A Purr-Fect Storm

Nyan Cat, the Internet’s most famous digital Pop-Tart body flying kitty, just sold for nearly $600,000. Is the sale of digital assets a fad or the future?

The collecting world just got a little stranger – and a lot more colorful – last week when a digital asset of an animated flying cat with a Pop-Tart body sold at auction for nearly $600,000.

Chris Torres created the wildly popular Nyan Cat in 2011. The meme…

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Flip It Or Skip It – Zippo Lighters

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In this episode of Flip it or Skip it, Hosts Danna Crawford and Wayne Jordan talk about the collectible item Zippo lighters. Listen as they answer questions about authenticity, finding the worth of the product, the history of Zippo lighters, and where to find and sell these items. 

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Vintage Kitchens Are Still Hot

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Shades of greens, yellows, and lots of chrome dominated kitchens in the 1950s and 60s.

When most people are renovating a kitchen, a big part of the planning is usually about finding new appliances. Homeowners ponder shiny new stoves and microwaves that can sense what’s cooking. While I didn’t do a full renovation, I recently had to replace my refrigerator, and it was a solid…

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Vinegar Valentines: When Love Turns Sour

When most people think of Valentine’s Day, they think of declaring love for someone with a special card. In the 1840s, it was no different. Valentines with heady poems and fancy flourishes were sent by the thousands by hopeful American and British lovers and secret admirers.

But not everyone wanted to be a secret admirer. Some people wanted to be a secret hater and declare their loathing for someone instead. The…

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Solving Provenance Mystery

The word provenance is derived from the French term provenir, meaning “to come from.” When a collector considers purchasing a work of art, the subject of the work’s provenance is often brought up. When the term is used in fine art, or antiques, it refers to the history of the ownership of a particular piece—the piece’s personal story.

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Download a Free Issue of Antique Trader

What do Vintage Video Games, Charles Kuralt and Vinegar Valentines all have in common? You’ll find out for free in the March 1, 2021 issue of Antique Trader.

For the low, low price of FREE, you can enjoy reading about The Next Big Thing in the collecting world, Vintage Video Games. Our cover story features Valarie McLeckie, Heritage Auctions Director of Video Games, and Deniz Kahn, President…

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