• 1
    Mar

Find that Missing 20th Century Decorative Art & Design Piece at Christie’s Auction

[caption id="attachment_2495879" align="alignright" width="237" caption="This “Peony” leaded glass and bronze table lamp, circa 1905, is expected to sell for $100,000 to $150,000 at Christie’s 20th Century Decorative Art & Design auction, schedule for March 11. "][/caption] NEW YORK – Do you have that space in the den that is crying out for a distinctive piece to tie the...

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  • 1
    Mar

English Inlaid Tilt Table, 18th-Century Tapestry, Poised For Success in Quinn’s Auction

[caption id="attachment_2495890" align="alignright" width="277" caption="This 1850 English walnut with marquetry tilt-top table, measuring 57 inches tall and 56 inches in diameter and crafted in the manner of Edward Holmes Baldock (English, 1777-1845), is one of the lead lots in the March 5 International Furnishings, Fine & Decorative Arts sale hosted by Quinn’s Auction Galleries. (Quinn’s Auction Galleries image)"][/caption]...

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  • 28
    Feb

Rinker on Collectibles: The Seven Stages of Collecting Grief

It is the question every collector dreads: “What is going to happen to all your stuff?” The question usually carries the unsaid assumption—“when you die.” A collector who dies with his/her stuff is fortunate, no blessed. My stock answer always has been, “when I die, it is not my problem.” If only this had proven to be the...

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  • 28
    Feb

Steiff Commercial Production: HorZu’s Mecki and Micki Hedgehog

[caption id="attachment_2495833" align="alignright" width="225" caption="Steiff’s classic and beloved Mecki and Micki hedgehog dolls in 17 and 28 cm."][/caption] Steiff has a long and interesting history of partnering with other companies and organizations to produce logos and mascots as collectibles. For example, way back at the turn of last century, Steiff worked closely with the Michelin Tire Company to...

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  • 28
    Feb

A Rainbow of Collectibles Will Change Hands at Philip Weiss Auction

[caption id="attachment_2495843" align="aligncenter" width="512" caption="A group of a dozen original Star Wars figures, all mint on the card, will be sold Saturday, Mar. 5 at Philip Weiss Auctions."][/caption] OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – Vintage toys and trains, dolls, toy soldiers, comics, comic art, animation, Disney, sports memorabilia and estate merchandise can be found among a rainbow of categories up for...

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  • 28
    Feb

Running Guns for a Mobster: Providing Prop Pistols for Hollywood’s ‘Public Enemies’

[caption id="attachment_2495825" align="aligncenter" width="491" caption="A still from the movie "Public Enemies," starring Johnny Depp. This is not one of the prop guns I provided for the movie."][/caption] Being an antique and memorabilia dealer is the most fun job in the universe. I get calls from prop masters all the time to work on projects for movies and plays,...

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  • 28
    Feb

Ivory & Rhino-Horn Trove from A&E’s ‘Storage Wars’ Makes Its Way to the Block

[caption id="attachment_2495864" align="alignright" width="288" caption="This GIA-certified emerald in black mica schist, carved to replicate a rugged-looking man climbing a large rock, weighs more than 22 pounds and measures 11.14 x 9.45 x 7.36 inches. Carved more than a century ago, it is estimated to sell for between $200,000 and $300,000 at auction on March 5-6. Don Presley Auctions...

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  • 28
    Feb

For Appraisers, the Learning Process Never Ends

When one becomes a personal property appraiser, your education never ends. It is an ongoing learning process. You are continually updating your credentials and keeping in touch with the changing practices. There is always something new to learn, be it about the process of the business or of items you appraise. We appraisers are continually seeking out new...

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  • 25
    Feb

Asian Antiques & Collectibles to Star in Finney’s Auction

[caption id="attachment_2495806" align="aligncenter" width="240" caption="Pair of Jichimu and Huang Huali horseshoe folding hunt chairs with bumble bee decorations."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2495807" align="aligncenter" width="240" caption="Pair of large Buddhist monk horseshoe back chairs with pinned construction, carved back panels. "][/caption] SCHODACK, N.Y. – There is so much good stuff in her auction,” Sharon Finney says she almost don’t know where to...

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  • 23
    Feb

Weekly News Roundup: February 21 to February 25

In art, antiques and collectibles news are some lost Lincoln memorabilia, a stolen rhino head and Waity Katie’s skimpy dress. From The Washington Post: Lincoln papers found in closet It’s another example of an historical trove hidden in dust. A family that once had been in the Washington, D.C., social circle, was selling a house that sat abandoned...

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