• 24
    Jun

Auction at Famed Madison County Mansion to Feature Furniture, Fine Art

[caption id="attachment_2513720" align="alignleft" width="182"] This mahogany C. Lee half-tester youth-size bed, circa 1860, will be one of more than 600 lots during the auction of antiques from the Green Gables in Madison County. The auction is sponsored by Stevens Auction Company.[/caption] JACKSON, Tenn. — The contents of one of Jackson's stateliest and most historic Victorian mansions, Green Gables—will...

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  • 21
    Jun

Teddy Bear Companies Premiere What’s New in 2013

(This article first appeared in the June 2013 issue of Teddy Bear & Friends magazine) Aurora With an eye toward heart-tugging gift merchandise and solid, well-crafted collectibles, Aurora is sitting pretty as it enjoys its fourth decade. The Korean company has broadened its creative reach to include headquarters in the United States, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom....

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  • 21
    Jun

Teddy Bear Hospital: The Recovery of a Pair of Bears

(This article first appeared in the May 2013 issue of Teddy Bear & Friends magazine) [caption id="attachment_2513558" align="alignleft" width="244"] This early Farnell bear, dating to the 1920s, looks much better after restoration.[/caption] Early Farnell Bear This rather worn but terribly sweet little 1920s Farnell bear arrived at a teddy-bear fair I was attending in London. I was expecting...

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  • 21
    Jun

The Collector’s Minute: Barzilay Stereo Cases & Cabinets

[caption id="attachment_2513535" align="alignleft" width="300"] Barzilay furniture, made from kits in the 1960s through the 1980s, are usually found in classified ads, not auction houses.[/caption] "Barzilay" is not a name you hear much of any more, but back in the 
1960s to 1970s, it was one well known to audiophiles designing their 
own stereo sound systems. Barzilay produced stereo...

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  • 21
    Jun

More on Novelty Postcards: Attached Add-On Cards

Is simply looking at pictures on postcards becoming humdrum? Maybe it’s time to investigate some more of the many categories included under the general heading of “novelty postcards.” One of the more unusual topics to collect is add-ons. This refers to postcards with material attached to the card itself. You may have seen some of the more common...

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  • 21
    Jun

The Tale of a Hidden Chinese Export Silver Gem

[caption id="attachment_2513617" align="alignleft" width="300"] When I first saw this Chinese Export Silver snuff box, it screamed “Georgian” to me in almost every way other than the obvious decorative motifs employed.[/caption] 中國出口銀隱藏寶石的那些事兒 Being a regular contributor to WorthPoint has its benefits—for me, that is! My main source of research tangents comes from people sharing images of items with me....

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  • 20
    Jun

Lawn Art: The Oft-Overlooked Value in Estates

[caption id="attachment_2513593" align="alignleft" width="300"] Many executors overlook the yard when appraising estates and miss exceptionally valuable works of art. Even vintage pink flamingos can sell for a good price.[/caption] In American popular culture, the kitsch surrounding pink flamingo lawn ornaments appears universal. Mention such ornaments and visions of trailer parks in Baltimore come to mind; perhaps as a...

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  • 20
    Jun

Feller Doll Collection Reflects 50 Years of Passion

(This article first appeared in the May 2013 issue of DOLLS magazine) [caption id="attachment_2513579" align="alignleft" width="185"] A Bengal bride from India, one of hundreds from Feller's lifetime collection, holds a conch shell. (Photo: Irina Makagon)[/caption] Brooklyn grandmother Linda Feller has been collecting dolls for more than 50 years, amassing nearly 3,800 from 157 countries. Surrounded by so many...

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  • 20
    Jun

The Lost Art—and Value—of Early Video Game Manuals

[caption id="attachment_2513570" align="alignleft" width="225"] "Clayfighter: Sculptor's Cut" game manuals sell for more than $1,000 to collectors, and the prices are on the increase.[/caption] I’ve reported on a number of breathtaking auction closes for exceptionally rare video-game paraphernalia and massive collections, but I think this fairly modest $1,377 item surprises me the most. The jackpot find this time is...

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  • 18
    Jun

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 06/19/2013

[caption id="attachment_2513550" align="alignright" width="343"] Fantastic Four #9 (David Yardin Wolverine Costume Variant Cover), 1:20, ($8-$10). Yardin is great and this is another fantastic Wolvie costume 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...

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