What will happen to your guns under President Trump?

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Now that we’re more than a month into the Trump era, I’m eager to see how the new administration, controversial legislation, and even heated Twitter exchanges about gun control affects firearm sales in the secondary market. Logic would tell me that sales will slow down. After all, gun sales soared during President Obama’s eight years in office. A recent USA …

Collecting Treasures: Stylish vintage watches doing well at auction

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Smartwatches are pretty cool, but not as distinctive or stylish as a vintage watch Lately, there’s been a lot of buzz about smartwatches. Many of these come with accelerometers, heart rate monitors, GPS, and some even have the capacity to make phone calls. Pretty cool, yes, but not as distinctive and stylish as a vintage watch, in my opinion. Some …

Collecting Treasures: Will our Western romance survive?

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When meeting with families and seeing this generational shift in tastes and collection, my fear is that the Millennial is not going to be collecting this genre I often look for trends and try to forecast what we see coming in the auction world. Being here in the desert Southwest, one of the most common genres we sell is Western …

Collecting Treasures: 6 holiday gifts worth buying at auction

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People always love the thought behind the gift The holiday season can be so nerve racking. We all have that loved one or friend who is impossible to shop for. Be it odd, bizarre or just outside the box, I like my gifts to be different, memorable, sometimes funny or just plain thought provoking. Where do I get my gifts? …

Collecting Treasures: Who are you going to vote, I mean, bid for?

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Political memorabilia is such an “easy” collectible and has always been big with collectors This election has me thinking. No, not about moving to Sweden, but about political memorabilia. It’s such an “easy” collectible and has always been big with collectors. I say easy as it’s generally free. The politicians, for the most part, will happily give it to you. …

Collecting Treasures: Have trains passed their station?

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Once the most popular toy on the market, trains have gone from collectible to passé The iconic toy train set went from being every boy’s dream to a collectible. Really, the 1970s saw the demand change as the train was no longer what every boy had to have. The crazes moved on to slot cars, action figures and then with …

Collecting Treasures: How hot are Hot Wheels?

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The proverbial iron is hot on some of these late ’60s or early ’70s Mattel toys that are still in their original packages Who would have thought that a 59-cent Mattel Hot Wheels Redline diecast toy car could be worth thousands of dollars, but today they are quite the craze. Of course, it’s the rare, promotional, or highly sought-out versions …

Emeralds: One of the Most Overlooked Gemstones

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I always enjoy watching people preview estate jewelry at our auction house because, while most people are drawn to diamonds, many others seek pieces with unique stones. Take the emerald. With its vivid, evenly distributed color and unique characteristics, I believe this is one of the most overlooked gemstones. French art critic Charles Blanc was right when he described this …

Tuning in to the value of music boxes

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Collecting Treasures: Music boxes have always seemed to have an effect of getting people to stop and take them in Nothing captures a child, or an adult for that matter, like a beautiful mechanical music box. I love when we have one in the gallery, and it’s fired up. You’ll see everyone stop for a second and take it in. …

Don’t be a fool about your mother’s jewels

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Collecting Treasures: Get a second, and in some cases a third, unbiased professional opinion when it comes to your loved ones’ jewelry and collectibles One of the biggest mistakes we continue to see in the estate auction business is what people do with their family’s jewelry. There are many reasons these mistakes keep happening. Just don’t know Let’s say, you’re …