The vast majority of items that cross the auction block don’t have storied pasts. They were not owned by world-famous personalities; they belonged to individuals just like me and you.
In the antiques world, provenance indicates an attachment to a famous person or to a famous collection. Almost without exception, auction buyers will pay more for something with good provenance if there is documentation to prove it.
Documentation is not just family lore: a fragment of paper in great aunt Mildred’s hand noting the story she heard when she received the item as a gift doesn’t count.… Read More