Boots Possibly Owned by Napoleon Sell for $128,000

Provenance (a record of ownership) is key when selling items purportedly owned by historic or famous people. Although the ownership of a pair of 19th-century black leather boots couldn’t be tied with certainty to Napoleon Bonaparte, there was strong enough circumstantial evidence to push their recent sale to more than twice the auction estimate. The […]

Packing Pottery

When packing a piece of pottery for shipping, look at the shape. If it has a hollow space larger than one inch across, fill the space with sponge, foam or bubble wrap.

Classic Blue is Color of the Year

Colors and color combinations often can immediately bring to mind a certain decade. In the 1950s, turquoise, often paired with pink, was popular in appliances, paints, décor and clothing. For the 1980s, forest green and magenta were totally rad. As we start a new decade, the Pantone Color Institute has designated “Classic Blue” as its […]

Automobile Club Poster

Q: I picked up this poster some time ago and always meant to find out about it. I know it’s a copy of the poster of the first Automobile Club of America show. The poster is about 8 inches high and 6 inches wide and is glued to a board. It says “Malcolm A. Strauss” […]

First Marvel Comic Sets Record Auction Price

A 10-cent purchase by a mail carrier in 1939 turned out to be a marvelous investment for a later owner: A rare and near-mint condition Marvel Comics No. 1 sold at Heritage Auctions in November for $1.26 million. The issue had originally been bought by a postal worker who frequently bought and saved first editions […]

Kister Mark

Q: Will you please help me with this? My mom passed away recently, we found two figurines with this mark on them. Not sure where they came from and she never really said.    A: The figurines were made by the Kister porcelain factory in Scheibe-Alsbach, Thuringia, Germany. This mark was used from 1925 to […]

It’s #whatsitwednesday!

Be the first to guess what the pictured item is by leaving a comment below. If you have your own whatsit, our editors can include it in a future post. Please send an email to and attach a clear picture, the size and any markings. Hopefully, we will be able to identify it for our readers! […]

Hanging a Picture

Worried about where to hang a picture? Put a small dot of toothpaste on the top corners of the frame and press the frame against the wall so the toothpaste leaves a mark. If the position looks okay, then pound in the hook and wipe off the toothpaste. Don’t do this if the wall is […]

Kovels Top 10 Price Guide Searches for 2019

Collecting trends come and go, but the Kovels online price guide is a steady and reliable source on trends, collections, record prices, amazing finds and what’s new in the antiques world. We love looking at our most searched items because that helps us stay in tune with you, the collector! Pottery, porcelain, ceramics and glass […]

Bank Collectors Look for Different Things

Collector preference has changed in mechanical bank collecting. The rarest banks were the most expensive from the 1950s to the 1980s. Now the collectors want great condition; almost perfect paint more than rarity.