• 11
    Dec

Lots of Diamonds, Jewelry and Watches in Many Price Points Highlight A.B. Levy’s Sale

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – More than 200 lots of dazzling diamonds, jewelry and fine timepieces—pulled from prominent local estates and collections and spanning a broad range of price points, from a few hundred dollars to $100,000 or more—will be sold at auction Sunday, Dec. 15, at A.B. Levy’s, in the firm’s West Palm Beach […]

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  • 13
    Nov

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Kerr & Co. Gold Belt Buckle, Howdy Doody Show Marionette

QUESTION: I almost sold a belt buckle for a couple of bucks at my garage sale a few weeks ago until I took a better look at it. The front of the rectangular belt buckle has horizontal engraved lines with a central “E E H” monogram. The back has multiple markings. The top bar has […]

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  • 11
    Nov

Lifetime Pagano ‘Rustic Collection’ to Sell in November

BRISTOL, Conn. — An online-only auction totaling more than 500 lots of Victorian carved- and marble-top furniture, silver and gold coins, sporting goods and other category items will be held in the annual Fall Extravaganza Estates Auction, beginning at noon on Nov. 17, hosted by Tim’s Auction. Lots expected to draw special attention will include a […]

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  • 8
    Nov

Auction Report: Gettysburg Cannon Tops Dancy-Polk House Auction

DECATUR, Ala. — An authentic Civil War cannon, fired by Union troops at the Battle of Gettysburg, dated 1855 and complete with documented provenance, sold for $86,250 at an on-site sale of the contents of the Dancy-Polk House Inn on Oct. 12. The Dancy-Polk House Inn, constructed in 1829, is one of only four buildings […]

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  • 5
    Nov

The Pink Star, One of the World’s Most Valuable Diamond, Could Realize $60 Million

GENEVA –The Pink Star, the most valuable diamond ever to be offered at auction, will be go under the gavel in Sotheby’s Geneva sale of Magnificent Jewels on Nov. 13, 2013. A world’s natural treasure estimated in excess of $60 million, this 59.60‐carat, oval-cut pink diamond is the largest internally flawless fancy vivid pink diamond […]

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  • 15
    Oct

Sports Card & Memorabilia Roundup: Honus Wagner Fraud and Bejeweled Hoops Cards

For those with simply a mere casual interest or for those more heavily invested in the sports card and memorabilia hobby, issues related to the business side of this multi-million-dollar industry often garner headlines from mainstream sources. Recently, several such events have transpired that have caused a wide variety of reactions from hobby rookies and […]

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  • 6
    Sep

Treasured Kingfisher Feathers Give Chinese Export Silver the Blues

中國出口銀器也憂鬱 The striking iridescent blue of kingfisher feathers have been highly prized in China for at least 2,500 years. Their widespread use in hair ornaments and jewelry gave rise to their being acknowledged as symbols of feminine beauty, while the sheer reality that a kingfisher is an extremely small bird and difficult to either catch […]

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  • 23
    Jul

Collecting the Uncollectible: Items that are Taboo to Some Pique the Interest of Others

As the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy approaches, one of the last available possessions associated with the event is up for sale. In Boston this October, Lee Harvey Oswald’s wedding band will be auctioned to the highest bidder. Experts estimate it will bring $30,000 to $50,000. When I first read an […]

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  • 8
    Jul

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Joe Namath Football Passer Toy

QUESTION: I recently rediscovered my Joe Namath Passer, a plastic toy standing approximately two feet tall and which could “pass” a plastic football across the room. I am having trouble finding information about the toy and its value. Can you help? – J, Janesville, Wis. ANSWER: Your Joe Namath Football Passer, which stands 23 inches […]

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  • 4
    Jun

Rinker on Collectibles: Our Future Relies on Kids Collecting

On Saturday, May 25, 2013, Linda and I drove from Kentwood to 1350 West Randolph Street, Chicago, home of the Randolph Street Market Festival. It was the 2013 season opening day and marked the 10-year anniversary of the market. Known simply as “Randolph Street” in the trade, its promotional literature bills it as “America’s Largest […]

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