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Many collectors searching for Capo-di-Monte porcelain were visitors to in September, making it one of the top twenty searched-for categories of the month. They may have been looking for the value of a 1950s Capo-di-Monte flower basket they found in their grandmother's china cabinet, such as the one pictured here. It is for sale in an online shop for $66. Collectors with deeper pockets may have been interested in a Capo-di-Monte box like this one, which sold last month at Garth's Auctions in Columbus for $805. Either way, smart collectors start their research at

The Kovels' Top Twenty list is based on the results of hundreds of thousands of searches that took place on its website during the month of September 2007. Jewelry AGAIN topped the list. Besides Capo-di-Monte, there are four other categories new to the Top Twenty list: Planters Peanuts, Phonograph, Royal Bayreuth and Royal Dux. Also note the surge in World War II searches. This is probably due to Ken Burns' documentary "The War" which has been shown on PBS stations across the U.S. in recent weeks.

The complete Top Twenty for September 2007 are:

1. Jewelry
2. Stove
3. World War II
4. Furniture
5. Coca-Cola
6. Occupied Japan
7. Silverplate
8. Lighter
9. Cookie Jar
10. Capo-di-Monte
11. Planters peanuts
12. Lladro
13. Pottery
14. Knife
15. Painting
16. Phonograph
17. Royal Bayreuth
18. Royal Dux
19. Clock
20. Doll

People use Kovels' price guides and website for a number of reasons, the most common that they are just trying to determine the value of an item that 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 September there was less interest.

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