Wisconsin Antiques Appraiser heads to Waukegan for History Museum event

Above, Mark Moran, a professional appraiser whose specialties are collectibles and folk art, and who has penned more than 25 books, visited Bowen Park in Waukegan recently. Here he examines a Gibson Girl bust. – Tina Johansson/theYOUjournal photos


From antique Chinese vases to 1980s reproduction Andy Warhol prints, Mark Moran of Iola, Wis. who has been featured more than once on the wildly popular PBS program Antiques Roadshow, was in Waukegan over the weekend. He came to Lake County where he gave four lot appraisals at people’s homes before heading to the Bowen Park Dr. Lynn Schornick Theatre where he entertained a number of visitors with his humor-filled appraisal show. Participants paid $10 for each item he appraised, while others watched the show for free.

He did not examine coins nor stamps as part of the show, however there were a myriad of items brought in by locals including antique toys, oil paintings, chairs, flapper bags, and etchings from the 1400’s and 1700’s.

Moran, a former journalist for newspapers in Green Bay, Wis. and Rochester, Minn. told the audience that he chucked his career to do what he loves best: to work with all things old.  He said he enjoys doing Antique Roadshow, and explained there is no pay involved for his stints on that program. For more than two decades, Moran has been an appraiser of antiques and fine art. – Tina Johansson


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