Antiques Roadshow appraiser visits Rockville Centre's Phillips House for annual museum fundraiser


Antiques Roadshow appraiser and Lynbrook-based auctioneer Philip Weiss donated his time to the Phillips House as part of an annual appraisal fundraiser, which raised about $2,000 for the Rockville Centre museum.

“It was a real success,” said Frank Seipp, president of the Phillips House board. “It helps keep the museum going.”

Dozens of residents stopped by on April 28, as many sought the value of some antiques and other hidden treasures they had in their homes. Among them was a Galle vase from the early 20th century, valued at $20,000, Seipp said, as well as a pinball machine from the 1950s, and a one-of-a-kind Tiffany vase.

Greg Lipsit brought autographed photos of various movie stars, including John Travolta, Meryl Streep, Ron Howard and Al Pacino. The collection belonged to his grandfather, Morty, who was a projectionist in the 1940’s.

“People come not only to get their items appraised, but to see what other people have,” Seipp said. “They really enjoy it.”