What it's Worth
Whats It Worth? Aren't First Editions Valuable? Well, It Depends.
Everyone thinks that first editions have great monetary value – but the truth is, most books never get reprinted, so they have little value. Only when a book is well-known, was reprinted several times and is in good condition, does its first edition have value.
Whats It Worth? The Highwaymen - A Uniquely Floridian Story
Nothing excites people from various geographic regions more than finding a piece of art from their own area. In the case of the much-celebrated Highwaymen, a loose-knit group of 26 African American, largely self-taught itinerant Floridian artists who flourished between the 1950s and the 1980s, the paintings range from mundane...
What’s It Worth? Think Twice Before You Throw These Away!
Sometimes things that you might think are scrap are worth more than you expect. A case in point is old, empty jewelry boxes. While you won’t be able to sell them and retire on the proceeds, you might be amazed at the value antique boxes have. Any box signed Tiffany – even the modern blue ones – will fetch $10-$25 apiece. The...
THE MOTHER OF ALL HOUSE CALL STORIES, PT. 2
We left off last Sunday with Frank Stella contacted, and planning to visit Sotheby’s to authenticate his painting the next day. Sotheby’s called me after the meeting.
“Frank says it is not his.”
They explained that an artist can disavow a work if he is not happy with it, and it will be deemed “not his” even if he did create it. (...
THE MOTHER OF ALL HOUSE CALL STORIES, PT. 1
GORHAM MANUFACTURING TIDBITS
When people think of fine silver and stained glass, they think of Tiffany – but one of Tiffany’s major competitors was Gorham, which was very active in making similar items and competed with Tiffany aggressively.
Gorham artisans made stained glass windows for churches and buildings all over the U.S. The finest silversmiths in the world worked for...
THE RICH HISTORY OF CHICAGO ARTS & CRAFTS
The Arts & Crafts movement was, by most acounts, a direct response to the industrial revolution’s “make-it-quick-with machinery” era.
COLLECTING A TROUBLING PAST
We have always been puzzled by the popularity of collectible stereotypical items like African-American, Asian-American and Native-American memorabilia. These items were all the rage during America’s troubled past. Today, our customer base for black memorabilia is often people of color who seek objects from the most painful chapter in American history. (...
AUCTIONS: WHAT SELLS. WHAT DOESN’T.
Today, I want to talk about pieces that actually sold at auction.
We have talked in the past about the difference between retail value, insurance value, fair market value and liquidation value. Most think that the typical definition of fair market value is the auction price for a willing seller with a willing buyer, with neither under financial...
WHY YOUR “AWESOME FIND” IS PROBABLY WORTHLESS
Treasure hunting is a national pastime. Miners look for veins of gold or chunks of rare gems. Folks search for buried treasure with their metal detectors and giant, well-funded ships search for 18th century galleons full of gold coins.
Lots of people find treasures, big and small, every day. However, this week, we thought we might...