Collectibles

Buying Art In June 2007, London-based artist Damien Hirst sold For the Love of God for $100 million, creating the latest example of alpha in the already alpha-rich art market. Considering Hirst...
Once you’ve written with a high-quality writing instrument, there is no going back to the average pen. The feel of a well-made pen in the hand and the smoothness of its stroke on the page is a...
In the realm of collectible antique armaments, suits of armor reign supreme in terms of attracting attention. That’s why Roland and Redmond Finer aim to always have numerous examples on display in...
More than 180 international art galleries, art dealers, and jewelers will be presenting prized pieces at the annual Palm Beach Jewelry, Art, and Antique Show , held February 15 to 19 at the Palm...
The London-based artist Alexandra Llewellyn ’s bespoke backgammon tables—which may be fashioned from rare materials including ebonized ash and ferns from the British countryside, and can be...
There’s a special thrill that comes with discovering something you didn’t know you wanted until you laid eyes on it. Bonhams ’ annual Gentleman’s Library sale specializes in precisely those things...
Everyone knows that the tropics are fertile, but few suspected that the balmy city of Miami Beach could yield a bumper crop of art fairs until Art Basel Miami Beach took root 10 years ago. Ironically...
When it comes to comic book collecting, the most valuable items from decades past continue to be the most valuable today. The first appearances of major super­heroes attract the most attention. Take...
In the world of collectible stamps, or as Robert Scott likes to say, “art you can lick,” the head of Bonhams’ stamp and postal history department explains that there haven’t been any new discoveries...
It wasn’t long ago that Thomas Lecky, head specialist of Christie’s books and manuscripts department in New York, saw collectors adopting a comprehensive strategy—singling out a great author and...
For the pen collectors on your list this holiday season, you must first determine if they value vintage pens or contemporary, limited-edition releases. According to Ivan Briggs, the writing...
As evidence supporting the scope of coin collecting around the world, Norman Scrivener, a consultant at Doyle New York, references a quote from King George V, who declared the practice “the hobby of...
Jeff Bridgman’s career as a dealer of American folk art spans more than two decades, yet most of his clients have never set foot in his gallery—a 240-square-foot exhibition space on the second floor...
Daniel Weinberg has worked at the Abraham Lincoln Book Shop ( www.alincolnbookshop.com ) in Chicago for the last 40 years, and in that time he’s accomplished two noteworthy achievements in the field...
Walking down the hallways of the Legacy Companies’ headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the firm’s president and CEO, Neal Asbury, passes dozens of antique American and Asian maps hanging on...
A dollar is not worth what it once was, especially if it is a particular Flowing Hair silver dollar from 1794. That coin should sell for at least $5 million during the annual Stack’s Bowers Americana...
This year is the 140th anniversary of the founding of the S.T. Dupont brand. It is also the 140th anniversary of the fire that destroyed Simon Tissot Dupont’s carriage company and prompted him to...
The sophomore release by up-and-coming British goldsmith Jack Row, the Jaali Collection ( www.jackrow.com ) features writing instruments and cuff links styled after the latticed-stone window...
Once upon a time, more than a decade ago, Art Basel Miami Beach was a gamble. Some were skeptical that this spin-off of Art Basel, the venerable contemporary art fair held in summer in Basel,...
Christie’s auction house is exploring new territory with its first art online -only auction, a 15-day sale that started November 19. The event features 96 stunning black-and-white prints by French...
Christie’s has consigned an exciting Warhol canvas to its postwar and contemporary evening sale on November 14. Titled Statue of Liberty , it compels interest on several fronts. It dates to 1962, the...
Dressed in his finery, the pope sits isolated, screaming in agony over the horrors of a postwar world. Monet’s water lilies it ain’t. But Sotheby’s estimates that Untitled (Pope) , a haunting 1954...
H. Keith Melton is privy to secrets of the world’s most clandestine government agencies—including the CIA, MI6, and the KGB—but the intelligence historian and authority on spy technology vows never...
Winslow Homer, one of the most important American artists of the 19th century, painted many of his most recognizable works at his studio on Prouts Neck near Portland, Maine. Now owned by the Portland...
Many wealthy young men of the 18th century finished their educations with a grand tour—a voyage to the great cultural sites of Europe, from which they carried home art and antiques as souvenirs. The...
Julieta Talamante moved to Los Cabos at a time when the region boasted only one paved road and one stop sign. But that was 20 years ago. The area has evolved significantly since then, and so has...
Twenty-two years ago, Sandra Hindman, the president and CEO of Les Enluminures ( www.lesenluminures.com ), opened the company’s Parisian gallery dedicated to medieval manuscripts, rings, and other...
The International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show offers treasures from centuries past, such as a pair of George III painted beechwood armchairs made circa 1770 and priced at £135,000 (about $213...
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts announced last weekit will divest its entire collection of the late artist’s work through Christie’s . The collection contains all known Warhol works...
The Biennale des Antiquaires , the grande dame of France’s art and antiques fairs, takes place from September 14 to 23 at the city’s Grand Palais. Biennale organizers have enlisted high-profile...

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