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Learn value of heirlooms at Eiteljorg Museum’s Appraisal Day, Tuesday March 14

by | Mar 08, 2017

Check attics and garages; Cowan’s Auctions will give verbal appraisals of old treasures

INDIANAPOLIS -- Ever wonder if that old painting, family heirloom or curious knickknack collecting dust in the attic is worth any money?  Find out from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, at the Eiteljorg Museum, when appraisers from Cowan’s Auctions Inc. will be in Indianapolis to appraise your family treasures.

On Appraisal Day at the Eiteljorg, a team of from Cowan’s will be in the museum to do verbal appraisals of items such as jewelry, timepieces, antique firearms, decorative and fine art, paintings, Western art, Native American art and Americana. They won’t purchase items but will provide an estimate of whether objects have a monetary value or sentimental value only, so that owners are better informed.

To reserve a space for an appraisal, call (317) 275-1310. The appraisal fee is $20 for the first item and $10 for each additional item, up to three items total per guest.  For Eiteljorg Museum members the appraisal fee is $15 for the first item and $10 for each additional item. Although the museum normally closes at 5 p.m., on Tuesday March 14 the hours will be extended solely for appraisal appointments, which will continue until 7 p.m.

Cowan’s Auctions Inc. in Cincinnati is led by renowned appraiser, auctioneer and television personality Wes Cowan, who is featured on the popular PBS TV shows “Antiques Roadshow” and “History Detectives” that air on WFYI 20.  Wes Cowan is not scheduled to attend the Eiteljorg event Tuesday, but his colleagues, five of the company’s appraisers, will be present at the museum.

About the Eiteljorg
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art  seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. The Eiteljorg is located on the Central Canal in White River State Park, at 500 West Washington St., Indianapolis. For general information about the museum and to learn more about exhibits and events, call 317.636.WEST (9378) or visit

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