what makes something collectable?

ATOG 1955 Haley 1500 crop

BUYERS AND SELLERS of any­thing con­sid­ered col­lec­table often fail to achieve their goals of fi­nan­cial suc­cess be­cause they do not un­der­stand a few basic con­cepts con­cerning the na­ture of any col­lec­table. Be­cause this a record col­lec­tors web­site, I will refer to records in this essay, but you can sub­sti­tute al­most any other col­lec­table and the com­ments re­main vir­tu­ally un­changed about what makes some­thing col­lec­table. READ MORE

warhol elvis worth eighty million?

Elvis Warhol TripleElvis1963 Christies 1500 crop

THE ANDY WARHOL 1963 painting of Elvis sold for more than $82,000,000, as­tounding the art world by fetching mil­lions more than its es­ti­mate. The sale es­caped the at­ten­tion of most people out­side of that art world. Christie’s Post-War & Con­tem­po­rary Art Evening Sale of No­vember 12, 2014, pro­vided a record-shattering night in the sale of sev­eral works of the second half of the 20th cen­tury. READ MORE

return of the rockahula baby

RockahulaBabu 825

SOMEWHERE IN THE PAST, someone gave me the nick­name of the “Price Guide Guru,” be­cause my first books for O’­Sul­livan Wood­side were the most ac­cu­rate price guides the record col­lecting field had seen. I have long for­gotten who as­signed it to me, but I have used it on and off ever since, both in pieces that I con­tributed to Gold­mine mag­a­zine and in the com­men­tary sec­tions of my books. READ MORE

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