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    Austrian "Naughty" Cat Bronze, ca. 1900

    Appraised Value:

    $2,000 (1999)

    Updated Value:

    $2,000 (2012)

    Appraised on: June 12, 1999

    Appraised in: Birmingham, Alabama

    Appraised by: Gary Piattoni

    Category: Metalwork & Sculpture

    Episode Info: Cats and Dogs (#1619)
    Wild Things (#916)

    Originally Aired: December 19, 2005

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    Form: Figure, Sculpture, Animal
    Material: Bronze
    Period / Style: 19th Century, 20th Century
    Value Range: $2,000 (1999)
    Updated Value: $2,000 (2012)

    Update 11.12.2012:

    We contacted appraiser Gary Piattoni for an updated appraisal in today's market.

    • Current Appraised Value: $2,000 (Unchanged)

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    Appraisal Video: (1:40)


    Appraised By:

    Gary Piattoni
    Arms & Militaria, Science & Technology
    Gary Piattoni, Inc.

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: I got it in Florida about 17 years ago. And I got it at an estate sale, but I don't know what I paid for it. I forgot.

    APPRAISER: Can you guess?

    GUEST: Somewhere probably around five dollars.

    APPRAISER: Well, it's really charming, and it's a bronze. It's what they call an Austrian cold-painted bronze. This cat also has a secret, doesn't it?

    GUEST: That's right.

    APPRAISER: The cat opens up, and it converts to a little naughty image here.

    GUEST: Right.

    APPRAISER: And it's kind of, I would think, an early Transformer. This was probably done around 1910. There was a very famous artist that made these. His name was Bergman. And he did large-scale sculptures. But he always signed his small "naughty bronzes," "Namgreb," which is "Bergman" spelled backwards.

    GUEST: Oh.

    APPRAISER: And he always signed his pieces. This piece does not have Bergman's signature, so I have to assume it is a colleague or a contemporary of his. But it does have the Austria mark on the back, which indicates that it is an Austrian bronze, and again, probably dates circa 1900. So what you've got here is a lovely little naughty bronze, by day, kitty, and by night, a very risqué image. Value on a piece like this, because they're highly collectible, is $2,000.

    GUEST: Oh, my goodness.

    APPRAISER: Isn't that fantastic?

    GUEST: Yes, it is.

    APPRAISER: Well, thank you very much for bringing it in. It's a lovely, lovely piece.

    GUEST: Thank you.

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