• 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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  • 21
    May

Red Wing Collectors Society Convention to Feature Hands-On Pottery Experience

[caption id="attachment_2512869" align="aligncenter" width="230"] Aba Luostarinen, a student potter from Finland, will join Richard Spiller at the 2013 Convention – Diggin’ Red Wing, slated for July 11-13 at Red Wing High School in Red Wing, Minn.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2512870" align="aligncenter" width="286"] Examples of Luostarinen’s work. With Luostarinen’s assistance, the Hands-On Pottery Experience will be offered to attendees on both...

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  • 20
    May

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Thorens Music Box, H. L. Leonard Bamboo Fly Rod

[caption id="attachment_2512861" align="alignright" width="300"] Thorens AD30 music boxes appear regularly for sale on eBay. These music boxes are now 50 to 75 years old, a date point that implies “age” to younger collectors. At $150 to $300, the Thorens AD30 is affordable for those who are fascinated with the music box concept and want to own one.[/caption] QUESTION:...

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  • 20
    May

Estate Executors’ Headaches: Finding Value in a Collection

[caption id="attachment_2512740" align="aligncenter" width="518"] Is a bowl of matchbooks just a bowl of matchbooks, or is it a collection? (Photo: alissabell.com)[/caption] We are a society of collectors. From bottle caps to art to old newspapers, our collections fill the closets and dens of estates everywhere. Not all of these collections are valuable, but they do have one thing...

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  • 18
    May

Curious Collector: Dolls Large and Small

(This article first appeared in the May 2013 issue of DOLLS magazine) [caption id="attachment_2513514" align="aligncenter" width="225"] The flip hairstyle and spit-curl bang on this 1969 Barbie reflect the fashion of the day.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2513513" align="aligncenter" width="225"] The swimsuit on this Twist 'N Turn Barbie dates it to 1969.[/caption] QUESTION: I have a chance to buy this amazing Mattel...

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  • 17
    May

A Very Good Year for the Nation and Its Coins

[caption id="attachment_2512963" align="alignleft" width="300"] The most widely known 1776 coin is the Continental Currency “dollar,” struck in brass, pewter and silver apparently as a pattern for an anticipated silver coinage. This pewter example graded Extremely Fine 45 realized nearly $45,000 at a 2013 auction. (Photo: HeritageAuctions.com)[/caption] By Gerald Tebben The year 1776 was a good one for the...

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  • 16
    May

Rinker on Collectibles: Global Hollywood & Its Impact on American Collectors

[caption id="attachment_2512823" align="alignright" width="249"] An Australian version of the “Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” poster. It sold for $18.99 in 2007.[/caption] In 2005, Jane and Robert Kahn and their daughter Anna invited Linda and me to join them during their vacation in Florence, Italy. It was a time in our lives when the lure of...

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  • 15
    May

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 05/15/2013

[caption id="attachment_2512778" align="alignright" width="326"] Dream Thief #1 (of 5), $3.99. Writer Jai Nitz tells the story of a thief that steals an Aboriginal mask and gets more than he bargained for.[/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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