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Condition is King!

In real estate, it’s all about location, location, location. In personal property, it’s condition, condition, condition!

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Rare Book Stewardship

Book collecting is very much an act of faith. The general state of this field has long since shifted from what you could afford to buy to what…

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About Your Stuff: Fact or Belief

Sometimes a client believes they know all about their item before they reach out to me for an appraisal. Sometimes this information is the product of a generation…

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A Bi-Partisan Assault: H.R. 544

Last September saw the introduction of H.R. 6234 by U.S. Representative Paul Cook (R – CA), titled “Private Corrado Piccoli Purple Heart Preservation Act.” It sought to make…

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What’s the Most Valuable Thing…

Every so often I’m asked about the most rare and valuable item or collection I’ve evaluated. Was it Saddam Hussein’s uniform? The archive of Joseph Conrad letters? The Civil War…

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