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Special Event  |  Antique Appraisers Road Show

Sunday, November 9, 2014, 9 am–6 pm

Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium  

Featured during both days in Buffalo include experts in Americana documents and maps, jewelry, silver, furniture, stamps, coins, toys, military relics, books, sports memorabilia, Chinese and Japanese objects, rugs, tapestries, prints, posters, paintings, drawings, sculpture and other collectibles.

Additionally, a presentation followed by question and answers on the benefits and pitfalls of buying and selling fine art will be led by Walter Bazar, an expert in 19th and 20th century painting. Collin Fraser, the former head of Christie’s stamp department will offer a presentation and discussion on stamps. The talks will be held on Saturday November 8th at 2 pm. Other expert talks will be interspersed throughout both appraisal days. Start times for the talks can be found by calling (518) 242-0858. 


The Antique Appraisers Road Show was started in 2011 as a venue for local communities and smaller cities to have easy access to antiques and collectible experts. Since the start of the show, proceeds from events were donated to local charities and causes.

Bringing the show into communities allowed local residents the ability to have their objects and collectibles examined first hand by experts. The small fee charged for the verbal appraisals were donated directly to the sponsoring facility, or local charity, for a needed cause. Owners of heirlooms, antiques and collectibles have had the ability to meet directly with experts in specific fields, and discuss their objects with nine different specialists.

Three years ago, the first show, was held on the premises of the Fulton County Museum in upstate New York. All the proceeds were used to benefit a local church restoration. In following events, both high schools, churches, theater restoration projects and the likes, benefited directly from the small fee of five dollars charged for having ones heirlooms looked at and evaluated.

Since the first event, thousands throughout the Hudson Valley and Mohawk Valley, and central New York, have benefited from learning what their heirlooms are worth. In just 15 shows, large and small discoveries were made, to the delight of the owners. The highlights included a Stickley cabinet in Rome, New York which was sold for the owners for $96,000 . A Chinese Imperial Zitan chair was found in Lake George, New York and brokered for the owners for over a million dollars. A very unique item, a 24 Carat gold sword, a gift from King Faisal of Saudi Arabia to a prince on his wedding in 1952, was found in Gloversville, New York. A Picasso ceramic pitcher valued at $20,000 was found. In Woodstock, NY. A three hundred year old Ming dynasty Chinese robe, a gift from Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones to the local radio station owner in Woodstock, was rediscovered.

Countless smaller finds, in the lower thousands and hundreds, were also made. Objects like ceramics, jewelry, silver, furniture, stamps, coins, toys, military relics, books, sports memorabilia, Chinese and Japanese objects, rugs, tapestries, prints, paintings, drawings and sculpture have come through the doors of The Antique Appraisers Road Show since 2011. At times, items were discovered after the show closed, as local representatives in the area often followed up with people who attended the road show, and told friends about the event. A $50,000 set of Japanese prints was found through an email follow up, and verified by a Japanese expert used by the show in New York.


Cost: $5 per appraisal item- no charge after 5 items

First come / first served

All proceeds benefit the Burchfield Penney.

The Burchfield Penney Art Center is an AAM accredited museum and does not provide appraisals. The Antique Appraisers Road Show is an independent organization with no affiliation to The Center.