• 4
    Aug

ANA Windy City Auctions to Deliver the ‘King’ of American Coins

[caption id="attachment_2514615" align="alignleft" width="300"] The “King of American Coins,” the 1804 Silver Dollar graded PCGS Proof 62, will be up for sale on Aug. 9 as lot number #5699 during Heritage’s Rosemont Signature Sale. The coin last sold in April 2008 for $3,737,500.[/caption] The American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money, scheduled for Aug. 13-17 in the Windy...

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  • 2
    Aug

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Connor McCrory, the 8-Year-Old Picking Prodigy

[caption id="attachment_2514563" align="alignleft" width="196"] Connor McCrory[/caption] In this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis has a delightful conversation with 8-year-old Connor McCrory, who is a prodigy picker. Having a passion for collecting and gaining knowledge at such an early age, the antique world is his oyster. McCrory, who was born with congenital heart disease, is vibrant and...

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  • 2
    Aug

The Oddities, the Mysteries & Sometimes the Agonies of Chinese Export Silver

中國出口銀器: 奇異的, 神秘的, 也有時令人苦惱的 [caption id="attachment_2514570" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Chinese silversmiths generally tended to follow four main themes: rickshaws, sedans, pagodas and junks, of which these two items pictured are typical examples.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2514571" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The rickshaw (top) is a three-piece condiment set by Wang Hing. The war junk above is also by Wang Hing. They are both...

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  • 2
    Aug

‘My Children Do Not Want It’: 6 Reasons Why the Young Don’t Dig Antiques

[caption id="attachment_2514623" align="alignleft" width="248"] Do your kids show no interest in taking on your interest in antiques or collectibles? (Photo: Signed pastel drawing of yawning infant by Pat Doyle. It sold for $27on eBay in 2011.)[/caption] A phrase that I hear on a weekly basis, when appraising antiques, is troubling: “My children (or grandchildren),” I am told, “want...

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  • 31
    Jul

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Watch: Guardians of the Galaxy #5

[caption id="attachment_2514553" align="alignright" width="343"] Guardians of the Galaxy #5 Angela variant.[/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, back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from Comicspriceguide.com (CPG) and current online auction sales. Sales...

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  • 31
    Jul

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 07/31/2013

[caption id="attachment_2514547" align="alignright" width="281"] Captain Marvel #14 (Amanda Conner Variant Cover), 1:25, ($10-$12). I love Conner’s work and this variant is nothing short of awesome.[/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, back issues and the comic market place in general....

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  • 30
    Jul

Rinker on Collectibles: Repurposed, a New Name for an Old Concept Part Two

[caption id="attachment_2514472" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Old wrenches belt and screwed into a wall have become repurposed coat hooks.[/caption] In Part I of this two-part column, I defined the concept of repurposing, talked about the 1950s and 1960s repurposing craze, and shared two “who in their right mind would do this” stories. Although historically, recycling was used to describe repurposing,...

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  • 30
    Jul

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: The Corey Daniels Gallery

[caption id="attachment_2514467" align="alignleft" width="192"] Gallery owner Corey Daniels and director/artist Miles Spadone confer on a project. The two sit down with Martin Willis for this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast.[/caption] In this week’s Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis stops along busy U.S.-1 in Wells, Maine, and has a conversation with gallery owner Corey Daniels and gallery director/artist,...

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  • 30
    Jul

The Collector’s Minute: Australian Aboriginal Shield

[caption id="attachment_2514480" align="alignright" width="200"] This Australian Aboriginal shield sold last year for £35,000 (about $54,000 in U.S. dollars), nearly 10 times what its former owner though it was worth.[/caption] As an appraiser, one sometimes comes across some wonderful things among the average bric-a-brac most of us have stashed in our homes; things that are often so far removed...

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  • 30
    Jul

Riding High: Museum-Quality Collection of U.S. Military Saddles Come to Auction

[caption id="attachment_2514496" align="alignright" width="333"] The original owner of this saddle, which is up for auction at Manion’s International Auction House, did a lot of restoration on this Hope saddle. Made commercially, it entered the Civil War with the mustering of the Texas Confederacy.[/caption] If you’ve ever ridden a horse, chances are you used a saddle. But unless you’re...

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