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    FBI Warns Dealers, Collectors About Terrorist Loot

    On Aug. 26th the following announcement was made: The FBI is alerting art collectors and dealers to be particularly careful trading Near Eastern antiquities, warning that artifacts plundered by terrorist organizations such as ISIL are entering the marketplace. “We now have credible reports that U.S. persons have been offered cultural property that appears to have been removed from Syria and Iraq recently,” said Bonnie...

    Three Major Appraisal Organizations Unite to Alert the Public to Risks Associated with Engaging Uncredentialed Personal Property Appraisals

    A Circle of Trust has been established by the three major professional societies for personal property appraisers to jointly promote education to the public regarding the importance of using credentialed appraisers.  They include the International Society of Appraisers, American Society of Appraisers and the Appraisers Association of American.  The joint announcement states: Members of these associations earn their credentials...

    7 Best Practices for Gifting Art to Museums

      Investment News has a good article titled “The Art of Legacy Planning – 7 Best Practices for Gifting Art to Museums”.  In the article they state that high net worth individuals spend an average of 17% of their wealth on art and antiques, a passion investment.   Part of managing this investment is planning for the future of the collection.  One option is to donate to a non-profit organization such as a...

    Untying the Knot

    You may have seen the fairly new television series on Bravo titled “Untying the Knot”.  It features a prominent divorce mediator helping couples split up their joint assets. As part of the process, appraisers are brought in to value the personal property.  The level of value may vary slightly by state, however in California the appropriate level is “Fair Market Value”.  For television purposes, the...

    Events for Personal Property Appraisers and Collectors in California

    Heath Ceramics Factory Tour, Sausalito October 17th, 10:30 AM  – 11:30 AM Sponsored by AAA   Photography and Sculpture: The Art Object in Reproduction, Los Angeles  October 25th, 9:30 AM  – 5:00 PM A Getty Research Institute and Clark Art Institute Symposium    Appraisal Research Workshop, Los Angeles Getty  Research Institute December 2, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Sponsored by AAA Past event: Foundation For Appraisal...


    The Appraisal Foundation will be holding the second personal property roundtable on September 23rd in Washington, DC titled “Envisioning the Future: Building Public Trust”.  Topics of discussion will be of importance to personal property appraisers and include qualifications, standards and oversight.  Panelists will include a wide variety of personal property disciplines, as well as auction houses, appraisal associations...


    HOW OLD IS AN ANTIQUE? As an appraiser, I receive calls daily from potential clients saying they have an antique to be evaluated.   If the caller is in their twenties, they may be speaking about something only 30 years old.   On the other hand, if I ask a room full of senior citizens how many of them think they are antiques, the majority of people in the room raise their hands.  It’s a matter of perception. Although we may see varying...

    Deadline Approaches for Appraisal Scholarships

    The Foundation for Appraisal Education offers annual scholarships for personal property appraisers to further their education.  For the 2014-2015 year they are offering two scholarships for new appraisers (with less than 2 years experience) and two for experienced appraisers.  The deadline for application is May 30, 2014 and is approaching quickly.   For applications, guidelines and procedures go to the FAE website and click...

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