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How Much Does It Cost To Restore A Painting?

Thursday, April 21st, 2011


At first glance, this painting seemed like it should have had a lot of color but there was this overall smoggy, dark look. In fact, you can see by the cleaning test on the upper left side that the original colors are extremely different/brighter. This oil on canvas painting’s surface is very grimy; imagine the walls of your home if you didn’t paint them for 80 years!  Add to that a moderately yellowed varnish leaving the original colors dim and darker than the artist had originally intended and the painting looking nothing like it is supposed to.


Art Treasure Found In The Trash

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Consult Professional Conservation Services Before Getting Rid of Art



The Challenge for Collectors: Knowing the Difference Between Real and Counterfeit Art

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Real versus Fake?

Distinguishing a genuine work of art from a counterfeit wannabe stands at the foundation of every collector’s turmoil. “Fakes” are not always an effort to deceive.  However, most “fakes” are fraudulent. Here are a few different scenarios to consider as a collector:

  • An artist’s estate can morally add an artist’s signature to a piece post mortem in an effort to identify the estate and the artist on artwork that was unsigned originally.
  • An unscrupulous art dealer can add a fake signature to make the artwork more valuable.  Even the signature of an unknown name can make the artwork more valuable than an unsigned painting.
  • A “new” painting can be antiqued to look old and more valuable.
  • An old painting can be “doctored” so heavily to mask or disguise repairs that it changes the essence of the artwork and makes the artwork no longer “original.”
  • Old artwork, now dirty, can be mistaken for something it is not.  This can be an honest mistake by a collector or dealer.


Art, Divorce, Lawyers: Can these make up an entertaining story?

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

I don’t need to write much about this video post other than I think you will find this 7 minute story entertaining.


A “Priceless Russian Renaissance Icon” A Priceless Mistake and a Great Story.

Monday, January 25th, 2010

I had a “priceless Russian Renaissance Icon” delivered to me for evaluation. If you are “up” for a good story, watch this 7 minute video:  Appraisal questions? Contact Need divorce counseling and therapy? Call the appraiser first.

… you’ll like this story.