Living: A Great American Treasure Hunt

Questing to obtain a piece of the past

Not everyone will be so lucky as the Massachusetts schoolteacher who picked up a primitive watercolor for 35¢ at a church auction and sold it 35 years later for $22,000. Or the Philadelphia couple who 30 years ago bought a Ming vase for $400 and sold it for $260,000. But an increasing number of people are finding that collecting antiques (art, furniture and objects at least 100 years old) can be enormously rewarding, both aesthetically and financially.

As a result, the antiques market is at present enjoying an unprecedented...

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