• 9
    Jul

Color Litho of Napoleon by Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec will lead Elite Decorative Arts Sale

[caption id="attachment_2514039" align="alignright" width="281"] This color lithograph of Napoleon and his men by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is the expected top lot in an auction slated for Saturday, July 13, at Elite Decorative Arts.[/caption] BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – A color lithograph depicting the French leader Napoleon on horseback with two other men by renowned Post-Impressionist painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec...

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  • 9
    Jul

Chinese Qianlong Celadon Jade Censer to Pace Crescent City Auction

[caption id="attachment_2514021" align="aligncenter" width="512"] This 18th-century Chinese Qianlong celadon jade censer is expected to lead a huge weekend auction to be hosted by Crescent City Auction Gallery on July 13-14. It carries a pre-sale estimate of $15,000 to $25,000.[/caption] NEW ORLEANS – An 18th-century Chinese Qianlong celadon jade censer with a pre-sale estimate of $15,000-$25,000 and items from...

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  • 9
    Jul

From Public Health Necessity to Collectibility: The History of the Beer Stein

[caption id="attachment_2514005" align="alignleft" width="225"] This beautifully decorated faience stein was manufactured by the Proskau factory in the late 1700s. This factory was located in Northern Germany and was in existence from 1760 to about 1790. When it was made, neither the manufacturer nor the owner gave a thought about its collectibility.[/caption] When the first beer steins were being...

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  • 9
    Jul

Warhammer Quest’s Treasure Trove of Components makes it a ‘Holy Grail’ Game Find

[caption id="attachment_2513997" align="aligncenter" width="494"] Games Workshop’s illustrators get right to the heart of what fantasy gamers want. Their baroque style remains epic and influential today.[/caption] One of the biggest hit games in Apple’s App Store right now is Warhammer Quest, a fantasy-themed dungeon crawl wherein the player controls a team of four warriors as they descend through the...

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  • 9
    Jul

Carved Qing Dynasty Throne Chair to Highlight Gordon S. Converse Internet Auction

[caption id="attachment_2514031" align="alignright" width="360"] This Zitan wood Chinese emperor's throne chair, probably from the middle of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), is expected to be the top lot in an upcoming pair of Internet-only auctions, scheduled for Saturday, July 20, by Gordon S. Converse & Co.[/caption] WEST CHESTER, Pa. – A pair of Internet-only auctions, scheduled for Saturday, July...

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  • 8
    Jul

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Joe Namath Football Passer Toy

[caption id="attachment_2513984" align="aligncenter" width="256"] A Joe Namath Football Passer, which stands 23 inches tall, is battery operated.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2513985" align="aligncenter" width="148"] The box for the Joe Namath Football Passer, like most toys, adds to the total value.[/caption] QUESTION: I recently rediscovered my Joe Namath Passer, a plastic toy standing approximately two feet tall and which could “pass” a...

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  • 8
    Jul

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

[caption id="attachment_2513979" align="aligncenter" width="491"] Thomas Jefferson’s lifelong interest in gardening, botany and agriculture is explored in the Monticello’s beautifully restored flower and vegetable gardens, grove and orchards.[/caption] The Antiques Auction Forum podcast is on location! After a tour of Monticello, Martin Willis talks with Susan Stein, Richard Gilder senior curator & vice president for museum programs, about Thomas...

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  • 8
    Jul

Ten 1933 Double Eagle Coins Worth Millions in Fort Knox but not yet for Sale

[caption id="attachment_2513970" align="alignright" width="270"] The stuff dreams are made of: a 1933 Double Eagle $20 gold coin obverse.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2513971" align="alignright" width="270"] The reverse of the 1933 Double Eagle $20 gold coin.[/caption] This famous $20 gold coin is a true rarity and an American numismatic icon, a coin which numismatists dream about owning. Yet, the beautiful and beguiling...

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  • 8
    Jul

And Now for the Bad News: When Your Family Heirloom Isn’t a Treasure

[caption id="attachment_2514049" align="alignleft" width="300"] The label said Stickley and the reader thought he had a treasure. It was made by Stickley but it was part of the Stickley Brothers “Quaint American” line from the 1930s. It is still a nice piece, but keep the day job. He took it well.[/caption] Life is full of little disappointments, especially these...

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  • 8
    Jul

Spotting a Scam: How to Tell if Items Listed on Internet Auction Site May be Fakes

A past WorthPoint article (“Online Buyers Be Prepared”) discussed ways to identify reproductions and counterfeits when buying from Internet auction sites. But it is also helpful to recognize online swindlers by their methods of operation. Surprisingly, the biggest problem for buyers is not the seller who takes money and never delivers (because eBay, for example, has buyer protection...

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