As the nation’s oldest auction house, Freeman’s has supported some of the most historically significant appraisals in the tri-state area for vast private collections, important estates, and popular institutions.
With a consideration to each client’s unique situation, our thorough and fully-illustrated reports are recognized in the US by a variety of government agencies, including the IRS, financial institutions, and insurance brokers. Our expertise covers more than 30 collecting categories, including fine art, decorative art & objects, jewelry, books & manuscripts, and more, and each member of Freeman’s Appraisals department is either an Accredited or Certified Member of the Appraisers Association of America (AAA) and every report is executed in accordance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). We issue reports for the following purposes:
An auction evaluation is a complementary service, in which an auction estimate is provided if we have a market for the work or works in question. The estimate may often be provisional if based on images and information, and subject to first-hand examination. An appraisal is a formal opinion of value, often culminating in a document, primarily for estate tax or insurance purposes. There is a fee for this service, based on the time necessary to conduct and complete the appraisal.
Auction appraisals place an estimate derived from current market conditions expressed in a range (ie, $3,000 – 5,000). These complimentary values are placed by our specialist teams and are when a collector wants to liquidate, or sell, a collection via auction. Appraisals for insurance are formal written reports executed by our team of USPAP qualified appraisers, which can be used for filing paperwork with insurance brokers.