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  • 29
    Dec

Royal Vienna Porcelain or 20th Century Knockoffs: Deciphering the ‘Bee Hive Mark’

[caption id="attachment_2528489" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Old Vienna cups clearly marked with the beehive marking[/caption] One of the first rules one learns about buying, selling and collecting is “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.” Appraisers and dealers are very aware that things are not always as they appear. This knowledge, gained from years of making sometimes costly mistakes, is...

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  • 29
    Dec

Collecting Calendars: Fun New Year After New Year

This time of year, walk into any bookstore or retailer and you’ll be bombarded by a mind-boggling assortment of calendars for virtually every subject or interest, no matter how obscure. After a year, most will end up in the trash, but a rare few will weather the vagaries of time and taste to become collectibles. Marilyn Monroe’s iconic...

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  • 28
    Dec

Cheers! Champagne & Bottles offer the Ultimate Bubbly Collectible

[caption id="attachment_2528477" align="aligncenter" width="600"] What makes a bottle of Gout de Diamants worth more than $1 million? While it is made from 100-percent Cru grapes by Shammi Shinh Champagne Chapuy in Oger, France, what makes this the most expensive champagne in the world is the solid white gold label encrusted with a Swarovski crystal.[/caption] The New Year is...

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  • 27
    Dec

2016 Antiques & Collectibles Retrospective: Who Got it Right?

This time of year journals and tabloids alike offer up predictions of what the coming year may hold for its readers. Experts' phones are ringing off the hook with calls from reporters and bloggers asking what the next big trend will be. Everyone has an opinion. Some opinions will be right on the money, others will be laughable....

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  • 27
    Dec

Hard-to-Find Vintage New Year’s Memorabilia Makes for a Unique Collection

[caption id="attachment_2528469" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A favorite among New Year collectors is this set of porcelain candle huggers made by Holt Howard (and manufactured in Japan) in the late 1950s. They sold for $32 in November 2016.[/caption] Vintage holiday memorabilia are a popular collectible genre, probably because there are so many different types of items available on the secondary...

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  • 26
    Dec

Julien’s Auction Fall Sales in Review

[caption id="attachment_2528453" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Truman Capote’s ashes sold for $43,750 as part of the “Icons & Idols” auction at Julien’s on Sept. 23 and 24.[/caption] The Julien’s Auctions team had a busy Fall auction schedule with five live auctions in three months. Those auctions were filled with some record-breaking sales, items that stirred up controversy, and in keeping...

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  • 26
    Dec

Our CEO Looks Back with Pride, and Forward with Intention

I hated the Christmas cards that we used to get from our friends that used to tell all the great things that the family members had done over the last year. I do not know whether others remember these, but people would go into excruciating detail , sometime pages of detail. I would read these and just wonder how...

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  • 21
    Dec

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: 1940s Celluloid Snowman

[caption id="attachment_2528435" align="aligncenter" width="375"] This vintage celluloid snowman shows up on this week's episode of WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker.[/caption] In the Dec. 21, 2016 episode of the weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker,” Harry addresses a viewer's question about a 1940-50 era lighted celluloid snowman, a lithographed block puzzle and vintage German toys. “WorthPoint Chats with Harry...

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  • 19
    Dec

Rinker on Collectibles: To Infinity and Beyond—30 Years and Still Going

“Rinker on Collectibles” was nearing its ninth anniversary when Walt Disney’s “Toy Story” premiered in general release on Nov. 22, 1995. I researched the date because I was concerned that younger readers may not be familiar with “To Infinity and Beyond.” It is a generational phrase, meaning it has a limited memory span. I still remember the blank...

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  • 19
    Dec

Presidential Collecting: Does an Electoral College Victory Affect the Value?

[caption id="attachment_2528439" align="aligncenter" width="401"] Even an Electoral College victory allows for inaugural balls like this program portrays.  This photo is from the official ball during the Inauguration of Benjamin Harrison in 1889.[/caption] An inauguration of a newly elected president is generally a time of new beginnings. Heralded as a bedrock democratic principle, the ceremony surrounding the oath of...

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