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    May

Mark of the Week: Vance/Avon Faience Company

The Vance/Avon Faience Company of Tiltonsville, Ohio was a short-lived series of companies in Ohio and West Virginia. It made some of the most coveted and highly desirable types of U.S. pottery. While there is some discrepancy of facts, it is thought that the Vance Faience Company (named after the industrialist who funded the endeavor, J. Nelson Vance)...

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  • 1
    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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  • 25
    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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  • 25
    Apr

From the Worthologists’ Archive: Barnes & Company ‘Fireproof’ Safe

[caption id="attachment_2526650" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Because the great weight involved in moving or shipping a safe, such as this Barnes & Company safe, the market for antique safes is limited.[/caption] The owners of this Barnes & Company safe report it has been in the family for more than 100 years, formerly used to store the daily receipts from their...

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  • 24
    Apr

Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice: Collecting Hard Plastic Dolls of the 1950s

[caption id="attachment_2526642" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Hard-plastic dolls from the 1950s is still a hot collecting category. Here we have a grouping of 1950s 8-inch dolls (left to right): A pair of Cosmopolitan Ginger dolls, Vicki and Wardrobe doll in original box, a Nancy Ann Storybook Muffie doll and a Vogue Ginny doll. (Photo from the author’s personal collection)[/caption] Retirement...

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  • 23
    Apr

A Picture-Perfect Sale: Photographs exceed $1 Million at Heritage Auctions

[caption id="attachment_2526658" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A bidding war broke out over a rare, vintage print by William Klein titled “Stickball Player + Johnny, New York,” 1954, at the Heritage Auctions Photographs Auction, held on April 17.With a presale estimate of $4,000, the battle ended with a final bid of $20,625.[/caption] NEW YORK – Among the offerings, “The Reflections of...

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    Apr

Arcade, Vending & Gambling Machines available at Morphy Auctions’ Las Vegas Coin-Op & Advertising Event

[caption id="attachment_2526635" align="aligncenter" width="212"] This Mermaid-themed 1¢ Artillery Duel two-player gun game, which returns the coin to the first player who knocks down all of his opponent’s riflemen, is expected to bring between $150,000 to $200,000 at Morphy Auctions’ multi-million dollar Las Vegas Coin-Op and Advertising two-day sales event on May 14-15.[/caption] LSA VEGAS – It’s all fun...

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