• 9
    Sep

Auction Report: Prudent Mallard Rosewood Half-Tester Bed Gavels for $25,000

ATLANTA – A magnificent Victorian rosewood half tester bed, attributed to the renowned 19th-century American furniture maker Prudent Mallard, sold for $24,780 at a Summer Estates Auction held by Ahlers & Ogletree on Aug. 4 in the firm’s gallery here in Atlanta. The bed was the top achiever of the 650 or so lots that […]

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  • 8
    Sep

Musical and Arcade Rarities to Make Noise in Upcoming Auction

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two outstanding 35-year collections to be sold without reserve, featuring items in many categories, will be included in a specialty auction slated for Saturday, Sept. 21, by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery. Approximately 450 lots will be offered. The collections—one from Jerry and Doris Soldner of Kingston, N.Y., the other from a collector in […]

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  • 6
    Sep

NCAA Football: Collecting Your Alma Mater

Whether you’re a fan or alumni of THE Ohio State University, the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, the USC Trojans or you plan on engraving “Roll Tide” on your tombstone, few sports develop the long-lasting and deep-seeded rivalries that exist throughout college football. With the 2013 season having just kicked off, here is a look […]

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  • 6
    Sep

The Cedar Chest: Hope, Glory and Bottom Drawer

Any search for information about the family heirloom we call a “cedar chest” will eventually lead you back to the ancient Egyptians, who made boxes of cedar to store important documents and treasures. Sometimes the boxes were even carved from a solid block of cedar. But the use of cedar was simply an accident. It […]

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  • 6
    Sep

Lackluster 2013 NFL Draft Makes Memorabilia Prospecting a Challenge for Collectors

The 2013 NFL season kicks off in earnest on Sunday, but with this year’s NFL Draft Class being short on skill position players, knowing who to gamble on from a sports collectibles standpoint is an even a riskier proposition than normal. Consider these two points: the first impact offensive position selected was not a quarterback […]

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  • 6
    Sep

Treasured Kingfisher Feathers Give Chinese Export Silver the Blues

中國出口銀器也憂鬱 The striking iridescent blue of kingfisher feathers have been highly prized in China for at least 2,500 years. Their widespread use in hair ornaments and jewelry gave rise to their being acknowledged as symbols of feminine beauty, while the sheer reality that a kingfisher is an extremely small bird and difficult to either catch […]

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  • 6
    Sep

The Comic Speculator Back Issue Roundup – DC’s 3D Villains Month Variants Madness

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) and current online auction sales. Sales numbers […]

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  • 6
    Sep

Estate Executors’ Headaches: Shelves and Shelves Full of Books

From the time I was a college student, I’ve been a collector of books. Well, not a collector exactly; more like an accumulator. Over the course of a lifetime, avid readers can accumulate a lot of books. In my house, books are like Kudzu; clean them out, get rid of them, and next year they’re […]

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  • 5
    Sep

Harley-Davidson Memorabilia Rumble to Lead at Matthews Auctions Iowa Sale

DAVENPORT, Iowa – A 1916 Harley-Davidson Motorcycles single-sided cardboard sign (saying “J. D. Dickenson, Rural Home”), rated 9+ out of 10 for condition and measuring 27 inches by 60 inches framed, sold for $8,800 at an auction loaded with motorcycle items—mostly Harley-Davidson and Indian—held Aug. 28 by Matthews Auctions, LLC, of Nokomis, Ill. The auction […]

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  • 5
    Sep

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Mid-Century Modern Penn State Classroom Chair

QUESTION: In the 1990s, I bought four (4) bentwood plywood classroom chairs. The remains of a paper label that contains a circle motif with the letters: “T_ON…AT…” is on the bottom of one of the chairs. There also is a metal tag with “PSC” and an inventory number. “PSC” stands for Pennsylvania State College. The […]

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