Appraising Celebrity & Historical Material Symposium Appraising Celebrity & Historical Material
Symposium: Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16, 2007, 8:30am- 4:45pm
Citigroup Center, 153 East 53rd Street, New York City
News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - How do we establish the value of celebrity-related objects? This is one of the most intriguing and difficult questions in appraisal practice today. The value of these items is dependent largely upon who owned or was associated with the object rather than the inherent value of the object itself. Celebrity objects include a wide range of items such as autographs, stage props, costumes, personal property in the form of wearables, jewelry or household objects and objects associated with famous events, all of which gained value because of their celebrity associations. Often such objects have not had an established or published price history (many will be one of a kind) and thus their financial value is undocumented, uncertain, controversial or difficult to pinpoint. There is thus a great need to define guidelines, principles and standard practices in appraising such objects.
There are many stakeholders who need this information. Almost all celebrities (entertainers, athletes, political figures or popular culture notables), and all whose name is famous for any reason, need to know how to best gauge the financial value of the objects they have and will eventually give away, sell or bequeath to others. Cultural institutions that hope to be the eventual repositories of celebrity related-objects need to know about their valuation. Dealers and auctioneers certainly need to know more about what appraisers have to think about in valuing celebrity objects. Estate planners and professionals who represent celebrities or celebrity estates have a major stake in knowing what formerly ignored objects are worth in today’s collectibles-oriented, internet dominated market.
To meet the need for this information, AAA will be offering a fascinating, informative and entertaining seminar on problems and solutions in appraising celebrity objects in March 2007. Appraisers, collectors, curators, dealers, attorneys, estate planners, celebrities’ representatives, and anyone with an interesting in this cutting edge field should plan to attend.