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  • WHAT YEAR IS IT? DETERMINING THE AGE OF A PHOTOGRAPH

    Photography, like printmaking, can create prints again and again from a single source, sometimes years after the original negative or plate was first created. Therefore, it can be difficult to date a photograph from just looking at the front (recto). Three different, relatively vague, categories help distinguish the age of photographic prints compared to their negatives.Read the Rest…

    ASSESSING FURNITURE VALUES: ANTIQUES VS. REPRODUCTIONS

    March 6th, 2014 · 11:48 am  →  Antiques Appraisal Blog Reproductions

    When making the decision to purchase or sell furniture, it is important to consider the item’s value on the open market. As with art, a piece of furniture’s value depends on many factors (condition, maker,  age, and provenance, among others) and we always recommend that you consult a qualified appraiser to assess the item andRead the Rest…

    The Question of Authentication

    November 5th, 2013 · 12:25 pm  →  Appraisal Authentication Blog Documents Provenance Reproductions

    Many of our clients are curious about the process of authentication.   Frequently asked questions include:  “Does this work of art require authentication?”  “What constitutes a ‘certificate of authenticity?’”  “How will authentication or lack thereof impact the value of my piece”?  and “What is the difference between authentication and provenance?” To answer these questions, it isRead the Rest…

    New Van Gogh Painting Authenticated

    September 30th, 2013 · 11:01 am  →  Appraisal Art History Authentication Blog Painting Provenance Reproductions

    The painting Sunset at Montmajour has recently been authenticated as a work by Vincent Van Gogh. Once not recognized to be a Van Gogh original (amongst others such as Still Life with Meadow Flowers and Roses,) Sunset at Montmajour has been proven to be genuine through current technology and extensive research. This is an exampleRead the Rest…

    Unpublished Images of Marilyn Monroe Sold with Copyrights

    July 19th, 2013 · 5:37 pm  →  Appraisal Blog Reproductions

    An interesting art news story has recently emerged regarding images of the late icon; an archive of 75,000 negatives and transparencies will soon be sold at auction—3,700 of which have never been published.  Further, the images will be sold in conjunction with their copyright— a practice that is extremely uncommon.   So where were allRead the Rest…

    A Unique Copy: Rarity in a Reproduction of The Declaration of Independence

    June 14th, 2013 · 4:15 pm  →  American history Appraisal Blog Documents Reproductions

    Often here at MIR we are asked about copies of historical documents and their values.  Of course, the original Declaration of Independence and/or The Bill of Rights would have a tremendous value, but there are actually several copies of those documents that have monetary worth and historical significance. Today, we can photocopy or scan anRead the Rest…

    Determining the Worth of Prints & Reproductions

    October 4th, 2011 · 9:14 am  →  Appraisal Blog Prints Reproductions

    For art collectors there is nothing more infuriating than finding a piece of art that you’ve been looking for, only to find out that it’s a reproduction. Consulting a qualified appraiser is the surest way to determine whether or not your treasure is a reproduction.  However, here are a few quick ways to spot aRead the Rest…

    Prints & Reproductions: What’s the Difference?

    September 30th, 2011 · 9:00 am  →  Appraisal Blog Prints Reproductions

    Are all fine art reproductions and prints worthless? Unsure if you own an original or reproduction? A print of value or a valueless print? Most art collectors are less enthusiastic when it comes to purchasing unoriginal artwork. However, reproductions and prints can be highly valuable, not just inexpensive décor. Print Vs. Reproduction Prints are hand-pulled byRead the Rest…