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WHICH ESTATE ITEMS WILL SELL BEST? You may love a certain period of estate jewelry, but will your customers? One way to determine the answer is to monitor buying trends at auctions. According to a recent analysis of auction data conducted by Artfact Inc. of Providence, R.I., art deco is probably your best bet, with art nouveau a strong second choice and Edwardian a close third. So says Stephen J. Abt, III, Artfact president, who draws his conclusions from his company’s Jewelry Auction Findings CD-ROM for 1996 and 1997. “Art deco appears to be the best investment with ready buyers and offers potentially greater profits,” says Abt. Nearly 40% of the estate jewelry lots sold during ’96 and ’97 contained primarily art deco jewelry; of the total dollars spent on estate jewelry at those auctions, more than 70% went for pieces from that celebrated period. Those results don’t

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