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Antiques & Collectibles

Beanie Babies

Beanie Babies
History and marketing tactics, values and what to look for with Beanie Babies animals including the list of nine original collectibles produced by Ty Inc.
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Hummel Figurines

Hummel Figurines
The background of the popular German figurines based on the drawings of Sister Hummel are discussed. Learn how to identify the authentic markings, spot the characteristic glazed earthenware ceramics, and understand the true market value of your Hummel figurine. [Video]
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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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Eastlake Furniture

Eastlake Furniture
Information that will help you to identify valuable Eastlake style furniture from the Victorian era. Decorative moldings, carved designs, woods, and details are some of the attributes of the furniture pieces designed by Charles Eastlake.
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Royal Doulton Figurines

Royal Doulton Figurines
Values, clues to identifying marks, types of figurines, and history of Royal Doulton ceramics in Burslem and Lambeth, England are discussed. Serial wares such as Gibson girls, Bunnykins, Shakespeare, Dickensware, and other lines with identifying markings are discussed.
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Maria Martinez Pottery

Maria Martinez Pottery

Authenticate, date your Maria Martinez piece by its signature, or lack of signature, and learn the history of how she perfected blackware pottery. Maria created pieces with family:  Julian, Adam, and Santana. Watch video now of Dr. Lori providing tips and appraising an $8,500 Martinez piece in front of a live audience. [Video]

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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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Duncan Phyfe Furniture

Duncan Phyfe Furniture

Tips to identify valuable Duncan Phyfe furniture pieces and how reproductions are valuable too. Also, understand how to date the original versus the reproduction style dining room sets, tables and chairs.

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Stained Glass Styles & Value

Stained Glass Styles & Value
Tips to determine the style, history, and value of stained glass windows created from the 14th Century to the present. Learn how to identify stained glass from its appearance & condition. Antique & vintage pieces can range from $2,000 to $100,000.
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Three Tips about Diamonds

Three Tips about Diamonds

Are you buying or trying to value an antique diamond ring or piece of diamond jewelry? Sure, you know the 5C’s for diamonds, but what are they not telling you? Read the secrets about cut, carat weight, and color grades that affect the value and appraisals of diamonds.

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