• 26
    Aug

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Ryan Servant and the Brimfield Flea App

[caption id="attachment_2520992" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Ryan Servant, who offers the Brimfield Flea Finder, is interviewed by local Brimfield media about his app.[/caption] In this edition of the Antiques Auction Forum, I have a chat with app developer Ryan Servant, who offers the Brimfield Flea Finder free to attendees of the granddaddy of all antique shows. Listen in to learn...

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  • 25
    Aug

Superman Comic Book Smashes Sales Record by more than $1 Million on eBay

[caption id="attachment_2520842" align="alignleft" width="210"] This copy of Action Comics #1—graded in 9.0 condition with white pages—set a world record for comic book prices, selling for $3,207,752 on eBay in an auction that ended Sunday evening.[/caption] As expected, the final 10 minutes of the eBay auction selling the highest-rated Action Comics #1—the first appearance of Superman—were as exciting as an Internet...

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  • 22
    Aug

Three Easy Steps to Starting a Killer Comic Book Collection

[caption id="attachment_2520977" align="alignright" width="216"] Batman’s first appearance sells for north of $1 million in higher grade condition.[/caption] So, you want to collect comics? Collecting comics seems easy in theory. Just go out and buy a pile and, boom, you’ve got a collection, right? Well, sort of. As someone who has spent the last 15 years looking through piles,...

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  • 22
    Aug

Princess Doraldina 5-cent Fortune Teller Machine to Lead Arcade & Gaming Auction

[caption id="attachment_2520972" align="alignleft" width="379"] This Princess Doraldina coin-op fortune teller machine, made circa 1928 by Michael Munves, is expected to the lead the upcoming Fontaine’s Auction Gallery, set for Sept. 13. It carries a $12,000 to $15,000 presale estimate.[/caption] PITTSFIELD, Mass. – A coin-operated a Princess Doraldina 5-cent fortune teller machine, displaying a life size gypsy woman in...

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  • 21
    Aug

Mayhem at Chicago ANA; Gold Kennedy Half Dollar Changes Hands for $100,000

[caption id="attachment_2520962" align="alignright" width="215"] This is the first of its kind: a high relief proof gold Kennedy half dollar, struck in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the John F. Kennedy half dollar and contains ¾ oz. of 24kt gold.[/caption] Since its very inception some 50 years ago, the Kennedy half dollar remains for many a valued and...

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  • 19
    Aug

Hallowed Relics of the Gridiron on Display at New College Football Hall of Fame

In just a couple of weeks, large portions of the country will joyously shout out many of the following phrases, while many, many more will have no idea what they are talking about: [caption id="attachment_2520955" align="alignleft" width="300"] The top artifact in the new College Football Hall of Fame museum is the Illinois jersey worn by Red Grange.[/caption] “Roll...

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  • 19
    Aug

Bidding for Superman Premier Comic Soaring in eBay Auction

[caption id="attachment_2520842" align="alignright" width="300"] This copy of Action Comics #1 in 9.0 condition up for auction on eBay is currently at $1,950 million, indicating it will be the most expensive comic ever sold when the hammer comes down on Aug. 24. The current record for a comic book selling at auction is $2.16 million.[/caption] With five days left...

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  • 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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