to appear at Lanier Mansion
dinner party on the lawn
(September 2008) The second annual fundraising
event for the Lanier Mansion State Historic Site on Sept. 5-6 will feature
a lecture and appraisals offered by Tim Luke of HDTVs Cash
in the Attic show. Lukes vast experience in the antique
business includes public televisions Antiques Roadshow
and serving as the director of the Collectibles Department for Christies
Auction House in New York City, N.Y.
Luke writes for several publications and has also written and edited
more than a few books. He has appeared on The Today Show,
The View, Oprah, Good Morning America,
CBS This Morning, CNN, Lifetime Television, and the Discovery
Channel. Luke resides in Florida, where he co-owns an auction and appraisal
business, TreasureQuest Appraisal Group Inc.
left, Lanier Mansion curator
Gerry Reilly poses with Tim Luke
and Greg Strahm, both of TreasureQuest Appraisal Group Inc. of
Hobe Sound, Fla.,
pose at the 2007 Black and White Party.
Luke will be at the wine-and-cheese reception in the Old
Masonic Building on Friday, Sept. 5. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m.
Following the wine-and-cheese event will be a presentation, Turning
Trash into Cash. Luke will give advice on recognizing valuable
items in our own attics, which is also great advice for garage sales
and estate sales.
An example of the information given is advice on commemorative pieces.
Luke advises to steer clear of most commemorative pieces.
They have no value because they can be reproduced and are not
limited, Luke said. What makes pieces valuable are items
such as a brick from the Berlin Wall because it is an original piece;
it is real. All others are manufactured. Never collect for investment
He also said that included in the presentation will be what people go
through behind the scenes of his television shows.
Included in the Friday night activities is an auction, hosted by Luke,
of donated items from area businesses. The highlight of the auction
is the opportunity to bid on a private in-home appraisal with Luke following
Sunday. Tickets are $10 for the presentation and are on sale at the
Lanier-Madison Visitors Center Gift Shop or at the door.
The appraisal day lasts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at
the Visitors Center, 601 W. First St. The appraisal fee is $10 per item
or three items for $25 (excluding guns, knives, coins, stamps and fine
jewelry), with a limit of four items per person. If the item is too
large to haul in, a picture with the exact dimensions can be used. Waiting
attendees will be able to watch videos of Cash in the Attic.
Luke narrated stories of unusual items that the owners did not think
were worth much.
What people think are not valuable are in fact valuable,
While working on an estate action, he found a painting that was not
even on the inventory. The owner had the bought the painting when the
artist was little known, and the owner did not think much about the
painting. He was just storing it in an upstairs closet. When the artist
died, the price of the painting went up to $100,000.
A set of six hard plastic Madison dolls that a woman was given by her
father fetched $75,000. These dolls were called mystery portrait dolls
and were the only known set of all six in one collection.
A group of pottery jugs that Luke said looked like a craft project
brought more than $10,000. The only reason the owner thought it might
be worth something was because it was signed Turner.
A steiff German Teddy Bear, which had belonged to the persons
mother, was in excellent condition from 1910-1915 and sold for $7,500.
Last year in Madison after Luke had said that family Bibles are not
worth much, a rare German church Bible was appraised at $7,000.
Not only does Luke appraise the items, he also gives advice on where
to sell them and offers places to get the best possible price. He can
also put you in touch with a buyer.
Luke warns that some treasure may have much sentimental value
more than monetary value. However, if your item has value, Luke
will disperse the information to take it from the attic to the
Later that Saturday, Luke will be a guest of the Black and White
Gala, a fundraiser that will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on
the north lawn of the Lanier Mansion grounds. Fun, formal or crazy dress
is the proper attire for the gala.
We want people to have fun so they are encouraged to wear any
combination of black and white clothing, said Gerry Reilly event
organizer. Some people tell me they will wear tuxes; others say
they will wear T-shirts and jeans; and still others say they will create
their own imaginative outfit.
A prize will be given for the most creative black and white outfit.
The admission of $30 per person includes substantial hors doeuvres
and two complimentary drink tickets. A cash bar for beer and wine will
also be available.
Entertainment will be provided by the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Quartet from
New Albany, Ind. They will play popular jazz favorites from the 20th
century. Aebersold is an internationally known saxophonist and authority
on jazz education and improvisation. Aebersold also plays the piano,
bass and banjo.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Lanier Mansion
Foundation. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Visitors Center
or by calling (812) 273-0556.
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