City of­fers free ap­praisals for an­tiques col­lec­tors

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - PULSE -

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.

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