• 1
    Oct

East Meets West Sale Includes Art of Three Continents

[caption id="attachment_2515804" align="alignleft" width="167"] This French 19th-century “swinger” timepiece from the estate of Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman will come to auction.[/caption] MALVERN, Pa. — Asian objects, including Chinese furniture, fine arts and porcelains, will be sold alongside items from the Western culture like traditional artwork, antique clocks and period furniture at an “East Meets West” auction slated for...

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  • 1
    Oct

Medley of Advertising Collectibles to Cross Block in October

[caption id="attachment_2515790" align="alignleft" width="300"] This Campbell's Soups advertising sign, proclaiming “21 Kinds—Just Add a Can of Hot Water And Serve" carries a pre-sale estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.[/caption] ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The lifetime collection of advertising collectors Don and Diane Sayrizi and consignments from more than 100 other collectors will be offered at a three-day sale beginning...

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  • 30
    Sep

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Elaine Miller on Glass and Ceramic Restoration

[caption id="attachment_2515772" align="alignleft" width="135"] Elaine Miller[/caption] In this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis conducts a fascinating interview with noted glass and ceramic conservator Elaine Miller, where she discusses the art of restoration/repair and her passion for putting the puzzles back together as well as maintaining the integrity of fine objects. Listen here: [audio:http://www.worthpoint.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/146.-Elaine-Miller-Glass-Ceramic-Restoration.mp3] Martin Willis is...

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  • 30
    Sep

It’s Raining Rookies: Dual-Class Offers NHL Card Collectors Wild Opportunities

[caption id="attachment_2515819" align="alignright" width="206"] Last season's lockout means a wealth of rookie cards will hit the shelves, including the Oliers' Nail Yakupov.[/caption] The puck is about to drop on the 2013-2014 National Hockey League season, and due to the lockout-shortened season of last year, collectors have a unique opportunity. Due to rules instituted by the NHL Players’ Association—which,...

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  • 30
    Sep

Climax of David Fore Collection Sale Bolsters Worldwide Coin Collections

[caption id="attachment_2515763" align="aligncenter" width="537"] Lot 1618, a Tipu Sultan Gold 4-Pagodas from Mysore shone as the star of day one. Against a conservative estimate of $9,714, this beautiful example achieved $35, 620, including the buyer’s premium.[/caption] A room full of enthusiastic bidders found fierce competition from buyers on the Internet and on the phone as they fought to...

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  • 30
    Sep

Is It a Set? Does It Matter? Harlequin Furniture Sets or Suites an Accepted Practice

[caption id="attachment_2515753" align="aligncenter" width="455"] This set of 19th-century Jacobean reproduction chairs needs even closer inspection to see the slight difference in size of the two end chairs compared to the two middle chairs. (LiveAuctioneers.com/Bonhams)[/caption] That’s a great set of dining room chairs you bought at auction. Sounds like you got a real good deal on them, too. But...

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  • 30
    Sep

It’s all in the Marks: No, It`s not Early Meissen

[caption id="attachment_2515747" align="aligncenter" width="410"] The original Meissen entwined AR (Augustus Rex) mark.[/caption] Contrary to many who believe that advertising and product branding was mainly a Madison Avenue/20th-century marketing innovation, “branding”—the marketing of a name, or even profiting off a competitors reputation—dates back to antiquity. When it comes to pottery and porcelain, there were dozens of smaller potteries that...

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  • 25
    Sep

Rinker on Collectibles: Who’s Responsible for Maintaining Value in a Collecting Category?

[caption id="attachment_2515677" align="alignright" width="339"] Wood Auctions could easily schedule 20 or more auctions a year featuring cut glass, but that would flood and prices would plummet. Instead, Woody Auction continues to hold five cut glass catalog sales per year, “cherry picking” the best from the sellers’ collections and offers this material, this way preserving values within the middle-...

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  • 25
    Sep

Takes a Cup of Kindness Yet: Chinese Export Silver Beakers

[caption id="attachment_2515724" align="alignright" width="249"] It is incredible to believe this piece is 1,250 years old. Classic silver techniques that are still used today have been employed and recognizable Chinese motifs appear, including the Mandarin duck.[/caption] 中國出口銀器: 我們一起真誠地舉杯 There are not many things the West and China had in common in the 18th and 19th centuries, but certainly one...

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  • 25
    Sep

Estate Executors’ Headaches: Liquidating Tangible Personal Property

[caption id="attachment_2515715" align="aligncenter" width="560"] If you are going to host an on-site auction, the auctioneer will take care of the mundane things, such as advertising and having enough parking.[/caption] Pop quiz for executors: what estate settlement task will take up most of your time, cause you the most aggravation, and return the smallest amount of cash to the...

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