• 9
    Jul

Chinese Qianlong Celadon Jade Censer to Pace Crescent City Auction

NEW ORLEANS – An 18th-century Chinese Qianlong celadon jade censer with a pre-sale estimate of $15,000-$25,000 and items from the living estate of iconic New Orleans artist and photographer George Valentine Dureau will be part of a huge weekend auction planned for July 13-14. The auction will be conducted by Crescent City Auction Gallery, in […]

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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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  • 25
    Jun

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Fabergé Revealed at the Peabody Essex Museum

In this week’s installment of the Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis hosts a fascinating discussion with Dean Lahikainen, Peabody Essex Museum’s Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Art about an upcoming exhibition: Fabergé Revealed. The exhibit is from the collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and is on view at […]

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  • 2
    May

The Kentucky Derby: The Race for the Roses is a Collectibles Treasure Trove

The 2015 running of the Kentucky Derby will mark the 141st race in the event’s history. Annually held in Louisville, Ky., the race is the first leg of the sport’s Triple Crown and is considered to be “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” and is marketed as such. The history of the race dates […]

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  • 16
    Apr

Q & A with Harry Rinker: ‘Hit of the Week’ Records, Kichiemon Okamura Block Prints

QUESTION: I own approximately three dozen “HIT OF THE WEEK” records. The label reads: “Durium Products Corporation – New York / Durium T.M. Reg. – Made in U.S.A.” Song titles include: “I Still Get a Thrill,” “Just a Gigolo,” “Kiss Me Goodnight,” “My Mom,” “Reaching for the Moon” and “You’ll Be Mine in Apple Blossom […]

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  • 10
    Apr

Ask a Worthologist: The Erté Bronze

Debra B. picked up a figure at a charity auction and has done some research on her own, but she’s puzzled about values for it. Her questions regarding this piece were forwarded on to me via Worthpoint’s “Ask a Worthologist” service: “I bid $1,500 on this incredible Erté bronze at a charity auction because I’d […]

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  • 28
    Mar

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Curtis-Lee Mansion Lithograph, Nabisco Pro Face Cards

QUESTION: I own a lithograph print of the Curtis-Lee Mansion, also known as Arlington House, located in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. John Ross Key, the grandson of Francis Scott Key, did the lithograph. The print is framed and measures 25 ½ inches by 13 ½ inches. What is its value? – D, Quincy, […]

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  • 26
    Mar

It’s All In the Marks: Currier and Ives Prints

To well-seasoned or novice collectors, determining a maker or origin of a piece can be very confusing if it is outside their normal area of interest. Any markings that can be found can often help unravel the mystery—if you know what the marks mean. If you don’t, however, they can lead you well astray of […]

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  • 19
    Mar

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Zon-O-Phone Phonograph, Peter Ompir Toleware Tray

QUESTION: Our family owns a Zon-O-Phone phonograph that is good condition. There are several discs stored in the cabinet. We enjoy it as an interesting piece of furniture and occasionally listen to the recordings. What information can you provide about the Zon-O-Phone and its value? – TL, State College, Pa., via e-mail ANSWER: Frank Seaman […]

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  • 11
    Feb

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Hey Wally, What Kind of Sculptures do You Do?

In this week’s installment of the Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis visits with Tony Dow. Does that name ring a bell? You may remember him as “Wally Cleaver” on the iconic 1960s television show, “Leave it to Beaver.” The one-time child actor and more recently film director, Tony Dow talks about his second career […]

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