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What You Need To Know About Appraisals and Appraisers

At the Symposium Appraiser, Helaine Fendelman  WHEN DO YOU NEED AN APPRAISER? Own a collection Inheritance Equitable Distribution Donation Insurance Curiosity  FINDING A QUALIFIED APPRAISER Referral from friends, lawyer, accountant Appraisal organizations Industry Resources Auctions On-line stores (i.e., 1st Dibs) On-line sites (i.e., eBay, Live Auctioneers)  INTERVIEW- WHAT TO ASK Member of Appraisers organization Years […]

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Treasures: Charming Vase has Storied German Roots

Dear Helaine and Joe: This has been in my family for almost 100 years. What can you tell me about my vase shown in the enclosed photographs? It is marked with the numbers 1436 over 23 and then with a raised shield or medallion with a crown over the initials “RW.” Thank you, P. B., […]

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Estate Sale Business Challenged by Cut-rate Newcomers

Kevin Godfrey’s company is based on four Ds: death, divorce, debt and downsizing. As the owner of the Great Neck appraisal and liquidation firm Henry Laurent Estate Sales, Godfrey, 36, largely credits his firm’s success — it runs about 40 estate sales a year and generated $1.2 million in gross sales last year — to […]

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Country Living Magazine

Helaine Fendelman appraises treasures from reader submissions across the US in Country Living Magazine's longstanding What is it Worth? column.
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