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  • 27
    Sep

Gold Bracelets given by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to her JFK Wedding Bridesmaid bring $162,500

[caption id="attachment_2527925" align="alignright" width="300"] The winning bidder of a pair of gold cuff bracelets by Van Cleef & Arpels—personally given by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to Nina Straight, her step-sister and maid of honor when she married John F. Kennedy in 1953—paid $162,500 to win the prize. The bracelet cuffs were auctioned by Sotheby’s in 2011 for $128,500.[/caption] DALLAS...

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  • 23
    Sep

Lincolniana, Heritage’s Lincoln and His Time Auction & the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop

[caption id="attachment_2527845" align="aligncenter" width="349"] A Carte-de-Visite of Abraham Lincoln, taken by Mathew Brady in Washington, D.C. in 1862 and signed by the president, realized $175,000 in the auction.[/caption] When Heritage Auctions gaveled-in to begin the “Lincoln and His Times” sale on Sept. 17, 2016, you can be certain that Daniel Weinberg was assessing the action. Weinberg, who owns...

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  • 23
    Sep

Fabulous Finds: Letters Home from a Civil War Soldier in the 1st Maine Volunteer Cavalry Regiment

[caption id="attachment_2527842" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A stack of old envelopes, with the letters still inside, was discovered in one of dozens of boxes while cleaning out a small house in Maine. The missives were letters sent home by a member of the 1st Maine Volunteer Cavalry Regiment during the Civil War and are a true Fabulous Find.[/caption] Most of the...

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  • 23
    Sep

A Collector for All Season: On-Site Estate Auctions a Goldmine for Dealers, Collectors Alike

[caption id="attachment_2527825" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Boxes of records are heavy and time-consuming to sort. But the surge in new vinyl sales has rekindled interest in vintage vinyl, and prices are on the upswing. Knowledgeable collectors need only a few major finds to greatly increase the value of their collection.[/caption] A colleague recently posed an interesting question: is collecting seasonal?...

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  • 23
    Sep

Game Collectors Enter Panic Mode as Fantasy Flight Games ends deal with Games Workshop

[caption id="attachment_2527832" align="aligncenter" width="600"] In the grim darkness of the future, all of these great games are out of print.[/caption] Way back in 2005, I attended the Game Manufacturers Association (GAMA) trade show in Las Vegas on behalf of my game shop. One of the biggest announcements—and one that has been profoundly impactful over the past 10 years—was...

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  • 22
    Sep

Rinker on Collectibles: Is It Worth Saving Fading Technology?

[caption id="attachment_2527813" align="aligncenter" width="500"] If someone wanted to save outmoded 1980s technology, the potential list is a long one and includes a wide range of non-digital cameras, land-line telephones, varieties of video games, pocket calculators, electronic office equipment, especially adding machines and early personal computer equipment, to name just a few.[/caption] A July 26, 2016 blog entitled “Goodbye,...

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  • 21
    Sep

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: A 1950s-Era White Sewing Machine and Cabinet

[caption id="attachment_2527836" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Harry Rinker takes a look at a 1950s-era White sewing machine and cabinet.[/caption] In the Sept. 21, 2016 episode of the weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker,” Harry answers viewers’ questions about a 1950s-era White sewing machine, some vintage coffee tins, and an interesting carved alphabet paddle. “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker” on the...

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  • 19
    Sep

Succeeding in Your Business: ‘The Future Is Profit’ is not just another Startup Guide

If you go to your local bookstore (they still exist, don’t they?) or search for “entrepreneur” or “small business” on Amazon.com, you will find literally thousands of books and e-books on how to start a business. To paraphrase the Old Testament prophet Ecclesiastes: "Of the making of startup success books there is no end.” Including—truth be told—a number...

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  • 16
    Sep

D-Day Flag Sold at Heritage Auctions to be honored at Netherlands’ National Military Museum

[caption id="attachment_2527750" align="aligncenter" width="600"] This U.S. Flag that led the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944 was put on display at the National Military Museum in the Dutch city of Soesterberg Sept. 15, It was received and accepted with a military ceremony to launch a special exhibition on the flag.[/caption] SOESTERBERG, Netherlands – The first American flag to...

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  • 14
    Sep

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: An Old Cardboard Box of Daily BB Packets

[caption id="attachment_2527752" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Harry Rinker takes a look at an old cardboard box of Daily BB packages, which could sell for $5 apiece.[/caption] In the Sept. 14, 2016 episode, Harry answers viewers’ questions about an old cardboard box of Daily BB packages, a piece of what is supposed to be a 19th-century gypsy wagon, and he explains...

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