Mantiques: A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff

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9781440239861: Mantiques: A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff

For Benny, it's the taxidermy alligator head holding his TV remote. For Bill, it's a broom carved from a solid hickory branch. For Bob, it's a 1946 Wurlitzer Bubbler Jukebox. These are a few of the finds and heirlooms these collectors call their favorite 'mantique.' Like Benny tells his guests when they step into his 1,000-square-foot apartment packed with taxidermy and tobacciana: "This isn't Rooms to Go."

Mantiques: A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff takes you inside these collections and more as it humorously surveys the weird and wonderful vintage stuff dudes like best, through more than 400 full-color photographs, while documenting the rise of mantiques as big business all over the world. Each chapter features today's hottest mantiques with complete descriptions and recent auction values.

Topics range from how a gentleman should wear an authentic, vintage Aloha Shirt to how to pick your first Patek Philippe to why first-gen Apple computers now bring more than $600,000 at auction. Chapters include Tools, Barware, Surfing Memorabilia, Hunting & Fishing, Oddities, Movie Memorabilia, Racy Pulps & Novelties, Men's Fashion & Watches, Guns & Knives, Rock & Roll, and more.

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From the Back Cover:

Fueled by testosterone and attitude!

Not all men can be butt-kicking and head-busting Liam Neesons, Steve McQueens or Clint Eastwoods, but at least their taste in Mantiques can reflect their inner shirtlessness.

Mixing Don Draper cool with Vin Diesel muscle--along with a healthy dose of grease, rust and nostalgia--Mantiques: A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff is a humorous, yet informative, guide to the world of antiques and collectibles sought out by a new breed of men eager to fill their homes with the funky, the unique, and--most importantly--the manly.

About the Author:

From tramp art to whiskey nips, Eric Bradley's mantiques are a constant source of entertainment for his wife, Kelly, and their children, Patrick, Olivia, and Megan. He is public relations associate at Heritage Auctions, the world's largest collectibles auctioneer, and the editor of the annual Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide.

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