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Forged Signatures: Tips to Help Collectors Find the Real Deal

The Declaration of Independence boasts of a plethora of signatures from some of America’s most famous men, but whose do you think is the most valuable? The podcast Radiolab conducted in an investigation and the winner is Button Gwinnett! Surprised? Gwinnett’s obscurity increased the value of his signature. He only has 51 documented signature examples and was killed in a duel in 1777. photo: Andrea Izzotti/ Shutterstock and Reader’s Digest

By Kary Pardy, writer of “Exploring Antique Technology” Mickey Mantle’s baseball, a celebrity-signed photograph, the copy of the Declaration of Independence from your relative’s attic: the value of each of these items lies in its authenticity. Forgers go to great lengths to dupe collectors, but unfortunately, several other roadblocks are not inherently sneaky. Collectors of […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Red Hat porcelain gas sign, $66,000, Morphy Auctions

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Red Hat porcelain gas sign, $66,000, Morphy Auctions

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A Red Hat Royal 400 Gasoline porcelain sign with red hat graphic sold for $66,000 at an Automobilia & Petroliana Auction held October 8th by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, a 1913 Indian Model 30.50 motorcycle, serial #E43213, sped off for $45,000; a […]

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: Marathon Products sign, $6,900, Route 32 Auctions

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Marathon Products sign, $6,900, Route 32 Auctions

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall An early Marathon Products (“Best in the Long Run”) double-sided porcelain sign, with iconic running man graphic, sold for $6,900 at the premiere auction of Route 32 Auctions (based in Crawfordsville, Inc.) in Indianapolis, Indiana. Also, an En-Ar-Co White Rose double-sided porcelain sign went […]