• 15
    May

Self-Taught Sam Doyle’s Painting of his Grandmother Soars to $204,000 at Folk Art Sale

BUFORD, Ga. – When Sam Doyle sat down with a few cans of house paint and a piece of rusted tin roofing, he could have never thought that the hour or two he spent painting a picture of his grandmother holding a newborn infant would ever mean much to anyone other than himself and maybe […]

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  • 13
    May

Globetrotting Geologist’s Jaw-Dropping Estate Sale to Draw Serious Collectors

Having run estate sales for 20 years, Rachel Fitch knew immediately that this one was going to be different. A retired geologist who had worked in at sites around the world wanted to sell off most of his possession, which includes antiques and collectibles from the jungles of Brazil to the hinterlands of China and […]

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  • 13
    May

Chinese Export Silver: The East-West Divide

中國出口銀器:東西方的分裂 Worthologist Adrien von Ferscht investigates the dichotomy of preference by Chinese collectors of Chinese Export Silver for items in the high Chinese style over the earlier, neo-classical pieces of the late 18th and early 19th centuries; silver that admirably demonstrates to extraordinary skill of Chinese silversmiths to produce work that was totally “foreign” in […]

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  • 12
    May

Seven Tips for Surviving Brimfield (or any other Large Antiques Festival)

The first of the three annual Brimfield antique shows gets underway this week along Route 20 in Massachusetts, and there will doubtless be many newbies attending this year’s events. We thought it might be a good idea to provide them with some tips on how to navigate the seemingly endless rows of tents and booths […]

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  • 9
    May

Auction Report: LeRoy Neiman Art-on-Baseballs Collection for Sale

In 1978, LeRoy Neiman—known for his boldly colored, expressionist artwork of athletes, musicians and sporting events—tried his hand at working on small, spherical canvases … baseballs, to be specific. Now, the Charlie McCabe collection of 129 Neiman art-baseball featuring all-time greats from the world of sports and entertainment are currently up for bid at Heritage […]

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  • 7
    May

Mom’s Mother’s Day Gift to Her Children: The ‘Who Gets What’ Discussion

. “When I’m gone,” said Mom about a year ago, “I want you each to have back the gifts you’ve given me over the years. I’ve marked them all with a sticker on the bottom.” My siblings and I shot quick glances at each other; we hadn’t expected this. We had gathered at Mom’s for […]

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  • 6
    May

Mother’s Day, Moms and Tattoos: An American Tradition

As Mother’s Day approaches, and sons and daughters are considering what to get Mom as a gift, many will decide that the perfect gift for the woman who gave them life is to commemorate their love with a “mom” tattoo. Phil Colvin, the owner of Memorial Tattoo in Atlanta, has been a tattoo artist for […]

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  • 1
    May

Auction Roundup: Dylan’s ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ Manuscript could Realize $2 Million

Touting it as the “most significant popular music manuscript ever to appear at auction,” Sotheby’s announced on Thursday that Bob Dylan’s original working manuscript for his iconic 1965 song, “Like a Rolling Stone,” will be auctioned on June 24 and is expected to realize an estimated $1 to $2 million. The four sheets of paper […]

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  • 1
    May

28-Carat Kashmir Sapphire sets Price-Per-Carat Record at Sotheby’s Auction

NEW YORK – An exceptional, Kashmir sapphire and diamond ring sold for $5,093,000 on April 29 at Sotheby’s, setting a new world auction record price per carat for any sapphire. The square, emerald-cut sapphire weighs 28.18 carats and is one of the finest sapphires ever to appear at auction, described by the American Gemological Laboratories […]

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  • 1
    May

Great Finds: Rare Babe Ruth Poster Found in Wall of Demolished House

If you have an old house in Minnesota, start tearing down those walls… they seem to have very valuable items used as insulation up there. The word has come down from St. Paul that a rare poster of Babe Ruth was found during the demolition of an old house there. The 88-year-old poster is up […]

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