Qualified Appraisal Services

- The type of appraisal you need will depend on your intended use of the appraisal -

The approach to value will be determined by this intended use. Here are four of the most common appraisal uses and their approaches to value following the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) guidelines. ISA methodology is in compliance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), as set out by the Appraisal Standards Board (ASB) of The Appraisal Foundation:

  • Donation Appraisal: Uses the sales comparison approach to determine fair market value. The sales comparison approach analyzes comparable sales data as are available to indicate a value conclusion within the market considered most common for the property.
  • Estate Tax Appraisal: Uses the sales comparison approach to determine fair market value. This approach is the same as for a donation appraisal, as the fair market value needs to be the same to ensure fairness in tax purposes.
  • Insurance Coverage: Uses the Cost Approach to estimate Replacement Value. The Cost Approach analyzes comparable cost data as are available to replace the property being appraised with a suitable substitute.
  • Equitable Distribution: Could use fair market value, market value or otherwise depending on the situation.
  • Other appraisal types can include capital gains tax liability on the sale of property, IRS gift tax liability, damage claim losses, anticipated purchase or sale of an object and more.

Estate Tax Appraisal

A fine art appraisal is crucial for estate tax purposes, as it ensures an accurate valuation of the artwork within an individual's estate, helping to determine the overall net worth and tax liability. In the event of a person's passing, estate taxes may be levied on the transfer of their assets, including art collections. A professionally conducted appraisal by a qualified appraiser not only provides a clear, unbiased valuation but also acts as essential documentation for estate tax filings. This procedure safeguards against potential disputes, penalties, or audits from tax authorities, and ultimately allows for a smooth and fair distribution of assets among the beneficiaries. Moreover, a comprehensive art appraisal can identify under- or over-valued pieces, enabling the estate to make informed decisions on tax planning, insurance coverage, and asset management.

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Donation Appraisal

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires a qualified appraisal for an art donation to ensure the accuracy, objectivity, and credibility of the artwork's valuation, thus maintaining the integrity of the tax deduction process. A qualified appraisal, performed by a qualified appraiser with expertise in the relevant field, helps to establish the fair market value of the artwork, providing a reliable basis for calculating the tax deduction. 


Engaging a qualified appraiser benefits the donor by guarantees compliance with the Uniform Standards of Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and IRS regulations, which reduces the risk of penalties, audits, or disputes from the IRS.

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Insurance Appraisal

A fine art appraisal is indispensable for insurance purposes, as it establishes the current replacement value of the artwork, allowing for adequate coverage in the event of loss, theft, or damage. Art collections can represent a significant financial investment, and their value may fluctuate over time due to market trends, historical significance, or the artist's reputation. A professional appraisal by a qualified appraiser ensures that the insurance policy accurately reflects the artwork's true value, preventing under- or over-insurance. Moreover, an up-to-date and detailed appraisal provides a comprehensive inventory of the collection, including descriptions, provenance, and condition reports, which can expedite the claims process in case of a mishap. 

Regular fine art appraisals are essential for maintaining accurate insurance coverage and protecting the owner's investment, offering peace of mind that their valuable assets are safeguarded.

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Equitable Distribution Appraisal

Obtaining an accurate and current valuation of the artwork by a qualified appraiser helps to establish a clear and objective basis for the distribution process. In situations like divorce settlements, inheritance, or dissolution of partnerships, a professionally conducted appraisal by a qualified appraiser provides an unbiased assessment of each artwork's value allowing for informed decision-making during negotiations. 

By establishing the precise value of each piece within the collection, the appraisal minimizes disputes, misunderstandings, and potential legal complications, ultimately promoting transparency, fairness, and harmony among the involved parties. 

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Understanding The Value Of Art

Understanding the correct value of your art collection is important when it comes to making sound financial decisions for your future…

Art is more than a mere attachment, understanding the value of your art is important so that you can secure peace of mind - both financial and personal for you and your family for years to come.

  • Understanding the basis for tax mitigation strategies
  • Determining portfolio value
  • Insurance coverage
  • Family disputes
  • Key financial decisions
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All our written reports conform with the most stringent industry standards and are fully compliant with the Appraisal Foundation's Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), as well as the requirements and standards of the International Society of Appraisers (ISA).


These standards regulate appraisal methodology, report development, and ethical conduct. Reports written to these standards are the highest in the industry, and are accepted by the IRS, insurance companies, museums and financial institutions.