Asking George Benson Where the Jazz Come From

When you sit down with a Jazz Master like guitarist George Benson the one question that runs through your head is “Where does the jazz come from?” As you watch him just noodle or riff or see his fingers dance across the strings of the guitar it sounds amazing, but you ask yourself what is […]

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Real or Replica: Buying The Perfect Championship Ring

It was recently reported by espn.com’s sports business writer Darren Rovell – Cubs World Series title rings doing big business for Jostens – that interest in the Chicago Cubs’ World Series championship rings have been a grand slam. In the article, Jostens’ college and sports division representative, Chris Poitras, says that in the first full […]

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Five for Friday: Ansel Adams’ Photography Work Stands Test of Time

This week’s Five for Friday looks at a quintet of offerings from Ansel Adams, who is considered one of the greatest landscape photographers who ever lived, that will be among the images available May 18 in Heritage Auctions’ Photographs Auction in New York. Known for shooting black-and-white images almost exclusively, Adams usually used large-format cameras […]

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The Beauty and Collectability of Petrified Wood

Petrified Wood is some of the most beautiful of all varieties of fossils, and only a small percentage can be cut and polished into spectacular pieces of various sizes, shapes, colors and patterns. Collectors prize specimens for many different reasons including the quality of the material, the localities from where specimens originated and the rarity […]

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“Out of This World:” Meteorite Jewelry

Meteorites are definitely one of the most interesting varieties of specimens that can be found on earth. With their extraterrestrial origins, any pieces which are found – especially those associated with popular and classified falls – are something unique and special. While Iron Meteorites can have the “look” and feel of what most people expect […]

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Working Model of The Statue of Liberty Discovered in Dallas

The Statue of Liberty has always been my favorite representation of American values. Her tablet, commemorating the date of our independence, and Emma Lazarus’ famous sonnet, New Colossus (affixed to The Statue’s base), which gave us the immortal phrase “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” defines the very […]

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God, The 10 Commandments and Honus Wagner: Donated Items Raise Funds Through Heritage Auctions

It was a century old, creased and someone long ago had coated it with shellac, but the small baseball card was a previously unreported example of the legendary and valuable 1909 T-206 series Honus Wagner card. The “Holy Grail” of sports cards was an unexpected donation made in 2010 to The School Sisters of Notre […]

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Art Specialist Picks: American Art

Alissa Ford Director, California & Western Art, San Francisco Creek at Twilight of 1927 is truly an awe-inspiring tour-de-force of Sandzen’s oeuvre. It perfectly typifies the artist at his best: a great composition and palette, untouched condition, impeccable provenance, and a great story. With all proceeds going towards Washington High School’s Continuing Education Scholarship Fund, […]

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Five For Friday: Historic Wars & Creative Geniuses

This week’s Five For Friday covers the rich diversity in the May 10-11 Historical Manuscripts Auction, spanning the Civil and World Wars and the creative geniuses who shaped a nation. 1.  Frank Lloyd Wright Archive Documenting Construction of the James Bryan Christie House The archive offered here offers rare insight into the process of working […]

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How to Clean and Polish Silver the Heritage Way

A quick internet search will give two or three fast ways to clean and polish silver. Unfortunately, all of them could be removing value along with the tarnish, which is why the most commonly touted ways to clean and polish sterling silver are not used by silver experts. Heritage is one of the few large […]

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