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  • 14
    Sep

Take Steps Now to Prevent Winter Damage to Outdoor Art

  [caption id="attachment_2527757" align="aligncenter" width="357"] A cast iron angel can add a little touch of art to a garden, but make sure to pay careful attention to the accumulation of surface dirt, grime, lichen, algae or mold.[/caption] People love their gardens, and that includes many wonderful old statues and other ornaments made of stone and metal. But every...

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  • 13
    Sep

Original Painting for ‘E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial’ Movie Poster on the Block at Heritage

DALLAS – Hanging on Hollywood writer and producer Bob Bendetson’s office wall for the last 13 years, the original promotional movie poster illustration for “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” is now expected to sell for $150,000 when it premiers Oct. 12, 2016 in Heritage Auctions’ Illustration Art Auction. “Every time my son’s or daughter’s friends would see the painting they’d...

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  • 12
    Sep

Rinker on Collectibles: Forgotten Giants of Antiques and Collectibles Part II

[caption id="attachment_2527771" align="aligncenter" width="600"] If you want to find out about this Indiana blue carnival glass princess punch bowl set of 12 cups, hooks and a ladle, the best place to go is Marion T. Hartung’s books on collecting carnival class.[/caption] Forgotten Giants is about our roots, those pioneers whose contributions laid the foundation of the antiques and...

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  • 8
    Sep

Sweepstakes Report: WorthPoint will not Flee the Lille Flea Market

[caption id="attachment_2527695" align="aligncenter" width="450"] A rainbow over the Lille Cathedral. Despite the fact that the Lille Flea Market was canceled due to recent terror attacks in Paris and Niece, no one could not have staged such a display that was a clear message to the terrorist: you cannot win.[/caption] As many of you are aware (if you are...

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  • 7
    Sep

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: A (Supposed) Shaker Basket for $35

[caption id="attachment_2527700" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Harry Rinker takes a look at what is supposed to be a “Shaker” basket, purchased for a mere $35.[/caption] In the Sept. 7, 2016 episode, antiques and collectibles expert Harry Rinker answers viewers’ questions about what is supposed to be a Shaker basket purchased for $35, a vintage Frostie’s Root Beer advertising sign, and...

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  • 7
    Sep

Auction Report: 1965 NASA Robot, Bonnie & Clyde Letter and Steve Jobs’ T-Shirts

Welcome back... If you have a penchant for collecting rare, unusual, or celebrity items, you'll like this month’s Auction Talk. Items crossing the block soon include a NASA-built humanoid android; a roll of Nazi toilet paper; a contemptuous four-page letter from Bonnie & Clyde to a former member of their gang; plus, other items once owned by Steve...

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  • 6
    Sep

Mark of the Week: Syracuse China Company’s Railway China

We are all fortunate to have an incredible resource for identifying marks right at our fingertips. WorthPoint’s MAPS (Marks, Autographs, Patterns and Symbols) database has more than 95,000 identifiers, updated weekly. MAPS covers glass, china, coins, currency, tools and more! With your MAPS subscription you are privy to a wealth of knowledge that will put you at the...

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  • 6
    Sep

Collecting Presidential Campaign Items in 2016 isn’t as Big a Draw as in the Past

[caption id="attachment_2527660" align="aligncenter" width="384"] This poster promoting Ronald Reagan for president shows a portrait of Ronald Reagan in a cowboy hat. It sold on eBay for $24.95.[/caption] In political collecting, presentation is everything.  The more unique a political campaign item is, the more collectible it becomes. The campaign of John F. Kennedy for president, for example, featured the...

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  • 6
    Sep

Size Matters: Three of the World’s Biggest Coins

[caption id="attachment_2512995" align="alignleft" width="300"] This example of Swedish plate money from 1715 realized $1,410 at a Sept. 7, 2012, auction. (Photo: Heritage Auctions)[/caption] Every now and then money takes on immense proportions. It happened on the South Pacific Island of Yap, in several German states and in Sweden. The immense “coins” are scarce, valuable and prized by collectors....

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  • 2
    Sep

Getting Down to the ABCs of Learning and Collecting

[caption id="attachment_2526486" align="aligncenter" width="600"] This set of Hill’s Building Blocks, with its wooden box and paper lithograph showing a very early St. Nicholas, was in good to very good condition when it sold for $2,500 at Bertoia Auctions in 2014.[/caption] While many kids across the country have already gone back to school, and others are joyously trying to...

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