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Jan
16
2015

2014 recap blog

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I looked at our last blog over the weekend and I was embarrassed to see that it was posted over a year ago. Well that is certainly not due to lack of effort. 2014 was the busiest year I can remember. Now we are headed into 2015, which will be my 40th year in the antiques business. It seems fitting that I start by recapping 2014 and highlighting some of those things which have kept Matt and I too busy to blog. Then I promise to keep up [Read More...]


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Oct
19
2012

New York Supreme Court drops a bombshell on New York auction houses!

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    I just read this stunning article from Maine Antique Digest. The New York auction houses must reveal the name of their consignors to auction buyers! This is a shocking development. One that the big auction houses will certainly fight. Apparently the language requiring that the consignor’s name be provided to the buyer has been in the legal language right along, but the auction houses were not [Read More...]


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Aug
03
2012

Bonnie & Clyde pocket watch offered at auction

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On a quiet May morning in 1934, the most wanted bank-robbing gangster Clyde Barrow and his equally notorious accomplice Bonnie Parker fatally drove their car into an FBI ambush. The posse of lawmen fired over 130 bullets at the cornered couple, and when the smoke cleared, Bonnie and Clyde were dead.

Barrow was carrying his Elgin pocket watch when he met his violent end. That watch along [Read More...]


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Jul
12
2012

Cardboard box found in attic could be worth millions!

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I have never been much of a a baseball card aficionado, but as a dealer and collector, this is the type of story that keeps us hunting for treasure. You never know where that pot of gold is hiding. Thank you to Derin Bray for posting it on face book for me to discover.  Here is the story as ESPN reported:

DEFIANCE, Ohio -- Karl Kissner picked up a soot-covered [Read More...]


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Apr
17
2012

New record auction price

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The world has a brand new record for the highest price ever paid for a work of art: $250 million! I wish that the new record was for an Early American tall case clock or a piece of Boston Queen Anne furniture. Alas, it was not. The record price was paid for a painting, which is not surprising given the tremendous numbers that fly around in the high end art market. I hope that some day the world will realize that the under appreciated masterpieces [Read More...]


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Mar
23
2012

Royalties for artists: my viewpoint

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I recently came across this article by Daniel Grant on AFA News. It examines the controversial California resale royalties law. According to the law, contemporary art collectors, auctioneers, galleries and dealers are required to pay a 5% royalty to original artists upon resale of that artist’s work. Amazingly, they are required to pay royalties to the artist’s heirs if that artist has died within the last 70 years..
Several recent law [Read More...]


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Nov
16
2011

I just don’t get some types of art!

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I realize that there are many different types of art and that the people to whom that art appeals are as wide ranging as the art itself. I have to say though, that I struggle to understand some types of modern and abstract art. Take the digital photo that was just sold at Christies in New York for example. I get the fact that it was produced by a highly regarded photographer. I also get the fact that it is thought provoking and interesting. What I [Read More...]


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Oct
26
2011

Discoveries!

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Discoveries...

This is what keeps us going - the thrill of the hunt!  As dealers we are always dreaming of making that big discovery, the sleeper that will make a difference. It still happens, as evidenced by the story below. I have made a few through the years, but I’m still waiting for the “big one”.

We did make a nice discovery in an auction box lot last year, maybe not as spectacular as the one in [Read More...]


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Sep
08
2011

Fancy diamonds a hot commodity

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I just came across this story about two extraordinary, multimillion dollar yellow diamonds which are about to be sold. We keep hearing about the hot markets for certain art commodities, particularly those that are of interest to wealthy Asian buyers. They certainly seem [Read More...]


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Aug
15
2011

Noteworthy objects from Skinner sale

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The Skinner Americana sale took place over the weekend and two of the objects caught my eye. First was the Vermont four drawer federal chest. It's a relatively simple country form that was constructed of remarkable figured wood. Kudos to the photographer, who made the figured maple look absolutely electric on the front cover of the catalog. The early 19th century Rutland Vermont cabinetmaker must have saved his best tiger and bird's-eye maple and [Read More...]


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