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Rose Mary
By Rosemary McKittrick
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"The biggest plus is McKittrick's considerable talent as a writer. Her sentences bring the people and the objects to life each week."--The Chronicle

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I’m a storyteller and everything has a story. I track auctions worldwide and bring you stories behind things that sell. I write about people who’ve inspired, entertained, led or scorned their way through history and the objects that touched their lives.

Stories are our link to the past.

It could be Harry Houdini, Bob Dylan, Truman Capote, Amelia Earhart, Babe Ruth or William Randolph Hearst. I tell their stories through the handcuffs they've owned, books they’ve written, songs they’ve sung, planes they've flown, empires they’ve built and homeruns they’ve hit—all of which sold on the block.

Their stories open a window. I take a deeper cut on their lives.

You'll find a collection of my 925 + archived columns on this site that appeared in publications worldwide over the last 23 years.

All of the columns are available for sale to publications.

Here's a bonus.

Are you tired of trying to figure out how much your things are really worth?

Have you combed through countless flea markets? Waited in more estate sale lines than you care to admit and still end up clueless about how much your Civil War mementos are worth?

Overpriced shops, outdated price guides and pie-in-the-sky appraisals don't seem to be the answer?

If you're looking for simple, straightforward talk and actual prices you've come to the right place.

The power of buying and selling at auction is really very simple.

When the bidding stops and the hammer falls, the value of an item is set. The buyer, not the seller, sets the price. This simple distinction cuts through all the chitchat about what art, antiques and collectibles are really worth.

In the end you may not bat a thousand, but, you'll come away with a solid sense of what things are worth in the marketplace.

The emphasis here is on today’s values. Not yesterday’s wishful thinking.

Plus, nuts-and-bolts collecting information from 130 auction houses. Over 925 + articles available to readers.


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The Legs of Danilova; photo; ballerina legs; signed in ink; New York, 1950; 19 3/8 inches by 13 1/8 inches; sold for $22,500. Photo courtesy of Christie's NY.


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Book; "The New Wizard of Oz” illustrated by W.W. Denslow; 208 pages; 16 color plates; dust jacket; penciled note; Fifth Edition; First State; circa 1920s; sold for $1,800. Photo courtesy of PBA Galleries.

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Cowboy Roundup, Wild West Show Activities, Cow Roping, Frontier Pastimes, 4 posters, Donaldson Lithograph Company, circa 1914; 28 inches by 42 inches; sold for $6,250. Photo courtesy of David Rago.

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