Judaica Jackpot: Scottsdale auction house offers free appraisal fair

Russian wine glasses are examples of Judaica to be appraised Feb. 17 at J. Levine Auction. (Photo by Janet Arnold)

Russian wine glasses are examples of Judaica to be appraised Feb. 17 at J. Levine Auction. (Photo by Janet Arnold)

J. Levine Auction & Appraisal and Arizona Jewish Life Magazine are teaming up to host a special “Judaica Jackpot? Learn the Worth of Your Antiques” appraisal fair 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17.

A pre-auction verbal assessment of antiques, heirlooms and other items will be provided in an open-room format for everyone to see and learn about the items.

The limit is three items per person per session. The event also will include appetizers, wine, and educational tables featuring several Jewish community organizations.

While the event is free, reservations are requested by calling 480-496-2212.

Judaica is comprised of ritual objects, literature, artifacts and other material relating to the history and culture of Jewish people.

Josh Levine, owner and auctioneer of J. Levine Auction & Appraisal, said many people don’t realize the value of their family heirlooms, especially Judaica pieces, and that the appraisal process helps them make educated decisions about whether to keep or sell their items.

“We’re seeing a renewed interest in Judaica from collectors here in the U.S. and abroad,” Mr. Levine said, adding that most of the items he sees are from the 19th century and later. “Unfortunately, most of the Judaica from the 18th century and earlier has been destroyed.”

During the event, Mr. Levine and his team of appraisers will assess Judaica from ancient to modern times, including art, prayer books, seder plates, menorahs, candlesticks, kiddush cups, Israeli jewelry, American Jewish ephemera, such as posters, and more.

“We compare items to previous auction records, gallery prices, eBay and other sites to tell you what the fair market is bringing for your item as well as what the insurance value might be. You’d be surprised at what has value, so don’t ever throw anything away until an appraiser looks at it,” Mr. Levine said.

Cindy Saltzman, publisher of Arizona Jewish Life Magazine, said excitement is building about the inaugural event.

“We’re expecting to see a wide variety of items, and it will be fascinating to watch which pieces will be deemed as rare or historic.”

Levine Auction & Appraisal is located at 10345 N. Scottsdale Road on the southeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Shea Boulevard.

For information, visit www.jlevines.com or call 480-496-2212.

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