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  • 10
    Jun

Dr. Bode Collection of Worldwide Banknotes to Highlight International Paper Money Show

[caption id="attachment_2520386" align="alignright" width="307"] The IPMS Show has been held in Memphis (the Paper Money Capital of the World) since 1977.[/caption] MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Dr. Richard Bode Collection—an astounding compilation of worldwide banknotes ranging from the earliest known currency from China’s Ming Dynasty (1388-1664) all the way up to modern-day polymer notes—will be the featured exhibit at...

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  • 9
    Jun

Jacqueline Kennedy Letters Pulled from Auction Raises Questions of Ethics, History

[caption id="attachment_2520427" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Photographs and transcripts of these letters, written by Jacqueline Kennedy from 1950 to 1964, appeared in The Boston Globe on May 13, 2014. (Photo: Sheppard's Irish Auction House)[/caption] When published lots are abruptly taken off the auction block, there is usually controversy involved. That is certainly true of a recent cancellation that involved a...

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  • 5
    Jun

Chinese Export Silver and the Enlightened Renaissance

[caption id="attachment_2520447" align="aligncenter" width="575"] The Empress Dowager Cixi led China through a cultural and artistic renaissance.[/caption] Chinese Export Silver always adapted to the realities of Chinese history. It was, after all, a product of that history, as such, that it has qualities that no other silver category possesses. Viewed in the overall context of China, it is an...

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  • 4
    Jun

Enjoy the Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men Bubble While it Lasts

[caption id="attachment_2520421" align="alignleft" width="217"] The Green Goblin “Gobby” super-rare that I sold for $45 almost as soon as I opened a 79¢ Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men booster pack. The red stripe under the text denotes its rarity.[/caption] Hey kid! You want to buy a Green Goblin card and a single, six-sided die for $45? Sure, I...

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  • 4
    Jun

Gomez Addams was the Original ‘Mantiques’ Collector

After talking with Eric Bradley—the author of the newly released book “Mantiques: A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff”—last week about mantiques and who collects them, I started thinking about who in popular culture had an affinity for the weird, manly stuff that fall in this collectibles category. I have only been able to come up with one character,...

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  • 29
    May

‘Mantiques’ Book Brings Manly Collecting out of the Mancave and into the Mainstream

The term “antiques” used to elicit images of silver tea sets and Edwardian sideboards and even that “priceless Ming vaaase.” But if you say the word now, it’s just as likely to bring to mind thoughts of rusty two-handed saws and old snow shoes and surf boards. While the former are “antiques,” the latter are increasingly becoming known...

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  • 26
    May

Vintage Circus Poster Stamps Unveiled at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Fla.

[caption id="attachment_2520334" align="aligncenter" width="516"] This sheet of 16 self-adhesive forever stamps features reproductions of eight vintage circus posters.[/caption] In true circus style, clowns, a ringmaster and music from a 120-year-old Bell Wagon—all provided by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey—accompanied the unveiling of a series of commemorative United States forever postage stamps earlier this month on the grounds...

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  • 23
    May

Norman Rockwell’s Iconic ‘The Rookie’ Hits a Home Run at Auction

[caption id="attachment_2520303" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Norman Rockwell’s 1957 illustration “The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room)” sold for $22,565,000 May 22 to lead Christie’s May sale of American Art. The auction overall realized $64 million.[/caption] NEW YORK – Norman Rockwell’s iconic baseball painting “The Rookie (Red Sox Locker Room)” sold for $22,565,000 May 22 to lead Christie’s May sale of...

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  • 23
    May

Back-Issue Roundup: Original Art of Wolverine’s First Appearance Nets $657,000

[caption id="attachment_2520297" align="alignright" width="225"] The original art for Wolverine’s first appearance, drawn by Herb Trimpe and Jack Able, sold at Heritage Auctions for $657,250 to an anonymous collector. Trimpe gave the page to then-teenager as a souvenir back in 1983 and it had been unseen since that time until it reappeared for this auction.[/caption] It’s happened again! With...

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  • 22
    May

T’ou Sè Wè Orphanage was the Birthplace of Chinese Modern Creative Arts

[caption id="attachment_2520290" align="aligncenter" width="565"] A T’ou Sè Wè stained-glass triptych window.[/caption] That a Jesuit orphanage and school in Shanghai founded in the 19th century should be the cradle of modern creative art in China is extraordinary in itself, but it is firmly rooted in a significant Jesuit presence in China since the mid-17th century and the profound influence...

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