• 16
    Nov

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 11/16/2011

[caption id="attachment_2500940" align="alignright" width="194" caption="Batman #3 (Ivan Reis & Joe Prado 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...

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  • 15
    Nov

Chinese Ivory & Jade Carvings to Highlight Elite Decorative Arts’ Auction

[caption id="attachment_2500912" align="aligncenter" width="368" caption="These Namibian elephant tusks, 69 inches long with wooden display stands, have a presale estimated value of $40,000-$60,000. They will be up for auction on Saturday, Nov. 19, in a sale hosted by Elite Decorative Arts."][/caption] BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – Nearly 600 lots of top-quality Chinese carvings and works of art—including antique carved ivory...

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  • 15
    Nov

The Retrophile Files: Establishing the New Cool at Brooklyn’s Sunday Love

[caption id="attachment_2500898" align="aligncenter" width="421" caption="A window-chalkboard is one of the hot sellers at Sunday Love in Brooklyn, N.Y. The quirky, vintage finds and repurposed furniture store has been helping to establish the new cool."][/caption] While a good number of my fellow New Yorkers are still entranced by the “Ikea effect,” I am happy to report that a growing...

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  • 15
    Nov

Asian Artifacts, American Paintings to Top South Florida Auction

[caption id="attachment_2500930" align="aligncenter" width="368" caption="This rare, diminutive hardstone six-panel miniature screen, measuring 13 ¼ inches by 18 ½ inches, will be among the items up for sale at a Sat., Nov. 26, auction hosted by Matheson’s AA Auctions, in conjunction with United Appraisal Group, Inc., of Miami."][/caption] MELBOURNE, Fla. – The property of a prominent South Florida collector,...

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  • 15
    Nov

Weekly Arts, Antiques & Collectibles News Roundup: Nov. 14-18, 2011

(UPDATED Tuesday, Nov. 15 12:25 p.m.) In this week’s roundup of arts, antiques and collectibles, we learn that there some questions about how eBay runs its automobile auctions, that a program from the 1903 World Series brings in a tidy sum and, for those Justin Bieber fans out there, he is putting his pet snake up for auction....

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  • 14
    Nov

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Reverse-Painted Glass, Victrola VV-80, Baseball Gloves

QUESTION: I own a reverse painting on glass of Pennsylvania’s famed Horseshoe Curve, located just outside Altoona, Pa. The painting measures 29 ½ in. by 13 ½ in. The painting hung in my grandparent’s parlor when I was a child. I am now 84. Initially, the gilded floral-motif frame was wider, but my grandmother had my uncle cut...

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  • 14
    Nov

How to Know When Toss-Away Books Could Yield Big Treasures

[caption id="attachment_2500872" align="aligncenter" width="514"] Unframed 1881 Vero Shaw chromolithographs from “The Illustrated Book of the Dog” sell for $45 to $85 each.[/caption] We’ve all seen piles of old and broken books at estate sales; the spines are stripped off, the covers are warped and detached, handfuls of internal pages are missing and they smell a bit musty. Most...

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  • 14
    Nov

Meet an Über-Collector: Laura Belfiore, Gemstones, Minerals & Fossils

[caption id="attachment_2500856" align="aligncenter" width="553"] Laura Belfiore, über-collector of gemstones, minerals, fossils and such, with one of her favorite collection displays. Laura began collecting when she was 17 and has since put together an impressive collection.[/caption] Passion, energy, excitement. The thrill of the hunt. It seems that everyone infected with the collecting bug shares these same traits! True enthusiasts—or...

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  • 14
    Nov

Passing the Smell Test – Telling Good Advice from the Bad

[caption id="attachment_2500850" align="alignright" width="251"] Gluing a small piece of veneer into a loose mortise before gluing in the tenon will create a tight wood joint. This is a repair that passes the “smell test.” (Fred Taylor photo)[/caption] Need some advice about furniture? Want to know how to repair that chair or fix that ugly spot on the table...

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  • 14
    Nov

Unloved Antiques: ‘Starving Artist’ Paintings

[caption id="attachment_2500844" align="alignright" width="259" caption="An example of an “Enrico” painting, otherwise known as a “starving art painting,” which were as mass-produced as a painting could be."][/caption] The 14th item in this series of Unloved Antiques is really more decorative arts than antique, but we get a huge number of requests for information regarding this item, more than for just...

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