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An Antiques Appraisal Event Hosted by the Andover Historical Society

Back by popular demand, the Andover Historical Society will host its fourth annual “What’s it Worth” Appraisal event with Skinner appraiser and Antiques Roadshow regular Stuart Whitehurst. “What’s It Worth?” will be held Friday March 19, 2010 from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Locke Street, around the corner from the Historical Society.

What’s It Worth” with Stuart Whitehurst will start at 7:00 p.m. Guests may bring one item to be appraised or come to listen and enjoy Whitehurst’s entertaining and enlightening appraisals.  Tickets for the event are $15 for Andover Historical Society members and $20 for non-members.  Coins, stamps, jewelry and musical instruments will not be appraised at this event.  To register for the event, call the Historical Society 978-475-2236.

“What’s It Worth” is an open format appraisal event, which has become increasingly popular as appraisers have found that guests are just as curious about the treasures brought by other guests as they are about their own.  As guests enter they register their appraisal item, place it on tables at the front of the hall, and then take a seat in the audience.  Whitehurst will examine and discuss each item on the tables, appraising up to 50 items during the event.  Whitehurst is an entertaining and informative speaker whose goal is to teach the audience something new with each item he examines.

“What’s It Worth?” event appraiser Stuart Whitehurst has worked for Skinner, Inc., since January 1995.  He has over fourteen years of experience in the field of fine and decorative arts.  Stuart was instrumental in establishing Skinner as a leading source for all manner of historical documents, including books, manuscripts, letters, and autographs.   Beyond his knowledge of rare books and manuscripts, Stuart is a renowned senior generalist appraiser with extensive knowledge of Latin American Paintings; prints and manuscripts; and English, Continental and Chinese decorative works of art and furniture from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.  He is a favorite on the PBS series The Antiques Roadshow and regularly conducts appraisal days and benefit auctions for non-profit and charitable organizations.  Whitehurst has also made appearances on the popular Ellen Degeneres Show.  He is a leading auctioneer at Skinner and has lectured before numerous audiences, including the Appraisers Association of America.

With galleries in Boston and Bolton, Mass., Skinner is a leading full-service auctioneer and appraiser of antiques and fine art.  Skinner is widely regarded as one of the most reputable names in the auction business.  Skinner’s appraisers and executive officers appear nationally Antiques Roadshow.  Skinner’s specialty departments amass the expertise of dozens of trained fine art and antique specialists who stay current on the latest issues and developments in the worldwide marketplace.

The Andover Historical Society and Amos Blanchard House and Barn Museum is located at 97 Main Street in Andover celebrate the rich history of Andover and the greater Merrimack Valley. The Society offers a variety of educational programs to individuals and groups of all ages.  For further information about “What’s It Worth?” please call 978-475-2236 or visit