Glasshouse Whimsies: Non-production creations are as unique as the artists themselves

Glasshouse whimsies – whether they are entirely free-form or created from production glass pieces – are items made by glassworkers to show off their skills. Whimsies, often given the misnomers "end-of-day" or "lunch-hour" pieces, are known as "friggers" in England. They are non-production pieces; other than the use of factory glass, the whimsies have no connection to the glass factory.
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Why don’t antiques dealers just cut prices and move old merch? Because we don’t like losing something once we own it

Wayne Jordan looks at the true cost of holding on to inventory too long and why it’s very common in the antiques trade: "Even when faced with compelling financial data (like inventory turns and profits) dealers still hold on to their beloved inventory. The essence of loss aversion is that simply owning something increases its value (to us). We don’t like losing something once we own it. Antiques dealers are also collectors, and they tend to get attached to the items the buy" Read More +

Antique Trader and Comics Buyer’s Guide Present: Captain America – The most patriotic hero of all

With Captain America: The First Avenger opening in theaters July 22, folks are unearthing many Cap collectibles and wondering what they have and, more importantly, what it’s worth. In this free, 12-page color download, we give you identification and prices for Captain America comic books and collectibles and history on the character!
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Fragments of the famed ‘Star Spangled Banner’ bring $65,000

Two superbly documented fragments from "The Star Spangled Banner," the very flag that flew over Ft. McHenry in Baltimore, Md., Sept. 13, 1814 and inspired Francis Scott Key to pen the words to America’s national anthem, sold for $65,725 on June 25, 2011 at Heritage Auctions. The flag, which was commissioned in Baltimore by Brevet Lt. Col. George Armistead in 1814, went home with him after the battle at Ft. McHenry, where it stayed for the remainder of his life, passing to his wife upon his death and subsequently to, first, Armistead’s daughter and then to his son, who loaned it to the Smithsonian in 1907. In 1910 the gift was made permanent.
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Pablo Picasso donation earns millions for University of Sydney

An important and rarely-seen masterpiece by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) sold at Christie’s June 21 for $21.8 million. Having resided in just two private collections since it was painted,  "Jeune fille endormie," 1935, was given to the University of Sydney by an anonymous donor on condition that it would be sold and that the university would dedicate the proceeds to scientific research.
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