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I sent in pictures of a few paintings and then one of their art buyers came to my house to see my whole collection. Very convenient. William T.

What's It Worth? The Winning Pair: Modernism and Provenance

What's It Worth? The Winning Pair: Modernism and Provenance

Harry Bertoia was a modern artist in the ’60s who created all kinds of unusual metal work. His art sold in art galleries and furniture galleries along with the likes of Knolls, who was a purveyor of modernist, Danish modern and other mid-century artists.

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What's It Worth? Predicting Antique Trends

What's It Worth? Predicting Antique Trends

It’s always difficult to predict antique trends, but looking over the past 70 years of collecting, many trends point to our rich immigrant history. Today it appears to be all about Asia. Asian antiques have been steadily growing since 1990, with their peak at around 2014.

In the 1940s, German influence was everywhere. In the 1950s, Italian antiques were very hot as the grandsons and granddaughters of Italian immigrants started buying. The 1960s and ’70s were about Danish modern antiques.

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What's It Worth? Worth - Fast Cars Equal Expensive Watches

What's It Worth? Worth - Fast Cars Equal Expensive Watches

Growing up in the Midwest, most of the cars I saw were American. In fact, many people in our union town despised foreign cars. It was practically a law – you were expected to buy American, and that was that.

As I began to travel across the country in the 1970s buying and selling antiques, I rubbed elbows with a wider segment of the American population. European cars started to catch my eye as I traveled doing research for my Rolex book.

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What's It Worth? Worth - A German 22k Gold Decorative Arts Masterpiece

What's It Worth? Worth - A German 22k Gold Decorative Arts Masterpiece

Carl Frey & Söhne was a Master Jeweler in Breslau, Germany, near the Swiss border. He made a myriad of items for royalty and other wealthy clients. We can’t trace the provenance, but this piece is one of the most spectacular we have seen.

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What's It Worth? Artifacts From The Civil War And Earlier

What's It Worth? Artifacts From The Civil War And Earlier 

It seems like everyone enjoys stories from back in the day (or stories where I lose money). So today, we are writing about a house call we made in 1991. It involves an ad we ran for Confederate currency. Most people think that this currency is worthless, but in reality, one Confederate dollar can be worth between $5 and $100, and a $20 bill can be worth between $10-$300, and sometimes $1,000 or more.

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What's It Worth? When Art And Utility Intersect

What's It Worth? When Art And Utility Intersect

On occasion, companies with a long history are difficult to define due their ability to change and keep up with the times or the style of the day.

There are few companies that fit this description better than WMF or Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik. (A mouthful to say, but I can actually pronounce it. Kind of).

WMF started back in 1880 after two firms merged (one more artistic and one more utilitarian) in Würtemberg, Germany.

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