The well-attended event ran throughout the day with the help of Hugh Barrett, the Museum's Education and Staff Coordinator and a team of energetic volunteers, and was put together by Windsor-based ISA appraiser and fine art specialist Mandy Salter. As well as raising funds and the profile of the Windsor Community Museum, the event let local residents know what their cherished items were worth, and let them learn more about their art and antiquities. It also informed Windsor residents they could auction their higher end items in urban centres like Toronto, New York and London by working with Salter Art and Appraisals and A.H. Wilkens.
With locations in downtown Toronto and Oakville A.H. Wilkens.Salter's major market auction specialist. An established and widely respected decorative and Asian art specialist, A.H. Wilkens has partnered with Salter Art and Appraisals to build auction sales and awareness throughout South Western Ontario. They also add their considerable synergies with their knowledge of decorative, collectible and Asian antiques combined with Salter's fine art, sculpture and works on paper expertise.
“Many people don't realize is that the value of any item depends on many factors like rarity, quality, condition and demand. It also depends on what the owner wants to do with the item and when.” Exlains Salter.“The fastest way to sell something is at an auction where items are priced to sell on the spot for cash. In some cases sellers benefit from a bidding war in others they just get their reserve price. It depends on the people at the auction.”
Art and antiques ultimately fetch bigger auction sales figures in larger markets, especially if they are supported by solid marketing done by a known auction house. “It makes good financial sense to move finer and more valuable items from Windsor to Toronto, New York or London, to get them listed in widely-read catalogs sent out before well-attended auctions.
For more information, please contact:
Mandy Salter, MFA, ISA
Mandy Salter is an established fine art and antique appraiser, consultant and curator, based in Windsor Ontario. With a Masters degree in Fine Art from the University of Miami, and certification from International Society of Appraisers (ISA), she is the President and Founder of Salter Art & Appraisals. Her company specializes in appraisals for estates, insurance and tax purposes and in taking fine art, antiques and collectibles to auction in world centres like London, New York and Toronto.