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  • 6
    Jun

Using the ‘Right’ Auction Houses Helps Get Top Dollar for Your Items

[caption id="attachment_2527170" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The right auction company for your item is the one that can reach potential bidders and tempt them to bid with a good presentation of your item.[/caption] Recently, a colleague and I were discussing the lofty prices recently attained by collectibles auctioneers. What drives these prices, we wondered: “the luck of the draw,” highly...

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  • 6
    Jun

The U.S. Flag that led the D-Day Invasion on June 6, 1944, Readies for Public Auction

[caption id="attachment_2527121" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The U.S. Flag that led the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944, from the stern of U.S. Navy vessel LCC 60, will be auctioned in the Arms & Armor/Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction at Heritage Auction’s on June 12, 2016.[/caption] DALLAS – The 48-Star U.S. flag that led the first American troops to...

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  • 1
    Jun

Is there Gold in Your Piano Bench? Collectible Vintage Sheet Music

[caption id="attachment_2527083" align="aligncenter" width="570"] Because of the high level of sales generated a century ago, there are millions of vintage song sheets available for collecting.[/caption] While browsing through Russell Sanjek's “American Popular Music and its Business” a statistic jumped off the page and stuck in my head: in 1918, the Whiting-Egan song “ ’Till We Meet Again” sold...

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  • 31
    May

Two Hemispheres Circus Bandwagon Sold at Auction for a Record Quarter of a Million Dollars

[caption id="attachment_2527073" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Barnum & Bailey’s Two Hemispheres circus bandwagon sold for $250,000, the highlight of the spring Heritage Auctions Americana & Political Auction in Dallas, Texas.[/caption] The auctioneer’s hammer fell and Barnum & Bailey’s Two Hemispheres circus bandwagon sold for $250,000, the highlight of the spring Heritage Auctions Americana & Political Auction in Dallas, Texas. After...

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  • 31
    May

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: An Ozark Home Painting by Anthony Butcha

[caption id="attachment_2527058" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A viewer asked Harry about this painting of an Ozark farmhouse by Anthony Butcha.[/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...

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  • 27
    May

Fabulous Finds: Cabinet Photographs of 19th-Century Actors and Performers

[caption id="attachment_2527024" align="aligncenter" width="300"] A cabinet card photograph of an actor produced by the Robinson and Roe studio, located at 54 West 23rd Street, New York City.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2527025" align="aligncenter" width="299"] The back is dedicated to Mr. Hickman. “My first stage manager with sincere good wishes.” It is signed by Carl Eksterom.[/caption] A new column I will be...

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  • 26
    May

Rinker on Collectibles: Saving Grandma’s China and Mom’s Dinnerware Service

[caption id="attachment_2527042" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Given the negative opinion of Grandma’s china by the younger generation, is there any possibility for saving Grandma’s china and Mom’s dinnerware? Harry Rinker says the answer is yes.[/caption] The question is the same whether it arrives as an email or asked during an appraisal clinic or personal clinic: “The kids do not want...

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  • 26
    May

The Arts & Crafts Movement: Making It Irish

[caption id="attachment_2527116" align="aligncenter" width="600"] This stained glass piece by Harry Clarke, titled “The Baptism of St. Patrick,” was done in 1912. It comes to the “Making It Irish” exhibition at the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland.[/caption] BOSTON – The Irish Arts & Crafts movement often does...

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  • 24
    May

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: The Value of a piece of ‘Limited Edition’ Costume Jewelry

[caption id="attachment_2527048" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A viewer asked Harry about a cardboard this piece of costume jewelry called “The Jeweled Wisteria” by Hanae Mori. It turns out, there is a little more value than might have been expected.[/caption] The weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker” on the WorthPoint YouTube channel features antiques and collectibles expert Harry Rinker talking with...

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  • 24
    May

Eltham Palace Is Really an Art Deco Dream Palace

[caption id="attachment_2486224" align="aligncenter" width="505"] It may not look like it from the outside, but Eltham Palace is an Art Deco fan's dream.[/caption] The 1930s are remembered by many people as a time of poverty and high unemployment. The economic difficulties of that era are well recorded, and for the masses, life was tough. But escape, of a sort,...

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