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‘Appraisal Fest’ returns to Wheeling

• Oglebay Institute welcomes collectors, antiques enthusiasts Sept. 14-15

September 8, 2012
Times Leader

WHEELING - Oglebay Institute is welcoming internationally-known appraisers Tim Luke and Greg Strahm back to Wheeling for "Appraisal Fest 2012" Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14 and 15.

Find out how valuable your antiques, artwork, jewelry or collectibles are. Nothing is too big or too small, too weird or too old.

Luke and Strahm, co-owners of TreasureQuest Appraisal Group, Inc., are accredited appraisers with the International Society of Appraisers and have more than 20 years of experience in the appraisals and auction business. Area residents can bring in items to be appraised by these antiques experts, who will estimate each item's worth, comment on the value and significance and give detailed information about its history. The big appraisal event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at Cabela's at the Highlands. Appraisal fees are charged by the item, with a limit of eight items per person. The cost is $15 per item or four items for $50. Items will be appraised on a first come first served basis.

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Decked out in his Cabela’s Outfitters gear, Tim Luke
appraises paintings for a guest at last year’s Appraisal Fest while “appraiser’s apprentice” Marybeth Hughes looks on. “Appraisal Fest 2012” takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at Cabela’s.

Sponsored by Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP., the appraisal event is a fundraiser for the Museums of Oglebay Institute.

"Appraisal Fest 2012" begins with a "Price is Right" cocktail party at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 at the Mansion Museum in Oglebay. Luke and Strahm will present an entertaining twist on the popular game show. Guests and local celebrities will be asked to "come on down" and try to determine the value of items they have discovered, appraised or sold. The event includes a social hour, refreshments and an auction. Reservations are requested and can be made by calling 304-242-7272.

Known affectionately as "the fric and frac of knick and knack," Luke and Strahm's extensive background in the antiques and collectibles field has taken them around the world, providing auction, appraisal and consultation services. Each September they conduct appraisal events in Wheeling as a fundraiser for the Museums of Oglebay Institute.

Fact Box

Tim Luke

Luke has an extensive background in the antique and collectibles field. He was the featured appraiser on HGTV's show Cash in the Attic and has participated as an appraiser on public television's Antiques Roadshow. He was also the Director of the Collectibles Department at Christies auction house in New York City.

He has appeared on numerous television shows including The Today Show, CNN, The View, Oprah, Good Morning America, and CBS This Morning. Luke is the author of two books and a featured writer for several publications including Antiques Roadshow Insider, AntiqueWeek, Antique Toy World, Flea Market Style and Country Almanac.

More recently, his auctioneering talents of entertainment and rock-n-roll memorabilia keep him busy selling artifacts in China and Beverly Hills, CA. Highlights include items from Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, the Beatles and Elvis. He is an accredited member of the International Society of Appraisers.

Greg Strahm

Strahm is an accredited member of the International Society of Appraisers specializing in personal property, advertising, posters, silver, porcelain, decorative arts, American pottery and glass.

As co-owner of TreasureQuest, he facilitated and organized the disposition of many estates. Some highlights include: the sale of a circa 1906 Newcomb pottery vase realizing $23,000, a collection of silver and other family heirlooms from a Key West, Florida estate, and a 19th Century pastel by Zandomeneghi selling for $326,500.

In addition to the "Price is Right" cocktail party and appraisal event, antiques enthusiasts have another opportunity to get up close and personal with these antiques experts during the popular Lunch with Books program at noon Tuesday, Sept. 11 at the Ohio County Public Library.

Tim Luke will discuss two of his books - "Toys from American Childhood 1845-1945" and "Miller's American Guide to Toys and Games." He will also touch on the Antiques Roadshow Guide to 20th Century Collectibles," for which he was a contributing editor. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information on Appraisal Fest 2012, please contact the Museums of Oglebay Institute at 304-242-7272.



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