• 11
    Mar

Bidders Can Travel around the World of Antiquities at Artemis Gallery’s Auction

[caption id="attachment_2519350" align="alignleft" width="300"] This Egyptian Diorite conical offering bowl, circa 3050-2686 B.C., carries a presale estimate of $5,000 to $8,000. It will be up for auction at Artemis Gallery LIVE on March 14.[/caption] BOULDER, CO – Artemis Gallery LIVE will get the jump on the Ides of March with an auction of fine antiquities, Pre-Columbian, Far Eastern,...

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  • 11
    Mar

Rinker on Collectibles: A Tribute to America’s Attics (At Least to those that still Remain)

[caption id="attachment_2519346" align="aligncenter" width="461"] What’s in your attic, um, assuming you have an attic?[/caption] America’s attic as a storage and living space is an endangered species. Although every home has an attic, less than 15 percent of modern homes have an attic with sufficient ease of access to store things, let alone hide, play or live in it....

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  • 11
    Mar

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: The $10-Million Gold Coin Hoard Find

[caption id="attachment_2519341" align="aligncenter" width="502"] The finest-known example of the 1866-S “No Motto” Type I $20 Liberty was the gem out of the some 1,400 gold coins found by a Northern California couple buried on their property. The coin could claim more than $1 million at auction. The overall value of the “Saddle Hill Hoard” treasure is roughly $10...

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  • 11
    Mar

St. Patrick’s Day: Another Excuse to Collect!

[caption id="attachment_2519307" align="aligncenter" width="555"] The traditional St. Patrick’s Day postcard, dating back to 1910, are quick to find, even online, and will set you back just a couple of dollars. They’ll feature an idealized view of Ireland, featuring scenery, shamrocks, caricatures (red hair and freckles, always) and almost cartoon-y phrases.[/caption] As an Irish person—living in Ireland—let me relay...

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  • 11
    Mar

Muscle Car Music: Collecting those Icons of the ’70s, 8-Track Tapes

[caption id="attachment_2519313" align="aligncenter" width="224"] Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “PRONOUNCED LEH-NERD SKYN-NERD” 8-track tape that contains the “Freebird” track. At one time, it could be 99 cents.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2519314" align="aligncenter" width="224"] But the “Freebird” song was split over two sets.[/caption] To garage-salers and flea market buffs, they seem to be everywhere. Most folks walk right by boxes full of them with...

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  • 11
    Mar

Sports Collectibles News & Notes: More Trouble for ‘King of Sport Memorabilia’

[caption id="attachment_2519300" align="aligncenter" width="441"] Collector Howard Rosing is suing William Mastro alleging that in 1998, 1999 and 2001, he and a business partner deliberately misrepresented the value of baseballs autographed by Baseball Hall of Famers Henry Chadwick, Mickey Welch, Jack Chesbro and Frank Chance. Rosing paid $130,369 through MastroNet Auctions that ended up being forgeries. This Mickey Welch...

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  • 11
    Mar

Collector’s Minute: Cybis Ticonderoga Carousel Horse Bicentennial Collectible

[caption id="attachment_2519296" align="alignleft" width="291"] This Cybis Bicentennial Ticonderoga Carousel Horse currently sells at auction in the $200-$300 range or more.[/caption] Since the mid-1800s, the production of commemorative items to celebrate anniversaries of historical events, births and deaths of celebrities, presidents and kings and queens has been a huge business. During the run-up to and during these events there...

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  • 11
    Mar

Early American Influence on the British Music Scene, U.K. Rock ’N’ Roll Posters

[caption id="attachment_2519327" align="aligncenter" width="530"] “Jailhouse Rock” UK Quad poster 1957. Elvis promoted Rhythm and Blues further with this influential movie. (Photo: rockpopmem.com)[/caption] When we think of iconic 1960s rock bands, the likes of British artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who & Led Zeppelin all come to mind. However, these bands did not just emerge...

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  • 7
    Mar

Wang Hing: Discovering the True Identity of a Silversmithing Genius

宏興: 發現一個天才的真正身份 [caption id="attachment_2519263" align="aligncenter" width="564"] A table centerpiece, done in the high-Chinese style by the Canton silversmithing shop Wang Hing, circa 1880. Until now, the identity of the man or family behind Wang Hing had been lost to history. Now, after receiving an e-mail from a woman in Hong Kong, we know the story.[/caption] The 1842 Treaty...

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  • 7
    Mar

Rare Cuban Baseball Card Set and Ephemera Leads in Hake’s Online Auction

[caption id="attachment_2519255" align="aligncenter" width="518"] A set of Cuban baseball card—which features many Negro League stars, as well as five National Baseball Hall of Fame members—is the only complete collection of Cuban baseball cards issued in 1923-24 by Tomas Gutierrez, manufacturers of Diaz brand cigarettes, ever to come to the auction block. It is expected to sell for $75,000...

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