Expert Eye: Eye Openers

“If I pour you a glass of Merlot, I guarantee that before you pick up the glass you’re tasting every Merlot you’ve ever had or even think you’ve had. Blind tasting frees you from that.” —Shayn Bjornholm, Court of Master Sommeliers As the examination director for the Court of Master Sommeliers, Shayn Bjornholm oversees the […]

Opening Bids: Written in the Stars

The pebble beach Concours d’Elegance and the surrounding four days of automotive auctions ( set the global standard for collectible cars. Last year, sales totaled $400 million—an increase of 28 percent over 2013—and included the $38.2 million sale of a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, the highest price ever paid for a car at public auction.  […]

It’s a Shutout!

How baseball became the star player of the sports memorabilia game.  Brian seigel owns roughly 40 game-used baseball bats from major-league players and displays them in a 1,200-square-foot shrine to America’s pastime at his home in Southern California. When he shows the bats to visitors, they are often apprehensive about touching them, and it is easy […]

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