• 27
    Aug

How to Bequeath Your Collection and Keep it out of Probate

To some, leaving behind a meaningful legacy upon death is important. To have built a house, written a book, created a business or performed a heroic deed speaks to one’s character and may have a more lasting effect on future generations than the dollars and cents that are passed on through one’s last will and […]

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  • 26
    Aug

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

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 all of the brilliant benefits of its use, including how to find particular pieces, facilities, food stands and […]

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  • 25
    Aug

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

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 auction can get, with the price soaring from $2.6 million to the winning bid of $3.2 million, securing its status as the world’s most expensive comic. Thirteen different bidders entered 48 bids […]

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  • 22
    Aug

Three Easy Steps to Starting a Killer Comic Book Collection

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, boxes, basements and storage units full of comics, I can tell you firsthand, a […]

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  • 22
    Aug

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

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – A coin-operated a Princess Doraldina 5-cent fortune teller machine, displaying a life size gypsy woman in a large wood booth with glass front, is expected to vie for the top-selling lot in an auction of some 350 lots of coin-op, musical items, toys, advertising, country store, banks, arcade and gaming collectibles will […]

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Mayhem at Chicago ANA; Gold Kennedy Half Dollar Changes Hands for $100,000
  • 21
    Aug

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

Since its very inception some 50 years ago, the Kennedy half dollar remains for many a valued and cherished keepsake. Yet, the passion generated by the inaugural release of the silver Kennedy half dollar—on March 24, 1964—pales to the frenetic chaos which greeted the inaugural release of the 50th Anniversary gold Kennedy half dollar proof […]

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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: “Roll Tide!” “Hook ’em ’Horns!” “Fork ’em, Devils!” “Gig ’em, Aggies!” “Go Big Blue!” “Go Dawgs!” “Geaux Tigers!” “Fight On!” “Sparty On!” […]

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  • 19
    Aug

Bidding for Superman Premier Comic Soaring in eBay Auction

With five days left on the eBay auction selling one of the best-preserved examples of Action Comics #1—the first appearance of Superman—the odds of this becoming the most expensive comic ever are pretty good, as the current bidding has risen to $1.95 million.* There have been 27 bids for the comic, which has earned a […]

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  • 14
    Aug

Lost and Found Visuals: The Art and Value of Vernacular Photography

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 a white frame house. Her tiny finger subtly pointed to the ominous city quarantine sign on the […]

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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 […]

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