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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Circus memorabilia entertained collectors at a recent sale. Photographs, banners, furniture and costumes sold for top bids. Items used in acts, like these Blinko the Clown shoes, earned high prices. See prices and more photos.
Costume jewelry by Marcel Boucher has key identifying features that help to date it and determine price. He frequently used a white metal base with pavé rhinestones and enamel, seen in this two toucans pin. See more pins and prices.
Fakes and reproductions are common in beaded Indian clothing. Authentic items are famous for their artistry and beauty. This beaded blue vest made in 1910. See more prices and photos.
Aesthetic Revival furniture had squared sides and elaborate often nature-themed decoration. This mahogany sideboard fits the bill and sold for a high price. Beautifying the home was a virtue in 1880 and this furniture fit well onto the living room and parlor. Take a closer look and see prices.
Many people connect the Tiffany brand name with vases, picture frames, lamps and iridescent glass. Flower shapes and nature themes are common as well as the iridescent color in this early 20th century vase. The "favrile" technique was developed by Tiffany. Learn more.
Brownies were funny little gnomes who cleaned the house in children's books by Palmer Cox. They were popular books starting in the 1880, and their images were used to advertise products like clocks and cameras. They have round eyes and long legs like this papier-mâché Uncle Sam nodder. Run over for more photos and prices.
Getting to know local artists and art schools can be a satisfying way to learn more about collecting and to buy art at affordable prices. Building relationships with your local auctioneers can be a great way to learn too. A Cleveland auctioneer sold items like this gold Octopus pendant and chain by Cleveland artist John Paul Miller for an amazing price. Pop over to the sale report to study more Ohio art objects.
Lunch boxes bring back childhood memories and many collectors look for images that remind them of their youth. Beatlemania fans will pay thousands for a lunch box like this blue 1965 Beatles lunch box and thermos set. A recent sale included boxes from the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Feast your eyes on vintage lunch boxes.
Collectors at a recent St. Louis auction picked up designer furniture at dorm room prices. Chairs and tables by big name designers like Charles and Ray Eames, designers of this Herman Miller side chair, went for less than dinner for two at a fancy restaurant. Settle in and check out the photos and prices.
Pocket mirrors were trendy advertising swag like today’s key chains or mini-flashlights. Illustrations were sometimes racy and always caught the eye along with a sales message. This beauty is selling telephones for Cincinnati & Suburban Bell Telephone Co. Reflect on more pics and prices.