Antique Scams

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Allegations of fraudulent posters rock the collecting community

Disturbing. Very disturbing. High-priced allegedly fake posters – to the tune of $2 million – have been discovered so far. According to the Web site www.learnaboutmovieposters.com: The Scheme According to knowledgeable sources, the scheme to produce these fake posters involved taking lower end vintage poster materials (i.e. posters that do not command high dollars),...

NH man hawked paintings stolen from Fla.

NH man hawked paintings stolen from Fla. SALEM, N.H. (AP) – Police say a stolen painting a New Hampshire man was selling on Craigslist was among $47,500 worth of antiques, furniture and other valuables he stole from a Florida home. Twenty-five-year-old John McCulloch was arrested Friday after a potential buyer on Craigslist turned out...

Antique Trader Subscriber Alert

Please be aware that there are some unauthorized magazine agencies that may attempt to solicit your renewal subscription to Antique Trader magazine either through the mail or by telephone. They operate under several different names and request that payment be sent directly to them. Be sure to renew your subscription only through one of...

Deployed troop’s antiques & collectibles stolen

Oh, man. I’m so mad. You would be too: Check out this article from the NBC Action News about a couple of “enterprising” fellows in Kansas who were involved in the “theft of antiques and household goods put in storage by military personnel who were deployed or transferred from Ft. Leavenworth.” From 1999-2003, an...

The “Antiques Rogueshow,” starring the Johnson family

It took a while, but this rogue family in the UK has finally started serving time. For stealing over millions in art and antiques over the last 20 years, the five members of the Johnson crime family will serve a total of almost 50 years. It doesn’t seem like much time to serve, does...

Do you know AuctionWally?

If not, you should. AuctionWally, a 25-year veteran in the auction and appraisal field, has an antiques appraisal blog that is just chock-full of information on antiques values and how to sell them. You can find him at http://www.antiquewally.com, where you can view 500 stories and appraisals for free. I found this recent article...

Is there a safe place to sell?

I read the following in one of my favorite collectibles forums: “My in-laws have inherited tons of things that look to me to be collectors items or things of worth to others. She doesn’t want these things and I want to try and help her get rid of some of them.  I don’t want...