• 23
    Jul

Sam’s Piano from ‘Casablanca’ to Cross the Block this Autumn

One of the most iconic props from Hollywood’s heyday—Sam’s piano from Rick’s Café American in the movie “Casablanca”—will be going up for auction this November at the “No Place like Hollywood” auction at Bonhams. The piano, a recent addition to the auction, is one of some 30 items from “Casablanca,” coming to the auction from […]

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  • 22
    Jul

The Comic Speculator: Comics, and their Characters, They are a Changin’

The comic book world is constantly in flux. Characters die, characters return, good guys go bad and vice versa. It’s part of what brings readers back every month. In the age of the Internet, publishers love to leak news snippets and watch the fans squirm. And wow, do they. Sites like Twitter and Tumblr explode […]

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  • 21
    Jul

Buyer of Chinese ‘Chicken Cup’ Racks up 422 Million American Express Reward Points

Many of us plan our big, monthly purchases with rewards points in mind. Whether they are frequent flyer bonus points, credit card rewards points or another system that offers some kind of prize for spending money with a certain dedicated card, when we are buying big-ticket items, somewhere in the back of our brain we […]

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  • 20
    Jul

Chinese Export Silver Items Star in Recent Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Sale

NEWBURY, England – Auction houses are ideal platforms for judging buying trends which, by default, would also include prevailing values. In a recent sale at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ sale on in the U.K., 39 examples of Chinese Export Silver delivered some surprises; it goes without saying that the majority of buyers were from China. […]

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  • 17
    Jul

First Purely Islamic Coin—a Umayyad 77h Gold Dinar—to be auctioned in London

LONDON – The first purely Islamic coin, an exceptionally rare Umayyad 77h gold dinar, is expected to draw in the numismatist on Aug. 6 when A. H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd. holds its upcoming Islamic Coin Auction. This coin, minted in the Hijri/Muslim Calendar year of 77 (696 A.D.), is the most sought-after Islamic coin; its […]

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  • 17
    Jul

Subbuteo has been bringing Soccer Action to Enthusiasts’ Tabletops for 70 Years

So, the 2014 FIFA World Cup has ended and the Germans—undeniably the most organized team in the tournament—have been christened the World Champions. It was a great World Cup, full of drama and fever-pitched emotion with tremendous upsets and surprises. Tim Howard, the U.S. goalkeeper, stopped (almost) everything, Argentina’s Lionel Messi sulked and Brazil virtually […]

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  • 16
    Jul

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: A Randolph Street Market Round-Robin Conversation

In this edition of the Antiques Auction Forum, I host my annual round-robin conversation at the festive Randolph Street Market in Chicago with promoter Sally Schwartz, and antiques and collectibles experts Nena Ivon, Harry Rinker, Susan Klein Bagdade, Al Bagdade and Danielle Arnet, all addressing several issues facing the world of collecting in 2014. Listen here: […]

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  • 15
    Jul

Babe Ruth’s First Major League Contract with Earns a Cool Million at Centennial Auction

The Babe Ruth 100th Anniversary Auction concluded its first session this past weekend and Ruthian collectors made their mark, spending $3.6 million for the first 100 or so lots, including a cool one million dollars for the Great Bambino’s 1918 contract to play with the Boston Red Sox. The auction, which is being held at […]

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  • 14
    Jul

Clayton Moore’s Lone Ranger Costume Rides off into the Sunset for $195,000

WACO, Texas – A Lone Ranger costume worn by actor Clayton Moore in the classic television series sold at auction on Saturday, gaveling for $195,000 at A & S Auction Company. An undisclosed buyer purchased the outfit of sky blue woolen tunic and pants, red kerchief, black boots and white Stetson hat with a custom-made, […]

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  • 14
    Jul

Jacques Littlefield’s Collection of Tanks and other Historic Military Vehicles Auctioned

PORTOLA VALLEY, Calif. — Collectors from around the world said “tanks a lot” when they bought up more than 100 tanks and other military vehicles from the collection of Silicon Valley engineer Jacques Littlefield in an auction facilitated by American Auctions and held on Friday and Saturday, July 11-12. Littlefield, a Stanford University-trained engineer who […]

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