• 9
    Jul

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

WEST CHESTER, Pa. – A pair of Internet-only auctions, scheduled for Saturday, July 20, by Gordon S. Converse & Co., will feature scores of Asian antiques and arts. Internet bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers and Artfact, while phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. The first session, beginning promptly at 11 a.m., will […]

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  • 8
    Jul

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

QUESTION: I recently rediscovered my Joe Namath Passer, a plastic toy standing approximately two feet tall and which could “pass” a plastic football across the room. I am having trouble finding information about the toy and its value. Can you help? – J, Janesville, Wis. ANSWER: Your Joe Namath Football Passer, which stands 23 inches […]

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  • 8
    Jul

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

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 Jefferson, the man and his amazing mountain-top home that he called Monticello. Be sure to “Like” it on Facebook! Listen here: Martin Willis is […]

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  • 8
    Jul

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

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 Augustus Saint-Gaudens-designed gold coin dated 1933 is not legal to own, that is for all but one survivor. It has been nearly two years since the historic court decision […]

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  • 8
    Jul

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

Life is full of little disappointments, especially these days. One of the ways that disappointment shows itself is when I have to disclose to inquiring readers that their family treasure just isn’t. Of course I do not go out looking for people on whom to heap disappointment, at least not usually. They seek me out—not […]

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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, […]

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  • 8
    Jul

Floral Tours De Force: Wang Hing’s Chinese Export Silver

中國出口銀器上的花卉杰作 I have decided I must be a very privileged person. Not only am I constantly viewing outstanding items of silver as my academic research progresses at a pace, but I get to see so many spectacular examples of Chinese Export Silver that people from all around the world share with me. The latter phenomenon […]

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  • 8
    Jul

This Giant Steiff Poodle Wins the Best of Show Award for Rarity and Looks

Every enthusiast has extra-special items in their collections—certain items that just take a gold medal for their rarity, design or the story behind them. Here is one of those treasures from my hug of more than 800 vintage Steiff collectibles. The Item: Sometimes things don’t always work out the way you planned, but in this […]

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  • 3
    Jul

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 07/03/2013

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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  • 2
    Jul

Rare Blue-Green St. Drake’s Plantation X Bitters Bottle Gavels for $37,950

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A St. Drake’s Plantation 1860 X bitters bottle—made between 1862-1872 and one of only a few known in the blue-green color—soared to $37,950 at American Bottle Auctions’ Internet and catalog sale #58, which went online June 21 and ended June 30. It wasn’t the most ever paid for that bottle in that […]

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