• 4
    Aug

Auction Report: World War I Squadron Insignia, Archive Take Top-Lot Honors

BOUCKVILLE, N.Y. — A World War I squadron insignia and archive pertaining to American pilot Lt. Paul Green took the top lot with a winning bid of $13,200 at a live and Internet auction held June 8 and 9 held by Mohawk Arms. Lt. Green was assigned to the French Escardille 131, Bomber Group 4. […]

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  • 28
    Jun

The Collector’s Minute: Playboy Bunny Costumes

Playboy magazine and the Playboy Bunny were among the most memorable icons of the 1960s, at least to most males over the age of 12 at the time. The best selling Playboy issue was the November 1972 edition, featuring Swedish model Lena Soderberg on its cover, which sold 7,161,561 copies. While the magazine’s popularity has […]

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  • 27
    Jun

Treasures That Aren’t: The Most Faked Collectibles

In antiques and collectibles, you’ve got your share of frauds and scams. We’ve been shocked by stories of imposters who can create “authentic” paintings by the world’s masters, produce ancient art objects, forge signatures on baseballs, create “rare” books, “find” long lost stamps and “discover” historical letters or diaries. Even antique wine has been fabricated. […]

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  • 7
    Jun

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Margaret Zoladkowski on Antique Textiles

In this week’s installment of the Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis talks with Margaret Zoladkowski, a recent University of New Hampshire graduate who is pursuing a career in the antiques and auction industry. She currently interns at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and has knowledge as well as a passion for early textiles. […]

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  • 4
    Jun

Stadium Giveaways: Tchotchke or Collectible?

Rings, bobbleheads, statues, seat cushions, trading cards, window decals and even giant foam Band-Aids; when it comes to sports stadium giveaways, if you look hard enough, some team, somewhere, has given away a kitchen sink. Well, maybe not but you get the idea. Stadium giveaway marketing has been around nearly as long as the sports […]

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  • 9
    May

Collecting JFK: Reviewing the Dave Powers Kennedy Presidential Auction

As WorthPoint’s Worthologist for presidential, political and White House memorabilia, one of my first articles, written more than five years ago, concerned the collectibles of President John F. Kennedy. In “Collecting JFK” I highlighted four collectible categories to consider when determining the value of any JFK item: personal, association, event and commemorative. The closer to […]

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  • 6
    Apr

Hitting a Circus Jackpot at Annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair

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 Florida Antiquarian Book Fair in St. Petersburg, Fla., searching for new items to expand my collection. The past three years I’ve written WorthPoint articles about […]

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  • 4
    Apr

Dealing with Dealers: Online Sale, Auctions and Pawn Shops

In the last two articles of this series I mentioned how to quickly dispose of glassware, vases, figurines, and items of value when handled through local antique dealers, consignment shops, flea markets and, if all else fails, to consider donations as an option, too. My local experiences made for a very interesting tale of how […]

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  • 4
    Mar

Two Historic Lots Relating to Gen. George Armstrong Custer to Cross the Block

FAIRFIELD, Maine — Two lots related to Gen. George A. Custer and featuring historically important and museum quality materials, including wartime documents, letters, photographs, medals and a sample of the Confederate Appomattox surrender flag, will be sold on in the Outstanding March Firearms Auction, to be hosted by James D. Julia, Inc., on March 11-12, […]

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  • 1
    Mar

The Stars Tell Its Age: Collecting the 27 Flags of the United States

There are about 200 official countries in the world, each with its own national flag design. But few national flags can tell their story at a glance better than that of the United States of America. Pick up any U.S. flag and the number of stars will tell you how old the flag is. The […]

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