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Antique Trader

Antique Trader

January 29 2020

Whether you're looking for a trusted place to bid in auctions, buy or sell, Antique Trader is the top resource to find online auction sites, auction houses, and expert advice about antique furniture, jewelry and collectibles. Thousands of antiques and collectibles are for sale in each issue as well as hard to find items to buy, sell, or trade. Antique Trader also contains the most current and comprehensive information on antique shows and stores and earns best-selling honors year after year by providing precise descriptions and current pricing.

United States
Active Interest Media
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24 Issues


1 min.
antique trader

GENERAL MANAGER Peter Miller GROUP PUBLISHER Ray Chelstowski PUBLISHER Corinne Zielke EDITORS Paul Kennedy, Kristine Manty CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Wayne Jordan, Mary Manion, Michael Polak, Fred Taylor, Melanie C. Thomas, and Dr. Anthony J. Cavo GRAPHIC DESIGNER Sandi Carpenter ADVERTISING SALES Tim Baldwin TBaldwin@aimmedia.com Direct Number: 1-248-837-9293 SALES ASSISTANT Julie Dillon JDillon@aimmedia.com VP, ADVERTISING SALES Kevin D. Smith NEWSSTAND SALES NPS Media Group PRESIDENT & CEO Andrew W. Clurman SENIOR VP, CFO, COO, & TREASURER Michael Henry CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER Jonathan Dorn VP OF AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT Tom Masterson VP, PRODUCTION & MANUFACTURING Barbara Van Sickle VP, PEOPLE & PLACES JoAnn Thomas VP, DIGITAL PRODUCTS & PLATFORMS Katie Herrell VP, IT Nelson Saenz AIM BOARD CHAIR Efrem Zimbalist III…

2 min.
safety first garfield fan lives to tell the tale

I SUGGESTED A seatbelt. But nobody listens to me except my dog, Henry. And even that’s a sometimes deal usually involving a treat. Nonetheless, I’m happy to report that Eric Bradley was not hurt when he fell off his chair. When you’re involved with all the neat stuff that comes through the door at Heritage Auctions, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll get knocked off your seat every once in a while. It’s a professional hazard that goes with being the public relations director at the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer. Bradley was sent for a loop when he heard Heritage had secured an exclusive agreement with Jim Davis, the creator of Garfield, to auction the artist’s entire archive of roughly 11,000 daily and Sunday original comic strip art. Like hundreds of millions worldwide, Bradley…

7 min.
alphonse mucha: celebrated art-nouveau artist

Even if you don’t know his name, chances are you will recognize the unmistakable style of Czech artist Alphonse Mucha: beautiful women with long, thick tendrils of hair dressed in flowing gowns and surrounded by flowers (most often also adorning their hair) and other decorative botanical motifs done in soft, delicate shades of gold, green, ochre and peach. Mucha first found fame with his revolutionary poster designs and was instrumental in popularizing the Art Nouveau aesthetic, called “Le Style Mucha” by many. His influence in the art world is still felt today and his posters and other artwork sell at auction from four to six figures. After moving to Paris in 1887 and toiling in obscurity for the next eight years, Mucha’s big break came via a favor and a fortuitous phone…

2 min.
high-end dominates 2019 u.s. coin sales

Superior quality and exceptional rarity dominated the U.S. coin auction market in 2019, with hundreds of record prices realized, according to a year-end review by the Professional Numismatics Guild (PNG). More than $325 million was realized during major auctions of rare U.S. coins last year, down from $345 million in 2018 but higher than $316 million in 2017, according to PNG. Six U.S. coins sold for $1 million or more during the year, five at auction and one by private transaction. Although sales of paper money were not included in the aggregate auction total, three rare U.S. bank notes sold for $1 million or more at public auction in 2019. “The coin market overall seems very healthy,” PNG President Richard Weaver said. “As in past years, fresh ‘quality’ coins coming back on the…

2 min.
antique brass heat register nice architectural find

Q I am wondering about this piece. I think it is a brass plant stand top, but I’m not sure. Kathy Pool A Thank you for your interesting inquiry! You will be surprised to know that what you thought was a brass plant stand top is actually a very detailed-in-design brass antique heat register. In Victorian America, many unusual thoughts prevailed, including the belief that exhaled air caused sickness. Based upon this reasoning, those who could afford it heated their homes with a constant supply of warmed fresh air. Air was drawn in from outside through ducts heated in the basement boiler and carried throughout the house by additional ducts and into rooms by fanciful heat registers such as yours installed in walls and floors. Since these registers were a new invention in the…

2 min.
rare bitters bottle blows past estimate

SACRAMENTO, CA – A 150-year-old blue Cassin’s Grape Brandy Bitters bottle, so rare that for years many doubted its existence, has sold for a staggering $155,000 — tens of thousands more than its estimate of $75,000-$100,000. The sale was part of the first auction of the Ken Fee collection of mostly Western bitters bottles, held recently by American Bottle Auctions. Part 2 will be online February 14 through February 23. What made the Cassin’s Grape Brandy Bitters so desirable to bidders was its bluish-teal color, which many bottle collectors, even seasoned pros, had never seen and were skeptical even existed. “No one had seen Ken Fee’s collection of over 300 bottles in four decades,” said Jeff Wichmann of American Bottle Auctions. “It only came to light following his death in November of 2018.…