• 23
    Oct

History Shines Light on Celebrating Halloween Collectibles

  [caption id="attachment_2493771" align="aligncenter" width="540"] This group of paper table decorations, including a witch, owl, cat ghost and jack-o-lanterns sold for $80.50 at auction. (Photo: Cowan's Auctions, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio)[/caption] The tradition of Halloween is rooted deep in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, dating back almost 2,000 years. In the areas that are now Ireland, the United...

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  • 17
    Oct

Travis Ishikawa—Who?—Collectibles Skyrocket in Value, Availability after Heroic Homer

[caption id="attachment_2521278" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The value and availability of sports collectibles and memorabilia related to San Francisco Giants player Travis Ishikawa have taken off after he hit a game-winning home run to win the National League Championship series and propel the Giants into their third World Series in the last five years.[/caption] Well, that didn’t take long. Travis...

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  • 16
    Oct

Chinese Export Silver Goes High Profile in Upcoming Christie’s Auction

[caption id="attachment_2521263" align="alignleft" width="325"] This superb floral centerpiece or epergne made by Ning Zhao Ji, is just one of 88 astounding lots of Chinese Export Silver currently up for bid at an online auction at Chritsie’s through Oct. 28.[/caption] There is no doubt about it: Chinese Export Silver is making more appearances than ever. Yet, what is undoubtedly...

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  • 8
    Oct

Boost Reseller Profits with these 10 Thrifting with the Boys’ Thrifting Tips

[caption id="attachment_2521240" align="aligncenter" width="550"] As the second season of Bryan Goodman and Jason T. Smith’s TV show “Thrift Hunters” premiers on Saturday night (9:30 p.m. on Spike TV), the two thrifting gurus offer up 10 tips to help boost reseller’s profits.[/caption] We are known as Thrifting With The Boys, motivational speakers teaching thrift store resourcing techniques. Tune in...

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  • 6
    Oct

Rare & Unusual Dinosaur Fossils to Headline Philip Weiss Auctions’ Next Big Sale

[caption id="attachment_2521222" align="aligncenter" width="550"] This museum-quality bear dog skull is just one of the fossil items that will come up for bid at a mid-week sale at Philip Weiss Auction on Wednesday, Oct. 15.[/caption] LYNBROOK, N.Y. – Rare and unusual dinosaur fossils, including a bear dog skull, a huge prehistoric crocodile skull and an articulated Mosasaur paddle are...

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  • 6
    Oct

Early Jackson Pollock Figural Painting to lead Elite Decorative Arts Auction

[caption id="attachment_2521217" align="aligncenter" width="550"] This oil on board painting attributed to the iconic painter Jackson Pollock (Am., 1912-1956) is expected to realize between $40,000 and $50,000 in a Fine Antiques, Artwork and Decorative Arts Auction on Oct. 11 at Elite Decorative Arts.[/caption] BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – An oil on board painting attributed to the iconic American painter Jackson...

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  • 3
    Oct

‘One Night, One Show, One Cause’ Auction Features One-of-a-Kind Guitars

[caption id="attachment_2521203" align="alignright" width="299"] Baltimore artist Karl Saar’s contribution to this year’s One Night, One Show, One Cause benefit for the Living with Cancer Resource Program at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, is a guitar embellished with a fish, perched on a stand of metallic “seaweed” over a cache of 76 metal guitar picks.[/caption] It’s another trifecta...

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  • 3
    Oct

What Makes a Back-Issue Comic Hot? Age, Relevance & Events Matter

[caption id="attachment_2521196" align="aligncenter" width="550"] As a comic book collector, we all have dream issues, blue-chip comics, hot back-issues, (call them whatever you’d like) that we’ve been hunting down for years. But have you ever stopped to think, what made that issue you’ve been dreaming about adding to your collection hot?[/caption] If you're a comic book collector like me,...

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  • 30
    Sep

50-Year Lifetime Advertising Collection to be Sold Without Reserve October 3-5

[caption id="attachment_2521179" align="alignleft" width="231"] This two-sided R & G Corsets porcelain sign in a wrought iron frame with the original hanging bracket is just one of hundreds of lots of vintage adverting belonging to the 50-year lifetime collection of Bud and Sally Bassett that will be sold without reserve the weekend of Oct. 3-5 by Showtime Auction Services,...

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  • 30
    Sep

Ahlers & Ogletree’s Fall Estates Auction Featurs Great 19th-Century American Furniture

[caption id="attachment_2521174" align="alignright" width="400"] This American rococo carved and laminated rosewood etagere, made circa 1860 by J. & J.W. Meeks, is just one a many pieces of 19th-century American furniture to be at the Ahlers & Ogletree’s Fall Estates Auction, slated for Oct. 4-5.[/caption] ATLANTA – Marvelous examples of mid-19th century American furniture by renowned makers such as...

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