• 18
    Jun

Rinker on Collectibles: The Antiques & Collectibles Recovery Has Started

In recent weeks, I have spoken with more than a dozen auctioneers, trade paper editors, dealers and show promoters about the current state of the market. Three universal themes emerged from our conversations: (1) market prices have stabilized; (2) a tentative recovery is underway; and (3) while some regions still have not experienced the turnaround, a spirit of...

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  • 17
    Jun

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Keri Seery & Social Media for the Antiques Business

[caption id="attachment_2513491" align="alignright" width="295"] Keri Seery.[/caption] In this week’s installment of the Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis talks with Keri Seery speaks about social media, and the symbiotic relationship it can have in the marketing of antiques. Check out Keri’s Facebook Page. Listen here: [audio:http://www.worthpoint.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/138.-Keri-Seery.mp3]   Martin Willis is Worthologist, auctioneer and director of decorative arts for...

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  • 17
    Jun

You Don’t Have to Get Up Early to Score Great Items at Thrift Store Sales

[caption id="attachment_2513478" align="alignright" width="198"] This vintage picnic basket was a real surprise to find 2 ½ hours into a thrift store sale. Based on the tag, it had been out for a week and was still available for only $11. The bottom divider was still inside, making it more desirable. With some quick research on the WorthPoint app,...

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  • 16
    Jun

Triumph of the Human Spirit: Commemorative Coins Honor Mettle of the World’s People

[caption id="attachment_2510812" align="aligncenter" width="240"] In 1959, the young state of Israel issued a remarkable coin bears a Hebrew inscription from the prophet Jeremiah—“The children shall come again to their own border”—within an open circle of 11 dancers—one for each year of Israel’s existence—represent immigrants.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2510813" align="aligncenter" width="240"] The 1959 5-lirot silver coin is just one of scores...

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  • 15
    Jun

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Sterling Silver & Tortoiseshell Cigar Box

[caption id="attachment_251349" align="aligncenter" width="173"] The size of the box and the fact that it is is cedar-lined suggests the box is for cigars not cigarettes, which plays a critical role in value; English sterling silver cigar boxes command a higher value than English sterling silver cigarette boxes.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_251349" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The box features the following hallmarks: an...

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  • 14
    Jun

The Collector’s Minute: Empire versus Empire Revival

[caption id="attachment_2513236" align="alignleft" width="269"] Don't let the style deceive. This isn't an Empire chair. It's Empire Revival. Though similar, the styles existed many years apart.[/caption] About once a month, we have a piece of furniture submitted by excited clients who are positive what they found is well more than 150 years old because they saw a similar one...

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  • 14
    Jun

The Comic Speculator Back Issue Report – Guardians of the Galaxy Going Gonzo

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 and rankings are...

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  • 14
    Jun

The Many Origins of the Ubiquitous Coffee Table

[caption id="attachment_2513273" align="alignleft" width="300"] The real antique coffee table? True, this table is from the late 19th century in Renaissance Revival style, but it is a shorter version of its original, cut down to meet 20th-century tastes. (Photo: LiveAuctioneers.com/Slawinski Auction)[/caption] I know you have one. You probably have two or more. And you’re pretty sure at least one...

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  • 14
    Jun

Novelty Postcards offer a World of Collectible Opportunities

According to the dictionary, “novelty” is the quality of being new, original, or unusual. And so it is with novelty postcards. We’re used to seeing pictures on postcards. They can be photographs, artist renderings of familiar scenes or products of their imaginations, holiday or birthday greetings, cartoons or scenes from places around the world. But how about the...

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  • 14
    Jun

Give Peace Dollars a Chance: Finest Known 1923-D Captures $76,375 at Sale

[caption id="attachment_2513455" align="aligncenter" width="230"] The single finest known 1923-D Peace Dollar, graded MS 67 by PCGS. (Photo: Heritage Auctions)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2513456" align="aligncenter" width="230"] It brought a record $76,375 at Heritage Auctions’ Long Beach Signature Sale on June 6, 2013. (Photo: Heritage Auctions)[/caption] At the conclusion of the First World War it was suggested in many circles that a...

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