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  • 12
    Jan

Reversing the Effects of Time: What to do with Damaged Art and Antiques

[caption id="attachment_2528554" align="aligncenter" width="600"] An oil painting before restoration and after restoration. The difference is clear.[/caption] If you have an old oil painting, maybe one that has been in your family for years, that has become discolored and the paint is beginning to flake, there is hope. When damage and deterioration occurs to art, antiques, photographs and historic...

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  • 10
    Jan

World War Two Memorabilia Collecting is not a Quick Learn

[caption id="attachment_2528528" align="aligncenter" width="600"] World War Two-era newspapers are wonderful to have, but don’t bring a lot of money because there were so many printed and saved. I have found that issues depicting important events bring more money if they are from smaller-town newspapers--the smaller the better (i.e. the Oshgosh Herald would do better than the Chicago Times)....

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  • 9
    Jan

Rinker on Collectibles: Top Ten Changes in the Last Five Years – Part I

Shortly after “Rinker on Collectibles” turned 20 in 2006, I wrote two columns entitled “Top 10 Changes in the Last 20 Years.” Following “Rinker on Collectibles’” 25th birthday, I wrote a three-column series entitled “Top 10 Changes in the Last Five Years.” “Rinker on Collectibles” celebrated its 30th anniversary on Dec. 19, 2016. This is Part I of...

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  • 6
    Jan

Collecting Memorabilia from a Non-Event

[caption id="attachment_2528446" align="aligncenter" width="600"] About 150,000 copies of Chicago Daily Tribune with the pre-printed—and wrong—headline were released before the real news of Harry S. Truman’s election was announced. Recent auction values of the first edition of the paper, depending on condition, have been from $600 to $1,700.[/caption] The 2016 election was a sure thing. Hillary Rodham Clinton was...

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  • 4
    Jan

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: Coca-Cola Hi-Fi Club Pin

[caption id="attachment_2528573" align="aligncenter" width="600"] In this episode of “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker” YouTube channel webcast, Harry talks about a pin from a late-1950s Coca-Cola promotion called the “Hi-Fi Club.”[/caption] In the Jan. 4, 2017 episode of the weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker,” Harry answers a viewer's question about a pin from a late-1950s Coca-Cola promotion called...

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  • 29
    Dec

Royal Vienna Porcelain or 20th Century Knockoffs: Deciphering the ‘Bee Hive Mark’

[caption id="attachment_2528489" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Old Vienna cups clearly marked with the beehive marking[/caption] One of the first rules one learns about buying, selling and collecting is “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.” Appraisers and dealers are very aware that things are not always as they appear. This knowledge, gained from years of making sometimes costly mistakes, is...

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  • 29
    Dec

Collecting Calendars: Fun New Year After New Year

This time of year, walk into any bookstore or retailer and you’ll be bombarded by a mind-boggling assortment of calendars for virtually every subject or interest, no matter how obscure. After a year, most will end up in the trash, but a rare few will weather the vagaries of time and taste to become collectibles. Marilyn Monroe’s iconic...

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  • 28
    Dec

Cheers! Champagne & Bottles offer the Ultimate Bubbly Collectible

[caption id="attachment_2528477" align="aligncenter" width="600"] What makes a bottle of Gout de Diamants worth more than $1 million? While it is made from 100-percent Cru grapes by Shammi Shinh Champagne Chapuy in Oger, France, what makes this the most expensive champagne in the world is the solid white gold label encrusted with a Swarovski crystal.[/caption] The New Year is...

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  • 27
    Dec

2016 Antiques & Collectibles Retrospective: Who Got it Right?

This time of year journals and tabloids alike offer up predictions of what the coming year may hold for its readers. Experts' phones are ringing off the hook with calls from reporters and bloggers asking what the next big trend will be. Everyone has an opinion. Some opinions will be right on the money, others will be laughable....

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  • 27
    Dec

Hard-to-Find Vintage New Year’s Memorabilia Makes for a Unique Collection

[caption id="attachment_2528469" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A favorite among New Year collectors is this set of porcelain candle huggers made by Holt Howard (and manufactured in Japan) in the late 1950s. They sold for $32 in November 2016.[/caption] Vintage holiday memorabilia are a popular collectible genre, probably because there are so many different types of items available on the secondary...

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