A Collector’s Guide to Appraisals

No one wants to consider the unthinkable – like theft, damage or loss – happening to a prized possession, but the reality is that these things happen. Whether you own fine art, jewelry, antiques or even classic cars, having a current appraisal is an important component of collection care.

An appraisal is an opinion or statement of value. It provides the necessary documentation to substantiate the existence, condition and value of your collection. An appraisal can serve to inform a sale or a donation of a collectible item or help settle an estate. It will also help ensure that a valuable item is insured to its current replacement value, thereby providing protection against market fluctuations and value loss. Continue reading

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Three Emerging Risks High-net-worth Individuals Aren’t Prepared for in 2017

Did you make a New Year’s resolution? If so, chances are you are one of millions who vowed to eat healthier in the new year or hit the gym a bit more regularly. But for high-net-worth (HNW) individuals, making a … Continue reading

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Art of the Appraisal

When insuring valuable pieces, insurance companies look for appraisals written to USPAP standards, for the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice—the generally accepted standards for professional appraisal practice in North America. USPAP contains standards for all types of appraisal services, including real estate, personal property, business and mass appraisals. Continue reading

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Is There a Mystery Behind Your Masterpiece?

Is there a mystery behind your masterpiece? More value behind your valuables?

Whether you’ve acquired art and antiques through auctions, inheritances, antique stores or even garage sales, you can never be sure of their true value without consulting a professional. Continue reading

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Appraising Fine Art

The art market has been anything but stable. From a collector’s perspective, that could mean a piece they purchased several years ago for six figures is now worth well in the millions. That bodes well for the art market, but creates a challenging insurance environment in which many collectors may be vastly underinsured. Continue reading

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Protecting Older Homes

People fall in love with the charm of older homes, but often don’t realize that the very details that make an older home special — the weathered pine floors, the plaster walls and all of the detailed craftsmanship — also … Continue reading

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