Art appraisals can be requested for many different reasons in conjunction with an estate sale, or, all together separate. For instances where someone may have just a few pieces of art they wish to have appraised we have a simple and cost effective approach that can help. Why does one need an art appraisal performed?
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Let’s take an example; You saw this piece of art that was in your grandma’s house that she had for years, it was all lit up beautifully on the wall. You remember her telling you about it all the time when you were young and so, when she passed a few years back, you held onto it and made a place for it on your wall. You have moved twice since then and it’s always traveled with you. Now you’re getting ready to move again but this time you just don’t have room for it. So, you decide to give it to Jane, who was a good friend and neighbor of your grandmother’s for years and because you don’t have room to take it with you.
Now, 10 years have gone by and Jane is watching a particular traveling antique show and sees a very similar painting, that very much resembles the painting that came from her friend and neighbors estate. The show’s art appraiser was looking at it and it was very similar to the one you gave Jane some years back. So, Jane does some investigating and thinks the painting she has is possibly by the same artist. She brings the illegible signature and piece of art to Prestige Estate Services’ Appraisals Division and finds out, that what she has, is an original Gouache on paper laid down on card title “Danseuse” and is an original Marc Chagall that is valued around $600,000.00! Had you only had the art appraised before you moved, you could have retired on that painting. Now, you hope Jane really loves you; so much so, that she calls you to share in her art discovery. Here’s for hoping!
While this example may very well be possible but not typical, it’s not rare to find items that are worth three, four, or $5,000.00 or more, that someone has brought in to be appraised, either not knowing what it was or who it was by, or thought it might be worth something but had no idea it was worth $7,500.00. Either way, an art appraisal may very well be worth the time and money. At the very least it generally is worth the piece of mind to many to know if it is or isn’t the next great find. If you have an item that you are not sure about, send us a few pictures. We offer varying levels of art appraisals at varying price ranges we can do entire collections or individual pieces of art.
Many individuals or past clients have had their items appraised to know what their item is worth at fair market value. Sometimes our clients are looking to insure their art so they are covered on their insurance policy. We can provide certified, written and verbal art appraisals that can provide varying levels of information such as; replacement cost value or (RCV), fair market values (FMV) with photos, provenance, history, descriptions, translations, all in a bound document.
So if it’s a $600,000.00 signed original Chagall, we have expert and certified antique appraisers in many different disciplines. We offer the most comprehensive antique and art appraisals, to the basic home inventory and valuations. No matter the items, age, condition, rarity or collectability, Prestige Estate Services has you covered. Contact us today to get your art appraisal started by one of our wonderful art appraisers.
Find Out If Items Are Fake or Reproductions
It isn’t uncommon for paintings or other pieces of art to be reproductions as opposed to originals. This doesn’t mean that your loved one didn’t know what to look for or that the seller intentionally sold a fraudulent item. Instead, it means that it can be extremely challenging at times to tell the difference between a real Van Gogh and a mass replica. However, a professional appraiser armed with the right tools can determine conclusively whether an object is genuine, or if it is a reproduction, which helps you price it accordingly if you so choose to sell it. We offer varying levels of art appraisals. Contact us today so we can help you determine what the right type of appraisal you may need.