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    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...

    News from the Appraisal Foundation

    The Appraisal Foundation is an important source of appraisal standards and qualifications for real property appraisers.  Most personal property appraisers voluntarily comply with these standards.  Users of appraisal services should engage appraisers who are compliant with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and keep updated with the changes every two years.  The foundation programs and events listed...

    Events in Southern California: Appraiser Qualifications Board Meeting in San Diego

    The Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) has a public meeting scheduled in San Diego, California on Sept. 13 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 N at the Westin San Diego. The AQB is part of the Appraisal Foundation, authorized by Congress as the source of appraisal standards and appraiser qualifications.  Both personal property and real property appraisers adhere to the Appraisal Foundation’s Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal...

    How to Ship Antiques Safely

    How to Ship Antiques Safely A dresser owned by a queen. A teapot once used by your great, great grandmother. When we ship antiques, we’re not just moving around things; we’re shipping history from here to there. We care that antiques remain preserved. We want them to continue to convey the past in a way that enriches the present. A broken object seldom does that in the same way. As such, every antiques shipment is all about the extra steps. What...

    Are Your Prized Possessions Protected?

    Insurer USAA posted an article titled “Are Your Prized Possessions Protected?” explaining the basics of homeowners insurance coverage and when valuable personal property insurance might be needed.   Antiques, fine art, silver, jewelry and several additional items can be covered under a specialized policy.   Included in the article is a list of steps to follow to get the most protection: Check your current...

    Nine Tips on Deducting Charitable Contributions from the IRS

    Nine Tips on Deducting Charitable Contributions from the IRS The IRS has released a list of tips to assist with obtaining tax deductions on charitable contributions.  For non-cash contributions with a fair market value of $5,000 or more, a qualified appraisal is required by a “Qualified Appraiser”.  See tip #9.     IRS Tax Tip 2013-45, April 1, 2013 Giving to charity may make you feel good and help you lower your tax bill. The IRS offers these nine tips to help ensure...


    ESTATE / LIFE PLANNING APPRAISALS There are many times in a person’s life when they need to make plans regarding their collections and other personal property: 1) Estate planning 2) Downsizing 3) Distribution to family members 4) Donation 5) Tax planning An essential part of this process is to have your collection appraised so that you can find out current values and make informed decisions.  The appropriate level of value is Fair Market Value. Remember,...

    Events in Southern California: Dollmastery Seminar & Auction

    An opportunity to learn about the connoisseurship of antique and collectible dolls will be available at a Dollmastery Seminar conducted by Florence Theriault in Los Angeles on Friday April 12 , 2013.  It will be followed by two days of catalogued doll auctions on April 13th and 14th.  All events will be hosted at the Universal Hilton by Theriault’s, one of the premier doll auction companies in the U.S.  For more...

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