Crazy Collections: These collectors only want zany and obscure antiques

unusual wristwatch

Sometimes collectors yearn for the unusual. They search for items that appeal to their sense of whimsy, or perhaps items that reflect cultural and historical values that may not have been thought of as collectible. Here you’ll meet collectors of the weird: funerary items, dental or medical items, prisoner art, condom tins, neckties, corkscrews, Salem witch-related items. Collectors of the esoteric are many and they open up an entire new world to us when we look at those items through their eyes. Read More +

Vintage San Francisco rock concert posters remain a unique American art form

We Wilson rock concert poster

San Francisco in the ’60s brings thoughts of hippies and psychedelic rock, but the counterculture manifested itself in all the arts. Some of the rare 45 R.P.M. recordings from San Francisco bands have become valuable, but for collectors of the era’s artifacts, the greatest prizes are often original copies of the posters that promoted concerts in the Bay Area’s ballrooms and clubs. The best of those posters are magnificent examples of 20th century art and design and collectors are paying premium prices to own a slice of this era of American pop culture. Read More +