HAVE you always wanted to know what that figurine, old brooch or set of kitchen canisters might be worth?
The Antiques and Collectables Valuation Day, hosted by Friends of the Rockhampton Art Gallery on July 20, will give you that chance.
Friends of the Gallery president Rob Hughes said the annual fundraiser was renowned for turning up a treasure trove of unusual items.
"You never know what might be uncovered. At a similar valuation day in Mackay last year one patron dug up an amazing vase painted by Picasso," Mr Hughes said. "That was an incredible thing to uncover locally, and we've set the challenge for Rocky people to bring in some really unusual items of their own."
Melbourne-based valuer Warren Joel, who valued the entire collection of the Australian National Museum, will be on hand to give people an estimate of how much their family heirlooms might be worth.
"For a small fee of $5 per item, with a maximum of three items per person, people can find out just how much Grandma's old vase or brooch might be worth, along with any other antique or collectable," Mr Hughes said.
In the past, local residents have uncovered some real gems including an original watercolour by Albert Namatjira and a painting by Clifton Pugh.
Friends of the Gallery raise money for Rockhampton Art Gallery to enhance the region's cultural experience.
Mr Hughes said professional valuations were often expensive and the charity valuation day allowed local people to appreciate the true value of their keepsakes. "Last year hundreds of people attended the event.
"This year people are encouraged to turn up early to be allotted a viewing time for their items to save them waiting about all day," Mr Hughes said.
JUNK OR GEM
What: Antiques and Collectables Valuation Day, hosted by Friends of the Rockhampton Art Gallery
Where: Rockhampton Art Gallery
When: July 20 from 9am-4pm
Cost: Entry is by gold-coin donation. $5 per item, with a maximum of three items for each person.
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