• 9
    Jul

Chinese Qianlong Celadon Jade Censer to Pace Crescent City Auction

NEW ORLEANS – An 18th-century Chinese Qianlong celadon jade censer with a pre-sale estimate of $15,000-$25,000 and items from the living estate of iconic New Orleans artist and photographer George Valentine Dureau will be part of a huge weekend auction planned for July 13-14. The auction will be conducted by Crescent City Auction Gallery, in […]

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  • 9
    Jul

From Public Health Necessity to Collectibility: The History of the Beer Stein

When the first beer steins were being produced, their future collectibility likely wasn’t being considered by those who produced them. It took roughly 400 years after the first steins were produced before stein collecting began to take off. The earliest steins can date back to the Late Middle Ages, more specifically the 1500s. The word […]

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  • 9
    Jul

Warhammer Quest’s Treasure Trove of Components makes it a ‘Holy Grail’ Game Find

One of the biggest hit games in Apple’s App Store right now is Warhammer Quest, a fantasy-themed dungeon crawl wherein the player controls a team of four warriors as they descend through the underground lairs of orcs, giant spiders and the rat-like Skaven for plunder and to fulfill various missions. To say that the game […]

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  • 9
    Jul

Carved Qing Dynasty Throne Chair to Highlight Gordon S. Converse Internet Auction

WEST CHESTER, Pa. – A pair of Internet-only auctions, scheduled for Saturday, July 20, by Gordon S. Converse & Co., will feature scores of Asian antiques and arts. Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers and Artfact, while phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. The first session, beginning promptly at 11 a.m., will […]

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  • 8
    Jul

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Joe Namath Football Passer Toy

QUESTION: I recently rediscovered my Joe Namath Passer, a plastic toy standing approximately two feet tall and which could “pass” a plastic football across the room. I am having trouble finding information about the toy and its value. Can you help? – J, Janesville, Wis. ANSWER: Your Joe Namath Football Passer, which stands 23 inches […]

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  • 8
    Jul

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

The Antiques Auction Forum podcast is on location! After a tour of Monticello, Martin Willis talks with Susan Stein, Richard Gilder senior curator & vice president for museum programs, about Thomas Jefferson, the man and his amazing mountain-top home that he called Monticello. Be sure to “Like” it on Facebook! Listen here: Martin Willis is […]

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  • 8
    Jul

Ten 1933 Double Eagle Coins Worth Millions in Fort Knox but not yet for Sale

This famous $20 gold coin is a true rarity and an American numismatic icon, a coin which numismatists dream about owning. Yet, the beautiful and beguiling Augustus Saint-Gaudens-designed gold coin dated 1933 is not legal to own, that is for all but one survivor. It has been nearly two years since the historic court decision […]

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  • 8
    Jul

And Now for the Bad News: When Your Family Heirloom Isn’t a Treasure

Life is full of little disappointments, especially these days. One of the ways that disappointment shows itself is when I have to disclose to inquiring readers that their family treasure just isn’t. Of course I do not go out looking for people on whom to heap disappointment, at least not usually. They seek me out—not […]

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  • 8
    Jul

Spotting a Scam: How to Tell if Items Listed on Internet Auction Site May be Fakes

A past WorthPoint article (“Online Buyers Be Prepared”) discussed ways to identify reproductions and counterfeits when buying from Internet auction sites. But it is also helpful to recognize online swindlers by their methods of operation. Surprisingly, the biggest problem for buyers is not the seller who takes money and never delivers (because eBay, for example, […]

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  • 8
    Jul

Floral Tours De Force: Wang Hing’s Chinese Export Silver

中國出口銀器上的花卉杰作 I have decided I must be a very privileged person. Not only am I constantly viewing outstanding items of silver as my academic research progresses at a pace, but I get to see so many spectacular examples of Chinese Export Silver that people from all around the world share with me. The latter phenomenon […]

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