A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words – and Half a Million Dollars

Clyfford Still PaintingAs consulting producer for the PBS television series Antiques Roadshow, I see some really interesting appraisals. I wanted to share with you one of the highest appraised items in Antiques Roadshow history.

The mystery item was a 1937 oil painting – done by one of the leading figures of Abstract Expressionism, Clyfford Still. This painting ended up being one of the highest appraised items in Antiques Roadshow history – knocked down from the number one spot only recently by a Chinese carved jade and celadon collection.

This is not only a great story of an unknown treasure, but it’s also a wonderful example of insurance prep done right. The woman states that she’s getting an appraisal “for insurance” – and thank goodness she did! Getting the appraisal value for your unique items, like this woman did, helps determine the proper amount for your insurance coverage. It’s a fairly simple, yet extremely important step in the contents claims process – especially if you have a hidden gem like this woman’s Clyfford Still painting.

Keep in mind, you don’t have to go on Antiques Roadshow to get your valuables appraised – just call an expert for help. If you are interested in a single item appraisal, you can click here to submit a request to our expert appraisers at Collector Services (some of whom are Antiques Roadshow personalities!).

And if you love a good appraisal story, tune-in to Antiques Roadshow on PBS or watch the episode we referenced above online – you just might find yourself digging up some knick-knacks from the attic and wondering “what’s it worth?”

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