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“What’s It Worth?”: An antiques appraisal event hosted by the Andover Historical Society

Posted by Christina Jedra  February 22, 2013 10:00 AM

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“What’s It Worth?”
An Antiques Appraisal Event Hosted by the Andover Historical Society
 
Back by popular demand, the Andover Historical Society will host “What’s it Worth” Appraisal event with Appraiser and Auctioneer and owner of Royka’s Gallery in Boston, Paul Royka.“What’s It Worth?” will be held Friday March 15, 2013 from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation located at 6 Locke Street, within a block of the Historical Society.  

“What’s It Worth” with Paul Royka will start at 7:00 p.m. Guests may bring one item to be appraised or come to listen and enjoy Royka’s entertaining and enlightening appraisals.  Tickets for the event are $15 for Andover Historical Society members and $20 for non-members.  Guests may bring items such as Fine art, Chinese art, Jewelry, Art Glass & Tiffany Studios.  Furniture may be brought in and pictures will suffice.  Firearms, coins, and stamps will not be appraised at this event.  To register for the event, call the Historical Society 978-475-2236.

“What’s It Worth” is an open format appraisal event, which has become increasingly popular as appraisers have found that guests are just as curious about the treasures brought by other guests as they are about their own.  As guests enter they register their appraisal item, place it on tables at the front of the hall, and then take a seat in the audience.  Royka will examine and discuss each item on the tables, appraising up to 50 items during the event.  Royka is an entertaining and informative speaker whose goal is to teach the audience something new with each item he examines.

Paul Royka’s passion for objects, history & philosophy of art began at an early age.  What began as a hobby for his parents, blossomed into a full time obsession.   He consigned his first item to a major auction house at the age of twelve.  He combined his academic pursuits with his love of art & antiques by attaining a B.A. from Clark University, Worcester, MA and a Masters Degree in Philosophy from Claremont Graduate University in California.  He also attended St. Andrews University in Scotland where he received a certificate in philosophy and received an Oxford travel grant to present a paper at the University of Lublin, Poland.

Returning to Massachusetts to pursue a career in the fine arts & antiques trade, he managed a premier 20th Century gallery in Boston and at age 25 joined Skinner Inc., the 4th largest auction house in the U.S. to appraise, auction and catalogue fine art and antiques.  During his tenure at Skinner Inc., he set several world records and authored two highly acclaimed antique reference books entitled, Mission Furniture (now in its second edition) and Fireworks: New England Art Pottery from the Arts & Crafts Movement. 

Formerly an appraiser on the PBS series Antiques Roadshow, at age 26 he was invited to be an appraiser at the first show taped in Concord, Massachusetts and has appeared over 14 times on the program.  He has been featured or mentioned on HGTV's Appraisal Fair, Business Week and Reader's Digest and many other publications.  Early in its development, he transitioned to the Internet as an auction consultant for major corporations such as Times Mirror’s AuctionUniverse.com and LiveBid.com which was acquired by Amazon.com.  At Amazon.com, he was a consultant for online auction strategies and live Internet bidding technology including working with Sothebys.com.  After Amazon.com, he consulted with venture capital firms I-Group Hotbank and Jafco Ventures creating the first eBay seller drop off model for an Internet company.    Paul Royka lectures at museums, colleges and institutions across the United States.

The Andover Historical Society and Amos Blanchard House and Barn Museum is located at 97 Main Street in Andover celebrate the rich history of Andover and the greater Merrimack Valley. The Society offers a variety of educational programs to individuals and groups of all ages.  For further information about “What’s It Worth?” please call 978-475-2236.
 
The Andover Historical Society tells the unique stories of Andover in order to foster a strong community that knows its history, values what it inherits, and takes pride in what it passes on to future generations.  The Society offers a variety of educational programs to individuals and groups of all ages.  For further information about What it’s Worth? call 978-475-2236; or visit www.andoverhistorical.org.  New history stories are added weekly to the Society’s blog, www.andoverhistorical.org/blog.  The Andover Historical Society is funded in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Commission.

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