• 20
    Jun

Feller Doll Collection Reflects 50 Years of Passion

(This article first appeared in the May 2013 issue of DOLLS magazine) [caption id="attachment_2513579" align="alignleft" width="185"] A Bengal bride from India, one of hundreds from Feller's lifetime collection, holds a conch shell. (Photo: Irina Makagon)[/caption] Brooklyn grandmother Linda Feller has been collecting dolls for more than 50 years, amassing nearly 3,800 from 157 countries. Surrounded by so many...

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  • 20
    Jun

The Lost Art—and Value—of Early Video Game Manuals

[caption id="attachment_2513570" align="alignleft" width="225"] "Clayfighter: Sculptor's Cut" game manuals sell for more than $1,000 to collectors, and the prices are on the increase.[/caption] I’ve reported on a number of breathtaking auction closes for exceptionally rare video-game paraphernalia and massive collections, but I think this fairly modest $1,377 item surprises me the most. The jackpot find this time is...

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  • 18
    Jun

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 06/19/2013

[caption id="attachment_2513550" align="alignright" width="343"] Fantastic Four #9 (David Yardin Wolverine Costume Variant Cover), 1:20, ($8-$10). Yardin is great and this is another fantastic Wolvie costume variant.[/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 the comic market place in...

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  • 18
    Jun

Red Wing Pottery ‘Dump Diggers’ will Keynote 2013 RWCS Convention

[caption id="attachment_2513506" align="aligncenter" width="491"] Red Wing ‘Dump Diggers’ (from left) Paul Boudin, Connie Mathison, Dennis Nygaard, and Steve Showers will participate in the Red Wing Collectors Society’s convention keynote address on July 11. (Photo: Ruth Nerhaugen)[/caption] RED WING, Minn. – For decades, the Red Wing Pottery Dump Digger educational seminars have been standing-room-only at the annual Red Wing...

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  • 18
    Jun

Rinker on Collectibles: The Antiques & Collectibles Recovery Has Started

In recent weeks, I have spoken with more than a dozen auctioneers, trade paper editors, dealers and show promoters about the current state of the market. Three universal themes emerged from our conversations: (1) market prices have stabilized; (2) a tentative recovery is underway; and (3) while some regions still have not experienced the turnaround, a spirit of...

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  • 17
    Jun

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Keri Seery & Social Media for the Antiques Business

[caption id="attachment_2513491" align="alignright" width="295"] Keri Seery.[/caption] In this week’s installment of the Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis talks with Keri Seery speaks about social media, and the symbiotic relationship it can have in the marketing of antiques. Check out Keri’s Facebook Page. Listen here: [audio:http://www.worthpoint.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/138.-Keri-Seery.mp3]   Martin Willis is Worthologist, auctioneer and director of decorative arts for...

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  • 17
    Jun

You Don’t Have to Get Up Early to Score Great Items at Thrift Store Sales

[caption id="attachment_2513478" align="alignright" width="198"] This vintage picnic basket was a real surprise to find 2 ½ hours into a thrift store sale. Based on the tag, it had been out for a week and was still available for only $11. The bottom divider was still inside, making it more desirable. With some quick research on the WorthPoint app,...

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  • 16
    Jun

Triumph of the Human Spirit: Commemorative Coins Honor Mettle of the World’s People

[caption id="attachment_2510812" align="aligncenter" width="240"] In 1959, the young state of Israel issued a remarkable coin bears a Hebrew inscription from the prophet Jeremiah—“The children shall come again to their own border”—within an open circle of 11 dancers—one for each year of Israel’s existence—represent immigrants.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2510813" align="aligncenter" width="240"] The 1959 5-lirot silver coin is just one of scores...

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  • 15
    Jun

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Sterling Silver & Tortoiseshell Cigar Box

[caption id="attachment_251349" align="aligncenter" width="173"] The size of the box and the fact that it is is cedar-lined suggests the box is for cigars not cigarettes, which plays a critical role in value; English sterling silver cigar boxes command a higher value than English sterling silver cigarette boxes.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_251349" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The box features the following hallmarks: an...

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  • 14
    Jun

The Collector’s Minute: Empire versus Empire Revival

[caption id="attachment_2513236" align="alignleft" width="269"] Don't let the style deceive. This isn't an Empire chair. It's Empire Revival. Though similar, the styles existed many years apart.[/caption] About once a month, we have a piece of furniture submitted by excited clients who are positive what they found is well more than 150 years old because they saw a similar one...

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