Profiles in History: Multiple Topic Housekeeping on “Peer Review”, Auction House Reserves, and Online Discussion Forums

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This article is intended to serve as some general housekeeping on recent topics related to Profiles in History and their auction events held late last month.  As public debate and discussion spanned several websites, including this one, I thought I would make a note of where topics stand with regard to a variety of topics.  I've also received a number of private inquiries from … [Read more...]

Profiles in History “Peer Review” on “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” Helmet – Previously Sold as a “Henry V” Helmet?

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This past week, as part of their Hollywood Auction 49, Profiles in History offered a helmet attributed to Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), which sold on July 31, 2012 for $6,500 (for a total sales price of approximately $7,995 with Buyer's Premium).  A matching item on eBay described as a helmet used in Henry V (1989) was sold on May 6, 2012 for approximately $48 (less … [Read more...]

Profiles in History “Peer Review” on George Reeves Superman Cape; More on 12/29/75 Western Costume Letters

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As noted in recent articles (see Profiles in History Pledges More Transparency; Open Q&A On Website Regarding Provenance, Authenticity, Other Questions and Profiles in History Pledges More Transparency: Update & Response to “What We Are Currently Working On”), Profiles in History's General Manager, Fong Sam, has written about embracing what they call "the concept of … [Read more...]

Profiles in History Pledges More Transparency: Update & Response to “What We Are Currently Working On”

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As a follow-up to the public dialogue last month between myself and Fong Sam, the General Manager for Profiles in History (see "Profiles in History Pledges More Transparency; Open Q&A On Website Regarding Provenance, Authenticity, Other Questions"), Fong has published a new response today on his Haxbee.com site (see "What We Are Currently Working On").  Though this was … [Read more...]

Profiles in History Pledges More Transparency; Open Q&A On Website Regarding Provenance, Authenticity, Other Questions

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Fong Sam, General Manager at auction house Profiles in History, yesterday published an interesting article on his haxbee.com website about "the concept of auctions as peer review", in response to a question at a panel at C2E2 (where they held their Captain America auction) about "verifying provenance".  While Fong's article covered a number of different topics, and referenced … [Read more...]