• 13
    Aug

Motorcycle & Harley-Davidson Memorabilia, Advertising to Highlight Petroliana Sale

[caption id="attachment_2514808" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Three mid-20th century Servi-Car “trikes” (three-wheel motorcycles), including the one shown, will be sold at an auction hosted by Matthews Auctions on Wednesday, Aug. 28.[/caption] DAVENPORT, Iowa. – A single-owner lifetime collection of motorcycle memorabilia—much of it Harley-Davidson and to include vintage clothing, posters, accessories, parts, signs and even three operational Servi-Car three-wheelers—will be...

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  • 13
    Aug

A New Must-Have for Fastionista Barbie Collectors with ‘Coach Barbie’

[caption id="attachment_2514838" align="alignright" width="269"] Mattel and Coach have unveiled “Coach Barbie,” a version of iconic Barbie Roberts doll dressed head to toe in a genuine Coach outfit, including the Classic Trench in Tattersall, an exact replica of the popular Coach style, along with a striped sweater and an ultrasuede skirt. For Barbie doll loving fashionitas, it really does...

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  • 13
    Aug

Playing at the House of Mouse: Disney’s Magic Kingdom-Themed Board Games

[caption id="attachment_2514783" align="aligncenter" width="270"] A Visit to Walt Disney World game is a bright, colorful and does not offer a hint of the money you’ll be spending once you go through that gate.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2514784" align="aligncenter" width="270"] The game when it’s set up. It’s just like being there. I guess Mickey and the gang likely get comp tickets....

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  • 13
    Aug

Previously Unknown Original Warhol Silkscreen to Headline Labor Day Sale

[caption id="attachment_2514816" align="alignright" width="368"] The expected top lot of a Labor Day sale to be hosted Col. Kirk’s Auction Gallery is this previously unknown silkscreen work by Pop Art icon Andy Warhol. The silkscreen, a probable one-of-a-kind, is titled “Of Thee I Sing – Nico”—“Nico” being the nickname given to Warhol’s lifelong friend, the fashion model Christa Paffgen.[/caption]...

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  • 13
    Aug

General Gasoline Transitional Sign featuring Mobil Pegasus Logo Soars to $18,150

[caption id="attachment_2514800" align="alignright" width="272"] This General Gasoline double-sided porcelain transitional sign for Mobil, with Pegasus logo, sold for $18,150 at an auction held Aug. 1-2 by Matthews Auctions, timed to coincide with the popular Iowa Gas Swap Meet here in Des Moines.[/caption] DES MOINES, Iowa. – A rare General Gasoline double-sided porcelain transitional sign—showing the iconic Mobil Pegasus...

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  • 12
    Aug

Game-Used Bats: The Challenge of Authentication

[caption id="attachment_2514715" align="alignleft" width="300"] Even with excellent game-used characteristics, the job of authenticating baseball bats challenges the best of experts.[/caption] One of the most highly desirable pieces of high-end baseball memorabilia that collectors pursue is the game-used bat. It is also one of the hardest to authenticate, especially when it comes to vintage pieces prior to the 1980s....

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  • 12
    Aug

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Chance is a Scarce Commodity in the Antiques World

[caption id="attachment_2514779" align="aligncenter" width="500"] A seven-piece set of Old Hickory Furniture, like this bed and chairs, is the subject of this week’s Q and A with Harry column. (Photo: Z and A Antiques)[/caption] NOTE: While this “Rinker on Collectibles” Questions and Answers column focuses only on one question, the information and principals discussed in the second half of...

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  • 11
    Aug

Antique Marbles—The Simplest of Toys is now a Complex Hobby

[caption id="attachment_2514766" align="alignright" width="200"] I found eight Gooseberry marbles like this one in a jar of common marbles at a flea market I bought for $5. They were all in perfect condition and I wound up selling them over the following months for more than $800. (Photo: American Bottle Auction)[/caption] I had a 15-minute break from work one...

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  • 9
    Aug

The Agony and Ecstasy of Owning a ‘Priceless’ Painting

[caption id="attachment_2514744" align="alignleft" width="240"] For $3, I became the proud owner of a Rembrandt! I was sure of it—proving even experts can get caught up in the emotion of a great find.[/caption] Several years ago, I purchased a beautiful painting at a garage sale for $3. The scene seemed very familiar, but I didn’t linger on my analysis...

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  • 9
    Aug

The Art of the Silver Cage Shows Creative Genius of Chinese Silversmiths

中國出口銀器: 銀籠子的藝術 [caption id="attachment_251468" align="alignright" width="390"] This fine reticulated Chinese Export Silver casket by Wang Hing features dragons chasing the flaming pearl in clouds is the Chinese silversmith’s ultimate dream.[/caption] Chinese Export Silver produced some extraordinary silversmiths by anyone’s standards; a much-used statement by me and one I am oft criticized about. There is an unwritten hierarchy of...

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