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  • 23
    Jan

The End of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is not the end of the Circus

  “The . . . circus as it exists today is in my opinion, a thing of the past . . .” When the owner of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was quoted in newspapers across the country, the nation was shocked. An American institution is closing? How could this happen? The preceding quote isn’t taken...

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  • 22
    Jan

Auction Report: A Moonshine Still, a Baseball Slug-Fest & Picasso Pottery

[caption id="attachment_2528647" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A whisky still offered by auctioneer Dean Arner at his Feb. 11 estate auction will have you humming the Grandpa Jones song about the delights of moonshine whiskey. The lot includes a boiler, cap and worm coil. All parts are made of copper.[/caption] Welcome back! According to a recent Forbes article, Americans were on...

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  • 21
    Jan

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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  • 20
    Jan

Collecting United States Presidents Before George Washington

[caption id="attachment_2528628" align="aligncenter" width="600"] John Hancock was the president of the Continental Congress after Independence in 1776 and served the longest in that post. A cut signature has an auction value of about $350 to $600, but Hancock’s unusually large signature on a full, handwritten document can range from $1,500 to $4,500.[/caption] “I... do solemnly swear that I...

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  • 19
    Jan

Rinker on Collectibles: Top Ten Changes in the Last Five Years (2011-2016) – Part II

This is the second column of a three-part series analyzing the Top Ten changes that occurred between 2011 and 2016 in the antiques and collectibles field (the first one can be read here). Many changes began prior to 2011 but solidified at some point during the past five years. Changes analyzed in the 25th Year Series, such as...

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  • 18
    Jan

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: The Closing of Ringling Bros. Barnum & Baily Circus

[caption id="attachment_2528634" align="aligncenter" width="600"] In this episode of “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker” YouTube channel webcast, Harry talks about the future of circus collectibles following the announcement of the closing of the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey circus.[/caption] In the Jan. 18, 2017 episode of the weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker,” Harry talks about the future of...

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  • 13
    Jan

When it’s Time to Sell their Collections, the Rich and Famous Turn to Julien’s

[caption id="attachment_2528546" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Darren Julien is the auctioneer to the stars, and he has built his reputation with a business plan that includes careful planning, outstanding marketing, and a dedicated and talented auction team.[/caption] “Unless we know its history, we can’t sell it.” — Darren Julien The trust precipitated by this statement—for buyers and sellers alike—is what...

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  • 13
    Jan

Collectors Can Cook: Will’s Spicy Bean Dip

In the spirit of the New Year, we are kicking off a new item called Collectors Can Cook. We would like to feature recipes that you, our readers, hold near and dear to your heart.  If you have a particular recipe that you take with you to multi-day shows or particular time period reenactments, tell us! If you always take a...

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  • 12
    Jan

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: Goldbeck ‘Panoramic’ Military Photographs

[caption id="attachment_2528576" align="aligncenter" width="600"] In this episode of “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker” YouTube channel webcast, Harry talks about a viewer’s Goldbeck “panoramic” photographs.[/caption] In the Jan. 12, 2017 episode of the weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker,” Harry talks about the future of the antiques trade and answers a viewer's question about a couple of Goldbeck “panoramic”...

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  • 12
    Jan

Fabulous Finds: Amazing Japanese Prints amid Upstate New York Cow Pies

[caption id="attachment_2528540" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) depicted late 18th- and early 19th-century Japan. The print above it titled "Three Seated Ladies with Lanterns."[/caption] The great hue and cry these days from longtime dealers is that they cannot find their antiques, collectibles and fine art in all the usual places. Their old stomping grounds just don’t exist anymore....

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