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  • 15
    May

Rinker on Collectibles: Sounding Off About Collecting Vinyl Records

[caption id="attachment_2526889" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The secondary market for 33 1/3 vinyl LP records is heating up. But it is impossible to talk intelligently about trends within record collecting without referencing a specific subcategory.[/caption] Columbia Records introduced the microgroove vinyl long playing (LP) phonographic record in 1948. The vinyl LP had fine groves and a 33 1/3-speed, extending the...

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  • 13
    May

Rinker on Collectibles: Mattel’s Battle to Save Barbie

[caption id="attachment_2526843" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Barbie of today now has four body shapes—original, petite, tall, and curvy (a polite name for a Barbie doll with a robust posterior). But her share of doll sales continues to flag as Mattel tried to figure out a way to save its star doll.[/caption] What is the shelf life of a toy? The...

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  • 13
    May

Cats! Millions of Cats! Skinner to Host Purr-fect Auction

[caption id="attachment_2526838" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The ink drawing of a wide-eyed kitten peeking out from a jumble of laundry on an overstuffed arm chair by Wanda Gag (American, 1893-1946) titled “Cat Hiding in a Laundry Pile” is expected to gavel for between $2,500 and $3,500 at the upcoming Fine Paintings & Sculpture auction at Skinner Inc.[/caption] BOSTON – This...

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  • 11
    May

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: A Kresge’s Frankfurts Sign and a Military Doll

[caption id="attachment_2526814" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A viewer asked Harry about a cardboard Kresge’s Frankfurts sign.[/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 value antiques and collectibles, current trends in the industry and anything else that happens...

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  • 9
    May

Mountain Dulcimers are Music to Folk Instrument Collectors’ Ears

[caption id="attachment_2526794" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A traditional dulcimer. These folk instruments have been made continuously for about three hundred years, so vintage models are easily found.[/caption] By any definition, mountain dulcimers (a.k.a. lap dulcimers, Appalachian dulcimers, Kentucky dulcimers, or other regional name variations) are an ideal collectible. They are arguably the first musical instrument created by Westerners in the...

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  • 9
    May

Morphy Auctions’ Automobilia & Petroliana Sale Goes Into Overdrive, Realizes $3.8 Million

[caption id="attachment_2526801" align="aligncenter" width="400"] This Kelly Tires "Lotta Miles" Logo Sign, featuring a beautiful young woman, was the auction’s top lot at Morphy Auction’s recent Premier Automobilia and Petroliana Auction, realizing $ 94,550.[/caption] DENVER, Pa. – It was off to the races with Morphy Auction’s recent Premier Automobilia and Petroliana Auction, as the two-day event, held on April...

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  • 5
    May

Q and A with Harry Rinker: A Flow Blue Soup Tureen & Suspect Paint Ware

[caption id="attachment_2526786" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Harry Rinker answers as question about a W. H. Grindley “Poppy” pattern covered soup tureen and platter.[/caption] QUESTION:: I own a W. H. Grindley, Poppy pattern, covered soup tureen and under platter. I believe these pieces are more than 50 years old. What exactly do I have and what is its value? – S.S.,...

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  • 5
    May

1888 Ohio Farm Scene by Ferdinand Brader Highlights Garth’s Early American Auction

[caption id="attachment_2526775" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A drawing by 19th-century Swiss-American artist, Ferdinand Brader is set to sell at auction at Garth’s on May 14. The rural Wayne County, Ohio farm scene is estimated to fetch between $10,000 and $15,000. Similar drawings have sold in excess of $30,000. (Photo:  garths.com)[/caption] DELAWARE, Ohio – At first glance, it’s a simple drawing...

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  • 4
    May

1,109-Carat ‘Lesedi La Rona’ Rough Diamond Could Realize $70 Million at Auction

[caption id="attachment_2526768" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The “Lesedi la Rona,” at 1109-carats, is the largest gem-quality rough diamond to be discovered in over a century and the largest rough diamond in existence today. It’s estimated presale value is in excess of $70 million. (Credit: Donald Bowers/Getty Images for Sotheby’s)[/caption] LONDON – Sotheby’s has announced that it will auction the 1,109-carat...

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  • 3
    May

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: A Tea Cup and Saucer made in Occupied Japan

[caption id="attachment_2526764" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A viewer asked Harry about his “rare” tea cup and saucer stamped “Made in Occupied Japan.”[/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 value antiques and collectibles, current trends in the...

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