Mom Was Wrong: Video Games Earn Top Dollar at Auction

Remember when your mom told you video games were a waste of time? That they’d never help you pay your bills? She was wrong. We’ve seen a huge uptick in the value of vintage video games recently, with new records being set every few weeks for the cost of these games at auction. In fact, […]

The Allure of Gemstones

A 59.6-carat pink diamond, known as the “Pink Star” sold at auction for $71.2 million in 2017. While the “Pink Star” holds the record for the highest priced gemstone ever sold, it is not the highest price per carat the world has ever seen. That honor goes to the 14.6-carat “Oppenheimer Blue” diamond that sold […]

How to Sniff Out a Valuable Vintage Perfume Bottle

Before becoming an auctioneer, I had no idea the huge variety of items people collect and consider valuable. Vintage perfume bottles is a category I would never have suspected to be valuable.   But we regularly sell beautiful vintage perfume bottles worth hundreds of dollars or more. In fact, we sold an Art Deco Bohemian […]

Fun with Funko Pops

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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 […]

Rescuing Valuable Art from the Trash

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We’ve all heard the stories about a rare piece of art that was found at a secondhand store or yard sale and sold for thousands of dollars. In fact, I’m sure we’ve all wished, at one time or another, that we could stumble across a painting or valuable art piece sure to make us rich. […]

Donate or Sell? What to do with Your Unwanted Jewelry

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This Charles Loloma Hopi Kachina Sand Cast Tufa Mold Sterling Silver Pendant sold for more than $2,500 on April 10. We regularly talk to consignors who don’t realize the value of the jewelry they have collected throughout their lives or have inherited from family members. In fact, earlier this month, we sold a signed Charles […]

Were We Born to Collect?

This Marklin Germany Ho Gauge Electric Locomotive model sold for $390. The locomotive was part of a large train collection that went up for auction in December 2020. Do you remember the Beanie Babies craze of the early ‘90s? How about Cabbage Patch Dolls in the ‘80s. It seems as though we’re hard wired to […]

Hot Wheels are Hot Collector’s Items in 2021

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This 1970s Hot Wheels Redline Red Killer Heavy Chevy sold at auction on Feb. 5 for $650.  Is there any more quintessential childhood toy than a die cast Hot Wheels car? The feel of the cool metal against your palm as you raced them across the carpet, leaving rug burns on your knees. The sound […]

Cashing in on Concert T-shirts

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This Iron Maiden t-shirt is one of a set of six vintage concert shirts that sold for $650 on Jan. 2.  The most memorable concert I ever attended might be AC/DC at Compton Terrace back in the ’80s, and I’m kicking myself for not buying concert t-shirts. Not only would it be fun to see […]

2021 Predictions: These 5 Items Will Be in Demand

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EJ’s Auction & Appraisal to Host 3rd Annual New Year’s Day Auction on Jan. 1 GLENDALE, Ariz. (Dec. 21, 2020) – After a crazy year that included a global pandemic, civil unrest, wildfires, and murder hornets, it’s hard to predict anything for 2021. But when it comes to consumer behavior, the secondary market provides strong clues […]

Demand for These 5 Items Should Stay Strong in 2021

It’s that time of the year again for predictions. While the pandemic has some people uncertain about the future, we’re still seeing economists, fashionistas, sports commentators and other industry experts give their best guess as to what’s in store for 2021. The auction industry is no different, and watching auctions is actually a great way […]