• 9
    May

Hofner Violin Bass’ Long and Winding Road into Rock ’n’ Roll History

[caption id="attachment_2512566" align="aligncenter" width="237"] Paul McCartney picking on his ’63 Hofner 500/1 bass guitar.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2512571" align="aligncenter" width="225"] This Hofner violin bass shows oval control panel, close black pickups and tortoise shell pick guard, indicating its date at 1955 to 1956.[/caption] It's no secret that celebrity endorsements increase a product's sales. It doesn't seem to make any difference...

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  • 8
    May

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 05/08/2013

[caption id="attachment_2512581" align="alignright" width="294"] Uncanny Avengers #8 (Milo Manara Variant Cover), 1:50, ($12-$15). All the Manara Marvel variants are getting very hard to find and some are selling as high as $60. Get in early on this one or pay too much later.[/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by Worthpoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that...

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  • 6
    May

Ask a Worthologist: Mom’s ‘Untouchable’ Bird Figurine

[caption id="attachment_2512488" align="alignright" width="282"] "Robin in the Autumn Woods" was designed for Royal Worcester by Dorothy Susan Doughty.[/caption] Darren H. inherited a bird figurine from his mother. He thinks it might have been a wedding gift 
but was never told where it came from or how much was paid for it. His inquiry 
was forwarded on to me...

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  • 5
    May

Six Bottle, Flask & Glass Hat Whimsey Collections Head to Auction

[caption id="attachment_2512464" align="alignright" width="211"] This National Bitters bottle from the collection of John April and boasting an estimate of $2,500 to $5.000 could well be the auction's top lot.[/caption] WOODSTOCK, Conn. — An impressive selection of more than 200 antique bottles and flasks from several prominent collections will be offered at absentee Internet-only auction slated for May 13...

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  • 5
    May

Chinese Art, Fine Jewelry Shine at Upcoming Elite Decorative Arts Sale

[caption id="attachment_2512455" align="alignright" width="300"] This carved white-jade ceremonial coupe with figural floral handles should sell at Elite Decorative Arts' upcoming auction for $30,000 to $50,000.[/caption] BOYNTON BEACH, Fla.—A large selection of estate jewelry, fine artwork, bronzes, sterling silver and Chinese decorative pieces will cross the auction block on Sat., May 11, at Elite Decorative Arts beginning at 1...

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  • 4
    May

Early 20th-C. South African 20 Pound Specimen Leads Banknotes & Scripophily Sale

[caption id="attachment_2512445" align="aligncenter" width="425"] This Standard Bank of South Africa-issue Waterlow color trial banknote, unlisted and circa 1900s was the top lot at an auction (Part XIV) held Apr. 16 by Archives International Auctions. It gaveled for $10,620.[/caption] FORT LEE, N.J. – An early 20th century Standard Bank of South Africa color trial specimen banknote for 20 Pounds...

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  • 4
    May

Five Buffalo Bill Posters Sell for a Combined $59,398 at Philip Weiss Auctions

[caption id="attachment_2512437" align="aligncenter" width="553"] This 1907 Courier lithograph of Buffalo Bill Cody sold for a record price of $18,975 at an auction dedicated almost entirely to rare and vintage posters at Phillip Weiss Auctions on April 20.[/caption] LYNBROOK, N.Y. – The Wild West came charging into Long Island when a group of five Buffalo Bill posters fetched a...

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  • 4
    May

Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: Kevin McElroy on Antique Violins

[caption id="attachment_2512420" align="alignright" width="198"] Luthier Kevin McElroy of Frost Gully Violins in Freeport, Maine.[/caption] In this week’s installment of the Antiques Auction Forum podcast, Martin Willis speaks with luthier Kevin McElroy of Frost Gully Violins in Freeport, Maine, about what makes antique violins special, and what to look for in a fine instrument. Listen here: [audio:http://www.worthpoint.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/worthpoint-kevin-mcelroy.mp3] Martin Willis...

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  • 3
    May

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Whitney Reed Rocking Horse, Hindenburg Ephemera

[caption id="attachment_2512378" align="aligncenter" width="553"] A reader writes that she bought a Whitney Reed glider-base rocking horse for $600. She wanted to know if it was a good buy. Harry Rinker did some research and came back with some good news.[/caption] QUESTION: Several years ago I purchased a Whitney Reed, glider base, rocking horse for $600. The horse is...

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  • 3
    May

The Comic Speculator Back Issue Report – Values of Current Ghost Variants

. 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...

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