Poison bottle, $690

Collectors who search Kovels.com always want to know more—about prices, descriptions and marks. The Top 12 antiques and collectibles searched for on Kovels.com during 2012 are:

  1. Bottles
  2. Jewelry
  3. Coca-Cola
  4. Dolls
  5. Clocks
  6. Lamps
  7. Bavaria
  8. Red Wing
  9. Royal Bayreuth
  10. Postcards
  11. Shawnee
  12. Carnival Glass

Prices and information from Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide can help determine which collectibles to buy and sell in 2013. Trends count. Red Wing (No. 8) and Shawnee Pottery (No. 11) have moved up the list, replacing Hummel, Royal Doulton and 18th-century English porcelains, which were the stars of past years. Carnival glass, a No. 1 seller in the 1980s, is inching back again and is at No. 12. The very best Carnival glass is selling for thousands of dollars today. Unfortunately, Depression glass, another past star, has been reproduced, faked and promoted so much that it’s now ignored by many collectors and dealers—and is at rock-bottom prices. Bavaria (No. 7) and Czechoslovakia are names that are attracting more attention and buyers, and pieces of ceramics marked with those words are selling for higher prices.

But don’t ignore collector favorites—bottles (No. 1), jewelry (No. 2), Coca-Cola (No. 3) and dolls (No. 4)—as well as categories like advertising and toys. They are among the hottest items at collectibles shows and auctions. And all of these items were made in multiples, so you can easily identify patterns, glazes and artists that add value. Kovels’ price information is can be found at Kovels.com and in Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide, 2013, available online and in bookstores nationwide.

Pictured is a bottle—a poison bottle—with an embossed wasp. It sold for $690 at a Glass Works auction.

Find more prices here—the free online price guide at www.Kovels.com—and in our newest book, Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide 2013.