• 18
    Mar

Cottone Auctions Sale to Feature Works by Greatest Names in the Art World

GENESEO N.Y – Works by some of the greatest names of 19th- and 20th-century art will be part of Cottone Auctions’ annual Winter Fine Art and Antiques Auction on March 29, when more than 500 lots will be for sale. Featured will be numerous pieces from the prominent estate of William Levine of Rochester, NY. […]

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  • 18
    Mar

Music Items, Coin-Op, Advertising, Toys and Gaming to lead Fontaine’s Auction

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – For folks looking to start or increase their collection of musical items, coin-op, advertising, toys, country store, banks, gaming and more will have 365 lots of fresh, quality merchandise to consider in a March 29 auction scheduled by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery. The musical items will feature rare Victrolas, gramophones, music boxes, phonographs […]

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  • 17
    Mar

Q & A with Harry Rinker: ‘Bone’ Picture Book, Honeywell Kangaroo Paperweight

QUESTION: I own a copy of the “Bone Picture Book,” published by McGraw-Hill in 1968. Before listing it on eBay, I tried to research its value. I found no information on Abe Books, Amazon, eBay or WorthpPoint. I am considering an opening bid request of $12, but am concerned the request is too low. What […]

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  • 17
    Mar

Collector’s Minute: Isidore Jules Bonheur Sculptures

Sculptor Isidore Jules Bonheur was born on May 15, 1827, in Bordeaux, France, to a well-known family of artists. Isidore’s first salon entry was a plaster study of an African horseman attacked by a Lion in 1848. He later exhibited in his sculptures at the Paris Salon and The Royal Academy in London. This piece […]

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  • 17
    Mar

Ask a Worthologist: The ‘Thrift Store’ Bowl

Gerald S. found this silver bowl at a second-hand shop. It wasn’t until 
later that looked at he looked closer and decided to find out more about it by contacting us. He emailed us via WorthPoint’s 
“Ask a Worthologist” service to find out exactly what he had, and his inquiry was forwarded to me. Here’s […]

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  • 17
    Mar

The Huge Influence of the Early 20th-Century Chinese Department Stores

中國出口銀器: 二十世紀初中國百貨公司業的巨大影響 Department stores were first introduced to China in the late 19th century but they came in the guise of foreign chains or investors who were doing nothing more than trying to establish lucrative colonial implants that had previously appeared on the Indian sub-continent and elsewhere in Southeast Asia. In Shanghai, the first stores […]

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  • 17
    Mar

Is It an Antique or Real Treasure? It’s Your Call

Assume for a minute that you have just come into the possession of what looks like it might be a valuable piece of antique furniture. Maybe you inherited it by default. Maybe you stumbled across it at a yard sale or an auction or maybe you even found it in a junk store. This could […]

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  • 17
    Mar

Estate Executors’ Headaches: How to Open, Price and Sell Residential Safes

One of my “go-to” movies when I’m in the mood for a caper-flick is “The Italian Job” starring Mark Wahlberg. In a clever bit of cinematography, Wahlberg’s gang of thieves steal a safe full of gold bars by using explosives to cut a hole in the floor around the safe causing it to crash through […]

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  • 17
    Mar

The Postcard Time Machine: The Dionne’s Miracle Quintuplets

On May 28, 1934 a young farm wife in the back woods of northern Ontario, Canada, gave birth to identical quintuplets two months prematurely. From oldest to youngest, Yvonne, Annette, Cecile, Emilie and Marie would bring joy and lift spirits during the years of the Great Depression, save northern Ontario’s economy, appear in movies and […]

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  • 17
    Mar

The Basics of Sports-Card Collecting: Understanding Card Grading

As with most collectibles, the value of a trading card often comes down to three criteria: condition, condition and condition. This is true whether you are talking about a vintage 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie card or a 2012 Playoff Contenders Andrew Luck rookie card. But how does one determine condition? Of course, there are […]

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