Antiquities

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...

American Indian artifacts hoard up for auction

I just got an Antique Trader auction alert from ProxiBid and Iron Horse Auctions this morning. Of course I had to go check out what was available in this online sale. (Iron Horse Auctions is AuctionZip auctioneer #8405.) (I just love online auction catalogs, don’t you?! They make antiques and collectibles...

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...

Chinese export hand mirror brings $5,500

This Chinese export hand mirror certainly reflected the buyer’s passion for Asian antiques.  Bringing $5,500, the mirror is composed of metal with enameling and Nephrite jade carved plaques on each side of the handle and the back side of the top. The circa 19th-century mirror measures 9 1/2 inches by 5...

A slow economic recovery hurts archive preservation, too

The last year saw many historical auctions perform better than most auctioneers and industry spotters could have ever predicted. This growing trend doesn’t get a lot of critical attention in the mainstream media, well, except for the six-figure price tags. It appears our nation’s history is being sold off to the...

Collecting clubs, societies ready for 2011 activities

GAITHERSBURG, Md. — Antiques and collectibles collecting clubs and societies are making plans earlier than usual for their 2011 shows and conventions. The Association of Collecting Clubs (ACC) already has well over 500 club events posted on their Club-Sponsored Events Calendar. According to Larry Krug, ACC co-founder, the club-Sponsored Events Calendar...