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The smart collector: Look far and wide when choosing auction house

The smart collector: Look far and wide when choosing auction house

Q: I have about 200 Madame Alexander dolls (with boxes) to sell. How do I find doll auctions in my area?

July 14, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
The smart collector: If it's old, it's not necessarily valuable

The smart collector: If it's old, it's not necessarily valuable

Q: Any info on my vase marked, "Made in Japan"? It seems to be clay and is 11 1/2 inches tall. Note that the surface is not smooth.

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The smart collector: Demand usually low for old oak pieces

The smart collector: Demand usually low for old oak pieces

Q: This old oak rocker was painted black. I had it stripped. How can I sell it? It's marked "Wisconsin Chair Co." and "1896."

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The smart collector: Folding bed has value as a curiosity, but no collector market really exists

The smart collector: Folding bed has value as a curiosity, but no collector market really exists

Q: My mother bought this folding bed in the 1970s. It's marked "Bednet," but I can't find any info online. Is it a Murphy bed?

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The smart collector: Antique and early fire memorabilia is a white-hot collecting category

The smart collector: Antique and early fire memorabilia is a white-hot collecting category

Q: I got this fireman's trumpet, badge and bell at an estate sale and would like to know what they're worth. I was told the bell was used going to a fire.

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The smart collector: Antique and early fire memorabilia is a white-hot collecting category

The smart collector: Antique and early fire memorabilia is a white-hot collecting category

The first carved ruby scale model of a dragster ever featured at public auction sold for $146,500 recently in a sale of gems and lapidary art at Bonhams Los Angeles. Called the Greer-Black-Prudhomme Dragster model, it is fashioned after a fabled dragster raced by Don Prudhomme. Carved from T…

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The smart collector: Mug has 3 hound-shaped handles

The smart collector: Mug has 3 hound-shaped handles

Q: I was given this three-handled cider jug by friends in England long ago. I was told that it's very old. There are no marks, but I think it's unique because it is flawless. Any info?

June 02, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
The smart collector: Mug has 3 hound-shaped handles

The smart collector: Mug has 3 hound-shaped handles

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The smart collector: Lamp collectors covet fine pieces from the golden age of cut glass

The smart collector: Lamp collectors covet fine pieces from the golden age of cut glass

Q: Any info on this antique lamp I bought at an estate sale? There was no information furnished with it. I thought it was pretty. It's 27 inches tall, not including the chimney.

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The smart collector: Lamp collectors covet fine pieces from the golden age of cut glass

The smart collector: Lamp collectors covet fine pieces from the golden age of cut glass

A Chinese yellow glazed porcelain vase with the Jiajing six-character mark estimated at $3,000 to $5,000 brought a whopping $362,500 at Doyle New York recently. Sold to a Hong Kong buyer bidding by phone, the 5-inch-tall vase has a rare shouldered form. The yellow glaze is also considered ra…

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The smart collector: Do as pros do - get the best, most current price information available

The smart collector: Do as pros do - get the best, most current price information available

Q: I found three vintage sports pennants from the 1940s, but I can't find value for them. There's a reference book on pennant prices, but who wants to spend $18.95 for something you use once?

May 19, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
The smart collector: Potato-chip cans prove popular collectibles

The smart collector: Potato-chip cans prove popular collectibles

Q: Many years ago, we bought a Japp's potato-chip can at a flea market. Does it have any value?

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The smart collector: Internet sales shed some light on price range for vintage lamp

The smart collector: Internet sales shed some light on price range for vintage lamp

Q: I saw a small Pairpoint "puffy" lamp with lilacs, flowers and butterflies on the 8-inch shade. The base is tree-shaped brass. What is the price range for this fine specimen?

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