About Dr. Lori V: I appraise 20,000 objects every year at more than 150 events all over the United States.
I started the appraisal tour in 1998 and have presented my events to corporations, keynote events, on cruise ships, fairs, festivals, home and garden shows, women’s expos, financial services industry, community groups, fundraisers, etc. None of the objects that come to my events are vetted beforehand, I don’t know what object someone will bring me to review. It is all a surprise for me and the audience.
I started the appraisal event tour to raise awareness of the fact that everyday folks have interesting and valuable objects after meeting an elderly woman who was taken advantage of by an appraiser who knew she had something valuable and bought it from her for a song. I wanted regular people to know the true value of their stuff. The tour has swelled to sites worldwide.
Over the last 18 months, I have now expanded to present my popular Kid Collectors events at my shows nationwide, too.
I am unique because I have a PhD in the field where other appraisers generally don’t. I do not buy object like others who say they are appraisers but are really just dealers trying to get objects cheaply.
I serve as the star appraiser on Discovery’s international hit TV show Auction Kings which now airs throughout North America, Africa, Europe, Canada, South America, Australia and New Zealand.
I have shared my expertise and stories of America’s appraisals with Inside Edition, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Fox Business Network’s Strange Inheritance, and on the Nationally Syndicated talk show, Daytime.
Some appraisal memories include:
Napoleon Bonaparte’s gemstone-encrusted Talisman
George Washington’s wallet with maps of Valley Forge
Thomas Jefferson’s writing desk from his Virginia summer home
Swing era bandleader Harry James’ trumpet
$500,000 stained glass Tiffany Lamp
Gone with the Wind first edition signed by the author