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Art and Heirlooms and Treasures, Oh My!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Wipe the dust off your family heirlooms and attic treasures because on Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12, the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will host the Collectors Roadshow: Art, Heirlooms and Treasures. To register for either day or to sponsor, visit

On Friday afternoon, expert appraisers from Bonhams will do formal, in-home valuations for upper-level event sponsors. The museum will host a Patrons Party Friday evening from 6 to 9 p.m., with a silent auction and an opportunity for in-depth valuations for attendees. Tickets for the Patrons Party are $85 for museum members and $100 for non-members.

On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the museum will hold a day of public valuations with the same experts from Bonhams. Visitors can bring their items to the museum for informal verbal valuations. The first valuation is $15 for museum members and $20 for non-members; up to two more valuations per person are $10 each. All proceeds from both events will go toward acquisitions for the museum’s permanent collection.

The experts on hand will be able to value: European and American paintings, fine prints, watches and clocks, fine books and manuscripts, coins and banknotes, fine motorcars and motorcycles, modern decorative arts and design, jewelry and Asian art, porcelain and paintings. The public is welcome to watch at no cost.

The parking area under the museum will be reserved for motorcar and motorcycle valuations. Free parking will be available in the E11 surface lot, and paid parking will be available in the Performing Arts Center parking deck (both accessible via River Road). More information is available at

The Collectors is an upper-level membership group within the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art whose goals include raising funds for acquisitions, organizing lectures, visiting homes of art enthusiasts and hosting excursions to other cities. Former Collectors chair Greg Barnard said, “It is the way that the Collectors combine their interest in connoisseurship and collecting with their mission to enhance the collection of the Georgia Museum of Art that makes them so special.” The Collectors have previously funded the acquisition of works by Charles Bird King, Thomas Waterman Wood, Dorothy Dehner and Edmonia Lewis for the museum.

Bonhams was established in 1793 and is world renowned for its international auction houses, sales and specialists. It specializes in buying and selling in every major area of art, antiques, jewelry and cars.


Writer: Stephanie Motter,
Contact: Michael Lachowski, 706-542-9078,

Museum Information
Partial support for the exhibitions and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts. Individuals, foundations and corporations provide additional museum support through their gifts to the University of Georgia Foundation. The Georgia Museum of Art is located in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on the East Campus of the University of Georgia. The address is 90 Carlton Street, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. 30602-1502. For more information, including hours, see or call 706-542-4662.

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