Museum-Quality Collection of Art in North Scottsdale Home to be Auctioned on Sat., Feb. 25

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Entrepreneur/financial planner spent more than 30 years collecting fine art SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Feb. 13) – A museum-quality collection of fine art will be auctioned in a north Scottsdale home near the Troon North community on Saturday, February 25. Scottsdale-based J. Levine Auction & Appraisal is handling the auction, which features hundreds of original paintings and sculptures along with the home’s …

Collecting Treasures: 6 holiday gifts worth buying at auction

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People always love the thought behind the gift The holiday season can be so nerve racking. We all have that loved one or friend who is impossible to shop for. Be it odd, bizarre or just outside the box, I like my gifts to be different, memorable, sometimes funny or just plain thought provoking. Where do I get my gifts? …

Collecting Treasures: Who are you going to vote, I mean, bid for?

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Political memorabilia is such an “easy” collectible and has always been big with collectors This election has me thinking. No, not about moving to Sweden, but about political memorabilia. It’s such an “easy” collectible and has always been big with collectors. I say easy as it’s generally free. The politicians, for the most part, will happily give it to you. …

Collecting Treasures: Have trains passed their station?

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Once the most popular toy on the market, trains have gone from collectible to passé The iconic toy train set went from being every boy’s dream to a collectible. Really, the 1970s saw the demand change as the train was no longer what every boy had to have. The crazes moved on to slot cars, action figures and then with …

Collecting Treasures: How hot are Hot Wheels?

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The proverbial iron is hot on some of these late ’60s or early ’70s Mattel toys that are still in their original packages Who would have thought that a 59-cent Mattel Hot Wheels Redline diecast toy car could be worth thousands of dollars, but today they are quite the craze. Of course, it’s the rare, promotional, or highly sought-out versions …

Emeralds: One of the Most Overlooked Gemstones

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I always enjoy watching people preview estate jewelry at our auction house because, while most people are drawn to diamonds, many others seek pieces with unique stones. Take the emerald. With its vivid, evenly distributed color and unique characteristics, I believe this is one of the most overlooked gemstones. French art critic Charles Blanc was right when he described this …

Tuning in to the value of music boxes

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Collecting Treasures: Music boxes have always seemed to have an effect of getting people to stop and take them in Nothing captures a child, or an adult for that matter, like a beautiful mechanical music box. I love when we have one in the gallery, and it’s fired up. You’ll see everyone stop for a second and take it in. …

Don’t be a fool about your mother’s jewels

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Collecting Treasures: Get a second, and in some cases a third, unbiased professional opinion when it comes to your loved ones’ jewelry and collectibles One of the biggest mistakes we continue to see in the estate auction business is what people do with their family’s jewelry. There are many reasons these mistakes keep happening. Just don’t know Let’s say, you’re …

Are you a diagnosed audiophile?

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Collecting Treasures: Many old stereos are not collectible, but always check first Are you an audiophile or do you know one? Many people have this affliction and don’t even know it. An audiophile is a person with a love for — OK, an obsession with — the high-quality playback of music. Why do I bring this subject up? The audiophile’s addiction to sound commands them to collect vintage …

Feed your inner Musketeer: 3 tips for collecting swords

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Collecting Treasures: Swords can mean serious business as a weapon and as an auction draw What is it about the sword? These fascinating weapons have been popular at auctions for hundreds of years. Antique, historic, even modern works of art can fetch thousands at auction. Many times it’s their personal history, the weapon’s rarity or just its design. The Japanese Katana, or Samurai …