Hess Fine Art

Fine Art, Auction, Watch and Antique Experts Since 1984.
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What it's Worth

What's It Worth? Legos. Great To Sell, Not So Great To Step On

I hate Legos. Despise them. I was reminded of them when an executive here in town brought them up after we sold a large baseball card collection for him and his retired father. He still collected them at age 40!

Yes, I played with them briefly in the ’60s. So I can appreciate them. And Legos were the first thing I...

What's It Worth? Age Influences Value ... On Many Levels

Sometimes the past that got us into this business has a way of coming back to us in pleasant ways.

I first read Walden; or, Life in the Woods, by Henry David Thoreau, when I was in eighth grade. I reread it in college – and of course, it had a completely different meaning to me those eight years later. I have reread it a...

What's It Worth? Winners vs. Losers

As mentioned before, I’m not a big gambler, because at poker and Vegas games, I typically lose. However, Katrina allows me – even encourages me – to gamble on antiques and fine paintings.

In 2007, a “picker” (a smart, seasoned antique dealer who doesn’t have a shop but sells to other dealers) started bringing us extraordinary, valuable art...

What's It Worth? On Age and Rarity In Valuation

The Adoration of the Magi is an oft-depicted scene in medieval art, and this triptych icon (a triptych has three pieces) made of carved wood puzzled us at first with regard to its age.

We bought it for less than $1,000 due to its condition (it is falling apart; and like most icons this old, shows a lot of paint loss).


What's It Worth? The Value Of Giving Back: Priceless

Today, writing a column about money and “stuff” seems a bit unseemly, so please understand why I am writing about charities instead. These three are particularly personal to Katrina and me.

First is Rotary International, specifically their relationship to the ShelterBox organization. Rotary is one of those old school...

What's It Worth? Step Away From The Cleaning Equipment

There is a propensity for people bringing things to sell to completely clean and polish the items before they bring them in. In fact, cleaned and polished items  may mean (to us) ruined items. Most serious collectors  love to find things that are in relatively good to mint  condition, but prefer to find them in their original state...

What's It Worth? Highly Collectible American Art Pottery

One of the most pleasing types of antique collecting would have to be pottery.

Yes, pottery. The word ‘pottery’ sounds so simple, but in fact, American art pottery was once a very prolific endeavor and continues to be highly collectible to this day.

What's It Worth? Design Trends Impact Everything

For some reason, I can take apart a watch, and measure within a tiny fraction the depth, table and crown angles on a diamond – yet I have never been able to build or fix things around the house. (Family pictures of me wielding a hammer with furrowed brow and nails stored in my mouth are photo-ops. Fake news. Everyone agrees Katrina “...

What's It Worth? When It Comes To Value, Timing Is Everything

While we have paid over $50,000 for a single bronze sculpture in the past, the bronze sculpture market has taken a huge hit in the marketplace and only the best bronzes still bring fantastic dollars. All the rest will sell, but at heavily reduced  prices.

What's It Worth? Aggressive Offer + Patience = Last Laugh

Fountain pen collecting is a very robust hobby and they still bring good money. We have advertised in this paper for over 30 years to buy them.

Here are a few of the finer pens that we have unearthed locally.