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  • 26
    Dec

Julien’s Auction Fall Sales in Review

[caption id="attachment_2528453" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Truman Capote’s ashes sold for $43,750 as part of the “Icons & Idols” auction at Julien’s on Sept. 23 and 24.[/caption] The Julien’s Auctions team had a busy Fall auction schedule with five live auctions in three months. Those auctions were filled with some record-breaking sales, items that stirred up controversy, and in keeping...

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  • 26
    Dec

Our CEO Looks Back with Pride, and Forward with Intention

I hated the Christmas cards that we used to get from our friends that used to tell all the great things that the family members had done over the last year. I do not know whether others remember these, but people would go into excruciating detail , sometime pages of detail. I would read these and just wonder how...

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  • 21
    Dec

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: 1940s Celluloid Snowman

[caption id="attachment_2528435" align="aligncenter" width="375"] This vintage celluloid snowman shows up on this week's episode of WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker.[/caption] In the Dec. 21, 2016 episode of the weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker,” Harry addresses a viewer's question about a 1940-50 era lighted celluloid snowman, a lithographed block puzzle and vintage German toys. “WorthPoint Chats with Harry...

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  • 19
    Dec

Rinker on Collectibles: To Infinity and Beyond—30 Years and Still Going

“Rinker on Collectibles” was nearing its ninth anniversary when Walt Disney’s “Toy Story” premiered in general release on Nov. 22, 1995. I researched the date because I was concerned that younger readers may not be familiar with “To Infinity and Beyond.” It is a generational phrase, meaning it has a limited memory span. I still remember the blank...

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  • 14
    Dec

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: Breininger Red Ware Pottery & Folk Art

[caption id="attachment_2528416" align="aligncenter" width="596"] In this episode of “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker” YouTube channel webcast, Harry talks about Breininger red ware pottery and evolves into a discussion of folk art in general.[/caption] In the Dec. 14, 2016 episode of the weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker,” Harry answers a viewer's question about Breininger red ware pottery and evolves into...

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  • 14
    Dec

Must-Have Collectible Christmas Vinyl Records

[caption id="attachment_2528391" align="aligncenter" width="432"] The Beatles Fan Club Issue: "Season's Greeting from the Beatles"[/caption] If I were a songwriter, I’d make a special effort to compose a catchy Christmas tune. Think about it: they get played year after year, some for decades. Every popular artist in virtually every genre—at some point in their career—feels obligated to record a...

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  • 14
    Dec

Omaha Beach D-Day Flag is Top Lot at the $1.1 Million at Heritage Arms & Armor Sale

[caption id="attachment_2528363" align="aligncenter" width="900"] This U.S. Flag that led the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944 sold for $45,000 at Heritage Auctions’ $1.1 million Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria auction on Dec. 11.[/caption] DALLAS — An Omaha Beach D-Day Flag that was flown on LCT Landing Craft emerged from Heritage Auctions’ $1.1 million Arms & Armor,...

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  • 14
    Dec

Miniature Advertising Whiskey Jugs: Calling Card from America’s Past

[caption id="attachment_2528375" align="aligncenter" width="600"] I noticed this rare mini jug on eBay recently. It is from Canton, Ohio and is very similar to the Parsons, Penn. jug I had years ago. The seller wanted $330 for this one.[/caption] If you’re a serious antique collector, you go to flea markets and yard sales, in addition to antique shows and...

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  • 14
    Dec

‘The Night Before Christmas,’ Auctioneer’s Style

’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the hall Not a customer was stirring, they were all at the mall; The prints were hung on the easels with care, In hopes that Dealers all would be there; The Dealers were nestled in that draughty old shed, While visions of Stickley and Roycroft danced in their heads; And...

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  • 14
    Dec

Fabulous Christmas Find: Currier & Ives ‘New England Winter Scene’

[caption id="attachment_2528365" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Most Currier & Ives-type “originals” that are found are reproductions for sale in Goodwill stores. Sometimes, though, an original can be discovered.[/caption] I was originally contacted about this Currier & Ives lithograph by email from a regular client in December of last year. She had a sales job that often took her across the...

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