Article Type: Opinion Piece

The Allure of Petrus: Rich, Rare and Easy to Resell

Petrus is the epitome of extravagance in Bordeaux. Single bottles can cost more $5,000, with the wine consistently selling for more than $1,000, even in comparatively humble vintages. Endeavoring to explain why Petrus is more

Chinese Artists Fuel Innovation With Collaboration

A recent study on today’s Chinese luxury consumers shows shoppers are choosing premium products over mass products. Tapping into this trend, the past year saw a push by Western luxury brands toward the Chinese consumer

The Handbag as Art: How Takashi Murakami Indulged My Theory

I always enjoy debating the merits of the handbag with our contemporary art specialists. For me, it’s natural to compare the luxury handbags we auction to works of art. From a tri-color special-order Hermès Kelly


Essential Prints to Collect This Fall

Many artists have used the printing press to experiment with various forms and create works at a faster rate. From Miró to Warhol, artists have made prints so that their works could be accessible to

8 Types of Leading Men in Hollywood: American Edition

The price of success in show business is not always hubris.  Often it is being too closely identified with an onscreen persona.  In the bygone days of studio contract players, typecasting was the order of

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


Pin-Ups and Handbags: Thinking Like a Collector

Working at a place like Heritage I’ve learned a few things. My knowledge has been broadened in subjects far beyond what I ever thought I would ever have the opportunity, or the inclination, to learn, like how a classic pin-up can lead me straight into the lap of luxury – luxury accessories, that is.

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The Susan B. Anthony Dollar and History Lived

When the Susan B. Anthony dollars were released to commerce they were considered an absolute failure. The quarter-sized dollars got confused with the existing coins, even West German businesses didn’t want Susan B. Anthony dollars.


The Golden Age of Comic Reprints

Just recently, I received a big box filled with books from one of my favorite publishers, Fantagraphics. This company, which has been around for years, publishing everything from The Comic Journal and Amazing Heroes (trade


The National Sports Collectors Convention – Top names in the hobby look back

  Continuing with yesterday’s theme, I asked a few of my hobby friends what their thoughts were regarding the differences in the National between now and the past. Feel free to add your own in the comments