Appraisal Day and Auction at SJIMA — Mark Your Calendar Now

Posted August 20, 2021 at 5:45 am by

Ever won­der how much a piece of art you have is worth?

Now is your oppor­tu­ni­ty to find out! Spe­cial­ists in the Jew­el­ry and Fine Art-Depart­ments from Bon­hams auc­tion house will be on loca­tion at the San Juan Islands Muse­um of Art to answer the prob­ing ques­tion, “How much is this fam­i­ly heir­loom or estate sale impulse-buy actu­al­ly worth?”

The San Juan Islands Muse­um of Art (SJIMA) is pleased to present our inau­gur­al appraisal event, from 11–3 on Sat­ur­day, August 28. This will be so much fun! Take the jew­el­ry you inher­it­ed or a fine art piece and learn its worth and a bit of its history.

Bon­hams’ spe­cial­ists will pro­vide an infor­mal ver­bal appraisal that will include an esti­mat­ed val­ue based on what the object might sell for at auc­tion. The val­ue is based on the specialist’s exper­tise and knowl­edge of what sim­i­lar items are fetch­ing in the cur­rent auc­tion mar­ket. If an object meets the min­i­mum con­sign­ment require­ments, you will have the option to con­sign your item to Bon­hams for sale at auc­tion. Spe­cial­ists are vis­it­ing from the Seat­tle, San Fran­cis­co, and Los Ange­les offices of the esteemed Bon­hams auc­tion house and fre­quent guests on the pop­u­lar PBS series Antique Road Show®.

Spe­cial­ists will be avail­able to pro­vide appraisals in the fol­low­ing categories:

  • Aaron Bas­t­ian, Fine Arts expert at Bon­hams 
paint­ings, draw­ings, sculpture
  • Emi­ly Water­fall, Fine Jew­el­ry expert at Bonhams

Aaron Bas­t­ian

The appraisals are $50 for the first item and $25 for each addi­tion­al item, with max­i­mum of 3 items. 
One hun­dred per­cent of the pro­ceeds from this event sup­port the exhi­bi­tions and pro­grams of the San Juan Islands Muse­um of Art in Fri­day Harbor.

The event will be in our glass Atri­um Gallery and par­tic­i­pants can enter its side door or the lob­by entrance. The appraisals will begin with a short pan­el dis­cus­sion on col­lect­ing at 11 am  and appraisals imme­di­ate­ly fol­low­ing up until 3:00PM.  

Emi­ly Waterfall

Heather O’Mahony will lead a reveal­ing and use­ful dis­cus­sion on col­lect­ing. Our own Don Pol­lard will join the pan­el to ask the ques­tions we all typ­i­cal­ly ask when inher­it­ing or bequeath­ing fine art or jewelry.

SJIMA will have a sur­pris­ing silent auc­tion for your enjoy­ment and shopping.

Items for auc­tion include an art quilt, wine bas­ket, African Twi­light pho­tographs by Beck­with & Fish­er, pho­tographs by Ernest Brooks and art from the DEEP DIVE  exhi­bi­tion and more.

Heather O’Mahony

Make sure to see the African Twi­light exhi­bi­tion by Beck­with and Fish­er in the main muse­um while you are there. There is no admis­sion fee to par­tic­i­pate in the silent auc­tion por­tion of the event. Muse­um admis­sion will be Pay As You Can that day.  Log on to for addi­tion­al information.

Things You Should Know:

  • First come, first served—NO RESERVATIONS (Be pre­pared to wait a bit.) While you wait explore the silent auc­tion items on display.
  • You must be able to car­ry your items into the muse­um on your own (Muse­um staff is unable to pro­vide assis­tance). For large fine art pieces, pho­tos of art, back of art and sig­na­ture area can sub­sti­tute for the item.
  • For cat­e­gories not rep­re­sent­ed, it may be pos­si­ble for the spe­cial­ists to pro­vide pho­tos and details to the appro­pri­ate spe­cial­ist at Bon­hams after the event (no guarantees).
  • Any con­sign­ment agree­ments are between you and Bon­hams; the San Juan Islands Muse­um of Art is not involved with any auc­tion activity.
  • No writ­ten appraisals will be provided.

Bon­hams is a pri­vate­ly owned British auc­tion house. Found­ed in 1793, it is one of the world’s old­est and largest auc­tion­eers of fine art and antiques. The Bon­hams’ name is rec­og­nized inter­na­tion­al­ly through­out all sec­tors of fine art, jew­el­ry, motor­cars, and col­lec­tors’ markets.

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