Do you base your antiques inventory prices on value, cost or gut feelings?

Wayne Jordan has a "Home Alone" moment after reading a report claiming that artificially inflating prices for Kindle and iPad ebooks "creates value" for consumers. "I read that statement and screamed.  Macaulay has nothing on me," he writes. Dealing in unique objects, antiques sellers may price inventory at the intersection of supply and demand. However, many use three pricing strategies: research, cost (amount paid) and "gut feeling" to move their merchandise. Jordan looks at the pros and cons and explains how all three can help sales.
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Rare Robert Crumb counterculture cartoonist archive brings $16,950

An archive of material pertaining to the famous counterculture cartoonist Robert Crumb – including a pair of original hand-drawn personal greeting cards and a 13-page sketchbook – sold March 4-6 for $16,950. The sketchbook, measuring 5 inches by 8 inches, was crammed with the quirky and humorous drawings that have made Crumb famous since he burst on the scene in the 1960s. Included were a four-page story/poem titled The Moonlight March, illustrations depicting folk singers Judy Collins and Joan Baez, a two-page spread of the New York City skyline and more.
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Newly discovered vintage Robert Crumb sketches offered in March 4 sale

A recently discovered diary/sketchbook from counterculture cartoonist Robert Crumb is just one of hundreds of quality, fresh-to-the-market lots in a rainbow of categories will cross the block the weekend of Mar. 4-6. The sale also feature a group of a dozen original Star Wars figures and a nice collection of cast-iron still banks and toys including Arcade, Hubley and Kenton.
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Antique tobacco tins and sign collection totals $560,000

An early, richly illustrated Home Run Cigars, featuring a runner sliding across home plate easily surpassed its $8,000-$12,000 estimate to achieve $18,400 and top lot honors in a sale of advertising tins, signs, store displays amassed by Chicago design executives David and Marcia Hirsch. The entire collection brought $560,000 and was presented in an heirloom quality auction catalog meticulously designed by the Hirsches themselves.
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