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  • 14
    Jul

Don’t Throw it Away! That’s Some Surprisingly Valuable Household Junk

[caption id="attachment_2527373" align="aligncenter" width="600"] This mixed lot of nondescript pens labelled as an “attic find, lifetime collection of pens” sold for $70 (plus $54 shipping).[/caption] There is gold in your drawers that you may not be aware of. Don’t feel bad. We Americans are accumulators. Consumerism drives our economy; when we see something we need (or want) we...

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  • 14
    Jul

Auction Report: Three-Ring Auction, Joan Rivers; Estate and a Trump Engagement Ring

[caption id="attachment_2527362" align="aligncenter" width="600"] This Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Congress of Rough Riders of the World. 12-sheet color lithograph billboard (approx. 10 by 8 feet) from 1890, mounted on old linen as one unit, will open at $5,000 at Potter & Potter’s Three Ring Auction on July 23, 2016.[/caption] Welcome back... In our July report, auctions of...

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  • 12
    Jul

Is an Unknown Mount Vernon Document worth a Hefty Gamble?

[caption id="attachment_2527339" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A painting of George Washington and Lafayette at Mount Vernon, 1784 by Rossiter and Mignot, 1859. WorthPoint CEO Will Seippel found a document written in French at the Mount Vernon plantation in 1786. The document also makes numerous mention of George Washington. Is it worth anything? Will intends on finding out.[/caption] I am back...

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  • 11
    Jul

Son of Frankenstein, Dracula’s Daughter to lead Heritage Vinatge Poster Auction

[caption id="attachment_2527349" align="aligncenter" width="331"] Scarce horror titles such as this “Son of Frankenstein” Style A one-sheet from 1939 are among more than 1,000 lots of rare and desirable posters are being offered in Heritage Auction’s July 30-31 Movie Posters Signature Auction. This one is expected to realize $50,000 or more.[/caption] DALLAS – Scarce horror titles as a “Son...

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  • 11
    Jul

Mark of the Week: Liberty & Co., Cymric Silver and Archibald Knox

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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  • 8
    Jul

Rinker on Collectibles: Interpreting Antiques and Collectibles Speak

[caption id="attachment_2527342" align="aligncenter" width="480"] There is no “Antiques and Collectibles 101” textbook. Unfortunately, the trade is filled with dozens of words that (1) have no meaning or (2) are open to interpretation, the definition varying from person to person.[/caption] A WorthPoint subscriber wrote: “As I troll through various articles, newsletters from auction houses, and other sources, I keep...

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  • 8
    Jul

Collecting Stratemeyer Syndicate Books Should Be No Mystery

[caption id="attachment_2527332" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A pair of 1923 first edition hard-bound Rover Boys Teen Mystery by Edward Stratemeyer, which were among the first in the more than 1,6000 booked attributed to Stratemeyer.[/caption] If I were to ask you who the 20th century’s most prolific novelists were, which names would come to mind? Isaac Asimov, the sci-fi writer with...

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  • 6
    Jul

Rinker on Collectibles: It is Impossible to Purge Wrong Information

[caption id="attachment_2527355" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Once bad information is out into general circulation, it’s much like that elusive genie—very hard to get back into the bottle. Despite corrections and notifications, the bad info will persist, and when you think it’s been buried for good, it raising its head again in an unexpected place.[/caption] Historically, once misinformation appeared in print,...

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  • 5
    Jul

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: Mounting Stone and Washington’s Masonic Compeers

[caption id="attachment_2527358" align="aligncenter" width="861"] Harry Rinker discusses a book about George Washington and his Masons Compeers, as well as current issues in the antiques and collectibles trade.[/caption] In the July 5, 2016 episode of WorthPoint Chats with harry Rinker, Harry answers viewers’ questions about a western mounting stone and a book about George Washington and the Masons, as...

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  • 30
    Jun

A Family History Discovered on eBay is a True Fabulous Find

[caption id="attachment_2527294" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Some of the “Holdeman Archive” Fabulous Find as recovered through an eBay transaction.[/caption] It all began in April 2014, as I was conducting on-line research into my maternal grandfather’s military service on the Mexican Border (1916). After many swings and misses, lo and behold, I discovered an eBay auction for a number of “postcards,...

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