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What's It Worth? The Enduring Artistry of Judaica

What's It Worth? The Enduring Artistry of Judaica

Like most collectors, collectors of Judaica are extremely aggressive and seek out items all over the globe with energy and urgency. Judaica collectors, though, typically have a more in-depth and passionate knowledge of the items they collect. Most of the time, the older the Judaica, the more valuable. Often its value is more historic in nature; sometimes it’s because of its artistry. A New Mexico jeweler sent us these five pieces to sell to us.

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What's It Worth? The Bold Creations of Claude Conover

What's It Worth? The Bold Creations of Claude Conover

Claude Conover was a different kind of artist. (I like artists that are whacked-out. I think most call them “cutting edge.”) And mid-century antiques (the word “antiques” in this case is a misnomer — as an item should be 100-plus years old to qualify) are very hot right now. Weird, asymmetrical shapes; bizarre forms; unusual 1970s neo-expressionistic and far-from-accepted designs are HOT.

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What's It Worth? The Enduring Value of Tiffany Silver

What's It Worth? The Enduring Value of Tiffany Silver

Tiffany silver continues to command a premium. Many obscure brands bring more money, but Tiffany silver is always a good deal in the world of collectibility. Charles Moore, former president of Tiffany and a known silversmith, has his signature on many fine pieces.

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What's It Worth? When Everything Comes Together

What's It Worth? When Everything Comes Together

Sometimes the stars, moon and earth align — which is the case of today’s subject, as everything came together perfectly. Art deco pieces continue to be very sought-after. But not all art deco watches bring a lot of money. A small men’s Vacheron & Constantin is desirable because of the name only — but can be bought for around $1,000.

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What's It Worth? Black Caesar — Jose Gaspar’s Nemesis. The Legend Of Black Caesar By John Held Jr.

What's It Worth? Black Caesar — Jose Gaspar’s Nemesis. The Legend Of Black Caesar By John Held Jr.

Over the years we have owned many John Held artworks, including simple $35 sketches, postcards, a number of 8x10 cartoons and one important picture that was the cover of a magazine.

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What's It Worth? The Value Of Advertising vs Word Of Mouth

What's It Worth? The Value Of Advertising vs Word Of Mouth

We recently were astonished to be named the Best Auctioneer of Tampa Bay. We’ve always relied on organic “word of mouth” advertising, but like most successful businesses we advertised wherever we could — and not just in the Tampa Bay Times, but in other fine publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, and Men’s Journal.

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Whats It Worth? The Legal Ambiguities of Turtle Shell

When it comes to buying or selling tortoise or turtle shell, what is legal? The legality of selling these items is hotly debated between collectors and dealers; and when a government agency is called in you often get conflicting answers. Online research is even more confusing. One thing we know for sure — the species Hawk Shell is on the critically endangered list and most interstate shipping is illegal. Some websites suggest that it’s legal to buy and sell turtle shell jewelry that is more than 100 years old, and hasn’t “been altered or repaired with modern materials.”

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What's It Worth? Automatons: The Magical Mystery Of Moving Parts

AUTOMATONS: THE MAGICAL MYSTERY OF MOVING PARTS

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What's It Worth? St. Petersburg Through A Lens Of The Past

 What's It Worth? St. Petersburg Through A Lens Of The Past

Sometimes, value isn’t measured in dollars. We are buyers and sellers, yes — but we are also historians. We investigate everything that we buy — especially those things that are valuable historically as well as monetarily.

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What's It Worth? The Lure Of Old Money

What's It Worth? What's It Worth? The Lure Of Old Money

Collecting currency is a lot of fun, but fraught with valuation confusion that involves grading difficulties, whims of collectors, geographical concerns and plain old counterfeiting.

Most bills we get in are common “red seal” 1928 to 1963 $5 and $2 notes as in Illus. A. These typically bring half to double their face value, and top out at around $200 to $300 for rarely seen crisp, never folded, never circulated 1928 versions.

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