I've had quite a few calls lately from people who want to know how much their "picture in a frame" is worth. They always spit out the name of the artist, and apparently trying to sound smart, whatever numbers they can find on the thing - sometimes they are dates, sometimes LE numbers. Usually they can't tell if it's a painting with brushstrokes or a print. I even had one the other day that gave me the artists name, years he was alive, and then told me that at the bottom of the piece there was a line that read "Metropolitan Museum of Art, March 21 - July 19" -- it was a little hard to explain that it was obviously a poster sold in the gift shop at the museum while there was a show going on of the artist's work. I get the feeling that too many people have been watching antiques roadshow over the winter and are hoping that every piece of "art" they buy at a yard sale or find in their attic is going to be a huge treasure. I explain to them that I can't really tell them much if I can't see it, and that really to get the information they want, they'll need to talk to an art appraiser. For some reason, that always stops them in their tracks, and they hang up - sometimes politely, sometimes not. Anyone else getting a rash of these calls?