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Patek Philippe wristwatch, $471,000, Christie’s

A Patek Philippe platinum perpetual calendar minute repeating tourbillon wristwatch with Breguet numerals, retrograde date and moon phases, made in 2007, sold for $471,000 at a Watches and American Icons auction held December 12 by Christie’s in New York City. Also, a Richard Mille platinum tonneau-shaped tourbillon split-seconds chronograph wristwatch rose to $325,000; and a […]

Tiffany Dragonfly lamp, $180,000, Michaan’s

A Tiffany Studios Dragonfly lamp sold for $180,000 at an auction held in December by Michaan’s Auctions in Alameda, Calif. Also, an acrylic on canvas painting by James Weeks (American, 1922-1998), titled Cello Sonata, realized $37,200; a Westwood / Keith Haring patterned knitted ensemble rose to $3,000; a French Art Deco burl walnut furniture suite […]

Exploring Antique Technologies: March 2020


Using Technology to Keep your Antiques Safe By Kary Pardy In 2014, Harvard University unveiled newly “restored” Mark Rothko murals. The paintings had been locked away after previously hanging on the sunny wall of the dining hall from 1962-1979 and had been considerably faded. Many thought they would remain so because Rothko’s special paint formulations […]

LeBron James rookie card, $270,600, Goldin Auctions

A 2003-2004 Upper Deck Exquisite NBA Rookie Patch Parallel #78 LeBron James signed rookie card, graded BGS NM-MT+ 8.5, sold for $270,600 in an October Legends Auction held by Goldin Auctions, based in Runnemede, N.J. Also, a 1956 Topps #33 Roberto Clemente baseball card, graded PSA GEM MT 10, fetched $247,230; and Lou Gehrig’s signed […]

Abraham Lincoln signed book, $175,000, University Archives

A copy of the book The Miscellaneous Works of Oliver Goldsmith, by the American author Washington Irving, with an ownership signature by Abraham Lincoln, sold for $175,000 in an online auction held Jan. 16 by University Archives in Westport, Conn. Also, a carte de visite photograph of Lincoln, signed by him (as “A. Lincoln”) and […]

Comic Character Collectibles

CBPG #1 Facsimile Edition SC (1)

By J.C. Vaughn Overstreet Turns 50, Ruth is Still “The Babe” As we’ve mentioned previously in this space, The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. If you’ve been collecting in virtually any niche, you know that a price guide spanning five decades is rare and one doing it with the […]

Antiques Peek: March 2020

1878 Edison Phonograph Patent Image

Buying Patented By Jessica Kosinski What Patents Tell You Patents or applications for patents only tell you roughly when a company or individual thought an idea was good enough to be worth legally protecting. The patent does not guarantee that the company or person granted the patent actually began production at that time. Many prototypes […]