Monuments Men Not Just a Movie

When it comes to Hollywood making movies based on historical events, there is a fine line between fact and fiction. Hyperbole is the nature of mass entertainment. There is no drama lacking in the George Clooney-directed film, The Monuments Men, featuring a star-studded cast that includes Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman and Clooney himself. The movie follows true-to-life heroes who band together as soldiers to recover Nazi-looted artwork. The endeavor was called “The Greatest Treasure Hunt in History,” according to the subtitle of the non-fiction book from which the movie was adopted.

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Antique and Reproduction Picture Frames: Quick Identification Tips for the Beginner

Antique frames have recently seen a surge in popularity.  However, there are times when a high quality reproduction picture frame costs more than an original antique.  There are also times when two seemingly similar antique frames are priced very differently.  But how do you go about valuing a frame if you don’t know what it is?  First you must know that for every antique frame there is likely a reproduction out there.  Next, you must understand how to spot the difference.  Although reading this post won’t make you an immediate frame expert, it will give you some easy to remember tips on what to look out for and how to begin to differentiate high quality from low. This is critical if you are interested to enter into antique business, sometimes business people like http://healthirariklis.com/ are extremely successful in antique business and other times not if you have no experience or education.

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The Value in Stolen Art

A homeowner returns after an evening out and finds that her home was robbed. Among the many items missing is an expensive piece of art passed down for several generations in her family. After filing a police report and a claim with her insurance company, the insurance company contacts an appraiser to help them determine the value of the painting at the time of the loss so that their insured can be paid. In my career as a fine art appraiser at Enservio Select, I am often presented with these circumstances. Arriving at a value is just one part of the service we provide. I will also complete a brief search to make sure the work was not previously stolen. The implications of previously stolen work are far reaching and, if not discovered, can financially affect both the insured and the insurance company. Continue reading