We do not offer appraisal services, however, we have provided resources below to assist you in finding an appraiser for your art.
The individualistic character of antiques, artworks, artifacts, and other collectible items often make it difficult to establish a fixed value. The value of an artwork is determined by several factors, including the condition of the object, personal interests of both the seller and the purchaser, and trends in the art market.
Price guides help to determine current market values. There are both online and and offline price guides to help assist you. Offline guides may be found at large public libraries or specialized art libraries at museums or academic institutions. They are typically published annually, covering sales from international auctions and galleries.
ADEC: International Art Prices
Art Sales Index
Davenport’s Art Reference & Price Guide
International Auction Records
Leonard’s Annual Price Index of Art Auctions
Gordon’s Print Price Annual
Contemporary Print Portfolio
Lawrence’s Dealer Print Prices International
APPRAISALS & APPRAISERS
Appraisers are trained specialists who evaluate your piece and give you a written statement of its value. Choose an appraiser with an expertise in the type of artwork you wish to evaluate. The following organizations provide a directory of appraisers:
American Society of Appraisers
11107 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 310
Reston, VA 20190
(703) 478-2228 or 1-800-ASA-VALU
Appraisers Association of America
212 West 35th Street, 11th Floor South
New York, NY 10001
The Appraisal Foundation
1155 15th Street NW, Suite 1111
Washington, DC 20005
International Society of Appraisers
303 West Madison Street, Suite 2650
Chicago, IL 60606
National Association of Professional Appraisers
234 Lewis Wharf
Boston, MA 02110
Auction houses like Sotheby’s, allow you to inquire after the value of your object by sending a photograph and description. Afterwards, one of their specialists will contact you to discuss the next steps in appraising your artwork. Occasionally, auction houses provide free “open house” days where visitors can bring in their artworks and have auction-house staff members share their expertise.