Kovels Antiques

P.O. Box 22192, Beachwood, Ohio 44122
+1 800-829-9158

About Auction House

Kovels Antiques, Inc., was founded by Ralph and Terry Kovel. Hailed as "the duke and duchess of the antiques world," they have written more than 100 books and special reports about collecting. Their bylined column is the longest-running syndicated weekly column in the country, distributed to more than 150 newspapers. Their guides include the annual Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide, which has sold over 4 million copies since its first edition.

Auction Previews & News

3 Results
  • Dealers
    Kovels On Antiques & Collectibles February 2021 Newsletter Now Available

    Kovels’ February newsletter features railroad collectibles, mechanical banks, Fausto Melotti ceramics and paperweights, all with photos and prices. Kovels On Antiques & Collectibles February 2021 Newsletter CLEVELAND, OHIO, US, February 5, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- It was “All Aboard!” at the Indiana auction of railroad collectibles that’s featured in a sale report in Kovels On Antiques & Collectibles February 2021 newsletter. Stay on-track with prices and information about railroad signs, lanterns, locks, bells, and other items from many railroad companies, including the top price steam whistle from a Grand Trunk Railway train that sold for more than $2,500. Collectors love old cast iron coin banks, especially the clever mechanical ones made from the late 1800s to the beginning of World War II. See some classic (priced, of course) examples in Kovels’ February issue—the Magician, Circus, Speaking Dog, Trick Pony and others—that auctioned in Illinois. Readers can also learn about reproduction banks made from the 1950s to 1980s. Intricate glass paperweights are beautiful and useful whether they are more than 100 years old or less than 40. Kovels’ latest newsletter pictures antique paperweights by Baccarat and other significant makers along with a few more contemporary examples that all sold in Chicago, along with their prices and a list of “terms to know” for the new collector. Midcentury design enthusiasts will enjoy viewing the ceramic creations of Fausto Melotti that sold at auction recently in Milan, Italy. The sculptural forms with simple shapes and bright colors brought very high prices, ranging from $9,000 to more than $70,000. Don’t miss the examples in Kovels’ February newsletter. And you don’t have to be a “collector” to love vintage purses. An Ohio auction offered Coach bags and totes, most never used and still bearing original tags. Some were leather, some were canvas, and a wristlet even resembled a can of Campbell’s Tomato Soup! Buyers loved the prices—from $24 to $224. Kovels’ latest issue pictures an assortment. Don’t miss Terry Kovel’s reflections on Valentine’s Day cards, and the February Dictionary of Marks that lists examples with hearts and arrows. The illustrated Collector’s Gallery answers readers’ questions about a French…

  • Dealers
    Kovels’ Top 10 Shopping Tips for Thrift Stores

    Kovels Top 10 thrift shopping tips – how to avoid wasting money and get the most out of a thrift store visit. Currier & Ives dishes and service ware, evokes dinner tables of the 1950s–1970s. Prices vary from $10 for a plate, to $9.50 for a cereal bowl, to $65 for a gravy boat. CLEVELAND, OH, US, August 21, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ -- The antiques and collectibles experts at Kovels.com as well as fellow collectors know the thrill of the hunt at thrift stores, also called charity shops, hospice shops, second-hand stores, and consignment or resale shops. Vintage clothing, jewelry (watches, earrings, necklaces and brooches), baskets, plates, china, furniture and even artwork all can be found. Shopping smart can reap rewards. Here are Kovels’ Top 10 Tips on how to avoid wasting money and how to get the most out of a thrift store visit. 1. Take along assorted batteries to see if toys work. 2. Take along a tape measure. 3. Watch out for price stickers that might be hiding flaws or chips. 4. Watch out for worms in wooden pieces. The tell-tale sign is tiny pin holes in very old, slightly damp wood. Even antiques lovers don’t want a table with very small, almost transparent worms hatching in their dining rooms. Longaberger milk pitcher, Woven Traditions Classic Blue pattern, 32 oz., 7 in. h., $40. 5. Chipped cut glass is hard to spot. Run a hand over the rim and feel for tiny chips or cracks that follow the indents of the pattern. Pieces can be repaired, but it will add additional cost. 6. Find a pretty paperweight? Watch out for cracks. Millefiori paperweights sell high but are often forged. Find a good one? Don’t keep it on a sunny table; they can start a fire. 7. Check clothing for stains and odors. Sometimes stains may not wash out and stinky rugs will remain stinky. 8. Looking for furniture bargains? Measure before you go shopping. A narrow staircase, low ceiling or sharp turn may turn an indoor table into an outdoor one. 9. Watch out for fake advertising signs, especially those made of…

  • Dealers
    Kovels On Antiques & Collectibles August 2020 Newsletter Available

    Kovels’ August 2020 newsletter features neon advertising signs, vintage cocktail shakers, toy pedal cars, majolica and modern tables, with photos and prices. Kovels On Antiques & Collectibles August 2020 CLEVELAND, OH, USA, August 4, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Kovels’ August 2020 newsletter features neon advertising signs, vintage cocktail shakers, toy pedal cars, majolica and modern tables, all with photos and prices. Neon advertising signs brought excellent prices at auction in Pennsylvania and they are featured in a sale report in the August 2020 issue of Kovels On Antiques & Collectibles newsletter. An all-original sign advertising Pacific Bait & Tackle with a neon fish jumping out of a pond took top honors, selling for more than $23,000. It’s pictured along with other flashy signs and their hefty prices. Prohibition-era barware brought high prices in an online-only auction from New York City. Kovels’ says “Cheers!” to cocktail shakers from the 1930s and the August newsletter pictures figural examples, such as a penguin, lighthouse and bell, alongside shakers with Bakelite details and accessories, with winning bids that peaked at a stunning $23,000. Steelcraft Mack dump truck pedal car, red, contemporary, 44 in., $1,368. Photo: Bertoia Auctions Nearly a dozen pedal cars, miniature versions of motor-driven vehicles, were included in a toy auction in New Jersey. Kovels’ August issue pictures a 1950s fire engine pedal car that sold for a little ($300), an antique convertible model that sold for a lot ($10,000), and other vintage and contemporary examples that zoomed in between. A Chicago auction included tables by modernist designers who are known for experimenting with new shapes and materials. Find edgy and unusual tables by big names such as Gio Ponti, Gae Aulenta, Milo Baughman and Isamu Noguchi in Kovels’ August issue. And more than 500 lots of brightly colored majolica with naturalistic themes auctioned in Indiana. Kovels’ pictures an assortment of whimsical late-18th-century majolica items, decorated with sunflowers, monkeys, frogs and flowers, with their prices. American “Gaiety” cocktail shaker and pair of cups. Designed by Howard Reichenbach for Chase Brass & Copper Co., Waterbury, Conn.; marketed as the “Holiday Cocktail Set,” c.1934, sold with original…