• 6
    Dec

The Auction House Diaries: How a Drunken Auctioneer Set My Career Path

[caption id="attachment_2501232" align="alignright" width="300" caption="(From left to right) Auctioneer Morgan Willis, with Bill Whitcomb and Howard Koeppel, in auction action in 1984. Had it not been for a drunken auctioneer, Willis—the author’s father—may have never become an auctioneer himself, and Martin Willis may have gone into some other business."][/caption] I guess you could say that our family got...

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  • 6
    Dec

Identifying Fakes: Old Red Wing Stoneware with New Advertising

[caption id="attachment_2501219" align="alignright" width="237" caption="This is the crock with fake Nebraska advertising that Red Wing dealer Bill Prock bought back in 2009."][/caption] Ever since a butter crock with a fake “Goodhue County Co-Operative” advertising stamp showed up at a chapter meeting a few years ago, Red Wing Collectors Society Trails West Chapter President Larry Birks has made it...

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  • 5
    Dec

Comics Auction Watch – The Two-Million-Dollar Superman

[caption id="attachment_2501207" align="alignright" width="187"] This Action Comics #1—the introduction of Superman—sold for $2.161 million last Wednesday at an auction hosted by Comic Connect.com.[/caption] Auction Watch! It looks like Superman will be holding on to the title of the most expensive comic ever sold after last Wednesday’s Comic Connect.com auction of an Action Comics #1 in CGC 9.0 condition...

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  • 5
    Dec

Unloved Antiques: The American Old Family Bible

[caption id="attachment_2501200" align="alignright" width="270" caption="This “old family bible,” published in 1877 by the O.A. Browning & Co., of Toledo, Ohio and London, Ontario. It’s in fair to good condition and comparable examples often sell at auction in the $80-$150 range."][/caption] Next in this series of “Unloved Antiques” is the American “Old Family Bible.” Most families have one, often...

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  • 2
    Dec

Breakfast at Christie’s: Attending a New York City Art Auction

[caption id="attachment_2501177" align="alignright" width="300" caption="You need one of these “paddles” to bid. Also shown is the $45 catalog (a.k.a. my future coffee table book) that documents all the lots in the auction. On the cover is Oscar Bluemner’s modernist landscape “Illusion of a Prairie, New Jersey.”"][/caption] November marks the start of the fall auction season in New York...

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  • 30
    Nov

Weekly Arts, Antiques & Collectibles News Roundup: Nov. 28-Dec.1, 2011

In this week’s roundup of arts, antiques and collectibles, we wait to see how high an Action Comics #1 will sell for, a pre-mouse Walt Disney drawing surfaces at auction and a dress once belonging to the late Amy Winehouse fetches $68,000 at auction. . . Washington Post A Million-Dollar-Plus ‘Superman’? Rare 1938 Comic Expected to Fetch Record...

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  • 30
    Nov

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 11/30/2011

[caption id="attachment_2501129" align="alignright" width="194" caption="Batman Odyssey Volume 2 #2 (of 7)(Neal Adams Black & White Variant Cover)"][/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 and back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from the...

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  • 29
    Nov

The Retrophile Files: Billy’s Antiques & Props Defends New York’s Old, Odd

[caption id="attachment_2501102" align="aligncenter" width="431" caption="No matter what you may find outside of Billy’s Antiques & Props on East Houston Street in New York that interests you, you’re bound to find more inside."][/caption] Billy’s Antiques & Props has staying power, and in NYC, that is no easy feat. Big-box stores and over-inflated real estate prices have made small, privately...

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  • 29
    Nov

The Rise and Fall of the Great Sid Sackson Gaming Collection

[caption id="attachment_2501063" align="aligncenter" width="480"] The one and only Sid Sackson and a tiny percentage of his gaming collection.[/caption] Sid Sackson is regarded by many to be one of the most important and influential game designers of all time. His seminal works—most notably simple economic, auction and trading games like Acquire and Bazaar—helped establish the basis for much of...

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  • 28
    Nov

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Model Eskimo Hunter and Sealskin Kayak

QUESTION: In the process of cleaning out a house, I found a model of a sealskin kayak that measures 30 inches in length. A figure of a hunter sits in the kayak. There also are several ivory and wooden accessories. A wooden stand accompanies the model. I estimate the model dates from the mid-20th century or earlier. What...

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