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Oprah Winfrey will be selling things from her closet on the online auction site EBay from March 1 -11, 2010. This auction will feature a Barry Kiesselstein-Cord handbag, and shoes from famous designers such as Prada, Jimmy Choo and Ralph Lauren. Proceeds from this auction will go to benefit the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in South Africa.

A few more models, stars and celebrities are also participating in Clothes Off Our Backs charity auctions to help the victims of Haiti and other worthy causes.  The stars and celebrities include Christie Brinkley, Jennifer Anniston, William Shatner, Liam Neeson and Alan Alda.  The Christie Brinkley auction runs until March 11, 2010.

Artists from around the globe are participating with Christie’s Auction House in New York for the Green Auction.  This auction which will feature artwork from such artists as Damien Hirst, Keith Tyson and Maya Lin will benefit four environmental charities including Oceana, Central Park Conservancy, Natural Resources Defense Council and Conservation International.

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Vintage Fisher Price Toys

Take a look at the puppy on the middle right of your screen.  If you recognize it right away as a Fisher Price toy, you are not alone.  Most of us grew up with Fisher Price toys and a lot of us have kids and grandkids that still play with Fisher Price toys and can spot them anywhere in a crowded auction box lot, which is where I found that puppy.  My wife thought I was crazy when I bid on the box and couldn’t understand what I had seen inside that had made me bid on what she thought was a bunch of junk.  Little did she realize the amount of money that vintage toy collectors are willing to pay for things like the Fisher Price pull toy puppy as well as the pull toy telephone and vintage farm silo that were in the same box.

This pull toy was made by Fisher Price in the mid-60’s and was named Little Snoopy.  Its body was made of cut out wood. Its “fur” was made of a paper skin with typical dog markings in white with brown and black markings.  Vintage snoopy is about 7.5 inches long and came with a long cord leash, so that a child could pull him along as they walked, thus a pull toy.  There are two things that makes this one a favorite of mine, and a lot of other people too I’m sure.  First, this vintage Snoopy has a spring tail with a little wooden knob at the top, which vibrates and wags as you pull it.  Secondly, vintage Snoopy barks a “yip yip” as he rolls across the floor.

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Upcoming Antiques & Collectibles Shows

On Friday and Saturday, March 5 – 6, 2010, the Christ Church in Ridgewood, New Jersey will hold their 65th Annual Antiques Show & Sale.  This sale attracts about thousands of visitors from the Mid Atlantic area and forty antiques and collectibles dealers featuring antique furniture from Europe and America, vintage jewelry, silver, linens, china and porcelain as well as other vintage collectibles.  This show donates funds to Christ Church outreach ministries.

March 5-6, 2010, Washington Antiquarian Book Fair, Holiday Inn Rosslyn, Arlington, Virginia

March 6, 2010, Hometown Arts and Craft Show and Spring “Bling” Event, Ide Lee Park, Leesburg, Virginia

March 13-14, 2010, Annual Spring Antiques & Show Sale, West Morris High School, Mendham, New Jersey

March 19-21, 2010, Annual Charity Antiques Show & Sale, Waterfowl Festival Building, Easton, Maryland

Antiques in Alexandria is an antiques and collectibles show that is been completely run by volunteers since 1996.  This show, which will be held on Thursday – Sunday, March 11 – 13, 2010, features more than sixty dealers selling American and Continental furniture, silver, porcelain, fine art, vintage jewelry as well as garden furniture and other antique and vintage collectibles.  This shown donates funds to several good causes in the Northern Virginia area.

The Woman’s Club of Raleigh (WCR) will be holding their Spring Antiques Show & Sale at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh on Friday - Sunday, March 12 – 14, 2010.  This antiques show attracts many fine dealers from the Mid-Atlantic region and features antique furniture, fine art, antique and vintage porcelain, jewelry and decorative arts as well as other antique and vintage collectibles.

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Dating & Pricing a Fisher Price Toy

Compare the picture of the vintage Little Snoopy dog that accompanies this article with the vintage pull toy that accompanies our previous article at the top of this page.  Are the pictures of the same vintage pull toy dog?  If you answered yes, you would be wrong.  The picture that accompanied the article at the top of the page is of a vintage Fisher Price, 1960’s Little Snoopy dog.  The picture that accompanies this article is of another Little Snoopy dog that was made in 1980’s.  Many people, ourselves included, cannot tell from the look of the toy dog and to be sure have to conduct research into the dog’s “markings.”  And we are not talking about the dog’s markings themselves, but how Fisher Price marked their toys.

Most experts agree that the best way to date and price a Fisher Price toy is to first determine the model number of the toy. As an example, the model number for the Little Snoopy pull toy is 693.  However, the model number will only give you a date range, Little Snoopy was made in different variations from 1963 until about 1989.  Another way to date your Fisher Price toy is to look at the logo, although this will only get you a little closer to the actual date made.  To get a more accurate date on the vintage toy, you have to look at the complicated date code stamped somewhere on the toy itself.  This can be very tricky, luckily you can find a good explanation at thisoldtoy.com.

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Dumb Mikey and His Cheating Wife

Mikey suspects that his wife is cheating on him so he goes to a gun show in Richmond and buys handgun. Then, he sneaks back up to Arlington and goes to his house, where he creeps up slowly and through a window sees her in the arms of another man.  Highly upset and full of emotion, Mikey pulls open the door and walks in on them.  However, he is emotionally charged and is quickly overcome by grief.  So he takes his gun and points it at his own head.  His wife, says, “Mikey stop, it’s not what you think.”  To which Mikey replies, “Shut up, you’re next!”

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Super Auction Price for Vintage Comic Books

Last March we wrote about “A Man of Steel” comic book that sold for an astounding price of over $317,000.  Well, Superman is at it again this year, as Action Comics No. 1 in which Superman first appeared sold this past month for more than, get ready for this, $1 million.

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Highest Price Paid for a Rare Coin

The highest price paid for a single rare coin was $7.59 million for a 1933 Double Eagle.  The coin was auctioned by Sotheby’s and Stack and more than five hundred would be buyers were in attendance, but only a few were able to go above the $2.5 million starting bid.  This 1933 $20 Double Eagle coin was reputedly once owned by the King Farouk of Egypt. What makes this coin interesting is that the 1933 Saint Gaudens, as it is also known, were never officially released into circulation by the U.S. government.

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By this time, the owner of the 1933 Double Eagle was a coin dealer from London named Steve Fenton.  It is unclear how he came to own the coin, but after the authorities confiscated it, he sued to get the coin back.  The coin was once stored at the World Trade Centers in New York, and was moved to Ft. Knox only after Fenton and the U.S. government came to an agreement and just a short while before the towers were attacked and destroyed by Al Qaida.  The agreement stated that the coin would be sold at auction and the proceeds of the sale would be split by Mr. Fenton and the U.S. government.  The coin was purchased by an anonymous phone bidder.

Reportedly, 445,500 of the Double Eagle coins were minted in 1933, but in an effort to steady the economy, President Roosevelt took gold coins out of circulation.  It then became illegal to own gold coins unless they were collectible coins.  However, some of the gold coins made it out of the mint before they were melted down and many believe that there may be as many as twenty in private collections.  The coin auctioned in 2002 was part of the twenty, of which many have been confiscated by U.S. government. As a matter of fact, the U.S. government conducted a sting operation in order to get the coin back before it was auctioned.

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Upcoming Estate Sales

Estate Sale at 10348 Democracy Lane, Potomac, Maryland, Friday  - Sunday, March 5 – 7, 2010:  Antiques, Russian porcelain, Italian marble, jewelry

Estate Sale at 4011 Pine Brook Road, Alexandria, Virginia on Friday – Sunday, March 5 – 7, 2010: Complete household, fine furniture and decorative arts:  703.582.1135

Estate Sale at 8012 Brown Bark Place, Raleigh, North Carolina on Saturday & Sunday, March 6 & 7, 2010:  Antiques, vintage collectibles, crystal and silver: 919.619.8007

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Fisher Price a favorite of both children and adults around the world, was founded in 1930 by Herman Fisher, Irving Price and Helen Schelle.  In 1931, they took sixteen of their wooden toys to the American International Toy Fair in New York City and due to their delightful design and bright colors, they instantly became a hit.  From the 1950’s until today, Fisher Price has designed and created more than 5,000 toys.  Aside, from the vintage Fisher Price pull toys, such as Snoopy, collectors also seem to favor the 1960’s play family, better known to most of us as the Little People.  We have seen prices for a single piece, one little people, reach hundreds of dollars.

So why the difference in the two Superman comic books that are part of only 100 known to exist?  The condition.  Seems the one that sold this year by ComicConnect.com was in much better condition than the one that sold last year.  Comic books are graded on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being a comic book that is in perfect condition.  The 1938 vintage comic book was rated an 8.0, the one last year was rated 6.0 and was also sold by ComicConnect.com.

Not to be outdone by Superman, a few days later the Caped Crusader came onto the scene.  Detectives Comics No. 27, in which The Batman made his first appearance in 1939 sold for more than $1,075,000. This comic book was also rated 8.0 and was sold by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas.  There are also only 100 – 200 copies of Detectives Comic No. 27 known to exist.

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When Time Stood Still Antiques & Coins

When Time Stood Still Antiques & Coins, located in Berryville, Virginia carries a large inventory of antiques, collectibles and coins.  The small charming town of Berryville is just over an hour east from Washington DC and just south of Charlestown, West Virginia. When Time Stood Still Antiques & Coins is open on Saturdays, Sundays and by appointment and they buy and sell coins, silver and gold.

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