Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Arts/Entertainment

March 7, 2013

What is that thing worth?

Historical Society guest can tell, and will, at March 15 event

People who have always wondered if an old possession is really worth something can learn the answer by attending an Andover Historical Society event fittingly named “What’s it Worth?”

The “What’s it Worth?” appraisal event with appraiser, auctioneer and owner of Royka’s Gallery in Boston Paul Royka will be held Friday March 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at 6 Locke St., within a block of the Historical Society.

Guests may bring one item to be appraised or come to listen and enjoy Royka’s appraisals, which the Historical Society describes as entertaining and enlightening. Tickets for the event are $15 for Andover Historical Society members and $20 for non-members.

Guests may bring items such as fine art, Chinese art, jewelry, art glass and Tiffany Studios items. Furniture may be brought in, although pictures will suffice. Firearms, coins and stamps 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, allowing guests to hear as much about the items brought by other guests as they do 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. Royka will examine and discuss each item on the tables, appraising up to 50 items during the event.

“Royka is an entertaining and informative speaker whose goal is to teach the audience something new with each item he examines,” according to a release.

Royka’s passion for objects, history and philosophy of art began at an early age. What began as a hobby for his parents, blossomed into a full time obsession. He consigned his first item to a major auction house at age 12.

He managed a premier 20th Century gallery in Boston and at age 25 joined Skinner Inc., the fourth largest auction house in the U.S. to appraise, auction and catalogue fine art and antiques. During his tenure at Skinner Inc., he set several world records and authored two highly acclaimed antique reference books entitled, “Mission Furniture” (now in its second edition) and “Fireworks: New England Art Pottery from the Arts & Crafts Movement.”

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