• 22
    Aug

Auction Report: Richlube, Texaco Marine Motor Oil Porcelain Signs Leads Petrolina Auction

[caption id="attachment_2499247" align="alignright" width="288" caption="This Richlube Motor Oil double-sided porcelain sign in great condition, rated 9.5 and 8.9, sold for $9,350, tying for top-lot honors at an auction of automobilia and petroliana held Aug. 5 by Matthews Auctions."][/caption] DES MOINES, Iowa – A Richlube Motor Oil double-sided porcelain sign in truly outstanding condition sold and a rare Texaco...

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  • 22
    Aug

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Silver-Plated Tea Set, Cox Model Planes, Bud Abbot Signature

QUESTION: I am 88 years old and facing a decision about what to do with my mother’s silver-plated tea service. None of the kids want it. The set consists of an 18-inch by 12-inch tray, teapot, cream pitcher and covered sugar dish. Marks on the bottom include “Pairpoint,” W M Mounts,” “0319,” “E.P.N.S.,” and the letter “P” in...

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  • 22
    Aug

Ask A Worthologist Question: Rosenthal Figurine

[caption id="attachment_2499348" align="alignright" width="191"] James M. bought this Rosenthal figurine in a box lot of odds and ends at a country auction for $12. Wanting to know what exactly it is and that the marking meant, he contacted WorthPoint’s Ask a Worthologist service.[/caption] James M. spotted this Rosenthal figurine in a box lot of odds and ends at...

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  • 22
    Aug

Furniture Made to Fit the Social Function

[caption id="attachment_2499325" align="alignright" width="300" caption="This Colonial Revival table and chair combination, with the faux bamboo turning and lyre back, make up a two-piece gossip bench from the Depression Era. The table has a shelf below the top surface to store the telephone directory. (Photo courtesy of Professional Appraisers and Liquidators, Crystal River, Fla.)"][/caption] I have mentioned many times...

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  • 22
    Aug

Red Wing’s Short-Lived Run of Charles Murphy’s Chromoline Hand-Painted Pottery

[caption id="attachment_2499305" align="alignright" width="180" caption="Both of these experimental M3006 vases are examples of Charles Murphy’s Chromoline hand-painted Red Wing art pottery creations and are likely one-of-a-kind. The one on the left is on display in the Schleich Pottery Museum in Lincoln, Neb. The other is in a private collection."][/caption] Red Wing designer Charles Murphy worked during the post-World...

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  • 19
    Aug

Auction Report: Rare Sicklebill Curlew Decoy Soars to $111,550

[caption id="attachment_2499229" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="The top lot of an auction held July 24-25 by Decoys Unlimited, Inc. was this spectacular sicklebill curlew from Duxbury, Mass. which gaveled for $111,550."] [/caption] HYANNIS, Mass. – A spectacular and rare sicklebill curlew decoy made in Duxbury, Mass., by a craftsman whose identity is a matter of debate among veteran collectors, soared...

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  • 19
    Aug

Fine Porcelain, Original Art, Estate Jewelry to Highlight Elite Decorative Arts Sale

[caption id="attachment_2499222" align="alignright" width="253" caption="This pair of large 18th/19th century Continental ivory and bronze warriors (est. $80,000-$100,000), is expected to be one of the top lots at multi-estate sale planned for Saturday, Aug. 27 by Elite Decorative Arts."][/caption] BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – Hundreds of quality lots of fine porcelain, original artwork and wonderful estate jewelry will cross the...

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  • 19
    Aug

Nine Local Consignors Will Be Packed Into Huge Multi-Estate Florida Sale

[caption id="attachment_2499215" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Adorable children’s toy furniture (changing table, high chair and crib) in excellent condition coming from the Linda Stallings Grantham estate will be just one of nine consignors in a one-day multi-estate sale on Saturday, Aug. 27, to be hosted by The Specialists of the South."][/caption] PANAMA CITY, Fla. – A whopping nine local consignors,...

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  • 17
    Aug

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 08/17/2011

[caption id="attachment_2499205" align="alignright" width="197" caption="Green Lantern Corps #63 (Tyler Kirkham & Batt 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...

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  • 15
    Aug

Rinker on Collectibles: ‘But, It’s ____’ Queries Part II

The first “But, It’s ____’ Queries ” column focused on five examples: (1) but, it’s old; (2) but, it’s my grandmother’s; (3) but, it’s just like the one I saw at/on ____; (4) but, it’s listed at $____ [in the price guide or some other source]; and, (5) but, it’s less than I paid for it. At the...

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