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  • Top quality antique steins bring the highest prices

    Q: I came by these steins in 1970s when my landlady, an old woman from Germany, was cleaning out her shed and told me I could have anything I wanted. I took this box of steins. I've never seen anything like them. Any info? A: Generous offer...
  • Design and condition count most to buyers of vintage oak furniture

    Q: This old oak rocker was painted black. I had it stripped. How can I sell it? It's marked "Wisconsin Chair Co." and "1896." A: This query marks a first for me! Instead of a photo or image, the reader sent a hand-drawn ballpoint ink rendition of his...
  • Few collectors likely to spring for folding bed

    Q: My mother bought this folding bed in the 1970s. It's marked "Bednet," but I can't find any info online. Is it a Murphy bed? A: The bed seen in images sent is, for several reasons, not a Murphy bed. Technically, it's a portable folding bed. True...
  • David Axelrod puts Lake Point Tower condo on market

    David Axelrod puts Lake Point Tower condo on market
    Longtime political strategist and NBC News political analyst David Axelrod, who has advised President Barack Obama in both of his successful presidential election campaigns, has listed his three-bedroom condominium unit in Lake Point Tower on Lake Shore...
  • Authentication, condition key to pegging value on signatures

    Q: I own a certified Winston Churchill autograph on a photo of him in front of his home. It's quite valuable. The black signature on the gray portion of his belt has faded to the point that I can't see it. Is there anything I can do to darken the...
  • Land grant values hinge on the signer

    Q: Your column carried a photo of a Ben Franklin-signed deed that sold for $13,200. We have a document signed 1811 that grants land in Ohio to a family member. It's signed in two places by President James Madison and once by Secretary of State James...
  • Decoration boosts value of antique shooting accoutrements

    Q: We found these items after my father passed away. I know that two are powder horns. Can you give us any info on the rest of the stuff? A: Maine auctioneer Jim Julia of Julia Auctions (http://www.juliaauctions.com) sells major firearms twice yearly. In...
  • Transformers 4 filming in Chicago next month

    Transformers 4 filming in Chicago next month
    The Transformers filmmaking crew will return to Chicago next month, but the disruption may not be as significant or conspicuous as it was three summers ago, when Michigan Avenue was shut down and adorned with faux destruction. A casting call for paid...
  • Keep your spirits and wardrobe bright, even when it's freezing

    Keep your spirits and wardrobe bright, even when it's freezing
    It appears that Punxsutawney Phil was wrong this year. Spring is definitely not coming early. Across the nation, it is still, for lack of a more effective phrase, pretty freaking cold. I was almost blown off the street by the wind walking to my bus...
  • Kick yourself and your gym fashion into shape

    Personal style goes beyond what you wear when you're actually going somewhere important. Sure, we all wear scrubs from time to time. But even when you're buying clothes to lounge around in, undergarments or even pajamas, they should be "you." For...
  • Singin' and shoppin' in the rain

    Singin' and shoppin' in the rain
    Some fashion and beauty choices come with the disclaimer, "If you're going to wear it, you have to own it." The fanny pack is a great example. Listen, we all see the appeal of tooling around town hands-free without a hundred-pound tote weighing us down....
  • What to buy when you want too much

    What to buy when you want too much
    There is a fascinating new show on PBS called "Mr. Selfridge," all about the creator of what is effectively the modern department store. Selfridge traveled from his hometown of Chicago, Ill., all the way to London to try and introduce what was, at the...