The Panama Pacific commemorative gold and silver coins

The Panama Pacific Centennial

By Sarah Miller: A beloved set of United States commemorative coins turns 100 this year. The Panama Pacific commemorative gold and silver coins, affectionately nicknamed “commems” by dealers and collectors, were produced in limited numbers in 1915 to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal and the corresponding Panama Pacific International Exposition, held in San Francisco, […]

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Cinderella

Once Upon a Remake: Cinderella (2015)

By Holly Culbreath It was with much trepidation that I came to Disney’s live-action Cinderella, considering the live-action remake of Sleeping Beauty disfigured the original beyond recognition.  Thankfully, director Kenneth Branagh handles his source material with a gentler, kinder touch.  Here is a man who understands that when you already have good story, the best […]

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LEGO chair

Everything is Awesome about 20th Century Design

By Holly Culbreath: As an auctioneer, I get to see a lot of cool stuff come to the auction block.  But nothing to date has filled me with the fiendish delight of this LEGO Chair by Droog.  Yes, you read that right – a LEGO Chair – as in a chair made out of LEGOs.  […]

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Time Travel

“Time Travel Exists!”

By Katie Nartonis A new friend fundamentally changed the way I think about the future of time travel, and art, with one short but insightful comment. “ You know, humankind will never actually time travel?” Kirt said, offhandedly. We were at a trade show in Reno, hanging out at the casino bar. “What? I asked, “How’s […]

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“Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes!?”

By Michael Morgan Dr. Indiana Jones may have loved his Smith & Wesson revolvers, but the most recognizable American revolver has to be Colt’s Single Action Army (aka “The Peacemaker”). Originally adopted by the U.S. Military in 1873, the pistol was dropped from Colt’s catalog around 1940 due to the production demands of WW II. […]

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Highclere Castle

Why Americans Love “Downton Abbey” (and why we wouldn’t want to live there)

By Holly Culbreath: The popularity of “Downton Abbey,” the brain child of creator/writer Julian Fellowes and ITV, is something of a cultural phenomenon.  While the show is universally adored, the fever pitch that fandom reaches on our side of the pond is somewhat surprising, considering the longevity of shows like Friends and Seinfeld.  By way […]

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Guitars on a Budget

Guitars on a Budget

Let’s face it. Not everyone can afford a six figure 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard or a $70K and up Fender Mary Kaye Stratocaster. Fear not. For those of us who have to collect guitars on a budget or may be new to the vintage guitar collecting world, there is still hope! You don’t need […]

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LAIKA

The Next Big Thing for LAIKA

By Holly Culbreath: Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past few years, the Oscar nomination for LAIKA’s Boxtrolls will not come as a surprise.  The studio’s two previous forays, ParaNorman (2012) and Coraline (2009), both received Oscar nods for Best Animated Feature Film.  Here’s hoping third time’s the charm. The world of […]

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women and handbags

Women and Handbags: the Love that Dare Not Speak its Name

By Holly Culbreath As romantic expressions go, even old standbys like candy, flowers, and an evening out have become hackneyed, requiring little thought or effort.  To be fair, no gift or romantic gesture can adequately express the depth of feeling for your beloved, and many women even tell their significant other not to make a […]

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tweezer holding diamond

The Kelsey Lake Mine: Colorado’s Hidden Gem

By Caroline Ervin Many fantastic diamonds come across my desk to be catalogued and put up for auction. I often wonder about the exotic locales from which they were sourced…India, Brazil, Russia, South Africa (a name synonymous with diamond mining) or perhaps a more recent source, like Australia. I think about the incredible journeys these […]

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