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Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: A Randolph Street Market Round-Robin Conversation
Shopping at the Randolph Street Market in Chicago.In this edition of the Antiques Auction Forum, I host my annual round-robin conversation at the festive Randolph Street Market in Chicago with promoter Sally Schwartz, and antiques and collectibles experts Nena Ivon, Harry Rinker, Susan Klein Bagdade, Al Bagdade and Danielle Arnet, all addressing several … more >>
 
Sam’s Piano from ‘Casablanca’ to Cross the Block this Autumn
Humphrey Bogart’s Rick Blaine stands by as Sam plays the piano in Rick’s Café American in the Hollywood classic “Casablanca.” That piano, one of the most famous in movie history, will be up for auction this November at Bonhams in the “No Place like Hollywood” auction.One of the most iconic props from Hollywood’s heyday—Sam’s piano from Rick’s Café American in the movie “Casablanca”—will be going up for auction this November at the “No Place like Hollywood” auction at Bonhams. The piano, a recent addition to the auction, is one of some … more >>
 
The Comic Speculator: Comics, and their Characters, They are a Changin’
All-New Captain America #1 cover by Stuart Immonen. Steve Rogers is stepping down and his good friend, Sam Wilson, will be the new Captain America.The comic book world is constantly in flux. Characters die, characters return, good guys go bad and vice versa. It’s part of what brings readers back every month. In the age of the Internet, publishers love to leak news snippets and watch the fans squirm. … more >>
 
Buyer of Chinese ‘Chicken Cup’ Racks up 422 Million American Express Reward Points
Chinese collector Liu Qiquan paid for $36-million to collect a rare Chinese “Chicken Cup” at Sotheby’s Hong Kong by putting it on his American Express Centurion Card, netting 422 million rewards points in the process.Many of us plan our big, monthly purchases with rewards points in mind. Whether they are frequent flyer bonus points, credit card rewards points or another system that offers some kind of prize for spending money with a certain dedicated card, when we are buying … more >>
 
 
 
 
Durham Whiskey Fifth Bottle, One of Six Known, Hammers for $13,440 at Auciton
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A rare Durham Whiskey fifth bottle made between 1876 and …
Sam’s Piano from ‘Casablanca’ to Cross the Block this Autumn
One of the most iconic props from Hollywood’s heyday—Sam’s piano from Rick’s Café …
First Purely Islamic Coin—a Umayyad 77h Gold Dinar—to be auctioned in London
LONDON – The first purely Islamic coin, an exceptionally rare Umayyad 77h gold …
Clayton Moore’s Lone Ranger Costume Rides off into the Sunset for $195,000
WACO, Texas – A Lone Ranger costume worn by actor Clayton Moore in …
Jacques Littlefield’s Collection of Tanks and other Historic Military Vehicles Auctioned
PORTOLA VALLEY, Calif. — Collectors from around the world said “tanks a lot” …



Chinese Export Silver Items Star in Recent Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Sale
Adrien von Ferscht   by
Adrien von Ferscht
The surprise leader of the Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions’ sale was this late 19th century Straits Chinese silver octagonal bowl and cover, intricately decorated with an engraved foliate motif and alternating side panels of a shrew amidst fruiting vines, a bird amidst bamboo, a dragon amidst floating clouds and a flowering shrub, all set between finely executed meander borders. The bowl romped home at $11,130.NEWBURY, England – Auction houses are ideal platforms for judging buying trends which, by default, would also include prevailing values. In a … more >>
 
Subbuteo has been bringing Soccer Action to Enthusiasts’ Tabletops for 70 Years
Michael Barnes   by
Michael Barnes
Here they are, the 2014 U.S. Men’s National Team, in Subbuteo form, as they appeared recently in Brazil, featuring their home kit (uniforms). This set is custom made and currently sells for about $40 direct from the manufacturer. So, the 2014 FIFA World Cup has ended and the Germans—undeniably the most organized team in the tournament—have been christened the World … more >>
 
Babe Ruth’s First Major League Contract with Earns a Cool Million at Centennial Auction
Rob Bertrand   by
Rob Bertrand
The first round of the Babe Ruth Centennial Auction took place on July 12, exactly 100 years to the day Ruth played in his first Major League Baseball game.The Babe Ruth 100th Anniversary Auction concluded its first session this past weekend and Ruthian collectors made their mark, spending $3.6 million … more >>
 
No run on ‘Redskins’ Collectibles since Patent Office Canceled Team Name Copyright
Gregory Watkins   by
Gregory Watkins
This Washington Redskins vintage embossed metal sign is a new piece of memorabilia, complete with the team’s copyrighted name and logo. When the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled six trademarks belonging to the Washington franchise, people in the sports collecting world wondered if there would be a run on items like this, speculating the team may eventually change its name and stop making collectibles. So far, fans are not worried about the supply of merchandise. When the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled six trademarks belonging to the Washington Redskins football organization in mid-June, saying they are … more >>
 
My First eBay Sale Reunites ’70s Aloha Shirt with the Man who made it
Gregory Watkins   by
Gregory Watkins
When I bought this aloha shirt at a thrift store, it was with the intention of selling it on eBay. I never expected to reunite it with the man who designed and made it.Sometimes, in my capacity as a writer, I stumble across little bits of information that make for a great story. The trick … more >>
 
 
Antiques Auction Forum Podcast: A Randolph Street Market Round-Robin Conversation
In this edition of the Antiques Auction Forum, I host my annual round-robin conversation …
The Comic Speculator: Comics, and their Characters, They are a Changin’
The comic book world is constantly in flux. Characters die, characters return, good …
Buyer of Chinese ‘Chicken Cup’ Racks up 422 Million American Express Reward Points
Many of us plan our big, monthly purchases with rewards points in mind. …
Chinese Export Silver Items Star in Recent Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Sale
NEWBURY, England – Auction houses are ideal platforms for judging buying trends which, …
Babe Ruth’s First Major League Contract with Earns a Cool Million at Centennial Auction
The Babe Ruth 100th Anniversary Auction concluded its first session this past weekend …


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