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    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...

    Educational Opportunities for Appraisers in California

    It’s important for professional personal property appraisers to take continuing education courses.  Not only to sharpen our skills but to acquire education credits with our professional appraisal associations.   The following events will take place  over the next few months in California: Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) for personal property appraisers, 7-hour update class: May 10, Seal Beach,...


    February will be a stellar month for shows at the Palm Springs Convention Center over President’s Day Weekend. First is the 3rd annual PALM SPRINGS FINE ART FAIR, February 13 – 16, featuring post-war and contemporary art from over (60) galleries around the world. Second is the 14th annual PALM SPRINGS MODERNISM SHOW & SALE , February 14 – 17, featuring (82) premier national and international decorative and fine...

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