Early 20th-century automobile license plates almost caused a traffic jam with their increasing, but still collector-friendly prices for plates like this porcelain 1917 Alachua County, Florida, example. Check the numbers on them with pictures, history and prices.
A woman in England loved a painting of a man she called “Charley” that had been owned by her grandparents. Her 7-year-old history buff son loved it, too. But he suspected something the grownups didn’t: that the painting was of one of his favorite historical kings, the 17th-century monarch Charles II.
Q: I’m interested in getting an appraisal of a pair of Chinese vases. My parents bought them in an antiques shop in Hong Kong around thirty years ago. At the time, they were told they were taken out of the Chinese Imperial Palace. My father passed away around fifteen years ago, but my mother may be able to provide a more detailed provenance.
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