Bob’s Monthly “Blog”

Once a month (assuming writer’s block has not set in), Bob Dodge shares his insights into the world of antiquities collecting. Taking the collector’s perspective, Bob focuses on topics that matters most, including the importance of provenance, tips for smart collecting, insurance, authentication, good and bad sources for buying, and much more. Insightful commentary, often quite humorous (at least to him)… but hopefully helpful to ancient art collectors of all levels.

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This week's article - The Thrill of Victory, The Agony of D’Feet…

When people who do not know me find out what Teresa and I do, they often get this glazed look in their eyes and an expression of “Gee, how delightful… Why did you choose this profession?” To be honest, even my dear sweet mother-in-law (Zig) asks me that at least once a month when our cash outflows seem to outstrip our cash inflows. My usual pat answer is “I fell in love with ancient art a billion years ago on our honeymoon to Greece, blah, blah, blah.” While that’s true, that’s not what keeps me in the business and that’s not why I love it today as much as I did 20 years ago. Read More

December 2012

  • What’s in store for 2012?


  • September 2011
  • Oh the joys of being an ancient art dealer!
  • Ancient Art as an Investment… here we go again!
  • Santa Fe, My Parting Shots…


  • August 2011
  • A Psychic Prediction Comes True!
  • Santa Fe in the summer...
  • But it’s broken…


  • July 2011
  • The 4 C’s of Ancient Art
  • Zahi Hawass. Love him or hate him, he has had an impact on us!
  • See what you need to see, not what you want to see!



  • June 2011
  • What a ride!



  • May 2011
  • Osama Bin Laden and Ancient Art… What’s the Connection?



  • April 2011
  • If you’re going to sell on eBay – do it right!
  • Auction Houses NOT the place to buy? I beg to differ!


  • March 2011
  • A word of warning…
  • Just what the heck does “Rare” mean?
  • Even dealers get burned…
  • The Blank Page


  • February 2011
  • What is this – 1984?
  • Examining the pros and cons of allowing passion into your portfolio -
    does buying ancient art make sense from an investment perspective?


  • January 2011
  • A Collector’s New Year’s Resolution…
  • The Year in Review – What a year it was!

  • December 2010
  • Mr. Hawass, what are you doing with all the sarcophagi?

  • November 2010
  • Big Brother is watching - you better watch out…
  • AGLive Auction Lot - View Now

  • October 2010
  • Ghosts and Goblins and Witches… Oh My!
  • The power of persuasion. Good things can happen if we take a stand.
  • Who says thieves are stupid?


  • September 2010
  • Lost & Found. Never seems to happen to me…
  • Could the economy really be turning around?
  • I’ll trade you one Mickey Mantle for two Johnny Benches…
  • Share the love...
  • Fall is in the air, it must be Auction Season!

  • August 2010
  • It’s back to school week… what are you doing to educate yourself?
  • Santa Fe in August – it doesn’t get much better …
  • Travelogue Continued… Cultures of Central America
  • Haven’t seen the King Tut Exhibit? Tut, Tut on you!

  • July 2010
  • Pre-Columbian Cultures – The Saga Continues…
  • Pre-Columbian Cultures – A Quick Collector’s Guide…
  • Caring for your ancient art…

  • June 2010
  • A drachm for your thoughts (on ancient coins that is)…
  • Good Things Come in Small Packages…
  • To TL or not to TL, that is the question...
  • US Customs Department – good guys or bad guys?
  • May 2010
  • How do we know how old our items are?
  • The Art of the Deal (not the Art of the Steal)...
  • How to establish relationship(s) with your dealer network…
  • April
  • Should you donate your collection to a museum?
  • Time to trim? But where do you go? (Part 2)
  • Time to trim? But where do you go?
  • Tools of the Trade II – The “eyes” have it!
  • March 2010
  • Tools of the trade. Don’t have ‘em? Get ‘em!
  • Give PC a chance...
  • Stop buying all that Ancient Art!
  • Have you lost your senses?
  • Is it time to give eBay another chance?
  • February 2010
  • Artemis Gallery Controversy? Damn Right!
  • One Auction Down, ?? To Go!
  • Tucson Gem Show Adventures
  • January 2010
  • Ancient Art Theft Ring Busted – The Law You Need to Know!
  • So you’ve bought a fake…
  • Art Appreciation vs. Financial Appreciation

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