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Caroline Ashleigh Blog: Drama, Suspense, Intrigue: Art Crime 101

On June 13 a dozen participants and I arrived in Philadelphia for the first ever Art Crime Investigation Seminar, conducted by former FBI Special Agent, and real Indiana Jones, Robert Wittman. The week, consisting of five days of instruction and discussion with field experts and industry leaders, was a one-of-a-kind seminar in which each...

The odd and religious history of Bingo featured at vintage game and puzzle collectors convo, April 29-May 1

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — The Association of Game & Puzzle Collectors, (AGPC), the world’s foremost organization dedicated to the collection and preservation of games, mechanical puzzles, and jigsaw puzzles, will hold its 27th annual convention in Lancaster, Pa., April 29-May 1, 2011. The AGPC’s Mid-Atlantic Chapter will host the event. Game and puzzle enthusiasts from...

Vintage Hawaii “state” survey maps purchased for $800

A grouping of Hawaii “state” survey maps found a new home for a final bid of $800 against a presale estimate of $275 to $375 at Old World Auctions Feb. 16, 2011. The territory surveys, touted as “an exceptional set of large, brightly colored maps” in A+ condition, included Hawaii (1901, 31 inches by...

World’s largest surviving gold nugget sells last night for $400,000

The largest California gold rush nugget left in existence, the 100 troy ounce gold nugget discovered last year in Nevada County, Calif., sold last night for $400,000.  Gold and Silver Value ChartDigital Download Available at shop.collect.com Holabird-Kagin Americana sold the nearly 7 pound nugget in Sacramento.? Nicknamed the “Washington Nugget,” because the nugget was...

Sole authenticated Billy the Kid tintype to be sold at auction

DENVER – Legendary outlaw Billy the Kid had his “picture made” 130 years ago in Fort Sumner, N.M., posing for what is now considered the most recognizable photo of the American West. A single, original tintype is the only authenticated photo of the Kid in existence today. Descended through one family, and never before...

Batmobile model from 1989’s Batman brings $12,000

The news of an odd or wacky antiques and collectibles museum going out of business always plucks a heart strings. Feelings or regret quickly turn to joy when auction results reward the former owner/collector/curator with a tidy nest egg. Such is the case with Dane Nash and his American Superhero Museum. Once a repository...