Historic Preservation

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...

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...

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,...