Reproduction Colima Vessel
Appraised Value: $200 - $300 (1998)
$200 - $300 (2012)
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Appraisal Video: (1:50)
Antiques Appraiser and Consultant
GUEST: I went to an estate sale and I stayed there all day, and all I came home with was this.
APPRAISER: So what did you pay for it at the estate sale?
APPRAISER: This is supposed to be pre-Columbian. Did they tell you that?
GUEST: No, they didn't tell me anything.
APPRAISER: Okay, what we look for in pre-Columbian is we look how it's made, how big it is, what the surface looks like. Now, let's take those one at a time. When you look first of all at the surface and you see these dog heads on human heads, that's an exaggeration. And right away, that's giving us a red flag.
APPRAISER: Okay. The second thing is when we know what pottery from this part of Mexico, which is Colima, West Mexico, looks like, it's a bit smaller than this, okay? Those are two clues. Now, there's a third thing. These pieces would have been buried with the deceased to accompany him to the afterlife. And in the course of being in these tombs for thousands of years, these manganese deposits come out, okay? Now, what we have is we have someone that has applied these manganese spots to the outside. This, unfortunately, is not authentic. Would you care to venture how much this might be worth?
GUEST: 25 cents. I don't know.
APPRAISER: You did better than that. On the decorative market, this piece is worth $200 to $300. But just as a decorative piece, and not as an authentic piece of pre-Columbian sculpture that would be 2,000 years old.
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