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Starving Artists Sales

Starving Artists Sales
Dr. Lori reveals the real story behind the advertised sales for starving artists paintings. Learn about oleographs, mass produced paintings, and how they impact the art market.
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Framing Tips

Framing Tips
Dr. Lori offers framing tips. Learn what questions to ask your framer, how to identify a valuable antique frame, choosing glass and archival framing methods, and what pitfalls to avoid.
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Identifying Valuable Prints

Identifying Valuable Prints

Insider information about prints, the most common type of art, is shared. Dr. Lori explains how to spot valuable prints, how to identify different types of prints by Currier & Ives, Picasso, Rembrandt and others, how to date your prints, and how damage can rob your print’s value. [Video]

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What is Patina?

What is Patina?
Patina and its correct usage in the world of art and antiques is discussed. How many so-called expert do not use the term correctly. An object's patina can impact its value in the fine art and antiques market. [Video]
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Yard Sale Tips

Yard Sale Tips
Read about the history of yard sales, how Americans are losing tons of money on their front lawns, and how to spot an overlooked work of art or antiques that was overlooked at your neighbor's yard sale.
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Antique Swords

Antique Swords

Tips to recognize valuable antiques swords and to identify the different swords by their blades, hilt, edge, and fuller and use as military or civilian weapons.

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Predictions & the Antiques Market

Predictions & the Antiques Market
Learn about the patterns of collecting and how to be on top of the art, antiques, and collectibles market. Understand the concept of timing when it comes to buying antiques.
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Identify bone china vs. porcelain

Identify bone china vs. porcelain

Understand how to tell the differences between bone china and porcelain by the different materials used, the color of pieces, how they are fired in the kiln and other features which affect value.

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Old Pawn Indian Jewelry

Old Pawn Indian Jewelry

How to find valuable Old Pawn Indian Jewelry made of silver, coral, gaspite and turquoise by known Native American artists Ortega, Loloma, Becenti and Yazzie. Discover pieces made during particular times that are more valuable.

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Auction Box Lot

Auction Box Lot
Dos and don'ts of auction box lots. Real stories of finding valuable antiques at the bottom of an auction box filled with junk is exciting and commonplace. A cheap box sold at the end of an auction can be a real treasure trove.
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3 Vintage Handbag Value Tips

3 Vintage Handbag Value Tips

Wondering what those vintage handbags you bought at yard sales and flea markets are really worth? How can you tell? Discover how to identify valuable handbags by their hardware, lining, style and materials including lucite, plastic, snake skin and others types for value.

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