1976.[/caption] As the end of March quickly approaches, it’s hard not to think of the old...

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  • 24
    Mar

Wrestling Fans Covet Collectibles of the Squared Circle

[caption id="attachment_2519570" align="alignleft" width="231"] Vintage pro-wresting magazines and autographs garner top dollar from collectors, especially from superstars like Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan.[/caption] The combination of athletic prowess, strength, theatrics and showmanship that create the world of professional wrestling has given rise to a host of collectible opportunities through the years. While professional wrestling has existed for...

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