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Moorcroft Mostly Hits the Mark
by John Norris

Waddington's, Toronto, Ontarioby John NorrisAll prices in Canadian fundsPerhaps "pretty" is the best word to describe Moorcroft pottery. It's the perfect gift. You can surprise your mother with it for her birthday and/or Christmas, then inherit it years later and expect its monetary value to have grown. Indeed, there is ... (Read More)


Top-Tier Toys and Dolls Receive Warm Reception
by Dick Friz

Bertoia Auctions, Vineland, New Jerseyby Dick FrizBertoia Auctions' April 17-19 "Open House" toy sale in Vineland, New Jersey, offered 2462 lots and was highlighted with impressive performances in such diverse categories as cast-iron banks, doorstops, European motor toys, dollhouses, trains, and Christmas collectibles. A fabulous German Noah's ark with over ... (Read More)


Civil War Collection Sold on Anniversary of Lee's Surrender
by Jeanne Schinto

Bloomsbury Auctions, New York Cityby Jeanne SchintoThe Civil War collection of the late Douglas G. O'Dell was the featured attraction at the Civil War sale of Bloomsbury Auctions in New York City on April 9. For over 25 years, O'Dell, who died in March 2007 at age 53, was the ... (Read More)


The Firearms Column
by Robert Kyle

by Robert KyleRising gasoline prices may be adversely affecting much of American life, but it appears to be helping the gun business. Gun auctions nationwide were already benefiting from an upsurge in business in recent years. Now the cost of gas is making absentee and on-line bidding more attractive.Even before ... (Read More)


Second Annual Boston Antiques Weekend: When Times Are Tough, the Tough Get Getman
by Jeanne Schinto

Boston, Massachusettsby Jeanne SchintoMarvin Getman's Boston Antiques Weekend, inaugurated in 2007 at the problematic Bayside Exposition & Conference Center, was reintroduced to Bostonians on April 12 and 13 at a new and vastly superior venue, the Seaport World Trade Center on the city's waterfront.Major highways lead directly to it; so ... (Read More)


Isfahan Carpet Sets Record at $4.45 Million
by Julia Winston Adams

by Julia Winston AdamsA magnificent Isfahan carpet, circa 1600, from the Doris Duke collection at the Newport Restoration Foundation, Newport, Rhode Island, came under the hammer at Christie's in Rockefeller Center, New York City, on Tuesday, June 3. It sold for $4,450,500 (including buyer's premium), the highest price ever paid ... (Read More)


Tlingit Warrior's Helmet Sells for $2,185,000
by Lita Solis-Cohen

by Lita Solis-CohenAn 18th-century Northwest Coast warrior's helmet sold at Fairfield Auction in Newtown, Connecticut, on May 18 for $2,185,000 (includes buyer's premium). It is the most expensive American Indian object sold at auction. "The stone-carved and painted burl spruce helmet mask was worn on the top of the head ... (Read More)


Fine Art Capital Changes Its Name

Fine Art Capital, LLC has changed its name to Emigrant Bank Fine Art Finance, LLC. "The new title," states a press release, "highlights the company's affiliation with Emigrant Bank, the largest privately held bank in the country. Emigrant Bank Fine Art Finance's sole business is making loans collateralized by art ... (Read More)


Lewis and Clark's History Sells for $212,000
by Lita Solis-Cohen

by Lita Solis-CohenA first edition of the official account of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark's expedition sold for $212,000 (includes buyer's premium) on May 29 at PBA Galleries, San Francisco, California. The price is a record for the sale of a book at PBA Galleries. The buyer was map and ... (Read More)

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The Young Collector: A Field Guide to Collectors
by Hollie Davis and Andrew Richmond

The Young CollectorA Field Guide to Collectorsby Hollie Davis and Andrew RichmondWe've been bandying the word "collector" around now for several months, but recently it has occurred to us that "collector" might mean different things to different people. When we started thinking about it, we realized that there are several ... (Read More)
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