We specialize in many services that cover a wide variety of Appraisal needs. If you look through the following services and do not immediately find what you looking for - we can still help. Feel free to contact us with your special needs and we will consult on the best course of action.
- Archive Appraisals
- Damage Appraisals
- Estate Appraisals
- Fair Market Value Appraisals
- Insurance Appraisals
- Sales and Marketing Appraisals
- Cataloging Services
- Collection Management
- Marketing Consultation
- Equitable Distribution Appraisals
- Art Installation
- Interior Design
An archive appraisal is similar to an estate appraisal except that the artist is usually living and/or the archive is actively marketing its pieces. Many factors are taken into consideration in this type of appraisal including previous sales history, marketability and reproduction potential. This type of appraisal can be done for a variety of purposes including marketing the archive for sale and estate planning. The valuation basis is typically fair market value.
A damage appraisal is usually required by insurance carriers when there is a total or partial loss to property. This type of evaluation may take into consideration factors including the original purchase price, retail replacement value, the possibility and cost of restoration, and the value of the piece after restoration. It is also important to know whether value is to be determined before or after the damage occurred. The valuation basis can vary depending on the scope of work agreed upon between the client and appraiser, but can include marketable cash value, retail replacement value, or fair market value.
An estate appraisal is required when an artist or a collector dies and the estate must be given a fair market value basis agreeable to the I.R.S. We provide this type of appraisal for individual heirs as well as whole estates.
Fair Market Value Appraisals
Fair Market Value is the price at which a piece would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller, neither being under any compulsion to buy and both having reasonable knowledge of the relevant facts. A fair market value appraisal takes into consideration all market factors, including auction and retail sales, and in particular, the most common market in which the pieces usually trade. This type of appraisal is typically for informational purposes only.
Insurance appraisals are necessary in order to protect your collection from loss by fire, theft, damage, etc. Unlike household policies which often will not include valuable items at full replacement value , most valuable items policies require up-to-date appraisals based on current retail replacement value. We suggest that our clients update their appraisals at least every two years and try to notify them when one or more of their pieces has increased substantially in value.
Sales and Marketing Appraisals
These types of appraisals are similar to fair market value appraisals, and possibly archive appraisals, depending on the size and type of collection. Like donation appraisals, these documents provide a thorough description of the collection, valuation information and analysis. As a marketing tool, the document provides the reader with an understanding of the collection’s importance, physical characteristics, and an explanation of the factors that affect value. Although the valuation basis is typically on fair market value, you should discuss with the appraiser whether the marketable cash value should also be taken into consideration.
Our cataloging services are quite extensive and include researching all the details on a pieces [title, date, condition, signature, etc.], entering this information into a database, along with a reproduction and exhibition history, attaching an image of the piece and appraising its current value. An informative report containing the desired information can then be printed out at the client’s request and a customized database can be provided at additional cost.
For a select number of clients we offer advice of what and where to buy or sell, how to frame and hang the collection, proper storage and conservation techniques as well as cataloging and appraising the individual pieces.
Marketing consultation includes advice on how and what to buy or sell and how much to pay. This service can also include our auction consultation.
Equitable Distribution Appraisals
An equitable distribution appraisal is based either on fair market value or marketable cash values [see our definitions section under FAQ]. This type of appraisal is usually required in the case of divorce or dissolution of a partnership.
Handling, transporting and installing artwork. We provide advice on art placement and lighting for optimum display.
Design and coordinate the decorative elements of the interior of a home or office, including color schemes, fittings, furnishings, and architectural features.