When appraising any item a number of things have to be considered, such as the maker, the vintage, its quality of construction, rarity and current market demand. There is one other that can trump all the rest and that is "Prior Ownership" or as it...Continue Reading
One of the things Appraisers have to deal with on a regular basis is "Provenance", in other words the traceable history of an item. One item that tends to bring out the most incredible stories are swords, particularly very ornate ones. The "Family...Continue Reading
Ever wonder what those Appraisers shown on shows like Pawn Stars or the
Antiques Roadshow are looking for when they flip an old teapot, vase or
dish over and scrutinize the bottom before they pronounce the piece's
vintage? Well, it's a bit like...
One thing about collecting, every now and again a new category will appear to gain
traction, first with a small group of cutting edge collectors, then slip into the mainstream.
One such category is ``Technical Antiques``, Eg. the first personal...
This Schuco motorcyclist is a Post World War Two example made by the German
toy company"Schuco", Circa 1952 . Values for these tinplate German toys depends
mainly on their vintage, rarity and condition. Schuco was a very well known toymaker
Appraising porcelain Bird figurines can be troublesome, as they fit into
a narrow decorative niche, but often appeal to to those that don't
specialize in them, who often bid them up far higher than presale
values. For this reason alone the...
Illustrator Art is currently breaking records at Heritage Auction's 2013 Apr 11 - 12 Beverly Hills Signature Illustration Art Auction. With a 95% sell through rate for this auction it appears that demand for "Golden Age" and original "Pin Up" Art...
April 12, 2013
Photo courtesy of AP.
A pair of 4 1/2 foot tall vases, ornately decorated and from the reign of Nicholas I recently sold for $2.7 million in a private sale, arranged just before the vases were supposed to be sold at auction....Continue Reading
It seems the market is still going strong for Movie Posters and Memorabilia, at least at the upper end of the market. At recent auctions some posters have easily surpassed their pre-sale estimates by sizable percentages. A rare movie poster from...Continue Reading