Kovels' Top 10 Antiques and Collectibles Searches for July 2011 Kovels.com, the Web’s largest free price guide for antiques and collectibles, today released its list of the most searched antiques and collectibles in its online price guide in July 2011.
Kovels' searches are often due to news of a record price or an amazing find. It sends collectors off to do research. The Cincinnati Art Museum rediscovered more than 800 old musical instruments that had been stored and forgotten—instruments like a Burmese crocodile zither, a Native American ceremonial raven rattle and a Chinese version of a hammered dulcimer. Since musical collectibles appear on the Top 10 list for the first time (no. 6), collectors with strange instruments must be searching for information.
Much of the milk glass (no. 9) sold today was made after 1950. Best for collectors to buy milk glass pieces from the Victorian era, like the 10-inch milk glass fish-shaped flower trough pictured here. It was made in England in 1885 and it's worth about $75.
At no. 23, is Shirley Temple collectibles. Could it be the TV commercial selling her old movies that is generating interest?
The list of top searches tells which items are most popular among collectors. Find more prices here—the free online price guide at www.Kovels.com—and in our newest book, Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide 2011.
Terry Kovel has written 100 books about collecting, including the best-selling annual price book, Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide. The 2012 guide will be in stores in August. Terry publishes a subscription newsletter and writes a syndicated newspaper column that appears in more than 150 newspapers and digital publications. She and Ralph starred in the weekly HGTV program, "Flea Market Finds with the Kovels." The Kovels website, Kovels.com, offers 800,000 free prices and other information for collectors, including books, special reports, a weekly emailed letter to collectors, marks and an archive of other informative material. Since Ralph's death in 2008, the Kovel brand has been continued by Terry Kovel and her daughter, Kim Kovel.