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  • 30
    Nov

Rinker on Collectibles: The Impact of National Politics on the Antiques & Collectibles Business

[caption id="attachment_2528309" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The past 18 months demonstrated how the political climate impacts the antiques and collectibles business. A quiet, subtle malaise has held sway. Sales slowed. Now that the election is over, will business rebound or stay flat?[/caption] In the 21st century, outside forces impact the antiques and collectibles business. While also true in the 20th century,...

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  • 30
    Nov

How to Clean Silver Cutlery (and Store it too!)

[caption id="attachment_2528279" align="aligncenter" width="600"] If you are going to use your silverware and cutlery, you must make sure you clean them and store them correctly, like in this silver service box.[/caption] To start, wash your cutlery! This step may seem obvious, but all of the other steps are useless without a thorough clean after use. Whether you only...

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  • 30
    Nov

Give the Gift of Nostalgia

[caption id="attachment_2528290" align="aligncenter" width="600"] If you want to make a loved one smile on Christmas morning, tug at their heart strings by giving them the gift of nostalgia.[/caption] Buying holiday gifts for children has always been fairly easy. For the most part, kids know what they want for Christmas; advertisers make sure that they do. Kids then make...

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  • 30
    Nov

Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps Card Joins Ranks of Cardboard Elite at Heritage Sale

[caption id="attachment_2528295" align="aligncenter" width="271"] This 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card, graded by Professional Sports Authenticators (PSA) as an 8.5 on a 10-point scale, sold for $1.3 million at Heritage Auctions. It is one of the finest known examples of Mantle’s most coveted card.[/caption] DALLAS – Heritage Auctions, a major player in the sports collectibles market, recently completed its...

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  • 30
    Nov

Auction Report: A New Gold Rush Rush, NASCAR Toy Trains and Marilyn’s Dress

Welcome back... It appears to be “crunch time” for locating those perfect holiday gifts. With Christmas just a few weeks away, auction houses are working overtime to sell as many goods as possible in time to get them shipped. Consignors expect no less from their auctioneers; many of them held back their best collectibles so that they could...

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  • 17
    Nov

Getting to Know You: Timothy & Angela Swift

[caption id="attachment_2528253" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Angela and Tim Swift spend their retirement collecting rather than selling. Tim collects vintage vinyl records, and writes on his antiques and collectibles blog; Angela collects pottery. They buy at the usual places: yard sales, antique dealers, estate sales and auctions.[/caption] Cruising on a warm summer night with the top down, listening to a...

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  • 16
    Nov

Huge Marilyn Monroe Collection of Frieda Hull Up for Auction

[caption id="attachment_2528235" align="aligncenter" width="350"] A snapshot of Marilyn Monroe taken on July 10, 1953 at a gala held at the Hollywood Bowl to benefit St. Jude Hospital.[/caption] Julien’s Auctions has the pleasure of hosting the largest auction of Marilyn Monroe memorabilia ever assembled. The items in this landmark Marilyn Monroe auction come from a diverse group of consignors...

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  • 16
    Nov

The Antique Turkey Platter: Rarely Used Dish Could Pay for Christmas and then Some

[caption id="attachment_2517319" align="aligncenter" width="500"] This Staffordshire platter depicts the State Arms of Pennsylvania and is an early 19th-century piece by an unknown maker. As it is a very rare example, it sold for $26,000 in 2010.[/caption] It’s that time of year when family heirlooms are dragged out of their hiding places in china cabinets and buffets to serve...

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  • 14
    Nov

Fabulous Antiques Find: A Tea Caddy’s Secret

[caption id="attachment_2528232" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Christopher Kent tells a story of a Fabulous Find involving a collectibles story of remorse and love passed down through centuries—explained in a letter, hidden in a tea caddy, with an unclaimed king’s ransom.[/caption] You get 10 Worthologists together under one roof with approximately 300 years each of experience, and I guarantee no matter...

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  • 11
    Nov

Do You Mind if I Smoke? Smoking Accessories and Tobaccoania

[caption id="attachment_2528219" align="aligncenter" width="600"] This unusual and impressive antique Victorian English Sterling silver and enamel combination vesta and cheroot cutter could be had for a mere $1,600 at AC Silver in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. (Photo: AC Silver)[/caption] I don’t wish to glamorize smoking, however I have to admit that antique and vintage smoking accessories and paraphernalia are...

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