• 31
    Jul

Look, up on eBay! It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. It’s Superman! (Action Comics #1)

[caption id="attachment_2520842" align="alignright" width="300"] This copy of Action Comics #1 in 9.0 condition is about to go up for sale on eBay as part of a 10-day auction beginning Aug. 14. It is owned by collectibles dealer Darren Adams, who will be donating a portion of the expected $2-million-plus proceeds to the Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation.[/caption] Three...

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  • 30
    Jul

Sword and Staff from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Film to be sold at Bonhams

[caption id="attachment_2520836" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The staff belonging to the wizard Saruman the White and the sword wielded by Aragorn, Ranger of the North, in “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” will be up for sale as part of the “There’s No Place Like Hollywood” auction of classic movie memorabilia this November.[/caption] In news that...

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  • 30
    Jul

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Walt Kolinda and Antiques as Green Products

[caption id="attachment_2520830" align="alignright" width="195"] Walt Kolenda[/caption] In this edition of the Antiques Auction Forum, I talk with Walt Kolenda about how antiques are green products, he gives good advice for the collector just starting out, plus he throws out a few great stories and tips. Check out his Cape Ann Auctions website. . . . . . ....

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  • 30
    Jul

American Indian Art, Artifacts from Puffer Collection will be sold Aug. 16-17 in Santa Fe

[caption id="attachment_2520812" align="aligncenter" width="550"] This museum-quality Navajo rug (or weaving), made around the 1940s and measuring 45 inches by 81 inches, is one of three pieces in the Best of Santa Fe auction—an annual event to be hosted by Allard Auctions, Inc. scheduled for Aug. 16-17—that carries a $10,000 to $20,000 presale estimate.[/caption] SANTA FE, N.M. – Around...

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  • 29
    Jul

Durham Whiskey Fifth Bottle, One of Six Known, Hammers for $13,440 at Auciton

[caption id="attachment_2520801" align="alignright" width="263"] This Durham Whiskey western fifth bottle with embossed steer, made circa 1876-1882, one of six known, was the top lot at an Internet and catalog auction hosted by American Bottle Auctions. It hammered for $13,440.[/caption] SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A rare Durham Whiskey fifth bottle made between 1876 and 1882—one of maybe only six known—sold...

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  • 23
    Jul

Sam’s Piano from ‘Casablanca’ to Cross the Block this Autumn

[caption id="attachment_2520783" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Humphrey Bogart’s Rick Blaine stands by as Sam plays the piano in Rick’s Café American in the Hollywood classic “Casablanca.” That piano, one of the most famous in movie history, will be up for auction this November at Bonhams in the “No Place like Hollywood” auction.[/caption] One of the most iconic props from Hollywood’s...

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  • 22
    Jul

The Comic Speculator: Comics, and their Characters, They are a Changin’

[caption id="attachment_2520753" align="aligncenter" width="550"] All-New Captain America #1 cover by Stuart Immonen. Steve Rogers is stepping down and his good friend, Sam Wilson, will be the new Captain America.[/caption] The comic book world is constantly in flux. Characters die, characters return, good guys go bad and vice versa. It’s part of what brings readers back every month. In...

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  • 21
    Jul

Buyer of Chinese ‘Chicken Cup’ Racks up 422 Million American Express Reward Points

[caption id="attachment_2520747" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Chinese collector Liu Qiquan paid for $36-million to collect a rare Chinese “Chicken Cup” at Sotheby’s Hong Kong by putting it on his American Express Centurion Card, netting 422 million rewards points in the process.[/caption] Many of us plan our big, monthly purchases with rewards points in mind. Whether they are frequent flyer bonus...

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  • 20
    Jul

Chinese Export Silver Items Star in Recent Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Sale

[caption id="attachment_2520719" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The surprise leader of the Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ sale was this late 19th century Straits Chinese silver octagonal bowl and cover, intricately decorated with an engraved foliate motif and alternating side panels of a shrew amidst fruiting vines, a bird amidst bamboo, a dragon amidst floating clouds and a flowering shrub, all set...

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  • 17
    Jul

First Purely Islamic Coin—a Umayyad 77h Gold Dinar—to be auctioned in London

[caption id="attachment_2520738" align="alignright" width="300"] This exceptionally rare Umayyad 77h gold dinar is expected to sell for $250,000 to $310,000 on Aug. 6 when A. H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd. holds its upcoming Islamic Coin Auction.[/caption] LONDON – The first purely Islamic coin, an exceptionally rare Umayyad 77h gold dinar, is expected to draw in the numismatist on Aug....

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