President of the Friends of Rockhampton Art Gallery Rob Hughes with an antique silver teapot. The Friends are holding an Antique and Collectables Valuation Day where Melbourne based valuer and auctioneer Warren Joel will be on hand. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
President of the Friends of Rockhampton Art Gallery Rob Hughes with an antique silver teapot. The Friends are holding an Antique and Collectables Valuation Day where Melbourne based valuer and auctioneer Warren Joel will be on hand. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Valuer gets asked first time - how much for monkey skin?

WARREN Joel has seen a lot of things in his time as an auctioneer and valuer.

But yesterday at the Rockhampton Art Gallery was the first time ever he had valued a monkey skin rug.

Mr Joel said a lot of interesting pieces were bought to him yesterday.

"Probably the weirdest thing I saw was the monkey skin rug, now how did that end up in Rockhampton?" he said.

"What always amazes me about this job is what turns up where and why. There's such a diversity of what arrives in front of me and it's all very interesting.

"What I love most about the job is having people come to me to find out about the history of an item, not just an amount of money. There was one gentleman (yesterday) with a collection of watches that he had bought from a junk shop and little did he know that one of those watches was worth over $6000."