• 4
    Jun

Enjoy the Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men Bubble While it Lasts

Hey kid! You want to buy a Green Goblin card and a single, six-sided die for $45? Sure, I paid less than a dollar for it … but it’s super rare! Welcome to the Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men speculation bubble. Enjoy it while it lasts. A little more than a month ago, Wizkids […]

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  • 4
    Jun

Gomez Addams was the Original ‘Mantiques’ Collector

After talking with Eric Bradley—the author of the newly released book “Mantiques: A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff”—last week about mantiques and who collects them, I started thinking about who in popular culture had an affinity for the weird, manly stuff that fall in this collectibles category. I have only been able to come up […]

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  • 4
    Jun

A True Southern Lady’s Lifetime Collection, Estate of to be sold at Auction

ABERDEEN, Miss. – The lifetime collection and estate of the late Zoe Spedale—a socialite, true Southern lady and wife of a world-renowned surgeon, who appointed their spectacular Louisiana home with the finest artwork, furniture and decorative accessories life had to offer, gathered quite literally from around the word—will be sold on Saturday, June 7, by […]

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  • 3
    Jun

Porcelain Retrieved from 1690 Chinese Shipwreck to Highlight Auction

ATLANTA – Porcelain pieces retrieved from a Chinese shipwreck in 1690, as well as important paintings by noted British artists John Frederick Herring, Sr. and George Lambert, will highlight a multi-estate auction to be hosted by Ahlers & Ogletree’s on June 6-8. The June 6 evening sale will feature more than 250 lots, including more […]

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  • 29
    May

‘Mantiques’ Book Brings Manly Collecting out of the Mancave and into the Mainstream

The term “antiques” used to elicit images of silver tea sets and Edwardian sideboards and even that “priceless Ming vaaase.” But if you say the word now, it’s just as likely to bring to mind thoughts of rusty two-handed saws and old snow shoes and surf boards. While the former are “antiques,” the latter are […]

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  • 27
    May

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Michael Jefferson on 20th-Century Carpets

In this edition of the Antiques Auction Forum, I speak with Michael Jefferson of Wright Auctions, who dives into a new auction paradigm, 20th century carpets. Listen in as he explains how important what you are walking on can be, and how it can tie a collection together. Check out the auction and images here. […]

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  • 26
    May

Vintage Circus Poster Stamps Unveiled at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Fla.

In true circus style, clowns, a ringmaster and music from a 120-year-old Bell Wagon—all provided by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey—accompanied the unveiling of a series of commemorative United States forever postage stamps earlier this month on the grounds of The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Fla. This is the […]

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  • 23
    May

Norman Rockwell’s Iconic ‘The Rookie’ Hits a Home Run at Auction

NEW YORK – Norman Rockwell’s iconic baseball painting “The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room)” sold for $22,565,000 May 22 to lead Christie’s May sale of American Art. The auction overall realized $64 million. The work, which had never been offered at auction, was painted in 1957 for the March 2nd cover of The Saturday Evening […]

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  • 23
    May

Back-Issue Roundup: Original Art of Wolverine’s First Appearance Nets $657,000

It’s happened again! With a new X-men film opening in theaters everywhere this weekend, prices on X-Men back issues have gone completely and utterly insane. As several new characters join the X-Men’s movie roster, comic fans have been devouring (not literally) key issues, such as: • Uncanny X-Men #317, the first appearance of Blink (selling […]

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  • 22
    May

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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