Should I Donate My Art Collection to a Museum?

A frequent question I receive when helping to settle estates, is whether or not to donate items to a museum. This is especially true when the person whose estate we’re taking care of is or was an avid art collector. The answer to this question is deeply personal and depends on many factors. First and […]

Fun with Funko Pops

Funko Pops

Have you heard of Funko Pop collectibles? Even if you don’t know the name, you’ve probably seen them. Funko Pops, the increasingly popular 3.75-inch vinyl figures are easily identifiable by their square shaped heads, disproportionately small bodies and large, pupil-less eyes. In the past few weeks, we’ve sold more than 1,600 Funko Pops from one […]

3 Collectible Toys Created by Parents & Kids

collectible toys

There’s not a week that goes by that our auction house is not cataloging or selling collectible toys. Of all the estate items we auction, toys are one of the largest categories. While we sell modern-day toys, it’s the antique and vintage toys that savvy collectors are most interested in. Earlier this month, we auctioned […]

Your Painting is Authentic or Not (But Really Is)

The world of collecting fine art, when it comes to coveted artists such as Alexander Calder, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and the like, is a high stakes game that often involves dissenting opinions and controversy. It’s bad enough that the art world is full of unscrupulous forgers who happen to be masterfully skilled at creating […]

Keep, Donate or Toss? Spring Cleaning Tips

Well, here we are, most of us homebound as we follow government guidelines to “Stay at Home” in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Many of you are taking advantage of this time to tackle spring cleaning projects. Some of you may find it therapeutic to declutter, while others may be overwhelmed at […]

Tips for Bidding in an Online Auction

For the next few weeks, America is hunkering down at home to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus. Auction houses across the country, including ours, are suspending live auctions temporarily and going to online only until the threat subsides. But even before this unprecedented pandemic, eight in 10 Americans were shopping online, with 51 […]

Tips for Buying and Selling a Car at Auction

It’s been quite a week for car collectors, and it’s hard to miss all the news coverage about celebrities, athletes and other car enthusiasts in town for the big car auctions. While these major events get a lot of attention, many people don’t realize there are car auctions going on around town every week. Granted, […]

Collecting Circus and Carnival Memorabilia

No matter where you grew up, you probably remember going to the circus when it came through town or having fun at local carnivals. When I was a kid, I’d spend hours on carnival rides, and I was equally mesmerized by the gravity-defying stunts and other thrilling shows at the circus. I have so many […]

Tips for Collecting Coin-Operated Machines

Last weekend, thousands of gamers attended the Game On Expo at the Phoenix Convention Center to play free games, participate in contests and tournaments, attend workshops, and more. It was my first time attending, and my two colleagues and I were like kids in a candy store. We also spoke on a panel on August […]

High Demand for These Collectible Dolls

Recently, we auctioned a beautifully curated doll collection over two Saturdays that also coincided with World Doll Day on June 8th. We didn’t plan it that way, but the timing certainly didn’t hurt. Dolls can be tricky in the secondary market. There are many dolls that just don’t hold value, but the ones that are […]

Selling Signs of Past Times

In November 2018, we had our largest estate auction, which featured more than 200 vintage advertising signs and a large collection of Native American pottery, baskets, rugs, and beaded items from multiple tribes. It was so large, it took four 24-foot moving trucks and two trailers to transport everything from the Camp Verde home to […]