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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
29
2012

The joy of discovery

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    Discovering and exploring the virtues of a newly acquired antique is the great joy of this industry. Examining the aesthetics of a piece and comparing it against the ideal of the form is an important and subjective aspect of an evaluation. In contrast, investigating the history of a piece to establish a firm provenance contributes in a more concrete manner and [Read More...]


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Categories: categoryAcquisitions categoryTall Clocks categoryScholarship



Aug
24
2012

The challenges of selling antiques online

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Doing business on the web brings a whole new set of issues that we would prefer not to have to deal with in the antiques and fine art business.   We had a problem a few years ago when a predatory internet company created a mirror of our web site and was making money by redirecting our visitors to other sites where they could buy $12.00 clocks and junk furniture. It [Read More...]


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Aug
13
2012

New Hampshire Antiques week well attended

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I just spent two days attending the Antiques Week festivities in New Hampshire. I’m happy to report that I bought well at the three shows that I attended. The New Hampshire Antique Dealer’s Show is always a worthwhile venue. I thought I was arriving plenty early when I got in line at 8:50 yesterday morning for a 10:00 opening. I was wrong! There were already 214 people in line ahead of me. I prepaid my entrance fee and was given sticker number 215. [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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Jul
11
2012

Gary's day at Brimfield

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I spent the day wandering the labyrinth of dusty dirt rows cutting through the grass fields of Brimfield, MA. Row after row, field after field of junk! Well, not all junk. Maybe 80% junk. The other 20% makes it worth the trip though. Actually, the entire Brimfield experience, including the junk, makes it worth the trip. Three one week events each year bring thousands of dealers, collectors and [Read More...]


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Jul
08
2012

A new season for Antiques Roadshow begins

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     I have recently returned from Antiques Roadshow in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where I worked at the clocks table with Sean Delaney.
As always, Saturday was a long day for all the appraisers and crew. Both [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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