• 23
    May

How Geese, Gods and Gauls Gave Money Its Name

[caption id="attachment_251286" align="alignleft" width="300"] Roman Republican denarius of T. Carisius depicts a head of Juno Moneta facing right on the obverse.[/caption] By Gerald Tebben The first money had no substance, but it changed the course of history. It was born of carnage, but it was all sound and fury. It did not contain so much as an atom...

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  • 23
    May

Walking the Dog leads to an Epiphany: Antiques can be a Form of Time Travel

[caption id="attachment_2512970" align="aligncenter" width="437"] The 1790 House, Woburn, Mass. The origin of my dog-walking, time-traveling adventure.[/caption] I was walking my dog the other morning on the property of the 1790 House, which is a fine colonial structure in Woburn, Mass., that houses an auction company's office. The property is right next to Route 128, which is always very...

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  • 23
    May

Steve Santini: A Collector of Things from the Dark Side

[caption id="attachment_2512951" align="alignright" width="286"] Steve Santini a collector, extreme escape artist and finder of that which cannot be found, starred in the SyFi Channel’s “Deals From the Dark Side.”[/caption] Steve Santini. Does the name ring a bell? From the moment I first saw him on TV, I had me a married-woman, middle-aged crush. He has that tough-guy-with-an-edge look....

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  • 23
    May

Collecting U.S. Military Medals: The Value is in the Brooch

[caption id="attachment_2513006" align="alignright" width="230"] Lieutenant Audie Murphy, seen here in dress uniform, has been called “the most decorated soldier in World War Two.” Among the medals he is wearing is the Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, a Silver Star Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Legion of Merit, a Bronze Star Medal with “V” Device...

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  • 23
    May

Indianapolis 500 Push Collectibles into High Gear

[caption id="attachment_2512907" align="aligncenter" width="491"] An autographed photo of Johnny Rutherford, also known as "Lone Star JR." He is one of nine drivers to win the prestigious Indianapolis 500 at least three times, winning the race in 1974, 1976, and 1980.[/caption] The Indianapolis 500, often referred to, as the Indy 500, is an annual race held on Memorial Day...

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  • 23
    May

Three Affordable Mid-century Modern Lounge Chairs and Three You Probably Can’t Afford

[caption id="attachment_2512927" align="aligncenter" width="480"] The 670 lounge chair and 671 ottoman designed by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller lounge and ottoman in Cherry wood/black leather. If you keep your eyes open, you can find a set for around $1,500. Affordable, right?[/caption] OK, do you want the affordable (er, somewhat affordable) lounge chairs first or the astronomical...

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  • 22
    May

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 05/22/2013

[caption id="attachment_2512895" align="alignright" width="298"] Avengers #12 (Daniel Acuna Avengers 50th Anniversary Variant Cover)[/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 general. Prices discussed here are taken from Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction...

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  • 21
    May

The Curious Collector: Readers Get Answers on Porcelain Dolls

(This article first appeared in the May 2013 issue of DOLLS magazine) [caption id="attachment_2513635" align="alignleft" width="199"] Dubbed "Agnes," this bisque doll is was made by Carl Knox factory in the Czech Republic.[/caption] Carl Knoll Bisque QUESTION: I was wondering if you could help identify my doll. She belonged to my grandmother, who received her as a gift from...

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  • 21
    May

Massive Collection of Elvis Presley Memorabilia to Headline Memorial Day Auction

[caption id="attachment_2512885" align="alignleft" width="165"] This rare, limited-edition Aloha Hawaii Elvis Celebrity Series World Doll (#94/750), in pristine condition, is expected to be the centerpiece offering in a Memorial Day antiques and collectibles auction slated for Monday, May 27, at Chesapeake Auction House.[/caption] ST. LEONARD, Md. – A huge single-owner lifetime collection of Elvis Presley items promises to be...

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  • 21
    May

Childe Hassam’s 1920 Oil Painting ‘The East Hampton Elms In May’ Climbs To $288,000

[caption id="attachment_2512876" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Childe Hassam's 1920 oil, “The East Hampton Elms in May,” was the top lot at an auction held April 25 by Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers. It gaveled for $288,000.[/caption] MILFORD, Conn. – A large and important oil painting by the renowned American Impressionist Childe Hassam titled “The East Hamptom Elms in May” sold for...

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