• 8
    Dec

Weekly Arts, Antiques & Collectibles News Roundup: Dec.5-9, 2011

In this week’s roundup of arts, antiques and collectibles, we learn that early photographs—and their rights—of Marilyn Monroe brought a pretty, as did a rather regular-looking red alligator bag. . . Haute Living Marilyn Monroe Images Sold for More than $300,000 at Auction Copyrights and images from Marilyn Monroe’s first photo shoot have just sold for an impressive...

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  • 7
    Dec

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 12/07/2011

[caption id="attachment_2501249" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Irredeemable #32 (Cover C Dan Panosian Plutonian Vs Max Damage)"][/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 Overstreet Guide to...

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  • 6
    Dec

Rinker on Collectibles: The First Adopters

I am reaching the point where I forget more than I remember. Memory theorists cite short-term memory—the ability to retain memory in an active, readily-available form for a short period of time—as one of the earliest memory types to weaken among the elderly, apparently a group to which I belong now that I am in my 70s. I...

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  • 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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