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Entries by Marie-Christine Fortin

Collecting precious stones

The collection of precious stones People collect all kinds of things, from the sublime to the banal. Whatever the collection definition, the collector is always aiming for the Nirvana of completeness and seeks to find rare, obsolete and particular items. Gemstones provide great satisfaction to enthusiasts, especially for the intrinsic interest and the fact that […]


The fair market value of ivory objects In 2016, the United States adopted a new and highly restrictive regulation aimed at reducing ivory trafficking within its borders and reducing access to the US market for unscrupulous poachers. Every year, as many as 30,000 African elephants are killed to supply the illicit ivory trade driven by […]

The incredible value of a Barbie Doll

The incredible value of a Barbie Doll Since 1959 and the creation of the first Barbie by the American Ruth Handler and the manufacturer Mattel Inc., nearly a billion dolls have been sold worldwide. While most recent dolls have a modest value, some old models of the Star doll are worth a real fortune! If […]

8 investment trends and advice for the next decade

Buying and selling collectibles, antiques and artworks At the dawn of a new year, is unveiling its crystal ball in terms of significant trends for antique investors. 1-Items from the 70s and 80s will begin to be regarded as antique. It generally takes 40 to 50 years for an object to be regarded as […]

The estate liquidator or executor

The right executor or estate liquidator By definition, an executor (also called an estate or succession liquidator) is an agent who is entrusted with the job of settling a deceased person’s estate. The process is called estate liquidation or settlement. to settle the estate, the executor closes accounts, files income tax returns, collects amounts owed […]