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  • 3
    Mar

Andy Warhol’s Collectibles: More than 15 Minutes of Fame

[caption id="attachment_2526054" align="aligncenter" width="406"] Andy Warhol amid paparazzi.[/caption] When Andy Warhol died in 1987, it was quite unexpected. He very nearly succumbed in 1968 when a deranged acquaintance shot him three times. But he survived that attack and lived almost 20 more years. He passed away at age 58, after seemingly routine gallstone surgery. Five years later, his...

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  • 2
    Mar

A Marketing Success: The Ladies Home Journal and its ‘Doll that has come to Life’

[caption id="attachment_2526015" align="aligncenter" width="614"] An 18-inch Kestner 171 Daisy Doll from the author’s personal collection.[/caption] In order to mount a successful marketing campaign, you need to plan it, set your goals, promote it and deliver value. Beginning in 1908 and ending in 1915, The Ladies Home Journal published the Lettie Lane Paper Doll series that were illustrated by...

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  • 1
    Mar

A Primer for Determining Fair Market Value of Estate Art, Antiques and Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2516940" align="aligncenter" width="425"] Uncle Bob’s collection had to be reviewed to determine its Fair Market Value before the estate could sell it. What collections or antiques to you have in your house—or attic—that will need to go through a similar review? Do you know what a FMV would find for your collection?[/caption] Uncle Bob has always been...

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  • 29
    Feb

The Zen of Collecting: 8 Tips for Building a Better Collection

[caption id="attachment_2526099" align="aligncenter" width="441"] An original California black license plate from 1969. It has an interesting number: ZEN 469. Someone found peace through it, paying $284.44 for it and its mate last November.[/caption] “Knowledge is power,” a quote attributed to Sir Francis Bacon, is the watchword of collecting and one reason WorthPoint is such a valuable resource: With...

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  • 26
    Feb

New Data Infusion Pushed Worthopedia Sales Records Past the 300 Million Mark

[caption id="attachment_2526005" align="aligncenter" width="300"] This 1933 Sport Kings Babe Ruth #2 SGC 35 Good+ 2.5 sold for $1,15.75 at Heritage Auctions in October of 2015. It is among the new infusion of auction and sales data added to the WorthPoint Worthopedia, bringing the database’s total to more than 300 million items.[/caption] WorthPoint.com’s Worthopedia™ database of antiques and collectibles...

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  • 26
    Feb

Scrabble is everywhere, making the Word Game more Beloved than Valuable or Collectible

[caption id="attachment_2521053" align="aligncenter" width="550"] It’s estimated that one out of every three homes in the United States has some version of Scrabble in it.[/caption] Scrabble. Chances are, you’ve played it and found yourself wracking your brain over a rack of tiles that seems to only spell out “XYNOBIS” or “ZURENAR.” If you’re like me, you are too prideful...

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  • 25
    Feb

What’s Under Your Seat? A Short History of Cushioning

[caption id="attachment_2514099" align="alignleft" width="300"] This section of a mid-19th-century Empire footstool shows the newly patented biconical springs and several clumsy attempts to correctly tie the sprigs together.[/caption] Has that old couch gotten a little shaky? Sinking in spots? Maybe that old chair has gotten lumpy and the recliner is getting to be downright uncomfortable. What’s inside of these...

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  • 24
    Feb

Amazing Fantasy #15 Sets World Record Price of $454,000 in Heritage’s Vintage Comics Auction

[caption id="attachment_2525967" align="aligncenter" width="400"] This copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 was purchased in 1980 by New York area collector Walter Yakaboski, a comic book collector, who had the opportunity to buy a handful of key early Marvel comic books for the very tidy sum of $10,000. It sold last week for $454,100.[/caption] DALLAS – A copy of Amazing...

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  • 24
    Feb

The Collector’s Minute: Playboy Bunny Costumes

[caption id="attachment_2513714" align="alignleft" width="300"] This 1986 photo from the Chigago Sun Times archives shows three variations on the Playboy Bunny costume: (from left) the Cabaret Bunny, the standard Bunny and the original 1960s Bunny.[/caption] Playboy magazine and the Playboy Bunny were among the most memorable icons of the 1960s, at least to most males over the age of...

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  • 24
    Feb

Collecting The Duke, English Style: John Wayne UK Quad Movie Posters

[caption id="attachment_2512408" align="aligncenter" width="553"] A simple unfussy design as “Rooster Cogburn” takes centre stage in this “True Grit” Quad movie poster from the U.K. (Photo: moviepostermem.com)[/caption] In this article we are going to look at one of the true greats of the 20th century cinema: John Wayne, the epitome of the all-American hero, and the posters of his movies...

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