“Pawn Stars” fine art appraiser Brett K. Maly is holding a book signing and debuting his book “The Pocket Picker: For Fine Art” at the Art encounter™ gallery in The Forum Shops at Caesars, Saturday, April 26 from 2-4 p.m.
Fine art expert Maly has served as Art encounter’s director for 20-plus years. He is certified as an appraiser through UC Irvine’s Certification Program in Fine and Decorative Arts, is a member of the American Society of Appraisers, and has completed his certification in Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) (certification 2004/re-certification 2009).
Maly’s book is all about what you need to know to buy fine art. “The book is approximately 7” by 5” with a soft cover and was designed to slip into a purse or trouser pocket,” explained Maly. “It’s intended to be a field guide for ‘pickers’ to take with them on their picking expeditions.”
In addition to appraising fine art for collectors and institutions, Maly has appeared as an expert on radio and television, including a recurring role on the History Channel’s “Pawn Stars,” where he has discussed everything from fine art valuation, to its collection and preservation.
“Pawn Stars” Rick Harrison and Gold and Silver Pawn Shop owner wrote the book’s foreward. “After 25 years in the business, I may never know what’s going to come through my door…but I do know fine art is becoming a bigger part of it,” said Harrison. “When I’m presented with unknown works, or have questions about an intriguing piece I may be inclined to buy, I always get the best advice I can find. For the past four years, Brett has been my “art guy.”
Harrison reinforces the fact that purchasing fine artworks for investment has the potential to be lucrative, but warns it is not for the uninitiated. “The Pocket Picker: For Fine Art” provides expert information and is an excellent quick reference source.
After his signings and in-person visits, “The Pocket Picker: For Fine Art” will be available for sale at Art encounter and the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop, 713 S Las Vegas Blvd., where he will sign Saturdays and Sundays, May 17-18 and 24-25 from 2-3 p.m.
Art encounter, located at The Forum Shops at Caesars, 3500 South Las Vegas Blvd., R40, Las Vegas, NV 89109, phone 702-733-2000, has regular mall hours opening at 10 a.m. daily and closing at 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturday. For information, visit http://www.artencounter.com/.