What it's Worth

What's It Worth? Art of the Counterculture

The 1960s were a turbulent time and to many, an era of renaissance in art. Music posters from 1965 to 1975 that advertised bands like Big Brother and the Holding Company, Jimi Hendrix and others are highly sought after.

Music and politics intertwined during this fertile period and the early, colorful psychedelic work of Peter Max is treasured much more than his later, more mundane works.

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.

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.

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.

What's It Worth? The Incredible, Collectible Leica

Vintage Leica cameras were manufactured in Germany starting in 1914 and certain models are still made there today. They are considered among the most prestigious in a camera aficionado’s collection.

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.

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.

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.”

A diamond's cost is based on the characteristics known as the "4 C's". Clarity, Colour and Cut (proportion) are the quality elements which together with the Carat Weight determine the value of a stone. The closer a diamond grades to the left of one or all of these scales the rarer and the more costly it will be. While clarity is frequently assumed to be the most important factor of all the "C's", in fact, colour and cut (especially cut) have a more profound affect on the visual appearance of a diamond.