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Open Source Software
by John P. Reid

Computer Column #229by John P. Reid, [email protected] In the past we have mentioned free or inexpensive software called "shareware" as a substitute for big-name word processors, spreadsheets, or photo editors. But there is an alternative called "open source" software. Open source software is noncommercial. You can get it free. You ... (Read More)


Walker Takes Top Price at Cobbs Auction
by Mark Sisco

The Cobbs Auctioneers, Peterborough, New Hampshireby Mark SiscoGood artworks were the main attraction at The Cobbs Auctioneers in Peterborough, New Hampshire, on October 8, 2007. There were no record-setters this time around and a few surprising misfires, but William Aiken Walker paintings and others are still selling strong.One of the ... (Read More)


New Record for Spatterware Established
by Karl H. Pass

Conestoga Auction Company, Manheim, Pennsylvaniaby Karl H. PassConestoga Auction Company's 550-lot specialized ceramics sale held November 17, 2007, in Manheim, Pennsylvania, grossed roughly $400,000. There were 217 registered in-house bidders and 695 registered bidders through eBay Live.The ceramics trade was well represented with J.D. Querry, Margaret Johnson Sutor, William Kurau, ... (Read More)


Fall Americana: Fine and Decorative Arts
by Don Johnson

Cowan's, Cincinnati, Ohioby Don JohnsonThe biggest story coming out of Cowan's auction of fine and decorative arts, held October 12 and 13, 2007, in Cincinnati, Ohio, wasn't what sold. Rather, one unsold lot made the most noise.An original painting of The Spirit of '76, Archibald M. Willard's iconic Revolutionary War ... (Read More)


Diversity Plays Key Role at Pottery Auction
by Karl H. Pass

Crocker Farm, Inc., York, Pennsylvaniaby Karl H. PassCrocker Farm, Inc. held its eighth specialized pottery auction of antique stoneware and redware on Saturday, November 3, 2007, at the York Expo Center's Old Main Building in York, Pennsylvania. Over 80 consignors made the 437-lot sale possible. The total (including the 15% ... (Read More)


Extra! Extra! Andrew Jackson Elected President!
by Mark Sisco

Cyr Auction Company, Gray, Maineby Mark SiscoHistory, art, form, and function combined to produce some standout hits in the $5000 to $15,000 range at Cyr Auction Company's October 10, 2007, sale in Gray, Maine. There were no grand slam home runs but lots of midrange scores to be had.The first ... (Read More)


The 44th Annual Delaware Antiques Show
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Wilmington, Delawareby Lita Solis-CohenThe 44th Annual Delaware Antiques Show, held November 9-11, 2007, has long been a major event on the antiques show calendar. Considered the number three show for Americana after the Philadelphia show and the New York Winter Antiques Show, it has tried in recent years to become ... (Read More)


Live Free or Die Antique Tool Auction
by Mark Sisco

Martin J. Donnelly Antique Tools, Nashua, New Hampshireby Mark Sisco"Geez, what a day we had yesterday," John Miller of Bainbridge, New York, crowed. "I think I sold half of what I brought."We don't know if his sentiments were universal among the tailgate exhibitors, but he did seem to capture the ... (Read More)

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Editorial: Auction License for eBay Resellers?

Are those who sell other people's goods on eBay auctioneers, and should they be required to follow some of the same rules as conventional auctioneers? That question is destined to be answered by two pieces of proposed legislation currently on a collision course in Pennsylvania.The state's Board of Auctioneer Examiners ... (Read More)


Ellis Antiques Show: Grande Dame Gets Nip and Tuck
by Jeanne Schinto

Boston, Massachusettsby Jeanne SchintoIf an annual award were given for "most improved antiques show," it would go to the Ellis Antiques Show, held November 1-4, 2007, in its usual space, The Castle at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers. Those who went to the opening night gala and headed ... (Read More)
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