Fine Art Appraisal Program

February 1, 2007

On Thursday, February 22 at 5pm, Betsy Ray of Christie’s Fine Art Appraisers, the international auction firm, will speak at the Essex Library. The subject of the program is How to Tell the Best from the Rest, which will set out guidelines as to what to look for when determining value. Her presentation will also include a brief history of auctions, what gives art value, what’s hot in the art world, the different kinds of appraisals and maybe a few tips on collecting.

Mrs. Ray is Vice President for Business Development and is responsible for coordinating appraisals for estates, institutions and private clients as well as facilitating consignments for clients. She works closely with attorneys and is a frequent lecturer to both estate planning groups and individuals involved in collecting. Mrs. Ray also works closely with institutions, museums, collectors and members of the art trade.

Prior to joining Christie’s in 1989, Mrs. Ray was with Sotheby’s. Before joining the auction houses, Mrs. Ray administered the Doris Duke collection in Newport.

There will be a wine and cheese reception after the presentation to allow attendees a brief opportunity to speak with Mrs. Ray on an individual basis. Reservations are strongly recommended. Please call the Essex Library at 860 767-1560 to register or for more information.