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Why Some Paintings are so Expensive?

Have you ever wondered why some paintings are sold for huge sums of money? While similar quality ones and sold for meager amounts? Recently, the images used above on this post of ‘The Card Players’ by Paul Cezanne was sold for more than $250 million! What could be the factor that makes these paintings worth all […]

How to Find Out About Your Old Painting

If you are reading this article, there’s a good chance that you may have an old painting at home which is a treasured possession that you’ve owned for years. Alternatively you might be curious about something you have either inherited, or found in a thrift store, charity shop, car boot sale or junk shop. Maybe […]

SANDF Armed Forces Day Celebrations begin in Cape Town

The history and reason for these celebrations. Following the successful Armed Forces Day celebrations in six different provinces since 2013, the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will descend to the City of Cape Town this month to honour the bravery of sons and daughters of our country who lost their lives in the fateful […]

The Value of Art: Money, Power, Beauty

The concept of “value” is at issue in numerous art disputes, often to calculate the measure of damages for lost, stolen or damaged artwork. Understanding how value is determined in the art market is also essential when assessing the relative importance of information disclosures and representations in art transactions. This excerpt from Michael Findlay’s new […]

How to Collect and Appraise Antique Jewelry

The Huffington Post has some advice on how to collect and appraise antique jewelry. I am often asked, “How can I get started and learn all you know so I can do what you do?” Of course, watching PBS’s Antiques Roadshow, and streaming past episodes at is a great education, but it’s only a […]

Fine art and forgery

Art forgery has always been at the forefront of human interest and obsession, possibly because it’s a crime steeped in intrigue, skill, whimsy and romanticism. It’s also a deeply psychological practice with multiple implications which are fascinating to unpack – if the fake looks just like the original or even better in some cases, then […]

An Interview with TVG

Join this expanding international valuation group as the need for valuations continues to grow in all sectors of the private & corporate markets. What inspired the founding of TVG? What was the initial vision for the company? The Valuator Group is a family-run business which has been in operation for three successive generations. The company […]

World’s most expensive jewellery

It has long been said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend and the world’s most expensive jewellery pieces certainly attest to this. There is something truly spellbinding about jewellery, not just because it is beautiful to look about but also because of its inherent sentimentality and timelessness. Often jewellery is something that is passed […]