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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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    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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    May

WorthPoint’s Worthopedia Levels the Antiques and Collectibles Playing Field

[caption id="attachment_2526741" align="aligncenter" width="600"] When an antiques or collectibles professional puts a price on an item, how is a novice collector to know if the price is fair or not? WorthPoint helps level the playing field for novices.[/caption] A few years ago, Forbes Magazine editor Jon Bruner and location technology authority Tim O'Reilly discussed the impact of information...

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    May

Greener Creates ‘Wrought Steel Indestructible By Gun Powder’

[caption id="attachment_2526736" align="aligncenter" width="600"] William Wellington Greener’s work in fine shotguns is still visible though his “Facile Princeps” line of fowling pieces.[/caption] It is hard to over emphasize the impact William Wellington Greener had on firearms, namely shotguns, and their design and construction. Making his first hammerless breech-loading gun sometime in the 1860s, Greener would remain at the...

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    May

A ‘Nasty’ Mary Todd Lincoln Letter among 100 Autographed Letters in Lincoln Book

[caption id="attachment_2526729" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A letter from Mary Todd Lincoln—considered to be particularly nasty following a perceived slight—is part of a rare three-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln hat will be on the block May 5 at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.[/caption] CHICAGO – A particularly nasty letter from Mary Todd Lincoln is just one of 100 historic, autographed letters and...

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    May

From the Worthologists’ Archive: Is there a Benefit to ‘Verbal’ Provenance?

[caption id="attachment_2526655" align="aligncenter" width="316"] According to its current owner, a dealer said this “Art Deco” pottery study of four heads was from the estate of a well-known art collector and former dealer, but had no documentation or any solid provenance. That “verbal provenance” has no bearing on the value of the piece.[/caption] According to its current owner, this...

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  • 26
    Apr

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: A Joan Miro Print & WWI-Era Aerial Camera

[caption id="attachment_2526709" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Paul, a viewer in New Jersey, asked Harry Rinker to take a look at an antique aerial camera, while Emily asks about whether the Joan Miro artwork she has is a valuable lithograph or a less valuable print.[/caption] The weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker” on the WorthPoint YouTube channel features antiques and collectibles...

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  • 26
    Apr

Deutsch-Asiatische Bank 1907 Peking Issue Banknote Rarity Brings Record $30,000

[caption id="attachment_2526702" align="aligncenter" width="600"] This high-grade Deutsch-Asiatische Bank, 1907 Peking issue 5 Taels banknote rarity soared to a record $30,000 in a three-day auction held April 11-13 by Archives International Auctions.[/caption] FORT LEE, N.J – A high-grade Deutsch-Asiatische Bank, 1907 Peking issue 5 Taels banknote rarity soared to a record $30,000, after opening on the floor for $14,500,...

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  • 25
    Apr

San Francisco Zoo’s ‘Animal Artists in Residence’ Put Paintings Up for Auction

[caption id="attachment_2526674" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Inspired by Mark Rothko, this untitled blue and black painting by Cruise, a blue-eyed black lemur, can be purchased for a “Buy It Now” price of $800.[/caption] It’s not exactly Cubism by chimpanzees, Pop Art by pandas or Minimalism by mandrills, but the “artists in residence” at the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens—all animals...

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    Apr

Rinker on Collectibles: When is it Time to Stop Beating a Dead Horse?

While told by my writing instructors to avoid clichés, idioms, proverbs and folk/regional sayings, I find they allow me to express exactly what I mean. I have to be careful. Some of my favorite sayings, such as “I am taking a busman’s holiday,” are antiquated to the point where few individuals under the age of 50 understand their...

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