Pop Art Continues to be Significant Draw for Fine Art Collectors

Seeking unique memorabilia and valuable metals since 1996, Treasure Hunters Roadshow (THR), one of the premier dealers of gold, silver, militaria, guitars and fine arts in the entire world, has trekked all across North America and even Europe. Amongst this crew, however, is a focused team of art professionals who travel alongside their THR counterparts to almost 100 shows a week in an effort to track down the lost and forgotten works of America’s best artists.

In recent years, the “pop art” culture, guided by trendsetter Roy Lichtenstein, has shown an improvement in popularity with collectors though common landscape pieces by artists such as Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Moran retain their significant appeal.

These pieces are carefully examined by the specialists, and if they deem them to be of value and authentic, they will make an offer to purchase them on the spot. The THR art aficionados are thrilled to come across American artwork to show the audience as the Treasure Hunters Roadshow Tv show starts another enjoyable season.

Numerous art collectors are ready to shell out significant amounts of money in order to finish their compilations, and the Treasure Hunters Roadshow professionals have found that Roy Lichtenstein’s artwork made in the 1960s is in high demand and fetching high selling prices. Lichtenstein became well-known for his works that were inspired by graphic novels and ads, revealing a whimsical humor and pop culture satire that seemed to define the pop art movement.

Born into an upper middle-class New York City family, Lichtenstein’s childhood education did not involve any art programs. As an alternative, he toyed with design and style and painting as a hobby. As a kid, he would frequent jazz concerts at the Appollo Theatre and sketch portraits of the artists. He went on to earn his Master’s of Fine Arts degree from Ohio State University following a tour of duty through WWII.

It was at this time that he began experimenting with expressionism and cubism and would later be a part of the abstract expressionism school, even though he did so much later than other artists. Right after a dare from his son, who claimed, “Hey, dad, bet you can’t paint as good as this,” and displayed a Mickey Mouse comic book, Lichtenstein completed his first work entitled “Look Mickey” in 1961. This first work was so coveted that each piece was purchased by investors before his exhibit opened at the Castelli gallery in 1962.

Several art reviewers, nevertheless, started to criticize Lichtenstein’s inventiveness because of his use of topics from other kinds of pop culture. He was most identified for his artwork of popular comic book panels, but by 1965 had moved on to other subject matter. Discouraged by his patronizing take on comic book art, noted comic book artist Art Spiegelman commented that “Lichtenstein did no more or less for comics than Andy Warhol did for soup.”

Responding to his critics, in the late 1970s Lichtenstein started to use a more bizarre style in his artwork with plastic and metal sculptures and several hundred screen-printed items. It is rumored that quite a few of his works are even now in the possession of unidentified collectors, though, in 1996, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. was on record as possessing the largest assortment of Roy Lichtenstein pieces.

Do you believe you could have some contempory art that is worth something? Go to the Treasure Hunters Roadshow events web page to find out when the fine arts gurus will be in your region to examine and perhaps acquire your collection. You never know – what may look like a silly comic book print to you could end up being a Roy Lichtenstein original worth a small fortune!

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Treasure Hunters Roadshow Finds Traditional American Artwork to be Major Hit Among its Network of Collectors

Treasure Hunters Roadshow has become accustomed to unearthing a wide variety of long-lost treasures and restoring them to their rightful glory within their network of worldwide potential buyers after many years of being one of the premier buyers of precious metals, musical instruments, militaria and jewelry in the world.

A particular crew of art gurus will be joining the treasure-hunting crew as they hit the road this week and they will be keeping their eyes peeled for the forgotten works of great American painters, photographers, sculptors and comic artists. The THR associates will continue their quest for these fine art collectibles as Treasure Hunters Roadshow TV gears up for yet another season.

What continues to be a lasting legacy among collectors is the desire for classic items by masters such as Edward Hopper, Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Cole, even with American art encompassing a selection of mediums and spanning a handful of centuries. Gaining notoriety and fame for their unique styles, these artists were all involved with landscape painting.

Landscape painting as a genre can be traced back to the Dutch Golden Age of the 16th century, when the Protestant Revolution caused religious art to give way to a a lot more secular subject matter. Wealthy European businessmen would commission portraits of themselves, and these often included intricate nature scenes as the backdrop. As the Enlightenment lurched ahead, the Romantic painters of the 18th and 19th century began to paint landscape images in an effort to counter the scientific view and gave nature a mythical feeling.

When news of the vast and unspoiled landscapes found in the American West began to spread, so too did the documentation of it by way of photographs and paintings. These had been either commissioned by industrial tycoons who wished to depict the growing existence of modern life in the West or served as reminder of the sacrifice required for this progress.

The works of the Hudson River School artists are of special interest to the Treasure Hunters Roadshow authorities. Thomas Cole’s works were painted on massive canvases in an attempt to capture the epic magnitude of the vast wilderness. Albert Bierdstat concentrated his works on the humbling powers of nature while Thomas Moran’s works compelled Congress to create national parks in order to preserve the natural magnificence for future generations.

Landscape painting faded away at the beginning of the 19th century, as scenes of gritty city and urban life started to take hold in place of lush natural views. Modern day landscape painters pulled their influence from European artistic movements, such as abstract expressionism or cubism. Edward Hopper, an iconic American painter who captured scenes of mundane life through vivid lighting and soft brushstrokes, is also of interest to the THR artwork authorities.

Later, other American artists would gain worldwide recognition for their paintings of street life in the inner city and other results of the Industrial Revolution. The Great Depression also allowed for photographers to establish themselves through the documentation of the struggle of everyday Americans. When the modern art revolution hit, a slew of American artists, such as Roy Lichtenstein, made a splash on the world stage with their ground breaking styles.

Anyone looking to sell paintings that could be the works of these or other great American artists are encouraged to visit the Treasure Hunters Roadshow events page to find an event coming to their area for a free of charge evaluation by one of the company’s fine arts specialists.

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Vintage Barbie Dolls Causing a Scene at Treasure Hunters Roadshow Events

Treasure Hunters Roadshow (THR) has been traveling the nation in search of precious metals, watches, aged coins, antiques and vintage toys since 1996. The company has lately expanded their search of treasures into Spain and the United Kingdom. Their world wide hunt for treasures gives THR with a chance to purchase gold, silver and all varieties of collectibles for their international network of potential buyers and collectors.

Scarce and exclusive toys are exciting to play with and collect. Though mainly a childhood hobby, collecting toys is also popular with adults, who appreciate reminiscing with toys they used to play with in their early years. As the desire for vintage toys, in particular classic Barbie dolls in excellent condition continues to rise, these classic toys can bring a excellent paycheck at a Treasure Hunters Roadshow function. Their buyers have been instructed to give top-dollar for vintage mint-condition Barbie dolls.

The very first Barbie doll was introduced at the American International Toy Fair in New York on March 9, 1959. Mattel debuted the doll after co-founder Elliot Handler’s wife, Ruth, came up with a design for a new doll for her daughter, Barbara. Although hesitant to release the doll at first due to the fact that Mattel did not feel younger girls wanted an adult-looking toy, Barbie went on to become one of America’s most treasured toys of all time.

Ruth Handler came up with the Barbie doll concept during a household vacation to Europe, where she came across just what she envisioned for her daughter – Bild Lilli. Bild Lilli was a doll marketed in Germany in the 1950s. She was inspired by a comic strip, in which she was an incredibly self-empowered woman who, at times, was rather controversial. Barbie, or Barbra Millicent Roberts as her fictitious biography reads, has also had her share of controversies throughout the decades. Criticized by health experts and child psychologists for her unrealistic and unachievable body shape, Barbie has undergone many alterations over the decades, but continues to be a toy icon all over the world.

Classic Barbie dolls can be worth hundreds to serious collectors. First introduced as a series, number one coming in 1959, Barbie actually had inserts in her feet to help her stand on her own. This original Barbie is the only one to include this copper insert and is very valuable if in good condition. In the Barbie collection, dolls one through three, and a handful of the fourth, were created with a solid torso and solid legs. Every single Barbie manufactured after these has a hollow body.

Classic Barbie dolls still in mint condition, which include ones that have remained in the box for over 5 decades, are a toy collector’s dream. The potential buyers at THR are wanting to purchase these rare, collectible items and all vintage toys on behalf of their network of buyers and collectors. A list of things that the Treasure Hunters Roadshow buyers are searching for can be found on the company’s web page.

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Bobblehead Prices Turning Heads at Treasure Hunters Roadshow Events

Treasure Hunters Roadshow (THR) is a dealer of classic collectibles and precious metals. Teams of treasure hunters have been hosting tons of shows a year all across the continent since 1996. A few teams have not long ago expanded across the Atlantic Ocean to the United Kingdom and Spain. THR buys antiques, collectibles, gold, silver, jewelry, classic comic books and sports memorabilia, especially bobbleheads, at events on behalf of their worldwide network of collectors.

Sports memorabilia is enjoyable to the Treasure Hunters Roadshow sports experts as they see a lot of rare and one-of-a-kind objects. Baseball objects are most popular, but the treasure hunters are ready to purchase classic or rare memorabilia from any sport.

One of the favorite products in the arena of sports memorabilia is the athlete, coach or mascot bobblehead. The bobblehead entered the sports world almost 100 years ago in the 1920s. The New York Knicks launched a bobblehead of a player for their enthusiasts to obtain and collect. The sports bobblehead grew to become a fan favorite in the 1960s. To start off the 1960 baseball season, Major League Baseball produced a collection of papier-mâché bobbleheads for each and every team. These collectibles had every teams’ jersey on them but the numbers and the faces were all identical.

Bobbleheads with certain players’ names were released for the New York Yankees in the World Series in 1960. The four players, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Roger Maris and Roberto Clemente, each had their very own number on the bobblehead, but the heads remained the same. Due to the fragility of the product, several of these papier-mâché bobbleheads did not last very long.

As bobblehead popularity continued to grow, suppliers started to use ceramic rather than papier-mâché so that they would not chip or crack as easily. Baseball teams went on to release bobbleheads of their star players for supporters to purchase and quite a few of the other major sports, which include basketball and football, followed. Teams loved the concept of selling more souvenirs and followers loved to have comical collectible items from their preferred team that they could display at work or in their vehicle.

Bobbleheads grew to become really popular in late 1990s because suppliers decided to start creating them out of plastic, which made the bobbleheads a lot more affordable. As the decade ended, major league sports teams realized that not as many fans had been purchasing the bobbleheads, so they resolved to give them away as a promotional product. The San Francisco Giants were the initial team to do this in 1999. They handed out 35,000 Willie Mays bobbleheads to supporters at a game. This fad caught on and teams started producing bobbleheads for their players, mascots and even coaches.

The sports memorabilia experts at THR stress that condition is quite important when buying and selling any sort of collectible product, and this is accurate with bobbleheads as well. The classic ceramic and papier-mâché bobbleheads are going to be far more valuable if they are in very good condition. Plastic bobbleheads are more recent and mass produced, so they are not as valuable as the others. Even so, the rare ones can still bring in a very good paycheck.

All aged, scarce and uncommon sports memorabilia can be brought to the experts at Treasure Hunters Roadshow for a cost-free evaluation and possibly even an offer to purchase.

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Shedding Light on Three Behind-the-Scenes Precious Metals

The experts at Treasure Hunters Roadshow see a wide wide variety of precious metals during their adventures around the globe. While gold and silver may be worth good money, there are a few other precious metal heavy hitters which the THR industry experts want the public to know a lot more about: platinum, palladium and rhodium.

Platinum has been referred to as the “choice precious metal of the stars” because of its hefty value. Its price tag is double that of 18kt white gold of the identical weight. It is mostly used in men’s and women’s wedding rings as well as women’s engagement rings. The steep selling price keeps it from becoming utilized in a wider array of jewelry, the exception being the bling of the rich and famous. Platinum is a white metal that, contrary to gold, is used in jewelry in an nearly pure form (close to 95%). Its ability to retain its luster over time allows it to forgo the rhodium plating that other metals like white gold need to go through. And Treasure Hunters Roadshow industry experts enjoy jewelry with shine.

Palladium is yet another metal that strays from the spotlight. This precious metal is similar to white gold in pricing but carries the long-lasting attractiveness of platinum. At one-third the price tag of platinum, palladium is made with the exact same purity level (about 95%) and keeps its shiny white coloring for a life time. Since it is a naturally white precious metal, there is no need for palladium jewelry to be rhodium-plated.

So what is this rhodium?

Rhodium is not found in its pure form. Alternatively, it must be derived from platinum or nickel ores. About 20 tons of rhodium are produced a year, 80% of which is sourced from South Africa. The price of rhodium is all-around 50% more than gold by weight. Its primary use is as a strengthening agent against tarnish, specifically for jewelry produced from white gold. When electroplated onto other precious metals, a coat of rhodium generates a reflective white surface known in the business as “rhodium flashing.”

Its high melting point, poor malleability and high cost make rhodium a weak choice from which to produce whole items of jewelry; it is best used as an addition to other metals. The healthcare field is a major purchaser of rhodium-plated devices, such as filters for mammography machines and optical instruments.

The pricey metal is also used in commemorating special honors. In 1979, Paul McCartney was awarded a rhodium-plated disc by the Guinness Book of World Records for becoming the best-selling songwriter and recording artist of all time.

Even though platinum, palladium and rhodium might not be sitting around the house, the THR professionals believe that knowledge is power and knowing a lot more about precious metals keeps buyers and sellers on an even surface, keeping the world of jewelry purchasing entertaining and thrilling. THR is constantly on the hunt for new jewelry of all types during their weekly trips across the U.S., Canada and Europe and they pay out on the spot for any items they buy. Check out the Treasure Hunters Roadshow site for more information and a complete listing of approaching cities.

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Soccer Jerseys Earn Big Bucks for Sellers at Treasure Hunters Roadshow Events

Treasure Hunters Roadshow (THR) is one of the leading buyers of precious metals, comic books, toys and other antiques. Since 1996, teams of treasure hunters have traveled to more than 1,000 metropolitan areas in the United States, Canada and Europe, seeking some of the most distinctive and rarest treasures.

While THR is a buyer of all antiques, a special group of treasure hunters is dedicated to finding sports’ best collectibles. Although signed autographs, equipment and cards are all popular items, sellers are encouraged to bring their distinctive or one-of-a-kind game-worn jerseys to the THR events.

If the sports experts at Treasure Hunters Roadshow, quite a few of whom are sports enthusiasts with extensive collections themselves, deem that the jerseys are genuine and valuable, and are of interest to their global network of potential buyers, they will make an offer to purchase the item on the spot.

Though football, basketball and baseball jerseys continue to be popular in the United States, there is a significant global current market for soccer jerseys from around the world. As the popularity of soccer has continued to climb internationally, so has the interest in jerseys worn and signed by its most important stars.

Soccer (or football, as it is known in the vast majority of the world) got its humble beginnings in the English countryside in the mid-19th century. While the very first recorded soccer match took place in 1860, it was far from the neat and rigid game we know nowadays. Most notably, teams had no regular uniforms. Rather, they frequently wore bulky knickerbockers and inconvenient colored sashes to distinguish teams.

To reduce the confusion, teams in the 1870s began to ask their players to wear similar colors. However, there were no rules governing that a team must wear the same color for every single game, nor a way of distinguishing players from one another.

As the game began to grow throughout the world at the turn of the 20th century, so did the list of guidelines governing it. Many teams started to adopt a single color or design, most of them primarily based on the styles of clubs that had taken shape in England.

Following WWII, many teams began utilizing a lot simpler uniforms because of to financial restrictions. These resembled the contemporary v-neck shirts made of natural fibers. In order to raise income for their club, Real Madrid became the first team to design and market a replica jersey sold to fans starting in the 1970s.

Seeing the results of these replica jerseys, other teams began to design more complex jerseys for both their players and to sell to followers. Manchester United made international headlines in 1996 when their coach, at halftime of a game, declared that his team was losing due to the gray-colored jerseys they had been wearing (which had been purposely selected to be worn with jeans) since the players could not see each other on the field.

Jerseys continued to climb in popularity as fans eagerly scooped them up in order to show their team loyalties. Currently, fans continue to shell out big bucks for athletes’ jerseys, particularly those worn in games. Not long ago, a World Cup-worn jersey sold at auction for around $800.

Quite a few of these genuine jerseys continue to make their way to THR events, where sellers are eager to cash in on their most valuable sports objects. A list of upcoming Treasure Hunters Roadshow events can be located on the company’s internet site.

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Celebrities Outshine the Bank with Pricey Bling

The jewelry experts at Treasure Hunters Roadshow can never ever get enough of that shiny stuff. When not offering the very best purchase prices possible at their shows, the authorities are admiring other collections of precious metals and jewels. And where better to find the most high priced and flawless pieces of jewelry than mainstream celebrities?

When it comes to pricey jewelry, R&B singer Beyoncé is at the top of the list. Her wedding ring from hubby Jay-Z is valued at more than $5 million. Created by the famous celebrity jeweler Lorraine Schwartz, Beyoncé’s ring contains an 18k flawless diamond. Other clients of Schwartz include Jennifer Lopez, Barbara Streisand and Heidi Klum. Kim Kardashian is also amongst the list of stars sporting jewelry by Schwartz. Her 20.5-carat ring carries a cost of $2 million and has attracted considerable attention by celebrity media resources.

Actor Tom Cruise also has a spot around the top of the list for celebrity jewelry. The 5-carat engagement ring he purchased for Katie Holmes set him back a cool $1.5 million. Cruise claimed he purchased it following his initial date with Holmes. The Treasure Hunters Roadshow authorities ask, “When you have got that much cash, why not?”

Although motion picture stars and singers may go big on their jewelry purchases, no other group of celebrities outshines rappers in their public exhibit of bling. With collections of gold and jewels amassed all-around their necks, it is a wonder some rappers have not popularized back braces. Lil John is a fantastic instance of this showmanship via hordes of jewelry. Along with his ever-altering collection of necklaces, rings, bracelets and diamond-encrusted chalices, he is also known to sport big pendants. His “Crunk Ain’t Dead” pendant got him in the “Guinness Book of World Records” for owning the largest diamond pendant ever manufactured. The $500,000 piece stands seven and a half inches tall and weighs in at a hefty 12 pounds. It contains 3,756 round-cut white diamonds totaling 73 carats, all rooted in 18k yellow and white gold. How’s that for staying shiny?

Although the THR specialists enjoy the sight of a multi-million dollar necklace, their real passion lies in smaller sized pieces. The company is constantly treasure hunting for all varieties of precious metals and jewels, big or small, as well as antiques, fine art and collectibles on behalf of their worldwide network of buyers.

Items are purchased on the spot at the THR events, which are held throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe each week. A comprehensive listing of events can be found on the Treasure Hunters Roadshow website.

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