Christmas Truce

A Moment of Peace during a Time of War: The Christmas Truce of 1914

By Bryan Booher Christmas is a magical time of year for me.  I come from a fairly German family (my mother hails from a small town near Ludwigsburg in the German state of Baden-Württemberg) and there is no time of year that I feel more “German” than around Christmas.  While we celebrate like most Americans […]

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Condition Significance in Collectible Coins

By Sarah Miller When we happen upon a pile of old coins in an estate’s closet or safe, usually our first reaction is to look for the oldest coins in the cache. It may be counterintuitive however, that age is not always the biggest determinant of value. While coins minted in the mid 20th century and […]

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Why Elvis Presley is called “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll”

By Jim Steele Elvis Presley is known as “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” – what does that mean, exactly? It’s not that he was the first to be associated with the term Rock and Roll; in fact, Rocking and Rolling had been around since the early 1900s as a descriptive of the spiritual excitement of […]

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Hermes Scarves

Hermès Scarves: Ties That Bind

By Holly Culbreath My love affair with scarves began at the age of eleven when I inherited my grandmother’s collection.  The rest of her clothes were given to charity when she died, but her scarves seemed too full of memory to let go – the many times had I seen her drape her shoulders or […]

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Paris Photo

Heritage’s Top Picks from Paris Photo

By Rachel Peart The 18th year of Paris Photo open from November 13-16th,  is comprised of 35 countries, 143 galleries, and 26 art book dealers and publishers on display at the Grand Palais in Paris, France.  The City of Lights is filled with photographs, artists, gallery owners, curators, and collectors making Paris even more enchanting. […]

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RHPS

…at the late night double feature picture show.”

By Michael Morgan What person in their right mind would attend a Jimmy Buffet concert without an Acapulco shirt loud enough to make air sick, and a stuffed parrot on their shoulder? Every pop-culture event has a list of mandatory equipment for attendees. Subculture events often cause the list to take interesting, if not bizarre […]

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TOP 10 MOST EXPENSIVE HANDBAGS SOLD AT AUCTION

To celebrate PurseBlog‘s National Handbag Day, we curated a list of our Top 10 Most Expensive Handbags ever sold at Heritage Auctions.  Happy Bidding!   Share:

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S_Blog

LOST in “S” by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst: A True Collectible

By Brian Shipman Why “S”? Because LOST. JJ Abrams does it again. But this time in book form. When the TV show LOST launched 10 years ago today, an argument erupted in my living room. It went something like this… WIFE: Will you watch this new show with me? It’s called LOST. ME: What’s it about? WIFE: A plane crash’s on […]

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Ostier

A Jewelry Empire Near Miss: The Story of Marianne Ostier

By Caroline Ervin One of the many perks for working in the jewelry department is that I am fortunate to see many gorgeous pieces from the major names in the industry such as Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef and Arpels, and others.  However, for every sale, designers come across our desks who are not well-known […]

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How coins are made

Under Pressure: How Coins are Made

By Sarah Miller Beyond simply the level of wear present on a coin’s surface, there are several characteristics of how each piece is produced that influence its overall appearance and even grade. One such factor is weakness of strike. In order to fully impress the design of a coin from its cylindrical metal dies onto the […]

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