Odd Antique News

Asheford Institute of Antiques films TV pilot for fall 2011

The field of antiques-related television shows will add at least one more in the fall as experts from the Asheford Institute of Antiques (AIA) team up to roll-out a half-hour pilot TV show tentatively scheduled for release in the fall of 2011. AIA is a professional-level, distance learning program on antiques, collectibles and appraising....

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 highest (private) bidder....

Which celebs’ sigs are faked? Top 10 list of most dangerous vintage celebrity autographs

SANTA ANA, Calif. – Buyers beware: many alleged Babe Ruth autographs are bogus, many purported Elvis Presley signatures should be marked “return to sender.”   Over half of the signatures of some famous sports, historical and entertainment figures submitted in 2010 to PSA/DNA Authentication Services of Santa Ana, Calif. were judged to be fakes.  Babe...

Estimated at $10K, Dragon jar soars to $7.6M

SAN FRANCISCO — A blue and white porcelain Dragon jar sold for $7,658,000 in the Fine Asian Works of Art sale Dec. 13 at Bonhams & Butterfields in San Francisco. The 360-lot sale brought more than $19 million with the vast majority of the lots fetching multiples of their estimates. The excitement in the...

Your guide to all next gen antiques-themed TV shows

The following two items complimented a longer article in the Dec. 22 edition on SPIKE-TV’s new hit show Auction Hunters. Billed as the West coast’s answer to American Pickers, Auction Hunters follows the exploits of California’s Allen Haff and Ton Jones as they hunt for antiques and collectibles in abandoned storage lockers. The Next...