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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? Is Bullion Ever Collectible?

What's It Worth? Is Bullion Ever Collectible?

Everyone likes to have silver or gold in their portfolio, but 99 percent of bullion coins are just that — bullion only — and worth only the gold value. At any given time, it can be worth from 5 percent under to 6 percent over gold value. These bullion gold coins are minted and sold by most countries. South Africa has krugerrands, China has pandas and Austria, Mexico, Canada and other countries mint 1 oz. coins from their reserves and sell to investors who believe gold pricing is going up.

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What's It Worth? To Clean Or Not To Clean

What's It Worth? To Clean Or Not To Clean

One of the most enduring debates in the world of fine art and collectibles is more nuanced than just whether or not to clean an item.

This controversial subject is generally debated in a cerebral and studious manner among aficionados, experts, collectors and academics. But often the discussion turns ugly. I have never seen fisticuffs or weaponry used, but believe me, the discussion is passionate.

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What's It Worth? Large Items In The Age Of E-Commerce

 What's It Worth? Large Items In The Age Of E-Commerce

One of our most frequent hurdles in buying and brokering estate artwork is being certain the cost of shipping the item to the buyer doesn’t equal or exceed the selling price. Recently we sold two fine-arts auction lots that our customers in other parts of the country and overseas would have been willing to pay over $500 to $1,000 for – but in each case they informed us that the cost of shipping cut them out of the bidding process.

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What's It Worth? The Eggciting history of Faberge Eggs

What's It Worth? The Egg-Citing History Of Fabergé Eggs

Peter Carl Fabergé, a Russian artisan of Frencch Huguenot ancestry, made about 50 gold and jeweled eggs when he was the royal jeweler to Russian aristocracy from 1885 forward. Only 45 of them have been accounted for. The legacy of these eggs is far-reaching, and a simple internet search will unearth hundreds of stories about them.

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What's It Worth? Legos. Great To Sell, Not So Great To Step On

What's It Worth? Legos. Great To Sell, Not So Great To Step On

I hate Legos. Despise them. I was reminded of them when an executive here in town brought them up after we sold a large baseball card collection for him and his retired father. He still collected them at age 40!

Yes, I played with them briefly in the ’60s. So I can appreciate them. And Legos were the first thing I ever saw traded on the internet back in 1988. I get the fascination. I hate them for another reason.

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What's It Worth? Age Influences Value ... On Many Levels

What's It Worth? Age Influences Value ... On Many Levels

Sometimes the past that got us into this business has a way of coming back to us in pleasant ways.

I first read Walden; or, Life in the Woods, by Henry David Thoreau, when I was in eighth grade. I reread it in college – and of course, it had a completely different meaning to me those eight years later. I have reread it a couple of times since then, but not in the last 20 years.

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