• 18
    Mar

Attempts to Build LEGO Board Games take the Fun out the Construction Toy System

[caption id="attachment_2519516" align="aligncenter" width="500"] A great example of a really bad LEGO board game. At least Time Cruisers came with around 40 actual LEGO parts.[/caption] In case you didn’t get the memo, “The LEGO Movie” is awesome. It’s a celebration of the perennially popular Danish construction toy and the particular culture of LEGO building, playing, and collecting. References...

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  • 18
    Mar

Freeman’s Continues to Expand to D.C., The Midwest and California

[caption id="attachment_2519502" align="alignright" width="218"] Matt Wilcox has been hired by Freeman’s to develop new business in Washington, D.C., and the lower mid-Atlantic region. He is also a Worthologist for fine art.[/caption] PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Freeman’s Auctioneers & Appraisers—America’s oldest auction house, founded in Philadelphia in 1805—is continuing to expand by successfully launching regional offices in Boston and Charlottesville,...

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  • 18
    Mar

Sotheby’s S|2 Gallery to host Selling Exhibition of Niki De Saint Phalle ‘Nana’ Sculptures

[caption id="attachment_2519483" align="alignright" width="258"] Niki de Saint Phalle’s “Nana” (painted marble) stands a monumental 75 inches tall, making it one of the largest Nana figures ever created by the artist. A marble Nana of this magnitude has not been offered on the market in decades.[/caption] NEW YORK – Sotheby’s will present a selling exhibition of works by Niki...

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  • 18
    Mar

Presentation Sword, Dinosaur Nest with Seven Eggs Power Philip Weiss Auctions’ Sale

[caption id="attachment_2519506" align="aligncenter" width="491"] This rare and historically significant British presentation sword from Guyana, dated 1813, was the top lot at a 600-lot estate sale held Feb. 26 by Philip Weiss Auctions, realizing $27,060.[/caption] LYNBROOK, N.Y. – A rare and historic British presentation sword and scabbard from 1813 soared to $27,060 and a 75-million-year-old dinosaur egg nest with...

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  • 18
    Mar

Cottone Auctions Sale to Feature Works by Greatest Names in the Art World

[caption id="attachment_2519487" align="aligncenter" width="490"] Pablo Picasso’s “Faunes et Chevre” linocut is one of the many works of art by some of the biggest names in the art world included in the upcoming Winter Fine Art and Antiques Auction at Cottone Auctions slated for March 29.[/caption] GENESEO N.Y – Works by some of the greatest names of 19th- and...

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  • 18
    Mar

Music Items, Coin-Op, Advertising, Toys and Gaming to lead Fontaine’s Auction

[caption id="attachment_2519491" align="aligncenter" width="473"] This Nickelodeon coin-op upright player piano band organ with mahogany case and leaded glass windows is one of the top musical items in a March 29 auction scheduled by Fontaine’s Auction Gallery. It carries a presale estimate of $5,000 to $7,500.[/caption] PITTSFIELD, Mass. – For folks looking to start or increase their collection of...

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  • 17
    Mar

Q & A with Harry Rinker: ‘Bone’ Picture Book, Honeywell Kangaroo Paperweight

[caption id="attachment_251945" align="aligncenter" width="453"] An opening bid of $12 for "Bone" is not likely to attract any bidders. Open it at $1 and let the market decide its value. Do not be surprised if the final bid is less than $5.[/caption] QUESTION: I own a copy of the “Bone Picture Book,” published by McGraw-Hill in 1968. Before listing...

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  • 17
    Mar

Collector’s Minute: Isidore Jules Bonheur Sculptures

[caption id="attachment_2519418" align="alignleft" width="300"] The piece is based on “Taureau Chargeant” (“A Pacing Bull”) by Isidore Jules Bonheur but is a 20th-century reproduction. It appears older than it is because of its deep patina, which on these modern pieces is not the result of 100-plus years of oxidation, but a chemically induced one.[/caption] Sculptor Isidore Jules Bonheur was...

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  • 17
    Mar

Ask a Worthologist: The ‘Thrift Store’ Bowl

[caption id="attachment_2519429" align="alignright" width="288"] This thrift-store find was a real winner. It's a rare Roycroft piece from pre-1920.[/caption] Gerald S. found this silver bowl at a second-hand shop. It wasn't until 
later that looked at he looked closer and decided to find out more about it by contacting us. He emailed us via WorthPoint’s 
“Ask a Worthologist” service...

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  • 17
    Mar

The Huge Influence of the Early 20th-Century Chinese Department Stores

中國出口銀器: 二十世紀初中國百貨公司業的巨大影響 [caption id="attachment_2519529" align="alignright" width="312"] This kettle and stand is typical of the early Wing On Company silver production.[/caption] Department stores were first introduced to China in the late 19th century but they came in the guise of foreign chains or investors who were doing nothing more than trying to establish lucrative colonial implants that had previously...

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