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  • >Gianni Cilfone- American Impressionist

    November 4th, 2008 · 1:53 pm  →  Blog

    > Gianni Cilfone (Italian/American, 1908-1990) Gianni Cilfone (1908-1990) was an Italian/American Post-War Impressionist. Like many of his contemporaries, he painted fast, capturing his impressions, using various colors and brushstrokes to create depth and lighting effects. Cilfone was schooled at the Art Institute of Chicago and painted expressive impressionistic landscape depictions in Brown County, Indiana (muchRead the Rest…


    October 22nd, 2008 · 12:01 pm  →  Blog

    >If you have a student copy of an original and you think it is not worth anything, then you might be surprised to find yourself mistaken. In some instances appraisers have valued the copy over the original work it was based on due to the importance of the student who made it. Furthermore, even ifRead the Rest…

    >Black Lights: Fine Art, Antiques & Collectibles

    August 29th, 2008 · 11:51 am  →  Blog

    >As a collector, it is important to fully understand the quality and condition of your objet d’art prior to making a purchase. Both quality and condition directly contribute to value, and a black light is a great tool to use on fine art, antiques, collectibles and other objects of curiosity. Overall, contemporary paints and repairsRead the Rest…

    >Contemporary Art Tycoons: Hirst, Freud & Koons

    August 21st, 2008 · 4:10 pm  →  Blog

    >In the midst of a recession, there is no shortage of cash flow in the contemporary art world. With Damien Hirst’s major group of works entitled, Beautiful Inside My Head Forever coming up at auction, September 15 -16 at Sotheby’s London, auction estimates, including 223 lots are anticipated to exceed $121 million. His previous PharmacyRead the Rest…

    >Lollapalooza 2008: Art Behind the Music

    August 11th, 2008 · 11:16 am  →  Blog

    >Lollapalooza may be long over, but the music still lives on and so does the art. After all, music and art make a perfect couple. Just looking around our office at artwork left for research, I can see pieces by artists that have at some point created album covers for popular bands throughout the 20thRead the Rest…

    >The “Do’s” and “Don’ts” When Choosing a Fine Art & Personal Property Appraiser

    August 1st, 2008 · 2:10 pm  →  Blog

    > Would you take a medication or vitamin that wasn’t FDA approved? Would you hire a lawyer that didn’t pass the Bar Exam? If you needed surgery, would you Google surgery methods or watch a tutorial on YouTube and do it yourself? Most likely (hopefully) your answers are no, so why would you choose anRead the Rest…

    >MIR Appraisal Services, Inc. Evaluates the Picasso Statue in Daley Plaza

    July 29th, 2008 · 9:03 pm  →  Blog

    >One might ask, how do you evaluate a monumental piece of public art? Christina Couch from Time Out Chicago addresses the topic by interviewing head appraiser and owner of MIR Appraisal Services, Inc., Farhad Radfar, in her article, Peddling Picasso in Issue 178 : Jul 24–30, 2008.


    July 22nd, 2008 · 3:29 pm  →  Blog

    >At MIR Appraisal Services, Inc., we wanted to start a blog as a forum to discuss topics in the fine art appraisal industry in addition to the art community at large. Our experience isn’t limited to educational background and credentials, we take pride in our day to day encounters with clients including reputable institutions andRead the Rest…