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 …

4 reasons why young people should collect now

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Collecting Treasures: Generational collector trends show us, he who buys now will greatly profit later If you were born 20 to 30 years ago, consider yourself lucky, because time is on your side. Generational collector trends shows us, he who buys now will greatly profit later. In today’s auction world, the paradigms of the past have shifted. What was hot is …

Is your $20 bill worth $20,000?

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Collecting Treasures: The market for old paper money may be heating up With all of the recent news from the Treasury Department about changing the $20, $10 and $5 bills to include Harriet Tubman and other women and civil rights leaders over the next decade, it’s time to talk the value of money. No, not inflation or some other boring economic …

Man goes from $5,000 offer to $60,000 payoff on estate

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Collecting Treasures: Bringing in an educated appraiser or auctioneer may save you from losing tens of thousands of dollars in the end Sometimes the rush and stress of settling a parent’s estate makes people in vulnerable positions do, what in hindsight, is a crazy thing. Recently, I received a phone call from a gentleman in Colorado who was interested in …

Dust off that old camera and find out what it’s worth

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Collecting Treasures: Cameras were once considered to be like status symbols and passionate photographers stood behind their brands It appears that Paul Simon’s 1973 lyrics, “Mama, don’t take my Kodachrome away” from his hit song “Kodachrome” may have new life, despite the fact that Kodak officially retired the color film in 2009 to make way for the digital revolution. If you’re too …

J. Levine’s “Fostering Hope: A Fine Wine Auction” Nets $10,000 for OCJ Kids

Funds raised from inaugural charity auction will help foster children SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (March 31, 2016) – In Arizona alone, more than 20,000 children are in foster care, group homes or crisis shelters. That’s a startling number, especially when the majority of these children were placed in foster care due to neglect. But recently, an intimate group of more than 60 people …

Lure of the inkwell is more than its decorative style

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Collecting Treasures: An inkwell made in the late 1800s won’t necessarily hold more value than one made in the 1940s Late last month, we sold a collection of more than 200 exquisite inkwells from one local consignor’s collection. She started collecting in the late 1970s, purchasing each one from antique shops … never on the Internet. Here’s a little history: …

How one painting in a garage realized $110,000

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Collecting Treasures: Kenneth Noland was an American painter, who was renowned for Color Field painting and a key figure in the Post-Painterly Abstraction movement This is a story about a rare find that almost went unfound, and it happened right here in the Valley last month. Several weeks ago, we were contacted by a consignor with power of attorney who needed …

How does the Super Bowl affect your collectibles?

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Collecting Treasures: Auctioneers will watch the Big Game to see how it plays out in the world of collectibles. Sunday is the Big Game and you can bet auctioneers all over the world are watching. Not just for the sport, but to see how the entire phenomenon plays out in the world of collectibles. We’re all aware that an estimated …