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  • 13
    Jun

Succeeding in Your Business: IREC is Woodstock for Internet Retailers

[caption id="attachment_2527159" align="aligncenter" width="600"] For the past few years, the annual Internet Retailer Conference and Exposition (IRCE) has brought together online retailers with companies offering services to help build their online businesses.[/caption] Ever since 2008, when eBay stopped doing its annual “eBay Live!” trade show, Internet retailers—people who sell merchandise either from their own websites or on one...

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  • 13
    Jun

Auction Report: The Pope’s Ride, Rat Pack Coolness & a Southern Tradition

[caption id="attachment_2527180" align="aligncenter" width="380"] Julien’s recent Music Icons auction features many items that exuded 1960s Rat Pack “cool.”[/caption] Welcome back... Since our last visit the possessions of saints and sinners alike have crossed the auction block. In this June segment, auctions of note include the Pope’s ride, some Rat Pack coolness, a brothel license, a Southern tradition, and...

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  • 12
    Jun

Mark of the Week: Moritz Zdekauer Porcelain

We are all fortunate to have an incredible resource for identifying marks right at our fingertips.  WorthPoint's MAPS (Marks, Autographs, Patterns and Symbols) database has over 95,000 identifiers, updated weekly.  MAPS covers glass, china, coins, currency, tools and more!  With your MAPS subscription you are privy to a wealth of knowledge that will put you at the top...

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  • 10
    Jun

Our Top Five Run-of-the-Mill Junk Items You Can Sell Online for a Surprising Amount

[caption id="attachment_2527151" align="alignright" width="300"] Hewlett Packard’s hand-held HP-41CV calculator was made in the 1980s. This one isn't even working, but it still sold for $39 in November 2014.[/caption] Most people cleaning out closets or attics—or perhaps liquidating a relative’s estate—know enough to separate items that might have value on the secondary market. We recognize that collectibles, art, jewelry...

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  • 10
    Jun

Rinker on Collectibles: Why the Secondary Doll Market is in the Doldrums

[caption id="attachment_2527148" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The secondary doll collecting market's collapse happened very quickly and those involved were well aware of what was happening. The downturn is unusual in that prices at all levels—even the upper echelon—fell at an alarming rate.[/caption] Collecting categories decline. This is a simple statement that is a difficult concept for many in the antiques and...

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  • 7
    Jun

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: A S.R. Percy Painting & Elvis Thermometer

[caption id="attachment_2527162" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A viewer asked Harry about this Elvis Presley outdoor thermometer and a painting by English artist S.R. Percy.[/caption] In the June 7, 2016 episode, Harry answers viewers' questions about an oil painting by the English artist S.R. Percy and a metal thermometer depicting 1970-era Elvis Presley. He also discusses news in the antiques and...

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  • 6
    Jun

Using the ‘Right’ Auction Houses Helps Get Top Dollar for Your Items

[caption id="attachment_2527170" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The right auction company for your item is the one that can reach potential bidders and tempt them to bid with a good presentation of your item.[/caption] Recently, a colleague and I were discussing the lofty prices recently attained by collectibles auctioneers. What drives these prices, we wondered: “the luck of the draw,” highly...

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  • 6
    Jun

The U.S. Flag that led the D-Day Invasion on June 6, 1944, Readies for Public Auction

[caption id="attachment_2527121" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The U.S. Flag that led the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944, from the stern of U.S. Navy vessel LCC 60, will be auctioned in the Arms & Armor/Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction at Heritage Auction’s on June 12, 2016.[/caption] DALLAS – The 48-Star U.S. flag that led the first American troops to...

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  • 1
    Jun

Is there Gold in Your Piano Bench? Collectible Vintage Sheet Music

[caption id="attachment_2527083" align="aligncenter" width="570"] Because of the high level of sales generated a century ago, there are millions of vintage song sheets available for collecting.[/caption] While browsing through Russell Sanjek's “American Popular Music and its Business” a statistic jumped off the page and stuck in my head: in 1918, the Whiting-Egan song “ ’Till We Meet Again” sold...

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  • 31
    May

Two Hemispheres Circus Bandwagon Sold at Auction for a Record Quarter of a Million Dollars

[caption id="attachment_2527073" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Barnum & Bailey’s Two Hemispheres circus bandwagon sold for $250,000, the highlight of the spring Heritage Auctions Americana & Political Auction in Dallas, Texas.[/caption] The auctioneer’s hammer fell and Barnum & Bailey’s Two Hemispheres circus bandwagon sold for $250,000, the highlight of the spring Heritage Auctions Americana & Political Auction in Dallas, Texas. After...

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