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special advertising section You will not mistakingly wave your hand and own something you do not want. Everyone has a registered bidder card and number. You have to hold your number up at the end of the bidding to be recognized as the purchaser. —Diane Riva, Kaminski Auctions Q: What are your most popular pieces that come to auction? A: Popular items at auction can be anything from excellent bargains on Ori- ental rugs to furniture to great pieces of art. In the last sale, we sold a Tiffany enameled circus set for $26,000. There is something for every collector. —Diane Riva, Kaminski Auctions I think buying jewelry at auction is smart because the value that you get for the price at auction far exceeds anything you would buy at your typical high- end retail jewelry store. When you buy antique and estate jewelry, you choose from historical as well as current designs. In an average jewelry auction, you'll find 18th-, 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century jewelry—where else can you find that variety of jewelry to peruse? When you look at so many varieties of design, your tastes change and become richer and more sophisticated. — Karen Keane, CEO of Skinner The current auction market shows great strength in Asian art, American and European paintings, and fine jewelry, while other specific categories per- form strongly but more selectively. —Stephen Fletcher, Skinner Q: How does someone go about getting a piece appraised? A: Prior to the auction, our appraisal department will research the item and put a low and high estimate on each item before it is listed in the catalog and on the Internet. This is a price that they feel the item will bring at auction. Things can sell for higher than the estimate or many times lower. —Diane Riva, Kaminski Auctions Q: What are some of the most interesting/unusual pieces that you have seen come up at action? fine yellow gold, cloisonne enamel, and stone-mounted carved rock crystal bowl, auctioned for $201,450 in the european furniture & decorative arts auction on october 14, 2011 I love the exquisite carving on this Mughal rock crystal cup. It was most likely made in the 17th or 18th century for the ruling court of the Mughal Empire in India. —Kerry Shrives, Director of Information & Technology and Director of Judzaic WE BUILD FOR LIFE CREATIVEMODUS.COM

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