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  • 29
    Mar

Extraordinary Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. ‘Dolphin’ Brooch Highlights Heritage Jewelry Auction

NEW YORK – An extraordinary, multi-stone, diamond, gold “Dolphin” brooch—designed by Parisian artist and jeweler Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co.—highlights more than 1,300 lots in Heritage Auctions’ first major Fine Jewelry Auction of the year, scheduled for April 19. The auction draws together large-carat colored diamonds, Burma rubies and sapphires, and unmounted gemstones for an auction in...

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  • 29
    Mar

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: Identifying a Flow Blue Soup Tureen by its Maker’s Mark

[caption id="attachment_2526501" align="aligncenter" width="600"] This is the mark on a turn-of-the-century flow blue W.H. Grindle soup tureen. Harry Rinker talks about how to use this mark, in conjunction with WorthPoint’s Worthopedia and Marks data base to formally identify it.[/caption] The weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker” on the WorthPoint YouTube channel features antiques and collectibles expert Harry Rinker...

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  • 28
    Mar

Stamps, Exonumia and Photographica to be Offered up at Two-Day John McInnis Auctioneers Event

[caption id="attachment_2526373" align="aligncenter" width="602"] The first day of a two-day auction being hosted by John McInnis Auctioneers on Saturday, April 2 will feature stamps and exonumia (rare tokens, medals and the like).[/caption] AMESBURY, Mass. – A pair of massive single-owner, multi-generational collections—one of stamps and exonumia (tokens, medals and the like), the other of photographica and antique cameras—will...

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  • 28
    Mar

Succeeding in Your Business: New Tools for Online Retailers

[caption id="attachment_2526363" align="aligncenter" width="599"] Last week’s Seller’s Conference for Online Entrepreneurs drew more than 100 Amazon “third-party resellers” from around the country—some of the more than 1 million people in North America who make a full- or part-time living selling on the site.[/caption] Twice a year I have the privilege of speaking at a leading conference and exhibition...

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  • 24
    Mar

Antique Books and Fine Ephemera Take Center Stage In New York City on April 9

[caption id="attachment_2526367" align="aligncenter" width="400"] A first edition of Scott Joplin’s “Sunflower Slow Drag” from James Camner is just one of thousands of pieces of ephemera to be offered at this year's New York City Book and Ephemera Fair.[/caption] NEW YORK – The world's finest selections of antiquarian books and ephemera are headed to New York City for The...

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  • 24
    Mar

Q and A with Harry Rinker: Hong Kong-Made Knock-Off Celsius Wristwatch

[caption id="attachment_2526326" align="aligncenter" width="400"] This Celsius-9 wristwatch is a knock-off and not worth repairing. “Made in Hong Kong” is one clue.[/caption] QUESTION: My father had a Raffoler wristwatch, made in Hong Kong, that his uncle gave him before he died. My great uncle was a woodsman in Canada so it got beat up. The watch face indicates it...

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  • 23
    Mar

Wine Collecting Goes Global, Thanks to Internet Auctions

[caption id="attachment_2526317" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Three bottles of Romanee Conti Domaine de la Romanee Conti (1976) sold to an internet bidder for $85,355 at Zachys' auction held Sept. 11, 2015 in Hong Kong, China.[/caption] One needn’t look any further than the nearest laptop, PC or tablet to figure out the main driver behind fine and vintage wine’s seeming meteoric...

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  • 23
    Mar

Investment or Impulse: Art and Antiques don’t act like Blue Chip Stocks

[caption id="attachment_2526311" align="aligncenter" width="528"] Andy Warhol’s “Dollar Sign” (1982) may be the best visualization of the art as investment argument.[/caption] Arguments rage as to whether art and antiques are good investments. There was a time when we were encouraged to invest in art and antiques. “Buy low, and you'll sell high,” we were told, as if collectibles had...

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  • 22
    Mar

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: Then ‘Art Deco’ Chairs are really Queen Anne Style

[caption id="attachment_2526510" align="alignnone" width="601"] WorthPoint Hats with Harry Rinker, Worthopedia, Marks database, WorthPoint, identifying antique furniture, Art Deco style furniture, Queen Anne style furniture, floor globe, heirloom globe,[/caption] The weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker” on the WorthPoint YouTube channel features antiques and collectibles expert Harry Rinker talking with WorthPoint editor Gregory Watkins about how to identify and...

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  • 21
    Mar

Digging a $10,000 Beer Can? The Hunt for Tin Gold

  [caption id="attachment_2526290" align="aligncenter" width="410"] An example of a “Kent Ale” beer can, which is a beer can to end all beer cans, or close to it. It is referred to as a “$10,000” beer can in loose conversation.[/caption] Can that headline be right? Digging up an old beer can that is worth $10,000? Improbable, but not impossible....

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