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Why Birkin Bags At Auction Command So Much Money

Why Birkin Bags At Auction Command So Much Money

I posted on Facebook the other day news of the newest most expensive resold bag in the world. After a couple of comments and questions, decided the best thing The Appraisal Group can do is give you the back story on the bags. The Birkin bag was designed for a ... Read More
 
What Kind of Collector Are You? A Quiz

What Kind of Collector Are You? A Quiz

The Appraisal Group challenges you to find out what kind of collector you are. New Age or Old School? . You would pay $300,000 for a Birken bag if you could. / / You are emotional about the vintage items you buy. / / You see vintage and antiques as adjuncts to a ... Read More
 
An Historic Desk from Before Desks Were Desks

An Historic Desk from Before Desks Were Desks

Hard to believe, but there was a time period in American history that desks were not thought of the way view them today.  The Appraisal Group thinks it is important to note outstanding antiques and there wherefores and whys. It’s a way of preserving the past and enlightening you about ... Read More
 
Americana Collector Lewis W. Scranton

Americana Collector Lewis W. Scranton

When it comes to collecting fine art and antiques, some people just can’t get enough.  One of these is Lewis W. Scranton. a Connecticut yankee whose passion is fine Americana.  Today The Appraisal Group pays tribute to Mr. Scranton who, through the years, has has saved more American history than some scholars. Bow ... Read More
 
Professional Appraisal VS Free Appraisal

Professional Appraisal VS Free Appraisal

I just read a blog on a flea market website that touted the idea that you should try to get a free appraisal of antiques you have in your collection or purchase.  The point of this blog is to clear up the mystery between  Free and Professional appraisals. A free ... Read More
 
Welcome to the Estate Sale Center in New Olreans

Welcome to the Estate Sale Center in New Olreans

Welcome to the inaugural sale at The Appraisal Group’s new Estate Sale Center in New Orleans. This is where I take beautiful orphans families don’t want to send to auction or sell privately. Most of the items come from renown estates. The Estate Sale Center is located at 1532 Magazine Street. ... Read More
 
5 Steps To A Successful Fine Art and Antiques Appraisal

5 Steps To A Successful Fine Art and Antiques Appraisal

Because the world of antiques and fine art is a volatile one in which fair market values can change with the seasons and with taste, an appraisal on your fine arts and antiques, collectibles and collections should be done at least once every ten years. That way, should death, divorce or ... Read More
 
The FBI, Stolen Art & Your Fine Art Collection

The FBI, Stolen Art & Your Fine Art Collection

Are you aware that the FBI maintains a database of stolen fine art and cultural property? The FBI also maintains a rapid deployment Art Crime Team (ACT) that swings into action when high profile art heists take place.  No matter the size of your collection, if your fine art is valued ... Read More
 
When Fine Art is Stolen, Held Hostage or Destroyed

When Fine Art is Stolen, Held Hostage or Destroyed

While we hesitate to bring up politics or the world situation, art is suffering as it never has before. Today I posted on The Appraisal Group Facebook page (http://bit.ly/25w6acS.) a drone video of the destruction of ruins in Palmyra. Unfortunately, this is not a new subject. Terrorist groups have systematically destroyed ... Read More
 
The “I Overpaid” Fine Art & Antiques Appraisal

The “I Overpaid” Fine Art & Antiques Appraisal

When shopping antiques fairs and flea markets,  the visual appeal that captivates you and drives you to purchase frequently over rides the actual value of the item. At The Appraisal Group, we understand the passion fine art and antiques can ignite but also want you to be protected. While most ... Read More