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IMG_0276bf5b0e98914f2f95d5b0df0c201cedeeRound-robin at Gemr Headquarters in Portsmouth, NH. Gemr is a new social platform specifically for the collector. Listen in and get the details behind the scenes of a website/app that will revolutionize the field of collecting. Sign up on Gemr for free, and get one online appraisal at no cost, details here.

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29 Dec 2014, by

171. Gary Sullivan

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516Gary Sullivan talks about transitioning from oak furniture in the 1970s to fine American period furniture and clocks. His path has led him to the Antiques Roadshow and more recently to the White House to document an American musical tall case clock made by Effingham Embree. For information on clocks and more, check out: garysullivanantiques.com

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marilyn-monroe-auction-catalogMartin Nolan, executive director of Julien’s Auctions talks to us from London to share the details of Marilyn Monroe’s lost archive.  Found are 200 lots of Marilyn’s personal effects that were found at her home upon her death and have only resurfaced recently. The auction takes place on December 6, 2014. Auction information and highlights. Read the blog by Martin Willis, written in 2012.

Sales Results: Marilyn Monroe Overcoat sold for $176,400
MM Love Letter from Joe DiMaggio sold for $78,125
MM Star Hair combs sold for $22,500
MM Beaded necklace sold for $37,500
MM signed model release sold for $12,500
MM Nude painting by Earl Moran sold for $37,500
MM letter to Arthur Miller sold for $43,750
MM Compact $46875

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20141104_115130An interview with Portland Museum of Art Director, Mark Bessire at Winslow Homer’s Studio, Prout’s Neck, Maine. Mark discusses the life that shaped Homer into the artist he became, his work and his time as America’s top studio painter on the Maine Coast. winslow homer images

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20140628_165813An annual round-robin, at the festive Randolph Street Market, with promoter Sally Schwartz, Nena Ivon, Harry Rinker, Susan Klein Bagdade, Al Bagdade, and Danielle Arnet, Addressing several topics in the world of collecting in 2014.

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bellamyAuthor, Jim Craig joins us for a fascinating interview on the finest American eagle carver of all time, John Haley Bellamy. The upcoming Portsmouth, NH Exhibition titled, Bold & Brash: The Art of John Haley Bellamy is from April 4- October 3rd. As podcast host, this is one of my favorite interviews, and I suggest not to miss this once in a lifetime exhibition! Facebook Page.

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bart 2A lecture by Martin Willis in Amesbury, MA discussing behind the scenes of the auction of the signer of the Declaration, Josiah Bartlett which was a career highlight held in 1989. Check out the news story video.

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IMG_6536 29781440236655_p0_v1_s260x420The Martins meet at Connor McCrory’s (America’s Youngest Picker) first estate sale in Southern California to talk about the recent release of Mr. Codina’s book: Liquidating an Estate, How to Sell a Lifetime of Stuff, Make Some Cash and Live to Tell About It

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wHhw4hj76KjPSWbbMjxmip90yG0kHPY7XzkX-_PtrusRecorded live in Chicago, a special Round-Robin format podcast celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Randolph Street Market, with co-founder Sally Schwartz, Kathy Finley, Nena Ivon, Harry Rinker, Susan Klein Bagdade, Al Bagdade, Greg Willett, Danielle Arnet, and former podcast co-host Phyllis Kao. A celebration of the anniversary as well as a discussion on the antiques market place makes this a fascinating podcast for all who are interested in antiques and vintage.

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10 Nov 2012, by

Tossed But Not Lost

‘One Man’s Trash’ you have heard the expression enough; here is another example how that it rings true.

Back in 1982, my father, (Morgan Willis) and I were at a storage place meeting a woman from a prominent family in York, Maine. She was there for an hour before with family members getting things ready for us, as her main goal was to clear everything out of the storage unit. She ultimately wanted to stop paying rent on it as the family had been doing for at least ten years.

In the storage were items that were inherited from someone in their family, and there were nice period American pieces, boxes of early Canton porcelain and many fine collectibles. My dad and I were both very exited with the items we were listing, but of course, we kept our cool. It is never a good idea to get too excited as it tends to make consignors get excited enough not to sell sometimes.

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10 Mar 2011, by

72. Tiffany Art Glass

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Reyne & Martin record an informational podcast together on one of Reyne’s specialties, Louis Comfort Tiffany’s art glass.  They talk about the beginnings to when it had fallen out of favor in the 1930s to the 1960s. They discuss Lillian Nassau’s role in bringing the collectibility back and what the market is like today. They also touch on art glass such as Loetz, Durand, Quezal, Steuben, Ludberg and more.

Check out Martin’s blog on Tiffany Glass: Click Here

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by Martin Willis

Back around 1983, I was working with my father at his auction gallery in Eliot, Maine. It was a small, regional auction house called Seaboard Auction Gallery. We had auctions every few weeks on Thursday evenings. There was always a huge crowd of buyers and it was a nice social event. We were one of the few auction galleries operating in the area at that time, and our consignments came from local estates and homes. The phone always rang and we had our hands full. Now, the seacoast area is inundated with auctioneers and the pie is sliced rather thin these days.

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