What’s It Worth? - WAG Opens its Doors for Appraisal Weekend

Winnipeg, Manitoba, November 4: The visual art world has captured public attention frequently over the years when a seemingly worthless old painting from a garage sale or a dusty attic is taken for valuation and discovered to be a lost masterpiece worth millions.

The Winnipeg Art Gallery will give Winnipeggers the chance to see if they might be in possession of a priceless painting or antique on November 15 and 16 when the Gallery opens its doors for an Appraisal Weekend with Bonhams auction house. Funds raised will support the growth and preservation of the WAG’s permanent collection.

Items that will be appraised include jewellery, paintings, prints, sculptures, porcelain, silver, pottery, glassware, books, maps, furniture, and other antiques.  Items not eligible for appraisal are coins, bank notes, stamps, toys, musical instruments, or militaria.  For items too large to transport to the Gallery, participants can opt to bring in photographs provided they are of sufficient clarity and detail.

Established in England in 1793, Bonhams is one of the world's oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. It is one of a very few top-tier fine art auction houses in the world, and is among the most respected and trusted brands in the industry. From a single showroom in eighteenth-century London, Bonhams' expertise and the trust of its clients has enabled it to grow into the international business it is today. With major salesrooms in London, New York, San Francisco, Hong Kong and Los Angeles, Bonhams conducts some 400 annual sales through its sixty specialist departments.

Doors will be open both Saturday and Sunday from 9am-5pm with tea and coffee available.  Cost of each appraisal is $20 with a limit of 4 pieces per person. Registration is required. To reserve your spot, visit wag.ca/events.

Everyone is invited to attend whether or not they have objects for appraisal. The day will also feature giveaways of admission tickets to the Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and Dalí Up Close exhibitions.

Everyone is invited to attend whether or not they have objects for appraisal. Listen to event sponsor Classic 107 for appraisal spot and admission tickets to the Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and Dalí Up Close exhibitions give aways.

For details visit wag.ca/events, and for the latest updates, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Catherine Maksymiuk
Manager, Media and Marketing
Winnipeg Art Gallery
204.789.1767
Media-Manager@wag.ca

Tammy Sawatzky
Public Relations Coordinator
Winnipeg Art Gallery
204.789.1295
Publicrelations@wag.ca


The Winnipeg Art Gallery is a cultural advocate – a lens and forum – helping people see and experience more through art. Playing a vital role in the community, engaging and enriching people of all ages and backgrounds through art and culture, the Winnipeg Art Gallery thrives as a creative, innovative, and accessible place for learning, discovery, and inspiration.

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