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

1950s Japanese toy robot rakes in $36K at auction

WHAT: A Jupiter Robot toy made in Japan by Yonezawa in the 1950s brought $36,000 in a recent sale of space toys and robots at Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. MORE: In beautiful original condition and still with its original box and remote control, ...

Russian snuff box sells for more than three times estimated amount

WHAT: A jeweled, enameled, two-tone gold snuff box estimated at $120,000 to 180,000 sold for $665,000 in a Russian Works of Art sale recently at Christie's New York.

Early 17th century map among first to show California as island

WHAT: An early, double-page engraved map - "The North part of American Conteyning Newfoundland, new England, Virginia, Florida ... and upon ye West the large and goodly Iland of California" - made in 1625 London sold for $12,500 in a recent sale o...

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers sells vitrine for $30K

WHAT: The vitrine by French artist Emile Galle sold for $30,000 early this year at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago. MORE: The style is Art Nouveau, a decorative design period around 1890 to 1910.

Garden gnome prop from Beatles LP cover sells for $42,500

WHAT: A garden gnome prop featured on the cover of the Beatles LP "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" sold for $42,500 recently at Heritage Auctions.

'The Sunrise Ruby' sale breaks world auction record

WHAT: Called "The Sunrise Ruby," the cushion cut stone of almost 26 carats set between two shield shaped diamonds of almost three carats each brought $30.3 million at Sotheby's Geneva this month, breaking the world auction record for the gem.

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