• 13
    Jun

New Circus Poster Exhibit Features Storied Strobridge Lithographs

[caption id="attachment_2497734" align="alignright" width="285" caption="This 264-page book has a catalogue of the 80 posters in The Amazing American Circus Poster exhibit. "][/caption] Circus posters are highly prized by collectors. They have always been the lifeblood of circus advertising. Among the most treasured are those posters created by the Strobridge Lithographing Company. The Amazing American Circus Poster exhibit, features...

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  • 13
    Jun

Rain Can’t Dampen Spirits at Chicago Antique Market at the Randolph Street Market

[caption id="attachment_2497722" align="alignright" width="300" caption="At the Chicago Antiques Market last month, I asked a dealer a question about an Eames DSR chair. He told me what he knew and then was surprised that he directed me to another dealer for more information. Just about everyone I spoke to was friendly and helpful."][/caption] The monthly Chicago Antique Market at...

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  • 10
    Jun

Comics Auction Watch – Star Wars #1

[caption id="attachment_2497688" align="alignright" width="186" caption="A copy of Star Wars #1 (Marvel, 1977) 35-cent issue, CGC-Graded 9.6 condition, is up for auction this month at Comiclink.com. It could top out at $35,000 or more,"][/caption] TWO UPDATES BELOW Auction Watch! Comic Link’s Featured Auction for June has begun and, while the main attraction is the some 500 comics from the...

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  • 8
    Jun

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 06/08/2011

[caption id="attachment_2497663" align="alignright" width="197" caption="Annihilators #4 (of 4)(Skottie Young 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 (OVST), Comicspriceguide.com...

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  • 8
    Jun

‘One of a Kind’ Watches from J.W. Packard Collection Highlights Timepieces Sale

[caption id="attachment_2497674" align="alignright" width="300" caption="The Art Nouveau styling of these timepieces is impressive, even down to the stylized James Ward Packard monograms stamped on the case backs."][/caption] Christie’s upcoming Sale of Important Watches, featuring exceedingly rare watches from the collection of automobile pioneer James Ward Packard—including two very fine and unusual watches, custom-designed by Packer himself and executed...

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  • 7
    Jun

Weekly News Roundup: June 6 to June 10

In art, antiques and collectibles news, J. R. Ewing takes center stage, Marilyn Monroe’s dress becomes a cause, and Norman Rockwell causes a stir. From The New York Times: Selling J. R., Lock, Stock and Swagger From UPI: 'Dallas' star Hagman auction tops $500,000 First he was the somewhat bumbling Major Nelson on “I Dream of Jeannie.” He...

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  • 7
    Jun

Antiques Auction Forum: Paul DeCoste on Aaron Willard Orrery & Ivory Scrimshaw

Martin visits veteran dealer Paul DeCoste in Massachusetts who specializes in antique marine & scientific instruments. They talk about Paul’s background, the people who shared knowledge with him and what the current market is like. Listen in to hear about a “best find,” an Aaron Willard Orrery. They later discuss rare ivory scrimshaw, fakes and the strict government...

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  • 7
    Jun

Auctions 101: A Beginners Guide to the Auction House

Going to live auctions is an exciting experience. It’s fun, fast-paced, educational and arguably the best source for bargains. It can be, however, very daunting—especially if it is your first time. My first live auction was much like the first time I walked into a casino. I wasn’t sure of protocol; I was uncomfortable betting money and I’m...

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  • 6
    Jun

A Study in Contrasts: Old vs. New Antiques Markets

Linda’s and my move to Kentwood, Mich. provided the incentive and opportunity to explore the flea market, antiques mall and antiques show scene in the Northwest Territory. I have been in the field more in the last four months than I was in the previous 12. It has been an eye-opening experience. On Feb. 27, the Lake Odessa...

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  • 6
    Jun

My Little Collection — Postcards Featuring ‘Little People’

[caption id="attachment_2497574" align="aligncenter" width="490" caption="Princess Ann traveled with carnivals throughout the U.S. during the 1960s and ’70s. She worked in her own “single-o” tent, where she chatted with visitors (who paid an admission price) and sold postcards like this one. Some of her cards were pitch cards (which don’t have a postcard back). Valued at $5-10."][/caption] My favorite...

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