As in everything in the world “all that glitters isn’t gold”. If you are a novas or an auction veteran there is always something to learn and if you don’t learn you will get burned.
Auction companies provide a service, both to the buyer and the seller. Providing a venue for Estate Attorneys, Trust Departments, Estate Executors, Heirs, The General Public and Dealers to dispose of personal and real property. In doing this they create a venue for you and me to buy items we collect or need.
Buying and selling at auction is a two way street.A little knowledge can sometimes be very dangerous for consumers and dealers alike.
Since the beginning of the antique collecting craze people have been trying to scrape a living or earn a little extra money from it. Knowledge is worth a lot of money if used properly and feeling you have the ability to know more than the next guy or gal can make you a lot of money or cost you dearly when buying or selling.
Fakes and copies are sold on a daily bases in auctions across the world. The ability to reproduce antiques is no new thing; some reproductions from a hundred years ago are being sold as two hundred years old or older because the same method was used to make them.
One thing we forget is just because technology has moved forward doesn’t mean we can’t step back and use methods that are two hundred years old. New technology gives us the ability to age and distress metal, wood and most other materials.
Learn as much as you can but never be afraid to say “I don’t know” or ask someone that does know, a person who is an expert in their field.
I have attached photographs of an example of what you don’t know can hurt you or make you a lot of money.
Everyone knows “Tiffany” and that is valuable, how valuable is this piece? I look forward to your comments and will follow up with an answer and my own comments soon…