Collecting contemporary entertainers is an incredibly popular hobby.  Movie stars, TV personalities, comedians, stage actors and actresses are just some of the categories autograph collectors love. As professional appraisers, we see thousands of signed celebrity photos each year.  Not surprisingly, most of them are not authentically signed.   Autograph collectors must understand that the volume of […]

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If you ask Leon Castner “What’s a holograph?” and he’ll say, “It’s all Greek to me.”  He’s right! Holograph come from the Greek words “graph” (writing) and “holo”  (with the hand). Ask Daniel Webster, and the old dictionary writer would probably reply, “It’s a document written entirely in the handwriting of the person whose signature […]

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Terminator III?  No….   R2D2 turned crook? No… Robocop gone bad?   No…   This mechanical forger goes by the name of “Autopen.”  It has become a modern technological wonder for busy VIP’s, celebrities, and politicians, but has become a headache for autograph collectors. Knowing that autopens exist is not enough.  An autograph collector must be able to […]

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Tea has been a very important drink to the people of our country, although perhaps not quite as popular as in other places of the world. Ever since the infamous tea party in Boston Harbor, we’ve found ingenious ways to store and serve the hot beverage, most of which are highly collectible. Since tea was […]

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Wallace Nutting was a nationally known printmaker and furniture expert of the 1900-30’s era. His work is highly collectible and now recognized by most antique lovers. Decorators particularly love his simple and somewhat romantic view of the American Colonial era. Museums as well as collectors avidly seek his furniture, which copied early pieces of historic […]

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