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Karl Drerup enamel-on-metal pieces are on display throughout the world. This 10-inch bowl, picturing the Four Evangelists, shows his meticulous style characterized by layers of color. His non-religious enamels garner most attention. To see them and their prices, flip to the article.
Gnomes, birdbaths and planters are just a few of the garden decorations that can be found at auction. They can be spruced up with new paint without lowering their value. Buyers often select items to add a bit of surprise to their landscape, like this nearly two-foot-long, bronze alligator. Find for more garden accent tips.
How do you find a taxidermied "mermaid"? This one sold at a recent auction for "out of the ordinary" items that rarely are sold. These discoveries can be a highlight or a conversation piece of any collection. Bet you can't guess what other items sold. Check them "out" along with their prices.
First offered by Mattel Inc., in 1968, Hot Wheels are still a popular toy and now, collectible. Sales topped $16 million in the first year and have hardly slowed since. Mattel has produced upwards of three billion cars, including this 1970 Redline "Short Order." More than 800 models and 11,000 variations of Hot Wheels have been made, and these days—according to Mattel—eight cars are sold every second. Zoom on over to see what's hot.
Collectors looking for more storage found great deals at a local sale. Decorative commodes, sideboards and corner cabinets from as early as the 1700s sold for affordable prices. Pieces like this Italian bombe commode sold for less than more modern pieces with open shelving. See more photos and prices.
People are choosing rugs over wall-to-wall carpeting, and the patterns are often big and geometric to match the décor and style of contemporary homes. This midcentury blue-and-gray rug by French Accents reflects the new trends. See more rugs and prices.
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.