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Announcing Bidsquare, the First Online Bidding Platform Created for Collectors by America’s Leading Auction Houses

NEW YORK, August 19, 2014 – In an unprecedented move, six renowned auction houses have joined forces to launch Bidsquare, a new online bidding platform. Bidsquare will provide access to a huge variety of top property from the country’s leading auctions on an intuitive, easy-to-use website and – for the first time ever – allow collectors and auction houses to do business directly in an online forum.

The site, created by Brunk Auctions, Cowan’s Auctions, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Pook & Pook, Inc., Rago and Skinner, Inc., is a bidding platform where like-minded competitors are coming together for the good of buyers, sellers and auction houses alike.… Read More

What are Antiques Worth? A Guide to the Collecting Market in 2013

Commonplace porcelain and glass items generally do not perform well at auction

“You don’t know until you ask,” a client told me the other day. I had just told her that her family’s antiques were not valuable enough to perform well at auction. In the antiques appraisal and auction business, people often show up with entire truck loads of antique items that they hope to auction. I do regularly find rare and valuable items, but just as often I have to say, “no, thank you” to everything.… Read More

Make it Beautiful and Make it Good, Part I

I was truly honored to be asked to speak at the North Bennet Street School Commencement on June 1, 2012. As I thought through what I might speak about, I concluded I actually have a lot in common with the graduates from this school that educates men and women in traditional trades and craftsmanship. These graduates are makers of objects today that appraisers like me will evaluate in the future.

Here are the words I shared with the graduates.