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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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  • 21
    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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  • 20
    Apr

Important Items pulled from Prominent Atlanta Estates to Be Sold April 30-May 1 by Ahlers & Ogletree

[caption id="attachment_2526625" align="aligncenter" width="601"] This 16th-century hand-woven German Gothic figural tapestry panel, which measures 39 ¼ inches by 72 inches is expected to gavel for $30,000 to $50,000 in the upcoming “Atlanta Collection” auction at Ahlers & Ogletree, Inc. on April 30-May 1 in Atlanta.[/caption] ATLANTA – A 15th-century English Nottingham alabaster relief depicting the Resurrection of Christ,...

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  • 19
    Apr

From the Worthologists’ Archive: Art Deco German Cupboard

[caption id="attachment_2526608" align="aligncenter" width="542"] The couple who bought this cupboard was told it was “1930s European,” had been “professionally restored” and was “all original.” The dealer who sold it to them was right on just one count.[/caption] The couple who purchased this piece were told it was “1930s European,” had been “professionally restored” and was “all original.” The...

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  • 19
    Apr

Q and A with Harry Rinker: 1961-62 Roger Maris & Mickey Mantle Stellar AM Radio

[caption id="attachment_2526602" align="aligncenter" width="600"] This STELLAR Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris AM radio is from either late 1961 or 1962, accompanied by a baseball card showing the two Hall-of-Famers holding an example of the radio, and some extra tubes, could net the owner upwards of $750.[/caption] QUESTION: I have a Roger Maris/Mickey Mantle tabletop AM radio. The front...

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  • 18
    Apr

‘Inverted Jenny’ Stamp recovered after 1955 Theft; One of Three Mates Still at Large

[caption id="attachment_2526593" align="aligncenter" width="512"] An example of a 1918 “inverted Jenny” stamp. Four of these collector’s Holy Grails were stolen in 1955. One showed up last week at Spink USA, a New York auction house. Selling for 24 cents in 1918, they are now worth hundreds of thousands of dollars today.[/caption] It seems that we can’t go a...

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  • 18
    Apr

American, European Paintings to lead Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers’ Fine Art Event April 28

[caption id="attachment_2526617" align="aligncenter" width="600"] This oil on canvas depiction of a tropical scene by Louis Remy Mignot (Am., 1831-1870) is expected to be the top lot in Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers' spring fine art auction, as the hammer price could of soar $100,000 to $150,000.[/caption] MILFORD, Conn. – Shannon’s Fine Art Auctioneers spring auction is shaping up to...

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