Author Archives: Karen Knapstein

Karen Knapstein

About Karen Knapstein

A lifelong collector and student of antiques, I enjoy learning and teaching about vintage collectibles and their historical context. I can be reached at

Antique Trader Favorite Finds

2018 Favorite Finds Contest tempts with big prizes

IOLA, Wis. — Antique Trader, the national antiques publication delivering news, commentary and advertising for the antiques market, is currently accepting entries for its 2018 Favorite Finds Contest. Entries eligible for inclusion in the 2018 contest will be accepted through midnight September 30, 2018. Contest sponsors include Heritage Auctions, Ruby Lane,...

Luke Skywalker action figure

Star Wars action figures eclipse $200,000 at auction

DALLAS – A collection of 23 Star Wars action figures sold at auction for a total of $201,180. The premiere Star Wars toys sold through Heritage Auctions during the firm’s Comics & Comic Art Auction, held Aug. 2-4 in Dallas, Texas, which brought in a total of $6,670,739. The valuable action figure collection...

One-of-a-kind gold nugget, measuring nearly 11 inches in length and weighing 1,241 grams (39.9 troy ounces), estimate: $70,000-$100,000. Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

Enormous 11-inch gold nugget could fetch $100K

Gold nugget discovery deemed museum quality DALLAS – An enormous, 40-ounce gold nugget, nicknamed “Lightning Bolt” for its jolting, bright yellow glow and rarity beyond any diamond found on Earth, could take top lot honors in in Heritage Auctions’ Nature & Science Auction Aug. 18. The 11-inch gold nugget was discovered in Victoria, Australia, and...

French enameled jewelry casket available on Ruby Lane

Ooh La La: French antiques aplenty on Ruby Lane

Search for “French” on and before you pops up more than 5,000 different selections of French antiques from the half million items available through the online marketplace. Antiques & Uncommon Treasure of San Marcos, California, offers a unique early 19th century mother-of-pearl Palais Royal tazza (currently sale priced at $447)....

Free Promotion: Antique Trader announces 2019 Trade Directory

The 2019 Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles Trade Directory amounts to no- or low-cost advertising STEVENS POINT, Wis.—Antique Trader, the national antiques publication delivering news, commentary, and advertising for the antiques market, has announced it will produce an Antiques and Collectibles Industry Directory in the January 30, 2019, edition of Antique...