Antiques Stories

Chinese antiques and art specialist joins Kaminski

BEVERLY, Mass. – Kaminski Auctions has announced that Benjamin Y. Wang has joined the staff as their Asian Specialist. Ben has had extensive experience buying, selling and appraising Asian art particularly Chinese art, antiques and jewelry. A graduate of Inner Mongolia University and with a M.A. Degree from Boston University, Ben brings a vast...

William Bradford’s ‘The Whaleship Speedwell’ brings $248,000

$248,000 William Bradford‘s (American, 1823-1892) “The Whaleship Speedwell of Fairhaven Outward Bound off Gay Head” unsigned oil on canvas sold for a breathtaking $248,000 against a presale estimate of $100,000 to $200,000 in Skinner, Inc.’s March 6 auction of American Furniture and Decorative Arts. The 1853 work, measuring 24 inches by 36 inches, was...

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...

eBay changes fees, pushing sellers to offer free shipping

eBay sellers will be charged 9 percent of an item’s selling price plus the amount the seller charges the buyer for shipping under a major new selling change announced this week. The fee, to be capped at $100, is meant to encourage more sellers to offer free shipping. On the flip side, listing fees...

Crusty New England antiques collector wants his original finish

Over at Martin Willis’ blog he delves into the harrowing and e-mail-fight-worthy topic of antique furniture refinishing. If ever there be a subject that draws sharp opinions it’s debating when/if/why to refinish a piece. I give him credit for generously relating (aka confessing) his past transgressions. But are there any collectors who haven’t snapped...

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...