• 14
    Aug

Lost and Found Visuals: The Art and Value of Vernacular Photography

[caption id="attachment_2520936" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Collectors of found photography look for scenes from a bygone era with mini narratives to imagine.[/caption] The old photograph was pasted into a scrapbook and had crusty brown rubber cement seeping around the edges. The image was a little girl with a sneaky smile and dark bangs, peeking out of the paneled window of...

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  • 13
    Aug

When Seeking Advice on Antique Furniture, it’s Important to Manage Your Experts

In the identification and evaluation of antique furniture, almost everyone needs some help now and then, even the “experts.” No one can know it all, as the field is too vast and too interpretive for any one person to be the ultimate authority. So how do you rule in or out who you might think can help you?...

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  • 12
    Aug

Bill Watterson’s ‘Pearls Before Swine’ Panels net $74,000 for Parkinson’s Research

[caption id="attachment_2520916" align="aligncenter" width="550"] A detail of one of the working comic strip panels drawn by “Calvin and Hobbes” creator Bill Watterson for the “Pearls Before Swine” strip earlier this year that was up for sale at Heritage Auctions. This strip was the high-seller of the three, realizing $35,850.[/caption] DALLAS – The original artwork for the recent three-comic-strip...

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  • 8
    Aug

Sometimes a Flea Market is the Best Venue to Sell Your Household Goods

[caption id="attachment_2520901" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Flea markets, such as the Arundel Flea Market—which could be the best flea market in Maine—offers a place for people to sell things that would not be efficient or worth the time on eBay.[/caption] I have been selling on eBay since eBay has been in existence. But sometimes, depending on what you’re selling, there...

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  • 8
    Aug

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Emily Susanin and the Chicago Auction World

[caption id="attachment_2520911" align="alignright" width="152"] Emily Susanin[/caption] In this edition of the Antiques Auction Forum, I talk with Emily Susanin of Susanin’s Auctioneers & Appraisers for some insight on the Chicago auction world, educating one’s self in the auctions and appraisals trade and the fun one can have dealing with interesting people and the pieces they’d like to consign....

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  • 7
    Aug

Need Something to Cuddle? One Woman’s Collection of 1,100 Teddy Bears up for Auction

[caption id="attachment_2520885" align="aligncenter" width="550"] A large grizzly bear on wheels appears to be protectively watching over a group of more traditional stuffed bears, all of which will be auctioned on Sept. 19 by the Norman C. Heckler & Company. The bears, some 1,100 in all, come from the one-woman collection of Charlotte “Chotsie” Lefevre, so amassed them over...

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  • 5
    Aug

Collection of Dennis Brown Gauge 1 Locomotives to Pace Transport Auction

[caption id="attachment_2520877" align="aligncenter" width="550"] This very rare 5-inch gauge AD60 Garratt Locomotive No 6063 with an 8-4+4-8-4 wheel arrangement is from the late Dennis Brown’s collection of Gauge 1 locomotives that will be part of the upcoming Dreweatts & Bloomsbury’s Transport Auction. This “toy” locomotive weighs in at approximately 450 pounds and is some 12 feet in length,...

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  • 5
    Aug

Bid now to own Bill Watterson’s ‘Pearls Before Swine’ Panels; Proceeds to benefit Parkinson’s research

[caption id="attachment_2520891" align="aligncenter" width="550"] A detail of one of the working comic strip panels drawn by “Calvin and Hobbes” creator Bill Watterson for the “Pearls Before Swine” strip earlier this year. The three strips are currently being auctioned at Heritage Auctions, with the proceeds to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.[/caption] DALLAS – The original...

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  • 1
    Aug

Tribal & Oceanic Artifacts Collected by Real-Life ‘Indiana Jones’ to Pace Great Gatsby’s Sale

[caption id="attachment_2520862" align="aligncenter" width="550"] This pair of blade fetish figures (or “minkisi”) from the Congo in Africa, intended to ward off evil spirits, exact justice for victims of wrongdoing and solemnize contracts between villagers, are part of a large collection of tribal and Oceanic artifacts collected by Prof. Richard Hibler, a sort of real-life “Indiana Jones.” The collection...

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  • 31
    Jul

Be Careful about Whose Advice You take when Holding a Yard Sale

I recently read a headline of an Internet article highlighting: “11 Things No One Will Buy At Your Yard Sale.” Since many of WorthPoint’s subscribers are buyers and resellers of everything from antique chandeliers to old concert T-shirts, I have been following the reseller crowd to see what they are talking about. I figured that knowing these 11...

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