Finding an Appraiser

Appraisals of Art and Antiques

The American Association of Museums prohibits museum staff from making appraisals or giving any estimates of value.  However, if you need assistance identifying your object before you research its possible value, we can help you determine the age, maker, origin or materials of your item.

There are several means available for those seeking an appraisal of their art, antiques, or collectibles.  Most appraisers do not give a value over the telephone, so be prepared to send the appraiser good, clear photographs of your item and any documentation or information you might have that could affect the value.  Appraisers typically want to inspect the object, so you should be prepared to ship the object to the appraiser.  There will be a charge for their services.

National professional associations of appraisers have online searchable databases and can give you the name of a qualified appraiser in your geographic area.

American Society of Appraisers 1-800-ASA-VALU
www.appraisers.org 1-800-272-8258
Appraisers Association of America
http://www.appraisersassoc.org/

Major auction houses conduct appraisals as well.  As with independent appraisers, there is a fee for appraisals.  However, if you are interested in selling your object through an auction house, you can obtain an estimated sales price at no charge.

Christie’s
502 Park Ave.
New York, NY 10022
212-546-1000
http://christies.com

Northeast Auctions
93 Pleasant St.
Portsmouth, NH 03842
603-433-8400
http://www.northeastauctions.com/

Skinner
357 Main St.
Bolton, MA 01740
978-779-6241
http://www.skinnerinc.com/

Sotheby’s
1344 York Ave.
New York, NY 10021
212-606-7000
http://www.sothebys.com/

Local appraisers may also be in your area. You can search for antiques, art dealers or estate appraisers. For a general idea of the value of a collectible you can check completed auctions on Ebay to see what price similar objects fetched on the online market.

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