Behind the Spine


Welcome to Antique Trader’s Behind the Spine blog. In this space we’ll share ‘sneak peeks’ of a variety of antiques and collectibles references. Be it a series of sample chapters or snippets from recently published books, an exclusive Q&A with the author of an up-and-coming or popular book/video etc., or a review of antiques resources produced by various publishing and media companies, this is where we’ll share an exclusive look ‘behind the spine.’

If you have a book/video/magazine, related to the antiques and collectibles community you think would make a great subject for our Behind the Spine section, drop us a line at, or give us a call at 715-445-2214 and dial extension 13364 for Online Editor Antoinette (Toni) Rahn or 13627 for Print Editor Karen Knapstein.

Mangle Boards of Northern Europe

Mangle boards epitomize artistic function

Although lavishly illustrated, "Mangle Boards of Northern Europe" is no vanity picture book; it is an authoritative composition of substance and significance created by combining the author’s own analysis and observations with previous mangle board research.

Goldmine Record Album PG 8th

Author shedding light on vinyl values

In a recent Insider Interview, Pat Prince, editor of Goldmine Magazine, a sister publication of Antique Trader, chatted with Dave Thompson, author of the new edition of Goldmine Record Album Price Guide — the premiere guide to vinyl records.

Beatles-signed tour program

Behind the Spine: Beatlemania remains eight days a week

Do you recall the original wave of Beatlemania? It was a time that changed the landscape of music forever. Today, the Beatles music continues to enjoy much fanfare, and based on trends in music memorabilia auctions another round of Beatlemania seems to be taking place within the collecting community. Learn more in Paul Kennedy's...

Artist Jeff Koons’s sculpture Balloon Dog (Orange), which measures 121 by 143 by 45 inches, sold for $58.4 million at auction.

Behind the Spine: Balloon Dog inflates contemporary art values

In the latest installment of the Behind the Spine column, Paul Kennedy talks with Noah Fleisher, editor of Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles 2015 and public relations director of Heritage Auctions, about the record-setting sale of a single stainless steel sculpture and its impact on the contemporary art market.

Finding wit and wisdom in “Looking for Me: A Novel”

In "Looking for Me: A Novel" it's easy to see why the main character, Teddi Overman, chooses to surround herself with antiques, where the past is more storied, than messy - which is often the case with human history. However, in the course of the novel Teddi travels back down the road to path...