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Posted on: October 30, 2018

Anoka County Library to Host Antique Appraisal Event

Antique expert Mark Moran

Rum River Library will host another antique appraisal event with the nationally renowned antique appraiser and author Mark F. Moran 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Registered attendees will bring items for Moran to review and appraise in front of an audience. Appraisal sessions must be registered ahead of time, but the event is open to the public and spectators are encouraged to attend.

Moran has bought and sold antiques for more than 30 years, specializing in vintage folk art, Americana, and fine art. He has been active as an appraiser of antiques and fine art for more than 20 years. The author of more than 25 books on antiques and collectibles, Moran said he found there was a demand for his traveling antique appraisal event, and fully embraced it. “Most people don't honestly care about the value of things,” Moran said. “They just want to know if the story is true that they've heard all their lives about Aunt Martha's table lamp or Uncle Harry's immigrant trunk.”

“Anoka County Library is very happy to be able to host Mark Moran again this year,” said Anoka County Library Director Maggie Snow. “By bringing him into our library, we’re able to reduce the barriers present for many people to access a service like this. It allows us to connect our patrons to new ideas and information.”

Attendees can register for the event by calling the Rum River Library directly. The limit is one appraisal item per person, and there are a few restrictions on acceptable items, including all weapons, fine jewelry, and precious gems. For more information, call the Rum River Library at 763-324-8625.

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