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  • 24
    Aug

Fabulous Find: A Hand-Made Appalachian Five-String Banjo

[caption id="attachment_2527606" align="aligncenter" width="257"] A simple little piece of cultural-musical history: a 5-string banjo, hand-made near the Blue Ridge Mountain town of Galax, Va., in 1960.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2527612" align="aligncenter" width="250"] The back of the hand-made five-string banjo showing the birds-eye maple resonator back. The author bought it in Rocky Mount, Va., in 2008.[/caption] I've followed WorthPoint's newsletter feature...

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  • 23
    Aug

Personal Property from the Jane Fonda Collection Shines at Julien’s

[caption id="attachment_2527622" align="aligncenter" width="380"] A one-of-a-kind Andy Warhol 1982 pop lithograph of Fonda Jane as an All-American girl will be among the many items from Jane Fonda’s personal collection to go up for auction at Julien’s on Sept. 23.[/caption] Julien’s Auctions proudly presents Property from the Collection of Jane Fonda, an exquisite collection of fashion, art, jewelry, decorative...

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  • 22
    Aug

Prices for upcoming Muhammad Ali Artifacts Auctions sure to Pack a Punch

[caption id="attachment_2527618" align="aligncenter" width="359"] The WBC Heavyweight Championship belt Muhammad Ali won after defeating George Foreman in the fabled 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” carries a $600,000 presale estimate when it comes up for auction at Heritage Auctions in Dallas.[/caption] DALLAS – A half-century of the life of one of the most influential figures in modern American history—heavyweight...

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  • 22
    Aug

WorthPoint to begin Testing Crowdfunding Waters in September

. Our team at CrowdfundX, a pioneering digital crowdfunding agency, was invited to architect and execute the marketing for WorthPoint.com’s upcoming equity crowdfunding campaign in an effort to build brand equity and drive growth. Historically, the opportunity to invest in early-growth companies was offered only to accredited investors and venture capitalists. Under the new Regulation A+ rules of...

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  • 22
    Aug

Kintsugi Techniques: A Detailed Look at the Art of Repair

There is a boom going on in the Japanese art of repair called kintsugi. A quick search on the Internet will turn up links to several major exhibitions in the last couple years. This ancient, traditional art is starting some well-deserved attention outside of Japan. As I’ve noted in a previous article, if you are interested in an ecologically...

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  • 19
    Aug

Tavern Tokens Proliferated in Tumultuous 17th-Century London

[caption id="attachment_2510586" align="alignright" width="300"] This 17th-century tavern token for the Green Dragon Tavern, found in Rochester in Kent by use of a metal detector, sold in eBay UK for $62.37 in 2011.[/caption] When I was in high school more than 40 years ago, English classes consisted of reading short stories, Shakespeare and excerpts from larger works. One of...

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  • 17
    Aug

When Sports and Art Collide: Collecting Golden Age Sports-Themed Comic Books

[caption id="attachment_2510867" align="alignright" width="212"] Sports Comics, one of the early forays into sports comics, consisted of six stories over 68-pages and featured the New York Yankees’ Lou Gehrig on the cover of issue #1.[/caption] The real life drama that is sports often presents the perfect canvas for stories rich in triumph and tragedy. The glamour, fame and larger-than-life...

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  • 16
    Aug

WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker: An Odd but Fascinating Eastlake Table

[caption id="attachment_2527698" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Harry Rinker takes a look at an odd but fascinating Eastlake table that converts into a writing desk.[/caption] In the Aug. 16, 2016 episode, Harry answers viewers' questions about an odd Eastlake table and a Vitanola gramophone, as well as taking on the topic of Pokémon collectibles. The weekly “WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker”...

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  • 16
    Aug

Living the Amish Life—On Postcards

[caption id="attachment_2511707" align="alignright" width="300"] Fun and games are part of Amish life. These two teenagers are headed for the frozen pond on their farm to enjoy an afternoon of ice skating. This unusual Amish scene can be found in the $2 to $5 range.[/caption] Mainstream Americans have always found the lifestyle of Amish people fascinating. Perhaps it’s because...

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  • 16
    Aug

Does that Certificate of Authenticity Tell the Whole Story?

[caption id="attachment_2511918" align="alignright" width="299"] A simple example of a COA issued for a commercial coin collection. There is no signature or tells how many were actually made.[/caption] On a recent reality show dealing with pickers or auctions or pawn shops or whatever, an expert was brought in to evaluate an item. It might have been a movie prop...

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