1913 Liberty Nickel brings $3.73 million at Heritage Auctions January FUN U.S. Coin auction

January 14th, 2010 by

coinPart of Heritage Auctions’ $53 million numismatic auctions week; Strength seen holding in U.S. Rare Coin market

DALLAS, TX — An awed hush fell over the Platinum Night bidding floor of Heritage Auctions’ Orlando FL FUN U.S. Coin Auction on Thursday, Jan. 7, as “The Olsen Specimen” 1913 Liberty Nickel, PR 64 NGC, lived up to its billing as the most famous American coin by bringing a jaw-dropping $3,737,500. This figure is tied for the third-largest sum ever paid at auction for a single U.S. coin.

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Reproductions – something for the masses – by Reyne Haines

January 14th, 2010 by

High-grade_antique_reproduction_porcelainEarly in my career, I had the opportunity to sell a one of a kind Tiffany lamp.  The thought of selling it at auction was the first decision made, because with a “one of a kind” you have no comparables in which to price it by.

By the end of the sale, the lamp had sold for $1,750,000 (plus buyer’s premium).  At the time, it was the 2nd highest price achieved for a Tiffany lamp at auction. I thought to myself, “Who pays that kind of price to light a room?”

That question brings me to another one…Are reproductions something you should buy?  The answer is yes, and no.

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Religious Items – The Art of Collecting – Reyne Haines & Jonathan Novack

January 13th, 2010 by

Reyne and Jonathan make another visit to LR Antiques to speak to Lara about religious items to collect. We see many unique pieces which are collectible but also conversation pieces in your home. We take a look at rosaries and other cross pieces to menorahs anyone can afford.

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Marburger Farm Antique Show – The Art of Collecting – Reyne Haines & Jonathan Novack

January 12th, 2010 by

Reyne and Jonathan take a trip to Marburger Farm Antique Show, one of the biggest shows in Texas, held twice yearly. Over 350 dealers display their wares at this great event. Reyne stops by an antique textile booth to chat with the dealer.

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Bonhams & Butterfields – Fine African, Oceanic & Pre-Columbian Art

January 12th, 2010 by

Auction – February 12, 2010

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Reproductions – The Scourge of the Collecting World – by Rosemary Trietsch

January 11th, 2010 by
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Reproduction is on left, original on right

Nothing strikes fear in the hearts of collectors like finding out that their beloved collectible is being reproduced. The mere mention of the ‘R’ word causes blood pressure to soar as prices plummet in even the most established collecting market. Yes, reproductions are the scourge of the collecting world. But is it ever acceptable to buy one?

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Phillips de Pury & Company -Catalogues, Exciting Auctions in New York & London, Photography, Contemporary Art, Jewels & Design

January 11th, 2010 by

Spring auction, February 12 & 13, 2010, Contemporary Art – London

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Keno Auctions New York, NY – Sneak Peek of items to be auctioned

January 11th, 2010 by

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Charles Hollis Jones – by Matt Burkholz

January 11th, 2010 by

chjmetricAs a longtime dealer and collector of antiques specializing in fine bakelite jewelry and objects, I’m basically a 20′s-40′s deco dude. I’ve always been drawn to mid century modern furniture, and I’ve studied and lectured about the all the classics; Breuer, Saarinen, Eames, Nelson…..but the quintessential purist machinist design aesthetic and the non-ornamental nature of most modern furniture left me a little under-done.

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Pinball Pandemonium – The Art of Collecting – Reyne Haines & Jonathan Novack

January 10th, 2010 by

Pinball wizards, Reyne and Jonathan check out a pinball machine collection. Keith has a collection of these machines that could make anyone fell like they are in high school again. He also has some tips on buying, if you are thinking about getting into this type of collecting.

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