Trash or treasure? Antiques appraisal event comes to Mirowitz Center

By Ellen Futterman, Editor

When the popular PBS program “Antiques Roadshow” came to St. Louis in 2018, a local woman showed up with a bronze statue that appeared to be of Far East origin, which she had purchased 20 years ago at a garage sale for $100.

The appraiser for the show reportedly said, “[The statue’s position] is really a characteristic of very early Buddhist art. The dating would be approximately early 15th century, or early Ming Dynasty. The quality of the statue shows that it was likely commissioned from a Chinese imperial workshop.” Despite a missing hand and arm, the appraiser valued the statue between $100,000 and $125,000 — and that was a conservative estimate.

You know the old saying: one man’s trash is another’s treasure. And while most of us likely don’t have garage sale finds worth $125,000, the point is who knows what some of our trash — or treasures — are worth?

Well, you can find out from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 at the Mirowitz Center, 8 Millstone Campus Drive, when art consultants, appraisers and buyers and sellers of fine art from the Kodner Gallery will be available to review your treasures and assess a value. Accepted categories of items to bring to this “Trash or Treasure” event are art, general collectibles, porcelain/ceramics/pottery/glass, books/manuscripts and jewelry/silver. The amount of items to be appraised is limited to two per person.

The cost for one item to be appraised is $20 and $10 for the second item. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 314-733-9813. In addition, volunteers are needed to help check people in, make sure they get to the right appraiser and hand out line tickets. Anyone interested in volunteering can also call the above phone number.

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All proceeds from “Trash or Treasure” will benefit the Mirowitz Center, which provides housing, health services, classes, entertainment and other resources to seniors in the Jewish community. The event chair is Bonnie Solomon and the in-kind sponsor is Kodner Gallery.