• 28
    Dec

Gold & Silver Coins, R.S. Prussia to Highlight Woody Auction Event

[caption id="attachment_2494916" align="alignright" width="300" caption="This one-ounce Proof 2003 Natura the Lion coin, .999 percent pure gold, from the Lion Park series, is among the items up for auction in a multi-estate sale to be hosted by Woody Auctions on Jan. 22."][/caption] WICHITA, Kan. – Woody Auction will ring in 2011 with a blockbusting multi-estate sale on Saturday, Jan....

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  • 28
    Dec

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Roosevelt Ticket Stub, Designer Kahlua Bottle

QUESTION: I own a reserved seat ticket (Gate 4, Section 104) for an “ALL CHICAGO WELCOME / for / PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT / SOLDIER FIELD / SAT., OCTOBER 28, 1944, 7 P. M.” My mother found this while cleaning out her house. She wonders if it has any worth other than its history. If it does, where can she...

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  • 28
    Dec

Some Circus Animals Are the Stars of the Show

“. . .There they go, the pride of the circus. There they go, our animal stars. Give a hand to these handsome creatures. They are the big top’s finest features. Those fabulous animals. Those glorious animals. Those fabulous animals. Our greatest stars.” — Excerpt from “Those Fabulous Animals,” the theme song of a Ringling Bros. and Barnum &...

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  • 22
    Dec

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 12/22/2010

[caption id="attachment_2494858" align="alignright" width="199" caption="Archie #616 Obama Palin 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 (CPG)...

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  • 22
    Dec

Weekly News Roundup: December 20 to December 24

Noteworthy happenings in the art, antiques and collectibles world include some fine wine, some pricey princessy pictures and toys, toys and more toys. From Reuters: Christie's wine sales top $71 million for 2010 Wine auctions have something to toast—sales going up. Last year, Christie’s brought in about what it did in prerecession 2007, topping last year by $20...

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  • 21
    Dec

Collector’s Minute: First Commercial Christmas Card

[caption id="attachment_2494843" align="aligncenter" width="437" caption="An example of the first commercially produced Christmas card. The original 1843 run of the cards were hand-colored lithographs and 2,050 were printed. There are only 20 believed to exist today."][/caption] To collectors, there is always a “Holy Grail” or the “Stuff of Dreams” for their category of collecting, for which, of course, a...

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  • 21
    Dec

Pair Carved Alabaster Marble Sculptures of Cleopatra, Judith Crack $130,000

[caption id="attachment_2494803" align="alignright" width="243" caption="This pair of carved early Continental alabaster and marble statues of Cleopatra and Judith sold for $132,250 at a live and Internet auction hosted by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery."][/caption] PITTSFIELD, Mass. – A pair of carved, early Continental alabaster and marble statues of Cleopatra and Judith, each standing 23 inches tall and having exceptional detail,...

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  • 21
    Dec

Lithograph Bullet Board Featuring Battleship Scene Paces Militaria, Guns & Ammo Sale

[caption id="attachment_2494791" align="alignright" width="300" caption="This original reprint UMC litho bullet board with over 170 attached cartridges sold for $2,600 in an Internet auction held by SoldUSA.com."][/caption] MATTHEWS, N.C. – An original United Metal Cartridges reprint lithograph bullet board showing ships and a battleship scene and with over 170 attached cartridges, sold for $2,938 in an Internet and catalog...

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  • 21
    Dec

Watch Auction Caps $91-Million Year; Highest Annual Timepiece Total Ever at Christie’s

[caption id="attachment_2494826" align="alignright" width="162" caption="This Patek Philippe (reference 1527) sold for a record price of $5,708,833 at auction at Christie’s Hong Kong to a private Swiss museum, making it the most expensive watch bought in 2010."][/caption] NEW YORK – With its final auction of the fall season on Dec. 14 in New York, Christie’s International wrapped up a...

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  • 21
    Dec

Treasures from New York’s Madison Galleries Owners to Cross the Block in West Palm Beach

[caption id="attachment_2494816" align="alignright" width="300" caption="“The Capture” is part of a Bronze Group by Evgeni Lanceray, is among the many pieces of fine art, antiques, objects d’art owned by Florence and Irving Rubinstein, the former owners of the renowned Madison Galleries in New York City, that will go up for auction on Jan. 10-11, 2011."][/caption] WEST PALM BEACH, Fla....

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