City offers free appraisals for antiques collectors
Collectors of cultural relics from all over China came to Shanghai recently to show off their collections and get free appraisals by experts, according to thepaper.cn.
Shanghai started a trial of an antiques roadshowtype event, offering free appraisals for ordinary collectors in areas recommended by the Shanghai Municipal Administration of Cultural Heritage.
A woman from Hebei Province traveled 20 hours by train with her collection of ancient coins, which she inherited from her ancestors.
Another man was told that his Tang Dynasty (618–907) pottery, which he’d bought years ago for 1,200 yuan ($173.49), was fake.
Many local collectors expressed their support for the project, saying commercial appraisal centers are too expensive and yet the Chinese marketplace is filled with fakes, leaving most antiques owners in China in a perpetual state of uncertainty.