SJIMA to host appraisal day and auction on May 28

Posted May 12, 2022 at 9:27 am by

SJIMA sends along an update about a new event tak­ing place lat­er this month.

The San Juan Islands Muse­um of Art presents our inau­gur­al appraisal event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sat­ur­day, May 28. Take the jew­el­ry you inher­it­ed or a fine art piece and learn its worth and a bit of its history.

Spe­cial­ists in the jew­el­ry and fine art depart­ments from Bon­hams auc­tion house 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 are fre­quent guests on the pop­u­lar PBS series Antique Road Show.

Appraisals are $50 for the first item and $25 for each addi­tion­al item, with a max­i­mum of three items. All pro­ceeds from this event sup­port the exhi­bi­tions and pro­grams of the SJIMA in Fri­day Harbor.

The event will be in our gal­leries and par­tic­i­pants can enter the side door of the glass atri­um lob­by. It will begin with a short pan­el dis­cus­sion on col­lect­ing at 11 a.m. with appraisals imme­di­ate­ly fol­low­ing until 3 p.m.

The event is first-come, first-served. You must be able to car­ry your items into the muse­um on your own. For large fine art pieces, pho­tos of art, back of art and sig­na­ture area can sub­sti­tute for the item. For items oth­er than jew­el­ry or fine art, it may be pos­si­ble for the spe­cial­ists to pro­vide pho­tos and details to the appro­pri­ate spe­cial­ist at Bon­hams after the event. Any con­sign­ment agree­ments are between you and Bon­hams; SJIMA 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.

SJIMA will also be hold­ing a silent auc­tion. Items up for bid include an art quilt, wine bas­ket, African Twi­light pho­tographs by Beck­with & Fish­er, pho­tographs by Ernest Brooks, art from the Deep Dive exhi­bi­tion, and more.

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