What's it Worth? WWII-Era Medals

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The highly decorated man in the photo at right was Claes Adolph Westring,an Ambassador to Norway who saved thousands of Scandinavian Jews from the Nazis in the 1940s. Westring, whose historical significance is well documented, is also credited with saving the Nobel Peace Prize when the Nazis tried to overtake it. He was awarded numerous medals from different countries for his efforts. Westring’s sword, medals and the photo of him (in which he is wearing the medals) were brought to us in Tampa by his grandson. This provenance serves as proof of the items’ authenticity and value. Provenance is one of the most important considerations when buying and selling fine art and antiques. Individually, the medals are worth $100 to $1,000 each. The collection, however, has an appraised value of $25,000.

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