Lure of the inkwell is more than its decorative style

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Collecting Treasures: An inkwell made in the late 1800s won’t necessarily hold more value than one made in the 1940s Late last month, we sold a collection of more than 200 exquisite inkwells from one local consignor’s collection. She started collecting in the late 1970s, purchasing each one from antique shops … never on the Internet. Here’s a little history: …

How one painting in a garage realized $110,000

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Collecting Treasures: Kenneth Noland was an American painter, who was renowned for Color Field painting and a key figure in the Post-Painterly Abstraction movement This is a story about a rare find that almost went unfound, and it happened right here in the Valley last month. Several weeks ago, we were contacted by a consignor with power of attorney who needed …

How does the Super Bowl affect your collectibles?

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Collecting Treasures: Auctioneers will watch the Big Game to see how it plays out in the world of collectibles. Sunday is the Big Game and you can bet auctioneers all over the world are watching. Not just for the sport, but to see how the entire phenomenon plays out in the world of collectibles. We’re all aware that an estimated …

What’s killing it: Contemporary, modern art

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Collecting Treasures: Art post-1950 and in that modernist style seems to be unstoppable Trendy is getting quite spendy. I continue to be amazed by contemporary and modern art values. Art post-1950 and in that modernist style seems to be unstoppable. We recently conducted our annual New Year’s Day auction, and this year, the sale featured a few fine examples of …

Cyclical furniture trends: What’s in demand

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Collecting Treasures: Recently, we’ve been seeing a resurgence of 18th and 19th century furniture … again I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: trends come and go in cycles, and furniture is no exception. Recently, we’ve been seeing a resurgence of 18th and 19th century furniture … again. In my 20 years of auctioneering, I’ve seen this period …

7 Ideas To Up Your Stocking Stuffer Game

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The psychology of gift giving is fascinating, especially at Christmas. Most of us have that one relative who is notorious for re-gifting, and the White Elephant gift exchange at work typically features some oddball items.

Stocking stuffers, I think, are hugely underrated, as many people choose to fill the stockings with inexpensive trinkets, like a chocolate Santa or a pair of socks.

Art’s value depends on whether artist is an A-Lister

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The world of fine art is a strange land to most and especially when it comes to its resale and its performance on the fair market. The most common question I’m asked is, “What’s my art worth?” And, it’s generally one of the most difficult things to answer. There are so many factors, but first and foremost is the artist. …

Is Native American jewelry coming back in style?

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Collecting Treasures: The artist’s name, as in just about all things, is paramount to value. In the auction world, we follow trends closely. Keeping current with what’s hot and what’s not is becoming a science. These trends seemed to have a longer shelf life you could count on, but with each passing year, as attention spans get shorter, we have to …

It’s worth asking if your purse is a good investment

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Collecting Treasures: Good designer handbangs can hold most of their value What a strange question, you may think. But no, not really. There are so many things that one buys without ever thinking they are a good investment. Most often, they’re not. But don’t think your purse, clutch or handbag is worthless. I am here to tell you, this might be …

3 Types of Rugs Doing Well at Auction

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Recently, we had a bidding war going on for a true masterpiece. But it wasn’t a painting, sculpture or other piece of fine art. It was a signed Iranian silk hunting scene rug that sold for $3,000. This beautiful rug measuring approximately 86 inches by 52 inches belonged to a consignor who had traveled the world. In my two decades of working …