• 19
    Jul

Auction Report: Carved Jade Chariot Blows Past Estimates in South Florida Arts Sale

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — A Chinese hand-carved white jade sculpture galloped past its pre-sale estimate and sold for nearly 100 times its expected price at an auction sponsored by Elite Decorative Arts. The sale, held July 13, featured Chinese works and fine decorative arts, but the jaw-dropper of the event came when the figure depicting […]

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  • 19
    Jul

Sundblom Painting, St. John Estate Headline Summer Sale

ATLANTA — An original oil painting by the renowned magazine and commercial illustrator Haddon “Sunny” Sundblom (1899-1976) is the expected top lot at the Summer Estates Auction planned for Aug. 4, by Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Gallery. The 1963 painting, titled “1914 Kentucky Derby,” shows the horse “Old Rosebud” winning the derby by eight lengths, […]

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  • 19
    Jul

Giant Steiff ‘Petsy’ Bear Could Demand $50,000 at July 28 Theriault’s Auction

Here’s one auction all vintage doll, toy, Teddy bear and miniature enthusiasts cannot miss: Theriault’s “In the Company of the Gentleman Bespoken,” which features 450 lots of the finest, museum-quality collectible playthings, including items from the Estelle Johnson collection. The auction is scheduled for Sunday, July 28, 2013. The auction, which will be held at […]

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  • 18
    Jul

Collecting Outlaws: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Recently, gangsters were in the news in many ways. Jimmy Hoffa was “unearthed”—or wasn’t—again. Respected actor James Gandolfini, who portrayed mob boss Tony Soprano, died. Whitey Bulger is on trial after a lifetime of killing and criminal behavior. As one CNN headline read: “Mob Week: Why we can’t get enough of the gangster life.” It […]

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  • 18
    Jul

Chinese Export Silver Design is Firmly Footed in Chinese Mythology

中國出口銀器: 牢牢紮根於中國神話 All cultures have their own mythological hooved beasts. The Etruscans had their Minotaur, European mythology has its unicorn, in Hebrew mythology there is the Re’em and in Egyptian lore there is the Cerberus. In China there is the Qílín (pronounced “Chhi-lin”). Antique silver and furniture have long been made standing on hoofed feet; […]

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  • 18
    Jul

Antique & Collectible Hand Tools often make for Estate Sale Windfalls

The big white canopy tent was erected overnight. It sat on the parking lot of a shopping mall, close to the highway. Attached was a vinyl banner that read “TOOL SALE.” Judging by the crowded parking lot, the sale was well underway. Inside the tent, there was row after row of tables, bins and floor […]

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  • 17
    Jul

More on Novelty Postcards: Out of the Ordinary

In my last two articles, we looked at several different categories of novelty postcards, including mechanicals, add-ons, postcards that serve other purposes and postcards made from unusual materials. In this final article about novelty cards, let’s explore even more out-of-the-ordinary postcards. Novelty postcards of certain types are particularly hard to find and even harder to […]

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  • 16
    Jul

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 07/17/2013

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 numbers and rankings are courtesy of ICV2.com. Lists […]

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  • 15
    Jul

Rare, Important A. E. Crowell Decoys to Headline Decoys Unlimited Auction

HYANNIS, Mass. – Rare and important early 20th-century decoys by the renowned carver A. E. (Elmer) Crowell, plus other highly collectible decoys, nautical items and Americana from across North America, will all come up for bid at a Summer Decoy Auction slated for July 28-29 by Decoys Unlimited, Inc., at the Cape Codder Resort and […]

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  • 15
    Jul

Manatee Galleries’ July 27 Auction features Diplomat’s Chinese Porcelain Collection

Only rarely does a collection come to the auction marketplace that can match for quality and provenance the one Manatee Galleries is offering on July 27. The Ambassador Ragnar Petri and Mrs. Ingrid Burdin Petri collection of European and Asian fine and decorative art is a testament to the connoisseurship of two world travelers driven […]

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