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Barbie turns 60 next month and a recent sale featured Barbie dolls, accessories and toys. This record player was made in 1961, just two years after the first Barbie doll. It's still in working condition. Dance over to the article for more Barbie photos and prices.
The end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries marked the “Brilliant Period” of cut glass. Custom dictated that entire tables were set with cut glass. A recent sale featured examples in jewel tones like this green cut to clear Montrose vase by Dorflinger. Cut over for more prices and photos.
Vintage lunch boxes featuring old television shows, movies, cartoons and musical groups revive youthful memories for collectors. Lunch boxes with pictures printed on the tin were made starting in the 1950s. Nostalgic collectors snap up examples that are in good condition and have the original thermos. Remember the “Munsters”? Here is their 1965 lunch box. Feast your eyes on more examples and see prices.
Some collectors build their collections around events. A recent sale featured more than 400 post-mortem and mortuary items, created to sustain the memories of beloved relatives and even royalty. This mourning ribbon memorializes Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s consort. See the price and more mourning items.
San Jose pottery gave an outlet to artists creating Mexican influenced ceramics in Texas during the first half of the 20th century. The pottery is brightly colored and often features individuals or groups in nature or working, as does this plate titled “Orange Farmer.” Check for more photos and prices.
Architectural elements come with a history. Collectors often look for items that connect to their hometown, historic buildings or time periods. This terra-cotta molding comes from a grand old Chicago theater. Peek behind the curtain for more architectural elements and prices.
The distinctive markings on each piece of Lalique glassware help to date the pieces and makes them more collectible. The botanical Art Nouveau pieces sell particularly well, such as this 1927 opalescent Mossaic vase with leaves in relief. See photos and prices of vases and more.
Early American rugs often have images that are built up from many small pieces of fabric or ribbon. Upcycled materials were common, as were rural themes like the playful kittens depicted on this c.1900 rug. Roll out for more photos and prices from a recent sale.
Collectors were in a sporting mood at a mechanical toy sale. Toys in pristine condition get the highest prices with extra points for whimsy, like this “Swimming Doll.” Breaststroke, paddle or swim over for more prices and photos.
The furniture styles from about 1933 to 1965 continue to be popular among collectors. Designers Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Alexander Girard and Marilyn Neuhart defined this movement, which included such looks as this Eames children’s chair. Find more iconic pieces and prices.