Collecting & Hobbies
The original 1960 contract of legendary baseball player Mickey Mantle with the New York Yankees that paid him $60,000 will be auctioned to raise funds to help victims of Hurricane Sandy
A Honus Wagner card was sold for $2.1 million in an online auction, becoming the the highest price paid for a card in a public sale. The price eclipses the $1.6 million paid for the same card in 2008
Even if your biggest foray into this mysterious world of the rich and famous has been lining your studio apartment with 'Dogs Playing Poker,' fear not: Once you grasp the basics, you can upgrade your artistic sensibilities -- without breaking the bank
There's a lesson here for smart collectors. See if you can figure out where I'm going with the moral when it comes to Wedgewood china
You really have to marvel at the Victorians. To their eye, a blank space was a wasted space. And so they plopped shawls, what-nots, tchotchkes, and all kinds of you name it on any available flat surface. As a result, piano babies, a ceramic conceit of over-the-top cuteness, lounged on pianos or mantels until about WWI.
High chair hunters look for decorative, preferably over-the-top Victorian examples. Or they go for ones with technical innovations. Basic later chairs are a much harder sell.
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My family has a letter handwritten by Abraham Lincoln. It appears to be valid, but we'd like to find out for sure. How do we find a credible source?
I want to sell these steins but have no idea of their value. They've been in my family for many years and I'm anxious not to make a mistake. Any info?
Any info on this chiefs blanket, including how to sell it? I've researched and can't find a pattern exactly like it, but the diamond design seems to fit what I've read about Navajo chiefs blankets from 1880.
My family describes the set of 12 individual, lead crystal saltcellars we inherited as heirlooms that traveled to America on the Mayflower. Supposedly, they came with the White family, whose son, Peregrine, was the first child born to Pilgrims in the New World.
One, a large, beautifully carved Victorian center table, stands out for its sheer style. It's in the Rococo Revival style popular in the mid-1800s, and dates from that time. The wood appears to be walnut, though it must be seen firsthand.
My grandmother gave me a silver mesh purse a long time ago. I tried several websites to find the history on it and the estimated value, but no luck.
We've said it here before: There is a vast difference between asking and getting. A seller can quote anything, but getting it is another matter. Whenever you see an eye-popping value, consider the source.
I wonder if people have seriously thought about the law of supply and demand as it relates to their items. In simplest terms, the idea is that in a competitive market, the price for any item will vary according to relationship between the quantity wanted by consumers and the quantity available. Shifts in the market can affect the classic curve
Collectors have a responsibility to those left behind. Do yourself and your heirs a favor and keep descriptive info with updated lists of values on your objects
People buying and selling cards and other sports memorabilia can be found just about everywhere these days, and there's money to be made. But given the amount of fraud, there's also money to be lost if you're not careful. Here's an overview for a winning strategy
Any info on my Summertime Royal Winton teapot from the 1950s? Bottom marks are Grimwades and Ascot. Any value?
My husband and I found these two discarded lights. They have such style and beauty that we want to refurbish them. We've looked on the Internet to see what they looked like complete, but no luck. Any ideas?
If you cannot wait until Antiques Roadshow filming comes your way (if it does), appraisal is always an option. Perhaps a local dealer who knows very old furniture will do a verbal appraisal at less cost than a written, formal appraisal. Can't hurt to ask.
During the 19th century, more square grand pianos sold in America than uprights or classic grands. Massive and stolid, the elaborate instruments fit Victorian aesthetics. They reached a height of popularity around the 1880/90s. By 1900, consumers rejected Victorian fussiness and many handsome square grands were cut into firewood or discarded. Today, the old relics are again fashionable
I picked up a painting at a yard sale held by a world traveler. I don't see a signature on it, but she told me it was by August Schwabe, a German artist. Value?
My daffodil pin marked 'Danecraft Sterling' was on 'Antiques Roadshow' a few years ago. They said that only five were made. Value?
Old Haviland has a Schleiger number, an identifier to differentiate between the many patterns produced by the maker. Developed by Arlene Schleiger of Omaha, Neb., and continued by her son, the system of pen and ink drawings was developed in the 1940s and '50s. It is a helpful visual reference showing details of each pattern.
Before phonographs and 'talking machines,' before records, jukeboxes, Walkmans and I-Pods, homes that could afford one had a floor-standing or tabletop mechanical music box. Large coin-operated boxes stood upright in saloons and arcades.
Today, early 20th-century Louis Vuitton travel trunks and suitcases are immensely popular with collectors. Some actually use them. Others display them as decorative objects
More than most areas of collecting, coins are no place for a novice. The field is full of sharks. Simply put: If you don't know what you're doing, you better know your seller or buyer. That means research. Never, never deal with anyone 'cold.'
One would think that the chair pair, with a respected name like Knoll, a midcentury pedigree and excellent condition, would sell big in a Modern auction or gallery. But in the world of collecting, common assumptions are sometimes off
Collecting has been hit by a double whammy of factors. First, it's the economy. Most readers are so involved in trying to keep ahead of job losses, energy costs, health care and so forth that buying for pleasure is a last priority. But reality runs deeper than that