• 10
    Apr

Ask a Worthologist: The Erté Bronze

[caption id="attachment_2511725" align="alignright" width="282"] Romain de Tirtoff, known to the art world as Erté, licensed bronzes to be produced in the 1980s. Today, prices vary widely, depending where you look.[/caption] Debra B. picked up a figure at a charity auction and has done some research on her own, but she's puzzled about values for it. Her questions regarding...

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  • 10
    Apr

Living the Amish Life—On Postcards

[caption id="attachment_2511707" align="alignright" width="300"] Fun and games are part of Amish life. These two teenagers are headed for the frozen pond on their farm to enjoy an afternoon of ice skating. This unusual Amish scene can be found in the $2 to $5 range.[/caption] Mainstream Americans have always found the lifestyle of Amish people fascinating. Perhaps it’s because...

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  • 10
    Apr

Does that Certificate of Authenticity Tell the Whole Story?

[caption id="attachment_2511918" align="alignright" width="299"] A simple example of a COA issued for a commercial coin collection. There is no signature or tells how many were actually made.[/caption] On a recent reality show dealing with pickers or auctions or pawn shops or whatever, an expert was brought in to evaluate an item. It might have been a movie prop...

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  • 8
    Apr

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: James Callahan on the Current Asian Arts Market

[caption id="attachment_2511825" align="aligncenter" width="490"] This Imperial gilt bronze seal, dated the third year of Ch’ien Lung and made for The Plain White Banner (one of the eight banners of the Manchu Military System), will be part of the James D. Julia August Antique, Asian & Fine Art Auction, slated for Aug. 21-23, 2013.[/caption] In this week’s installment of...

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  • 8
    Apr

Rinker on Collectibles: Money, Money, Money—the Obsession with Monetary Value

[caption id="attachment_2511821" align="alignright" width="214"] This pewter flagon looks fairly utilitarian and would seem like a perfect container from which to serve beer or wine. Now consider that it was made by John Christopher Heyne is features a $24,000 price tag. What would you do with it now that you know its value?[/caption] When I began my career researching...

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  • 8
    Apr

Steiff Worthologist Rebekah Kaufman to Speak, Offer Appraisals at IDEX Show

[caption id="attachment_2511817" align="alignright" width="300"] Steiff Worthologist and forums moderator Rebekah Kaufman give a presentation on the history of Steiff through its dolls and offer vintage Steiff identification and valuation services at the IDEX doll and Teddy bear show April 11-14 in Orlando, Fla.[/caption] Our Steiff Worthologist and forums moderator Rebekah Kaufman will be attending the annual IDEX doll...

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  • 8
    Apr

Professional Golf Collectibles on Par with Other Sports Memorabilia

[caption id="attachment_2511831" align="aligncenter" width="240"] One of the most visually appealing and valuable golf collectibles is tournament-used pin flags signed by the field of players.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2511832" align="aligncenter" width="240"] A pin flag signed by Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklausfrom Augusta National, where the Masters is held every year, combines golfing greats.[/caption] As winter slowly begins its annual thaw and...

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  • 6
    Apr

Hitting a Circus Jackpot at Annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair

[caption id="attachment_2511629" align="aligncenter" width="511"] More than 100 dealers from throughout the United States and Canada exhibited at the 32nd Annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair in St. Petersburg, Fla.[/caption] This year I hit the jackpot in my on-going quest to add to my collection of circus memorabilia. Each March, for most of the past 32 years, I’ve attended the...

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  • 5
    Apr

Here To Help: Furniture Advice From the Past

[caption id="attachment_2511700" align="alignright" width="200"] This little piece of propaganda from 1931 from the U.S. Department of Commerce is full of advice. Be careful what you read and believe.[/caption] If you are a collector or dealer of Depression-era furniture, or if you simply inherited a houseful of it and you happen to like most of it, how would you...

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  • 5
    Apr

The Comic Speculator Back Issue Report – ‘Polarity’ and ‘East of West’

[caption id="attachment_2511682" align="alignright" width="279"] Polarity #1. From the mind of Say Anything frontman Max Bemis.[/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 and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide...

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