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Raiders of the Lost Arc Poster
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A Market for Movie Posters

They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but how many times have you judged a movie by its poster? A mix of photos, illustrations, and text, movie posters are used to evoke emotion and stoke excitement about new productions. Developed in the late 1800s, the movie poster

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Native American Ceremonial Dress
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Interest in Native American Items Surges at Auction

Every Fourth of July, the Mescalero Apache gather to honor the 13-year-old girls who will become the future caretakers of their tribe. Days of traditions, rites and special ceremonies ensue. The coming-of-age ceremony practiced by many Apache groups for hundreds of years marks a girl’s passage from girlhood to womanhood.

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Squash Blossom Necklace
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Squash Blossoms Hold High Value at Auction

We’ve sold a dozen squash blossom necklaces in the past six months. They’ve sold for a range of prices from $40 to $1,900, with a majority of the recent squash blossoms selling for between $650 and $900. Why is there such a huge price discrepancy between the value of the

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1909 Penny
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That Penny’s Worth How Much?

What is the lowest value coin you would be willing to pick up if you saw it lying on the sidewalk or in a parking lot? A quarter, a dime, a nickel? Would you bend over to pick up a penny? What if you accidentally threw it away? Would you

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Pokemon Card - Sold Jan 2021 (1)
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Childhood Trading Cards Could be Worth Pokémon(ey)

Occasionally, a specific smell will take me back to childhood. The scent of an elementary school, someone grilling in the backyard, chlorine from the public pool, and the smell of a freshly opened pack of trading cards all take me back to about 12-years-old. I’m definitely not the only one

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1930 Cusstom Ford Model A Roadster
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Is Your Car Historic, Classic, Vintage, or Antique?

From Barrett Jackson to Russo Steele to the Mecum Auction taking place in Glendale this weekend, Arizona is well known for its collector car auctions. In fact, the most expensive car ever sold at auction in Arizona was a $9.9 million vintage 1937 Mercedes Benz 540 K Special Roadster sold

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demand auction items
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Predicting 2022’s Most in Demand Auction Items

People love making predictions. Whether it’s who will win the Super Bowl, how the economy will perform or which politician will be victorious in the next election. It turns out, auctioneers are no exception to this rule. We enjoy predicting the future of our own industry, especially which secondary market

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strange items
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Eight Strange Items Sold to the Highest Bidder

Human hair. Corpse tattoos. Celebrity genital castings. After being in the auction business for 15 years, there are few things people sell or buy that truly shock me. But even I raise my eyebrows at some strange items. The following seven collectibles certainly bring the ick factor. In fact, I

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Motorsports Memorabilia
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Crashing Into History with Motorsports Memorabilia

In September of 1980, Gary Wells attempted to jump the fountains at Caesars Palace. He had recently jumped further distances, but, like Evel Knievel before him, the jump resulted in a devastating crash. At the beginning of November, we had the honor of auctioning off the motorcycle Wells rode and

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Auction Tips

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

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News Release

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

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News Release

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

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