FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Cleveland, Ohio – Feb. 17, 2016 – Kovels.com has added more than 35,000 prices and 2,500 new photos of priced antiques to its online price guide. All prices are from actual prices at shops, shows, flea markets, auctions, online sales, dealers and other sources. Prices are double-checked for accuracy by Kovels’ experts using their own AccuValue™ system.
The Kovels.com online price guide is organized into more than 750 categories that represent the most popular collecting interests. Category descriptions include information on makers, history, age and marks. This useful information helps accurately price collectibles, identify market trends and serves as a guide for buying, selling, appraising or settling an inheritance. Two generations of Kovels edit the content so the Kovels’ online price guide lists pieces made from the 1680s to as recently as the 1990s.
Listings reflect current interest in midcentury modern furniture, costume jewelry, clothing, glass and ceramics made in the “newest style” between the 1950s and 1990s. Prices for large advertising signs and rock ‘n’ roll posters are up. So are prices for toy cars, mechanical banks, shaving mugs, maps, war and political memorabilia, and anything made of iron, like bookends and door stops. Down are Hummel and Royal Doulton figurines, “brown furniture,” Roseville pottery, wicker furniture and silver tableware that’s not by well-known companies.
You can find almost anything among the Kovels’ added prices and pictures. Rare “treasures” include a sofa made from the tail end of a 1966 Chevy Corvette that auctioned for $604 and 1960s medical model of a human left foot, sold for $295. There was even a c.1820 French provincial dog’s bed with a canopy for $1,722; a patent model of an artificial leg, $1,304; an 1874 corpse cooler and preserver with a viewing window, $3,259; and a pair of wooden tattooed arms used as a trade sign for a tattoo parlor, $300. The highest priced piece is a carved Santa Claus figure made in New York in 1923 that sold for $875,000. The lowest price ($2) was paid for a celluloid dress button with a rhinestone center. Another button ($14) is the smallest item—a glass micro-mosaic button picturing a building. And the largest item is a 150- by 117-inch wood and marble backbar with four columns, mirrors and cast-iron trim that brought $18,000.
Terry Kovel is America’s foremost authority on antiques and collectibles. She is the well-known columnist and author of more than 100 books on antiques and collecting. With her daughter, Kim Kovel, she co-authors the best-selling annual Kovels’ Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide. The 2016 edition is now available at Kovelsonlinestore.com and local bookstores. They will discuss antiques and collectibles topics with accredited media. Photographs are available. Contact pr(at)kovels(dot)com.
Kovels.com, created by Terry Kovel and Kim Kovel, provides collectors and researchers with up-to-date and accurate information on antiques and collectibles. The company was founded in 1953 by Terry Kovel and her late husband, Ralph. Since then, Kovels’ has written some of America’s most popular books and articles about antiques, including the best-selling Kovels’ Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide, now available in its 48th edition. The website, Kovels.com, online since 1998, offers more than a million free prices, and includes a free weekly email, “Kovels Komments.” It gives readers a bird’s-eye view of the market through the latest news, auction reports, a Marks Dictionary, readers’ questions and answers and much more.