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  • 31
    Jul

Look, up on eBay! It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. It’s Superman! (Action Comics #1)

[caption id="attachment_2520842" align="alignright" width="300"] This copy of Action Comics #1 in 9.0 condition is about to go up for sale on eBay as part of a 10-day auction beginning Aug. 14. It is owned by collectibles dealer Darren Adams, who will be donating a portion of the expected $2-million-plus proceeds to the Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation.[/caption] Three...

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  • 30
    Jul

Sword and Staff from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Film to be sold at Bonhams

[caption id="attachment_2520836" align="aligncenter" width="550"] The staff belonging to the wizard Saruman the White and the sword wielded by Aragorn, Ranger of the North, in “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” will be up for sale as part of the “There’s No Place Like Hollywood” auction of classic movie memorabilia this November.[/caption] In news that...

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  • 22
    Jul

The Comic Speculator: Comics, and their Characters, They are a Changin’

[caption id="attachment_2520753" align="aligncenter" width="550"] 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.[/caption] 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...

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  • 21
    Jul

Buyer of Chinese ‘Chicken Cup’ Racks up 422 Million American Express Reward Points

[caption id="attachment_2520747" align="aligncenter" width="550"] 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.[/caption] Many of us plan our big, monthly purchases with rewards points in mind. Whether they are frequent flyer bonus...

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  • 20
    Jul

Chinese Export Silver Items Star in Recent Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Sale

[caption id="attachment_2520719" align="aligncenter" width="550"] 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...

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  • 17
    Jul

First Purely Islamic Coin—a Umayyad 77h Gold Dinar—to be auctioned in London

[caption id="attachment_2520738" align="alignright" width="300"] This exceptionally rare Umayyad 77h gold dinar is expected to sell for $250,000 to $310,000 on Aug. 6 when A. H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd. holds its upcoming Islamic Coin Auction.[/caption] LONDON – The first purely Islamic coin, an exceptionally rare Umayyad 77h gold dinar, is expected to draw in the numismatist on Aug....

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  • 17
    Jul

Subbuteo has been bringing Soccer Action to Enthusiasts’ Tabletops for 70 Years

[caption id="attachment_2520727" align="aligncenter" width="550"] 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.[/caption] So, the 2014 FIFA World Cup has ended and the Germans—undeniably the most organized team in...

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  • 15
    Jul

Babe Ruth’s First Major League Contract with Earns a Cool Million at Centennial Auction

[caption id="attachment_2520706" align="aligncenter" width="550"] 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 professional baseball game.[/caption] The Babe Ruth 100th Anniversary Auction concluded its first session this past weekend and Ruthian collectors made their mark, spending $3.6 million for the first 100 or...

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  • 14
    Jul

Jacques Littlefield’s Collection of Tanks and other Historic Military Vehicles Auctioned

[caption id="attachment_2520692" align="aligncenter" width="550"] More than 100 tanks and other military vehicles from the collection of Silicon Valley engineer Jacques Littlefield, including this World War Two Sherman tanks, were sold at an auction facilitated by American Auctions and held on Friday and Saturday, July 11-12.[/caption] PORTOLA VALLEY, Calif. — Collectors from around the world said “tanks a lot”...

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  • 14
    Jul

How to Find the Value of a Rare Book without Auction Records

[caption id="attachment_2520677" align="aligncenter" width="550"] “Elementi teorico-pratici di musica con un saggio sopra l’arte di suonare il violino,” by Francesco Galeazzi, published in 1791-1796. “Elementi teorico-pratici” was an important 18th-century treatise on music theory and education, with a fascinating section on violin technique.[/caption] When you’re determining the value of a rare book, one of the first places to look...

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