• 21
    Aug

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 08/21/2013

[caption id="attachment_2514978" align="alignright" width="284"] Indestructible Hulk #12 (Mike Del Mundo Time Travel Variant Cover), 1:30, ($12-$15). These time travel variants have been a lot of fun. I love this Hulk-Mona Lisa.[/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, back issues and...

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  • 20
    Aug

Dr. Robert Pierce Harris, Circus Physician to The Greatest Show on Earth

In the circus, much of the glory went to the performers, especially to the star performers. Their images were plastered on posters and in other advertising because everyone recognized them. They received all the applause. But behind the scenes were the people who kept the circus running. The unsung crew raised the tents and took them down and...

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  • 19
    Aug

Kline, Curran and Madrazo to Headline October Fine Art Auction

[caption id="attachment_2514923" align="alignleft" width="242"] "Far Away Thoughts," a work of Charles Courtney Curran, carries a pre-sale estimate of $120,000 to $180,000.[/caption] MILFORD, Conn. — Works by Charles Courtney Curran, Franz Kline, Roy Nacho, Jane Peterson and Roy Lichtenstein are currently slated to go to auction on Thursday, Oct. 24 in a semi-annual fine-art sale held by Shannon’s Fine...

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  • 18
    Aug

Doll Collector: Bru is the ‘Face’ of Antique French Dolls

(This article first appeared in Doll Collector magazine. Please click here to subscribe) [caption id="attachment_2514107" align="alignleft" width="204"] A 22-inch tall doll from a McMasters Harris auction has the ideal Bru face. (Photo: McMasters Harris Auction Co.)[/caption] If you were to make a survey of doll collectors today and ask them to name their first choice for a brand...

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  • 16
    Aug

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Martin Kemp and the newly Discovered Da Vinci Work

[caption id="attachment_2514859" align="alignright" width="215"] “La Bella Principessa.”[/caption] In this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis talks with Martin Kemp, who discusses where science meets art to uncover the “La Bella Principessa,” a Leonardo Da Vinci work that was nearly unattributed and lost through time. Listen in to hear how a $21,000 German 19th-century portrait can turn into...

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  • 16
    Aug

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Lithograph Motor Race Game, Mechanical Whale Toy

[caption id="attachment_2514896" align="alignright" width="300"] A Wolverine Motor Race lithograph board game.[/caption] QUESTION: I have a Motor Race Game, a 16-inch-square lithograph tin game board and the six cars. It is in very good condition. My wife and I play the game, careful not to scratch the surface. What is it worth? – AA, via e-mail ANSWER: Wolverine introduced...

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  • 16
    Aug

A Coin Collector’s Question: Is it Time to Flock to U.S. Silver Eagles?

[caption id="attachment_2514959" align="alignright" width="300"] Here is the coin that started it all: the 1986 U.S. Silver Eagle, a multifaceted silver-Bullion coin, good as a collectible or for IRA deposit.[/caption] In the early 1980s, a multitude of investors and collectors were keen on acquiring silver in coin or bar format for investment and speculation. The metals market was a...

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  • 16
    Aug

Game-Used Bats: The Eras and Values for Collectors

[caption id="attachment_2514935" align="alignleft" width="264"] This early Louisville Slugger dates to the Dead Ball Era.[/caption] In the first part of our series on collecting game-used bats, we examined issues relating to authentication. This included establishing provenance and identifying game-used characteristics. In this, part two, we’ll take a look at the values of game-used bats, examine some legendary lumber and...

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  • 16
    Aug

Chinese Export Silver: An Almighty Battle Royal over a Tea Set!

中國出口銀器: 一套茶具上的偉大戰役 [caption id="attachment_2514902" align="aligncenter" width="495"] Here is the tea set that caused the ground to move under author Adrien von Ferscht’s very feet. The battle scenes depicted on the panels of this tea set are of the Battle of Yancheng, the outcome of which was the routing of the invading Jin army. General Yue Fei was aided...

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  • 16
    Aug

Fender Instruments: From Radio Repair to Rock ‘n’ Roll History

[caption id="attachment_2514848" align="alignleft" width="300"] This 1962 Stratocaster model featured a contoured body, three pickups and a double cutaway.[/caption] Leo Fender became a rock ‘n’ roll icon quite by accident. After a brief career as a bookkeeper, Leo opened a radio repair shop in Fullerton, Calif., in 1938, when he was just 29 years old. In 1938, the electronics...

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