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The road less traveled

ChchchchChanges (With apologies to David Bowie)   In 1973, a man named Hillel Kristal (Hilly) opened a bar in the less than desirable Bowery section of New York City. At the time, Hilly was pretty much on his last financial

Descriptions in Auctions

“I want life in every word to the extent that it’s absurd.” B. Gibbard We’ve all been around the block enough in the realm of online auctions to know what a description is. I mean, it is what it is.

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The Auction Apocalypse

No, dear reader, the end is not near. Today, we thought we would discuss changing trends in the auction business and the nature of antiques and collectibles in general. Any of you who have been around auctions, flea markets and

American Roadside

One of the many things Lee and I enjoy doing is traveling. We love getting in the car and just heading out for somewhere with only the vaguest idea of where we’re going and why. Sometimes, we’ll plan out at

So, What do You Like?

We’re often asked what it is that we like. What makes us excited when we see it, what sets our little history loving hearts aflutter? Both of us will be answering this question in our respective blog posts. It’s not

Let’s Talk Provenance

If you’ve ever browsed EBay or Craigslist, you’ve no doubt read a listing or two that made you wonder a bit. You know the listings we’re talking about “This item is a rare piece” “This piece belonged to a notable