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Seniors: Downsizing Part 1

Downsizing is the act of reducing possessions mainly due to moving or a change in overall style or interior design. Senior citizens are the largest group of people to downsize on a regular basis, and as the baby boomers age we are going to see the largest turnover in property, ever in the history of […]
Sheet of Hitler Stamps

Nazi Memorabilia at Auction: Spoils of War or Symbols of Hate?

Unlike stamps and coins, Nazi memorabilia is not the most common collectible.  Some would argue that it is not a collectible at all.  Although perhaps not the most common of collections, Nazi memorabilia is highly collectible and often brings high prices when brought to auction. Today, I had a walk-in consignor with a rather peculiar […]
"A Brush for the Lead", lithograph by Currier and Ives, 1867. Source:

Print & Graphics Series I: Identification of The Lithograph

Lithograph is a a word you will hear thrown around a lot if you spend any amount of time in the art or auction industry looking at antique prints and graphics. To many people, every print is a “lithograph” though this is not technically correct. Lithograph is NOT a term, it is a medium of […]

Buyer’s Premium Explained

Buyer’s Premium: At auction, the Buyer’s Premium is an expense, added to the Hammer Price, which is price the auctioneer sells an item for on the sales floor during the auction.  For example, if you go to an auction with a buyer’s premium of 15%, buy something on the sales floor for $100, when you […]
Postage Stamps

Collectible Spotlight: Selling Inherited Stamps

According to FS Collectibles, stamp collecting is the third most common type of collection following baseball cards, and coins. Because they are so common especially among Baby Boomers, you will likely have to deal with selling inherited stamps at some point in your life.  However, selling inherited stamps can be one of the most frustrating […]

Selling Gold & Silver at Auction

Advice on how to get you the best deal from an auction house for your precious metals. When it comes to selling gold, silver and other precious metals at auction, there are advantages and disadvantages; but for most auctioneers, selling gold and silver at auction is a no-brainer. They want to sell it for you. […]
Pair of Engraved Revolvers

Collectible Spotlight: Selling Inherited Guns

Here are a few things to consider when selling inherited guns (both modern or antique firearms). Saturday, I got back from an early morning auction in the country exhausted yet intrigued by my experience.  I have gone to Pete’s Auction in Madison, Virginia several times before for their Saturday Antique and Collectibles Auction which generally […]
Attributed to Hannah Foote, Baltimore, Maryland c.1860. Sold at Sotheby's New York January 2004 for $72,000.

Collectible Spotlight: Selling Inherited Quilts

Some would say that there is no more American art form than a quilt.  Made by the earliest settlers, they have been around since the late seventeenth century.  They are also a common item to be passed down from generation to generation so you are likely to inherit one at some point.  However, quilts can […]

The Problem of Non-paying Bidders at Auction: What To Do If It Happens to You

By Renee Corbino In November of 2010 at Bainbridge Auctions in London,  a Chinese vase became the most expensive Chinese piece ever sold with a hammer price of 51.6 million pounds ($83 million USD). Called the “Ruislip Vase,” this piece remained unpaid for nearly two years following the sale. Bloomberg reports that this vase,   rumored to have […]

Should I Sell at Auction? What you need to know…

By Anson Brown As an auction professional, there is nothing worse in this business than disappointing consignors. It would seem, there is nothing we can say or do to really prepare a consignor for what to expect at auction. Disappointment happens when you bring your treasures to auction that you think are valuable only to […]