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  • 14
    Dec

Must-Have Collectible Christmas Vinyl Records

[caption id="attachment_2528391" align="aligncenter" width="432"] The Beatles Fan Club Issue: "Season's Greeting from the Beatles"[/caption] If I were a songwriter, I’d make a special effort to compose a catchy Christmas tune. Think about it: they get played year after year, some for decades. Every popular artist in virtually every genre—at some point in their career—feels obligated to record a...

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  • 14
    Dec

Omaha Beach D-Day Flag is Top Lot at the $1.1 Million at Heritage Arms & Armor Sale

[caption id="attachment_2528363" align="aligncenter" width="900"] This U.S. Flag that led the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944 sold for $45,000 at Heritage Auctions’ $1.1 million Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria auction on Dec. 11.[/caption] DALLAS — An Omaha Beach D-Day Flag that was flown on LCT Landing Craft emerged from Heritage Auctions’ $1.1 million Arms & Armor,...

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  • 14
    Dec

Miniature Advertising Whiskey Jugs: Calling Card from America’s Past

[caption id="attachment_2528375" align="aligncenter" width="600"] I noticed this rare mini jug on eBay recently. It is from Canton, Ohio and is very similar to the Parsons, Penn. jug I had years ago. The seller wanted $330 for this one.[/caption] If you’re a serious antique collector, you go to flea markets and yard sales, in addition to antique shows and...

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  • 14
    Dec

‘The Night Before Christmas,’ Auctioneer’s Style

’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the hall Not a customer was stirring, they were all at the mall; The prints were hung on the easels with care, In hopes that Dealers all would be there; The Dealers were nestled in that draughty old shed, While visions of Stickley and Roycroft danced in their heads; And...

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  • 14
    Dec

Fabulous Christmas Find: Currier & Ives ‘New England Winter Scene’

[caption id="attachment_2528365" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Most Currier & Ives-type “originals” that are found are reproductions for sale in Goodwill stores. Sometimes, though, an original can be discovered.[/caption] I was originally contacted about this Currier & Ives lithograph by email from a regular client in December of last year. She had a sales job that often took her across the...

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  • 14
    Dec

The Warehouse Sale Has Stopped! Quit Asking Me What Happened!

[caption id="attachment_2528368" align="aligncenter" width="401"] Because of a typo and a lister who was unfamiliar with 18th-century soft paste porcelain, this Sevres mug—which is worth $1,500 or more—sold for $7.50 on eBay.[/caption] As many of you are aware, I recently tried to figure out how to begin liquidating my inventory of antiques and collectibles that has piled up over...

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  • 13
    Dec

All Kinds of Smoke Can Be Hazardous to Art and Antiques

[caption id="attachment_2528398" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A painting under restoration.[/caption] Smoke is, in essence, energy that does not burn completely during a fire. Combustion occurs, giving off heat, light, carbon dioxide, and water vapor. Smoke is made visible by the presence of small particles of carbon and other materials. It contains gases that form tiny particles known as PM10 (which...

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  • 1
    Dec

Mark of the Week – Sculptsmith’s ‘Brutalist’ Starburst Sculpture

[caption id="attachment_2528325" align="aligncenter" width="650"] This rather abstract, unmarked 1960s metal wall hanging with a Friedle mark, could be found at a local Goodwill with a price tag around $100. While one would be right about the era, the price tag would be off by an extra zero or so.[/caption] This rather abstract, unmarked metal wall hanging looks like...

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  • 30
    Nov

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: Coca-Cola Lithograph Serving Trays

[caption id="attachment_2528330" align="aligncenter" width="600"] In this episode of “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker” YouTube channel webcast, Harry takes a look at a set of four lithograph Coca-Cola serving trays from the 1930s and ’40s.[/caption] In the Nov. 30, 2016 episode of the weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker,” Harry reviews a viewer’s question about a set of four...

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  • 30
    Nov

Succeeding in Your Business: An End of the Year Legal and Tax Questions & Checklist

As a small business lawyer and business guru, I am asked lots of legal and tax questions. Most of these questions are asked by “newbies”—people starting businesses for the first time. But even established businesses should be thinking—always—about their legal and tax environment. On Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, I will be hosting a one-hour webinar on BrightTalk.com from...

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