James Dean film poster is an original ‘Rebel'
Published: Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 1:10 p.m.
Q: I have an original poster for the iconic James Dean movie, "Rebel Without a Cause." It measures 14 inches wide by 11 inches tall. It has lots of condition issues, creases, tack holes, etc., but it is otherwise in good shape. The thing that makes me think it may have some collector value is because it is marked with a Warner Bros. copyright 1957 and has a series numbers printed in the corner. It also states that it is property of the National Screen Service Corp.
— A.L., Internet
A: Movie posters are a specific category of collecting. "Rebel Without a Cause" is certainly one of the most recognized movie titles nationally as well as internationally. There were a variety of posters made for the movie and a wide range of dollar values. You are fortunate to own the one you have. Due to the poor condition and small size, it would likely sell in the $100 to $200 range, short of a lucky day.
Q: I am attaching photos of cavalry spurs given to me by my uncle many years ago. They are in excellent shape. The only marking on the spurs are the one in the photo. Any idea of their value?
— J.R., Internet
A: Riding spurs are a category of collector interest. Currently, collector interest is focused primarily on cowboys. The letters "AB" pressed into your cavalry spurs are for August Bauermann. There is quite a bit of information about Bauermann on the Internet. The Bauermann Spur Company was in business from 1912 until 1948. Current potential dollar value is less than $100.
Q: My sister and I are descended from an old New England family. She has a collection of original Thornton Burgess children's books. My question is whether they have any collectable value, and if so, where we might sell them?
— R.W.M., Internet
A: Yes, Thornton Burgess children's books are of collector interest. Most sell at retail prices in the $5 to $25 range, depending on condition. First editions with the dust jacket and, depending on the title, can sell in the $50 range. About $100 or a bit more for your 13 editions would be par for the course. If you do not want to sell them, you might consider a donation to the Baldwin Children's Book Museum at the University of Florida. Their contact number is 273-2870.
Q: I just bought a large Meiji-era Satsuma vase in need of better restoration than it has had. Can you recommend a good restorer?
— R.G., Internet
A: Yes, I suggest you contact Leak Enterprises in Belleview. They do excellent restoration. The phone number is 245-8862.
Q: Recently, I was given a commemorative first edition UF Alligator newspaper, Volume 1, Number 1, probably from 2006. I am a long-term guy. Is there any chance of increased value for my future grandchildren?
— P.T., Internet
A: As I gaze into my crystal ball, the outlook is dim relative to future increased dollar value for your newspaper.
John Sikorski is an Ocala antiques dealer. He hosts a call-in radio show, "Sikorski's Attic,'' on WUFT-FM (89.1 FM). It can be heard each Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. Send your questions to Sikorski's Attic, c/o The Gainesville Sun, 2700 SW 13th St., Gainesville, FL 32608-2015; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.