• 23
    Mar

Weekly News Roundup: March 21 to March 25

Art, antiques and collectibles headlines include the getaway of a former Russian president, a lawsuit over wine going sour and a record-setting vase. From Reuters: Russia to auction favoured Yeltsin hideaway Being president of Russia certainly has its perks. Take Boris Yeltsin. He had a vacation house with such amenities as a tennis court, sauna, billiard room, hotel,...

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  • 23
    Mar

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Mutt & Jeff Lighter, 1893 Cigarette Broadsides, Gone With the Wind Brooch

QUESTION: I have a painted, white/slush metal stick cigarette lighter that features two seated cartoon characters, each wearing a top hat and with their feet propped up on a stump. One is short, the other is tall. The short character has a beard. The base reads “THIS IS THE LIFE / FISHER.” Who are these characters, when was...

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  • 23
    Mar

The Collector’s Minute: Equestrian Prints

[caption id="attachment_2496186" align="alignright" width="300"] This lithograph print in the style of George Wright is something that often comes in for appraisal. Those new to the subject will often have a hard time telling the difference between lithography, etchings, engravings and offset printing.[/caption] One item we see more of than just about anything else in the appraisal & antique...

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  • 23
    Mar

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 03/23/2011

[caption id="attachment_2496202" align="alignright" width="197" caption="Deadpool #34 (Ed McGuinness Captain America 70th Anniversary Variant Cover) 1:15"][/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each week's hot new comics and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide...

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  • 22
    Mar

Another Year’s Worth of Collectibles at the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair

[caption id="attachment_2496230" align="aligncenter" width="491" caption="A view of the 30th Annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair which was held March 11-13, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida."][/caption] Each March, I spend a three days at the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair, hunting circus memorabilia for my collection. Last March, I wrote an article for WorthPoint describing this annual event titled Searching For Circus...

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  • 22
    Mar

Spring Forward with Steiff’s Vintage Velvet Field & Forest Friends

[caption id="attachment_2496211" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Steiff's very rare 10-centimeter velvet-and-mohair skunk from 1962-63. "][/caption] Spring is definitely in the air, and nature is starting to reveal its majesty once again. Right across the street from my home is a rolling field, where more often than not, we find ourselves sharing the beautiful open space with a critter or two...

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  • 21
    Mar

Antiques Auction Forum: Danish Modern Furniture Design

Martin Willis meets with TBS Dinner & a Movie host Paul Gilmartin, who talks about his love for the Danish Modern design. They discuss Paul’s passion—his craft of hand-shaped pieces in the Danish style. Listen here: Danish Modern Furniture Design Tiburon Arts Consulting. You can hear his podcasts at the at Antique and Auction Forum, featuring interviews with...

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  • 21
    Mar

Ask A Worthologist Question: Bronzi Oni Statue

[caption id="attachment_2496178" align="alignright" width="231"] Sam L. bought this ugly brute because he felt sorry for him, but he didn’t know a thing about him. He engaged WorthPoint’s “Ask A Worthologist” service to discover its value.[/caption] Sam L. bought this bronze figure at an antique store about five years ago. He found it so ugly he almost felt sorry...

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  • 21
    Mar

Gold, Silver Prices Endanger Future of Antique Watch Collections

[caption id="attachment_2496220" align="alignright" width="300"] This high-quality, 18k gold pocket, made by little-known watchmaker H.L. Matile in a small town in Switzerland, is a fine example of a “technical watch.” But its day may be numbered, simply because it contains about $4,300 worth of gold. More and more gold watches are getting sold for scrap, melted down and disappearing...

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  • 16
    Mar

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 03/16/2011

[caption id="attachment_2496132" align="alignright" width="197" caption="Amazing Spider-Man #656 (Joe Quesada Cap 70th Anniversary Variant Cover) 1:15"][/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each week's hot new comics and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide...

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