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March 21, 2013

It's worth how much?

Armed with treasured items from their lives, people came to last Friday night’s (March 15) event to find out if their personal item is worth anything.

It was the Andover Historical Society’s popular “What’s It Worth?” appraisal event. Auctioneer and owner of Royka’s Gallery in Boston, Paul Royka, sized up all those treasured items and delivered the good - and bad - news about their worth.

“Artwork was popular this year,” said Elaine Clements, executive director at the Historical Society. “From prints that hung on grandmother’s wall to a beautiful Chinese print...we had it all.”

She said there was no particular item assessed to be worth significantly more than expected. The cover to what was a box of Chinese fireworks from the 1900s was valued to be worth between $2,000 and $3,000.

Clements said Royka limited the two-hour event, held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Locke Street, to 50 items. The event sold out, she said.

“What’s It Worth?” has been held annually since 2006 and continues to drawn a crowd each year.

— Judy Wakefield

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