Danielle Arnet Smart Collector

Danielle Arnet

In her syndicated column, "The Smart Collector," Chicago writer and lifetime collector Danielle Arnet uses reader questions to educate and inform everyone from general interest readers to experienced collectors. "Smart" collectors know the ropes, thanks to her wealth of expertise, essential tools and inside info on how to negotiate through today's changing world of collecting.

Having bought and sold in shops, at auction and on eBay, Arnet knows the ins and outs of collecting from multiple perspectives. Years of collecting and observing, plus contacts with movers and shakers in the world of art and antiques, provide a wealth of sources for her readers. Tech savvy Arnet became "wired" to the exploding popularity of online auctions early on, and she is the only antiques writer to always supply Web and e-mail contacts. Now that 6.5 million new items are listed each day on eBay, online auctions are a valuable tool for collectors. Arnet helps readers find reliable e-sources, and provides tips on how to avoid online scams.

In addition to writing "The Smart Collector," Arnet is a freelance writer and journalist who covers the auction and collecting scene for Maine Antique Digest. She also contributes to several national publications. Her article "Why We Collect," written for Hemispheres (United Airlines), is required course reading at Harvard Law School. Other credits include USA Today (a regular column), USA Weekend, Woman's Day, The Rotarian, Modern Maturity and others. She was a weekly columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times for more than 10 years. She has also served as a regular contributor on Chicago's WBBM-TV and has appeared on WGN Radio in Chicago.

Arnet holds a master's degree and has served as lecturer in the department of comparative literature at Ohio State University. She and her collections reside in a suburb of Chicago.

Danielle Arnet Samples

Rare World War I poster fetches $4,500

WHAT: Featuring General Pershing on a horse, a circa 1918 World War I U.S. Army recruiting poster brought $4,500 in a recent sale of vintage posters at Swann Galleries.

Jimi Hendrix poster part of $1.2 million July auction

WHAT: A first printing poster from 1968 advertising a Jimi Hendrix Experience show in Washington, D.C., recently sold for $6,070 in a Hake's Auction. MORE: In style and lettering, the poster is the height of counter-culture '60s art.

Hand-painted, 20th century porcelain sells for $4,000

WHAT: Marked T&V / Limoges / France, an 18-inch porcelain plaque with pink and white roses hand-painted by Franz Arthur Bischoff recently sold for $4,000 at Bonhams Los Angeles.

Mahogany side chair fetches more than $40K at auction

WHAT: A Chippendale mahogany side chair that sold for $40,625 this April at Doyle New York was made by a Boston cabinetmaker around 1770.

Renovation, lore drive Rolls-Royce auction to $121, 900

WHAT: A blue/cream circa 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Sedanca de Ville that sold at British auction house H&H recently for about $121,900 had undergone a complete engine overhaul, plus an interior re-trim with cream leather and a full repaint of th...

Ancient Egyptian ushabti sale shows affordable way to collect antiques

WHAT: An ancient Egyptian ushabti from 652 - 300 BC sold recently for $600 at Artemis Gallery. MORE: Ushabtis were small figures placed in tombs with items meant to accompany and assist in the afterlife.

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