• 19
    Nov

Worthologist Von Ferscht Helps Brings Chinese Export Silver Back to Light in China

[caption id="attachment_2521407" align="alignright" width="230"] Worthologist Adrien von Ferscht in Beijing at the opening of the Chinese Export Silver exhibition in September 2014.[/caption] WorthPoint Worthologist Adrien von Ferscht has been at the forefront of research for Chinese Export Silver over the past five years, as his copious writing and publishing on the still little-known subject has dramatically changed the...

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  • 18
    Nov

Only Known U.S. Poster for Lon Chaney’s ‘London After Midnight’ Could Bring $50,000

[caption id="attachment_2521401" align="alignright" width="265"] “London After Midnight” (MGM, 1927), starring Lon Chaney, The Man of a Thousand Faces, is considered to be one of the “holy grails” of lost cinema. The only known U.S. poster from this movie is up for sale at Heritage Auctions and could bring as much as $50,000.[/caption] DALLAS – The only known copy...

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  • 13
    Nov

For Video Game Collectors, Acquiring Atari’s E.T. is the Ultimate Dumpster Dive

[caption id="attachment_2521375" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Workers literally sifted through a mountain of trash looking for Atari’s detritus and found it. Thus, the legend of the Atari landfill was confirmed even if the scope of the find didn’t quite match up to the myth.[/caption] Back in April, an excavation crew dug up the fabled “Atari landfill” in Alamogordo, N.M., where...

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  • 13
    Nov

The Postcard Time Machine: Postcard Producers Played on Leather’s Uniqueness

[caption id="attachment_2521366" align="aligncenter" width="550"] This sweet angel on a leather postcard was mailed in 1907. Like most leather cards, it’s slightly smaller than standard size, measuring about 4.5 inches by 2.75 inches. Made of deerskin, it is very soft and supple. The red color would have been added after the image was completed. Cards like these can easily...

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  • 12
    Nov

Only ‘Double’ RAF Distinguished Flying Cross Awarded to Indian Pilot under Gavel

[caption id="attachment_2521359" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The medals and other items belong to Roy Air Force Squadron Leader Karun Krishna “Jumbo” Majumdar, including the only “Double” Distinguished Flying Cross awarded to an Indian pilot, will go on auction on Nov. 26 at Morton & Eden in London. Majumdar is considered the “Father of the Indian Air Force.”[/caption] LONDON – The...

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  • 7
    Nov

American Estates are Gaining Momentum: Will Yours Keep Pace?

Freedom of speech; freedom of religion; freedom to peaceably assemble. The American Bill of Rights was created as a framework for American Society. But the real gem created by the Founding Fathers—the one that truly separated American society from British society—isn’t part of the Social Studies curriculum of any American public school. The hidden gem? Determining how wealth...

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  • 7
    Nov

Comics Speculator: McFarlane-Signed Amazing Spider-Man #300 Cover Art to be Sold

[caption id="attachment_2521354" align="alignleft" width="266"] The original cover art for Amazing Spider-Man #300 (Marvel, 1988), by drawn and signed by Todd McFarlane, is hitting the block at Heritage Auctions on Nov. 20-22. This issue introduced the character Venom.[/caption] This week on the Comic Speculator we’re taking a look at a couple of stories bouncing around the Internet that will...

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  • 6
    Nov

‘Stay Extraordinary’ Coke Bottles may be Unique, but are they Collectible?

[caption id="attachment_2521339" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Coca-Cola recently launched a Diet Coke ad campaign in Israel with two million unique bottle designs in a kaleidoscope of colors and patterns. Are these automatically collectible or valuable?[/caption] When Coca-Cola of Israel announced it was packaging more than two million bottles of Diet Coke, each in a differently patterned shrink-wrap coating, I thought...

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  • 30
    Oct

Curse You, Red Baron! Rare Snoopy Flying Ace Sunday Strip up for Auction

[caption id="attachment_2521327" align="aligncenter" width="550"] This “Red Baron'” Peanuts comic strip, hand-drawn by Charles Schulz, appeared on Sunday, Jan. 1, 1967 and featuring Snoopy and Charlie Brown. The 15-panel “Peanuts” strip is currently up for auction at Nate D. Sanders Fine Autographs & Memorabilia and carries an $80,000 minimum bid.[/caption] An extremely rare original comic strip featuring Snoopy as...

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  • 29
    Oct

Starting a Vintage Halloween Collection not a Scary Proposition

[caption id="attachment_2486828" align="alignright" width="209"] Some of the earliest versions of commercial jack-o-lanterns were pressed cardboard with a tissue-paper face from the 1910s and 1920s.[/caption] Halloween, as we know it today, became popular in the United States in the late 19th century when a flood of Irish and English immigrants brought a renewal of interest in the study of...

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