The Kovels' Top Twenty list is based on the results of hundreds of thousands of searches that took place on its website during June, 2008. Occupied Japan remains on top of the list. Only two categories changed-phonograph and Davy Crockett dropped off in favor of porcelain categories, Capo-Di-Monte and Hutschenreuther.
Many visitors to Kovels.com are also searching for bicycle prices. Pictured here is a bicycle that sold recently at a Copake auction. It wouldn't get you far at all in this month's Tour de France, but it might get you lots of money if you have a good one to sell. This "boneshaker" model from the late 1860s sold for $3,750. It is thought to be made by the Hanlon Brothers of New York City, a popular team of traveling acrobats and bicycle builders. They were granted a patent in July, 1868, for an improved version of the velocipede, an early bicycle style popular first in Europe. The Hanlons introduced an adjustable seat and pedals, as well as bands of rubber around the wheels to decrease noise and slippage-a welcome improvement, no doubt, but still a "boneshaker."
You can find more bicycle prices at Kovels.com and in Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles Price List 2008.
The complete Top Twenty for June 2008 are:
1. Occupied Japan
3. Silver Plate
8. World War II
10. Cookie Jar
15. Planters Peanuts
18. Royal Bayreuth
Visitors use Kovels' website and price guides for a number of reasons, the most common that they are just trying to determine the value of an item they own. If an item is not listed on the Top Twenty list, it does not mean that it's unpopular or that there isn't a demand for it. It only means that in June there was less interest.