Kovels Antiques, Inc., was founded by Ralph and Terry Kovel. Hailed as "the duke and duchess of the antiques world," they have written more than 100 books and special reports about collecting. Their bylined column is the longest-running syndicated weekly column in the country, distributed to more than 150 newspapers. Their guides include the annual Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide, which has sold over 4 million copies since its first edition.
"Neither of us was trained in art, antiques or writing," Terry remembers. "We came from Nowheresville as far as the experts were concerned. Maybe that's why we can write what we write, because we think like beginners and write in plain language."
Ralph and Terry appeared on several television talk shows and starred in three television series: "Know Your Antiques" for public television stations, "Collector's Journal with Ralph and Terry Kovel" for the Discovery Channel, and "Flea Market Finds with the Kovels" for HGTV. The Kovels have won two Emmy Awards.
The Kovels passed their collecting interest to their children, Lee and Kim Kovel. Along with Terry and her staff, they continue the family’s longtime interest in the collecting world. The Kovels are avid collectors of all types of antiques. Ralph Kovel passed away in 2008.