• 12
    Jan

Unloved Antiques: Old Master Prints

No yard sale or flea market would complete without a few Old Master–type renderings of works by notable artists like Rembrandt van Rijn. Some them look quite convincing in their gilt frames with layers of dust, but they are all decorator prints, like the one pictured here by 
the Turner wall-art company. The Turner Manufacturing […]

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  • 15
    Nov

Upcoming Legends Auction Retells the Story of JFK and Camelot One item at a Time

With the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy later this month, several high-level auctions of personal, campaign and presidential items associated with his time at the White House have recently been conducted. Even personal effects of Lee Harvey Oswald have been auctioned. Now comes the Kennedy-Hollywood connection. John McInnis Auctioneers is […]

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  • 13
    Nov

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Daniel Finamore on ‘Impressionists on the Water’

On this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis speaks with Daniel Finamore, PhD, the Russell W. Knight Curator of Maritime Art and History at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., about the “Impressionists on the Water” exhibition that runs from Nov. 9 through Feb. 17, 2014. Listen here: Martin Willis is Worthologist, auctioneer […]

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  • 3
    Sep

The Auction that Launched the Antiques Trade

The antiques business began in July, 1886. At least, that’s the claim made by author Jonathan Gash in his book “Paid and Loving Eyes” (Penguin, 1993). Gash is the creator of the Lovejoy character, a roguish antiques dealer whose escapades are recounted in more than two dozen novels and 71 BBC television shows. I enjoyed […]

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  • 16
    Aug

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Martin Kemp and the newly Discovered Da Vinci Work

In this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis talks with Martin Kemp, who discusses where science meets art to uncover the “La Bella Principessa,” a Leonardo Da Vinci work that was nearly unattributed and lost through time. Listen in to hear how a $21,000 German 19th-century portrait can turn into a work by the […]

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  • 9
    Aug

The Agony and Ecstasy of Owning a ‘Priceless’ Painting

Several years ago, I purchased a beautiful painting at a garage sale for $3. The scene seemed very familiar, but I didn’t linger on my analysis of it the piece. I loved it, paid for my purchases and went on to the next sale. Later that day, I brought my newly acquired painting into the […]

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  • 24
    Jul

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: The Colby College Museum of Art

In this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis visits the Colby College Museum of Art and speaks with Elizabeth Finch, the Lunder curator of American art, Hannah Blunt, the Langlais curator for special projects and Lauren Lessing, the Mirken curator of education. They discuss the Lunder Collection and exhibition, which, at more than $100 […]

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  • 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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  • 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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