• 12
    Oct

Auction Report: AC Spark Plugs Tin Die-Cut Sign Sparks Automobilia Sale

[caption id="attachment_2500145" align="alignleft" width="179" caption="This AC Spark Plugs tin die-cut flange sign with iconic “Sparky” logo, rated 9+, helped “spark” biding at an estate sale held Sept. 24 by Matthews Auctions. The sign garnered $2,310."][/caption] JAFFREY, N.H. – An AC Spark Plugs tin die-cut flange sign, dated 1936 and featuring the iconic “Sparky” logo, sold for $2,310 at...

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  • 12
    Oct

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 10/12/2011

[caption id="attachment_2500156" align="alignright" width="225"] Orchid #1 (Shephard Fairey 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 and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the Overstreet Guide to Comics (OVST), Comicspriceguide.com (CPG)...

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  • 12
    Oct

Weekly Arts, Antiques & Collectibles News Roundup: Oct. 10-14, 2011

(UPDATED DAILY; Thursday, Oct. 13 2:28 p.m.) Among the news items topping this week’s roundup of arts, antiques and collectibles news looks at the million-dollar take for the Richard Gere collection, a 1928 Brough Superior that has motorheads spinning their wheels and news The Teich Family Collection will be going up for auction, among other items . ....

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  • 12
    Oct

Rare Gemstones, Art Deco Jewels Highlight $35 Million Jewelry Sale

[caption id="attachment_2500169" align="aligncenter" width="190" caption="A Pear-Shaped Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond Ring of 3.21 carats, flanked by white side diamonds. Estimate: $2.5 million - $3 million."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2500170" align="aligncenter" width="150" caption="An Oval-Cut D-color Diamond Ring of 25.74 carats by Graff. Estimate: $3.5 million - $5 million."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2500171" align="aligncenter" width="171" caption="Pear-Shaped Fancy Purplish Pink Diamond Ring of 8.20 carats,...

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  • 10
    Oct

Red Wing Stoneware Spittoons: Too Pretty to Spit In

[caption id="attachment_2500088" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="A Red Wing salt glaze German spittoon next to its younger sibling – a transitional German spittoon."][/caption] How could it be that German spittoons are some of the most beautiful pieces of stoneware made by the Red Wing and Minnesota stoneware companies, yet they sat on saloon floors and were used for such an...

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  • 10
    Oct

Rinker on Collectibles: Waxing Nostalgic about Becoming a Septuagenarian

I am a septuagenarian. Unlike some I know, I never hesitate sharing how old I am. My age is not an embarrassment. Given my lifestyle, I am astonished I have survived this long. Assuming the maxim “the good die young” to be true, what does my longevity say about me? This is a rhetorical question. Please do not...

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  • 10
    Oct

Top 10 Worthopedia Searches for the 3rd Quarter of 2011

It’s time for the quarterly roundup of the Top 10 Worthopedia searches—and this quarter there were more than 5.5 million hits. Amazingly enough, tons of people continue to search for Hennessy cognac, Paul Frank T-shirts and naked Indian girl refrigerator magnets. I’ll spare you from reading about all that again. But for the rest of you with some...

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  • 10
    Oct

3M’s Innovative Bookshelf Games: The Precursors to Today’s Hobby Board Games

[caption id="attachment_2500111" align="alignright" width="205" caption="3M produced a line of innovative “Bookshelf” board games produced in the 1960s and 1970s, including Alex Randolph’s Twixt, as seen in action."][/caption] When most folks think of the 3M corporate brand, their thoughts most likely turn toward the unmistakable smell of Scotch tape or the canary yellow of Post-It notes. But for veteran...

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  • 10
    Oct

Tibbals Learning Center Expansion a Boon for Circus Researchers, Scholars, Historians

[caption id="attachment_2500079" align="aligncenter" width="491" caption="Two historic circus wagons dominate the entrance to the new wing of the Tibbals Learning Center. The Five Graces bandwagon was built in 1878 for the Adam Forepaugh show. Later it toured Europe with Barnum & Bailey, pulled by a team of 40 horses. It is the oldest American circus wagon in existence. The...

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  • 6
    Oct

Wormser Brothers Barrel Bitters Bottle in Rare Green Color Hits $18,480 at Auctions

[caption id="attachment_2500042" align="alignright" width="107" caption="This Wormser Brothers (San Francisco) barrel bitters bottle sold for $18,480."][/caption] SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A Wormser Brothers barrel bitters bottle, made between 1867 and 1871 and quite possibly the only green example in existence (most are amber in color), soared to $18,480 in an Internet and catalog auction that began in late August and...

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