Emeralds: One of the Most Overlooked Gemstones

Samantha Gill Blog

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

Dean Batson Blog

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

Dean Batson Blog

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 …

Are you a diagnosed audiophile?

J. Levines Blog

Collecting Treasures: Many old stereos are not collectible, but always check first Are you an audiophile or do you know one? Many people have this affliction and don’t even know it. An audiophile is a person with a love for — OK, an obsession with — the high-quality playback of music. Why do I bring this subject up? The audiophile’s addiction to sound commands them to collect vintage …

Feed your inner Musketeer: 3 tips for collecting swords

J. Levines Blog

Collecting Treasures: Swords can mean serious business as a weapon and as an auction draw What is it about the sword? These fascinating weapons have been popular at auctions for hundreds of years. Antique, historic, even modern works of art can fetch thousands at auction. Many times it’s their personal history, the weapon’s rarity or just its design. The Japanese Katana, or Samurai …

4 reasons why young people should collect now

J. Levines Blog

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Collecting Treasures: Generational collector trends show us, he who buys now will greatly profit later If you were born 20 to 30 years ago, consider yourself lucky, because time is on your side. Generational collector trends shows us, he who buys now will greatly profit later. In today’s auction world, the paradigms of the past have shifted. What was hot is …

Is your $20 bill worth $20,000?

J. Levines Blog

Collecting Treasures: The market for old paper money may be heating up With all of the recent news from the Treasury Department about changing the $20, $10 and $5 bills to include Harriet Tubman and other women and civil rights leaders over the next decade, it’s time to talk the value of money. No, not inflation or some other boring economic …

Man goes from $5,000 offer to $60,000 payoff on estate

J. Levines Blog

Collecting Treasures: Bringing in an educated appraiser or auctioneer may save you from losing tens of thousands of dollars in the end Sometimes the rush and stress of settling a parent’s estate makes people in vulnerable positions do, what in hindsight, is a crazy thing. Recently, I received a phone call from a gentleman in Colorado who was interested in …

Dust off that old camera and find out what it’s worth

J. Levines Blog

Collecting Treasures: Cameras were once considered to be like status symbols and passionate photographers stood behind their brands It appears that Paul Simon’s 1973 lyrics, “Mama, don’t take my Kodachrome away” from his hit song “Kodachrome” may have new life, despite the fact that Kodak officially retired the color film in 2009 to make way for the digital revolution. If you’re too …

J. Levine’s “Fostering Hope: A Fine Wine Auction” Nets $10,000 for OCJ Kids

Funds raised from inaugural charity auction will help foster children SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (March 31, 2016) – In Arizona alone, more than 20,000 children are in foster care, group homes or crisis shelters. That’s a startling number, especially when the majority of these children were placed in foster care due to neglect. But recently, an intimate group of more than 60 people …