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Sale Reports

You will find hundreds of sale reports with color pictures, descriptions, prices, and an explanation of what influences the highs or lows. For everything from toys to formal furniture, glass, pottery, silver and more, get the low-down on items both unique and useful. The sales reports give the history of factories and items, as well as prices. They will help you discover the value of your piece. Read bits of advice and tricks from how to find expensive antiques at bargain prices to why you need a bungee cord at a flea market.

 

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  • The Magic of Majolica

    Collectors bid on nearly 900 pieces of 1800s majolica at a sale in Indiana. Bright tin glazes and naturalistic styles kept bidding hot on items like this 1875 robin's egg spoon warmer by T.C. Brown-Westhead, Moore & Company. See which pieces were hot and why.

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Spotlight on Modern Table Lamps

    Today's cheap clip-on lamps get their inspiration from Italian and American designs from the 1950s and ʼ60s. A recent Illinois auction sold original adjustable lamps like this Italian, brass and red enameled aluminum table lamp. Alight on our sale report to find more photos and prices.

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Wearable American Indian Jewelry

    American Indian tribes in the 1880s made high quality turquoise and silver jewelry that soon became a popular collectible for tourists. A recent auction in Ohio sold 20th century examples by Indians at affordable prices. This Navajo turquoise cluster necklace is set in the traditional squash blossom pattern. See more prices and pictures.

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Toy Buses Drive Big Prices

    Toy buses were a hit at a recent sale in New Jersey. This cast iron yellow bus with "City of Detroit Automotive Div." written on the roof sold for more than $1,000 even with a spare tire missing. Zoom over for photos and prices.

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Pot Lids are Tops

    Pot lids are ceramic containers with decorated lids that held all types of medicines, food, cosmetics and pastes, some that seem strange today. This pot of Beef Marrow Pomade, contained a hair conditioner and has a picture of a steer on the cover. A recent sale in New Jersey included pot lids for every budget. For more pictures and prices pop over to our sale report.

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Paperweights are Top Picks

    Paperweights offered at a September New York auction included this 21-year-old Paul Stankard botanical cubes as well as others nearly 100 years old. Collectors look for intricate millefiori and lampwork designs and unblemished glass. Interest remains high and paperweights have proven to be a profitable investment year after year. Gaze upon sale prices and company information.

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Clocks Capture Collectors Hearts

    Innovation and precision set the pace in the clock market. At an October sale in Iowa, collectors chose from a variety of sizes, shapes, and purposes. Wall, tower, advertising, nautical and this deeply carved Black Forest cuckoo clock all sold well. Get a lock on clock prices.

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Tin Motorcycles: Toys with Tricks

    Tin toy motorcycles made a roaring entrance at an Illinois advertising and toy auction in September. Collectors, motivated by nostalgia more than price, snapped up bargains on toys described as "Flip-over," "Rookie Police Officer," or this 1950s German "Daredevil" motorcycle with wind-up action. Zoom over to the article for more information and prices.

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Syrup Pitchers a Sweet Deal

    Syrup pitchers from the 19th century are unusual and sell well. Collectors look for rare colors or patterns like this Bellflower pattern variant that sold in a fall auction in Virginia. Examples sold in cranberry, opalescent, vaseline glass and more, with top prices going to ruby glass. To see which syrup pitchers drew collectors like bees to honey, buzz over to the article.

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Kagan Furniture, Modern Design

    A selection of vintage furniture by Vladimir Kagan sold in October auctions at Rago in New Jersey and Wright in Chicago.This Kagan-Dreyfuss Contour lounge chair is one of a pair that sold for $30,000. See pictures and prices of more pieces by Kagan.

     

     

     

     

     

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