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    Feb

Revered, Yet a Rarity—The Horse as a Chinese Decorative Motif

中國出口銀器: 以馬為紋飾, 被推祟但罕見 [caption id="attachment_2518460" align="aligncenter" width="560"] Chinese elite playing the imported Persian sport of polo. while the horse has held an important role in Chinese art history, it's appearance on Chinese Export Silver is a rarity.[/caption] Greetings to a new year: the Year of the Horse; the seventh Chinese sign of the zodiac. The Horse is a...

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    Feb

Baby Boomers Tuned In and Tuned Out with Transistor Radios

[caption id="attachment_2518446" align="alignright" width="226"] The first commercially successful pocket-sized transistor radio was the Regency TR-1. This one sold on eBay for $3,055 in 2012.[/caption] A recent family reunion found me sitting at my sister’s dining table with siblings and their families, sharing stories and looking through old photos. The older adults were actively conversing, and the younger adults...

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    Feb

Bring the Exciting Winter Olympic Sport of Curling to Your Gaming Table!

[caption id="attachment_2518432" align="aligncenter" width="596"] Note that the curlers standing by on the cover of International Curling Challenge, idly watching—likely in anticipation of defeat—are USA players. Oh, Canada![/caption] The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi are just about to start. Between concerns over terrorism, confusion over choosing a site in a rather mild climate, allegations of high-level corruption and Russia...

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    Feb

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 02/05/2014

[caption id="attachment_2518511" align="alignleft" width="279"] Ms. Marvel #1 (Jamie McKelvie Design Variant Cover), ($5-$8) Meet the new Muslim Ms. Marvel.[/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, back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here are taken from...

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    Feb

Awesome Toys of the ’80s: First Generation Jetfire

[caption id="attachment_2518425" align="alignleft" width="181"] My favorite toy of all time. A first-generation Jetfire robot.[/caption] Several years ago, I walked into one of Atlanta’s most awesome stores—the Book Nook, a veritable treasure trove of used books, comics, movies, music and whatever else they cram on to the overflowing shelves. This was back in the old days, when the store...

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    Feb

Red Wing Collectors to Descend upon Des Moines for MidWinter GetTogether

[caption id="attachment_2518376" align="aligncenter" width="614"] Every year, a variety of rare and unexpected treasures show up for sale at the Red Wing Collectors Society’s MidWinter GetTogether, such as this collection of stoneware crocks and other items. This year’s event will occur on the weekend of Feb. 7-9 at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites in Des Moines, Iowa.[/caption] RED...

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    Feb

Original 1966 Peanuts Daily Comic Strip Drawn by Charles Schulz Realizes $26,450

[caption id="attachment_2518398" align="aligncenter" width="553"] This original Peanuts daily comic strip—drawn by the late iconic illustrator Charles Schulz and dated Oct. 21, 1966—sold for $26,450 at the first auction of the New Year held by Philip Weiss Auctions.[/caption] LYNBROOK, N.Y. – An original Peanuts daily comic strip—drawn by the late iconic illustrator Charles Schulz and dated Oct. 21, 1966—sold...

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    Feb

Something for Everyone in 1,600-Lot Event at Louis J. Dianni’s Palm Beach Auction

[caption id="attachment_2518383" align="alignright" width="223"] This gorgeous shelf clock by Robert Swannell (London), circa 18th century, is expected to be one of the top-sellers in a Louis J. Dianni’s fifth annual Palm Beach Auction, slated for Feb. 15-17. It carries a presale estimate of $2,000-$4,000.[/caption] WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Around 1,600 quality lots in a wide range of...

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    Feb

Crescent City Auction Gallery Offers French Quarter and Mardi Gras Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2518391" align="aligncenter" width="576"] This oil on board folk art rendering by renowned Louisiana folk artist Clementine Hunter (1887-1988) titled “The Watermelon Picnic,” (circa 1960), is expected to fetch between $3,000 ND $5,000 in a massive, two-day auction event planned for Feb. 15-16 by Crescent City Auction Gallery.[/caption] NEW ORLEANS – Merchandise from a prominent French Quarter collector,...

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    Feb

Archive Documenting Pop Singer Madonna & Friends’ Early Days in NYC to Cross Block

[caption id="attachment_2518372" align="alignleft" width="300"] This is one of a group of four Polaroid photographs of Madonna and Martin Burgoyne. The one-of-a-kind Polaroids (taken without a negative) are the only photographs in existence and have not been printed or published before, They were taken in the early 1980s when Madonna and Burgoyne were roommates sharing an apartment on the...

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