Who hasn't had the fantasy of discovering an old item your grandmother gave you is worth a huge amount of money. That's why "appraisal day" at one valley art center is very popular.
I didn't have any antiques to take in for appraisal, but a beloved friend gave me this necklace just this morning, so I took it in to the Shemer Center Appraisal Day.
An old copper kettle from Russia. Several bohemian glasses. This reporter's necklace. And a still life painting. Just a few of the things people have brought to appraiser Sean Morton.
"I've lived long enough to have a lot of collectibles that people have given me," says Ruth Cohen, 90.
The old kettle, says Morton, was made in Russia at the turn of the century.
"There aren't too many things that survived at the Bolshevik revolution," says Morton.
The value of it is $500-600 says Morton. As for the glasses?
"I figure right around $200 each," says Morton.
"As far as money value I've seen things go up, go down, money is fleeting. it's the memories that are so very important," says Cohen.
The Shemer Art Center is overflowing with memories as it features its Hidden Treasures exhibit from local families.
One local family brought in this painting by Fernando Botero.
"They didn't really have an idea who the artist was."
Botero was a Columbian artist known for his paintings of voluminous women. Those are worth $100,000.
This still life of Botero's?
"This one is just a little under $20,000."
Then surely this unusual necklace of mine has some value. But alas, I won't be retiring anytime soon.
"No precious stones or metals.. it's yarn," says Morton.
Appraisal day was just held for today. It cost $35 for the appraisal.
The hidden treasures exhibit runs at the Shemer Art Center through the 26th.