Tlingit Bowl & Ladle

Value (2009) | $250,000 Auction$300,000 Auction
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Appraisal Details

Appraiser
Trotta-Bono, Ltd.
Shrub Oak, NY
Appraised value (2009)
$250,000 Auction$300,000 Auction
Event
San Jose, CA (August 15, 2009)
Category
Tribal Arts
Material
Baleen , Horn
November 14, 2011: We contacted appraiser Ted Trotta for an updated appraisal of this object in today's market.

Current Appraised Value: $300,000 - $340,000 (Increased)

Trotta notes, "I had appraised the Tlingit bowl at $175,000.00 to $225,000.00. This is such an extraordinary object that it defies any "downward adjustment" that the present economy may suggest. My higher valuation of $225,000 [for the bowl], would be readily attainable, and a higher value such as $250,000 to $275,000 would be realistic in the current market for this exceptional piece. The monumental mountain sheep horn ladle, which I had appraised at $75,000, may be subject to a slight downward adjustment. It remains best of class for its form. A $50,000 to $65,000 range may be more accurate at the present time, as ladles do not have the same market appeal as great masks or fine ceremonial grease bowls."

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