We complete Appraisals for clients throughout the world, even though our office is in Aurora, Ontario. We don't necessarily need to see your artwork personally. Appraisals can be done from quality photos of the artwork.
We have completed hundreds of Artwork appraisals for wide variety of clients, from individuals to Museums.
Our Process is simple:
1. Tell us what you have to appraise and what you want to do (sell, insure, estate, divorce, donate, etc., )
2. We review what you have and tell you whether the items are worth appraising and the cost of doing the appraisal.
3. You decide whether or not to proceed.
Our rates are competitive ( they start at $150 plus HST for a MARKET VALUE appraisal and $200 plus HST for an INSURANCE APPRAISAL) . We don't just give you a number, you receive a 10 to 20 page report with alot of information that supports our value opinion and highlights and explains the best markets for your Artwork. The cost per Artwork is substantially less for multiple pieces.
There are two key aspects to doing an Appraisal professionally. First, it is to determine the correct market for your personal property item and Second, is to write up the report according to USPAP Standards. To write up an Appraisal Report according to the Uniform Standards of Professional Apprasial Practice is a key factor that separates the Wellington Gallery from others who simply "value" an item , like an auction house or simple on-line service.
The owner is an Accredited Member of the International Society of Appraisers. There are very few of the ISA in Canada. Obtaining this designation involves considerable training and several years of appraisal experience .
When you seek an appraiser for your special items, ask if the appraiser is an active dealer in the items to ensure that the appraiser understands the for your collection.
For example, the best market for several top Canadian Artists is not even in Canada, even though they are Canadian Artists!
Professional Appraisers follow the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). It is important when getting your artwork appraised that you obtain an appraiser who is qualified to do appraisals and is current and knowledgeable with USPAP, the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.
The Wellington Gallery is also a valuable resource in terms of Artwork and Collectibles Consulting. Our experience in the art and collectibles world has been developed through education, direct connections and working relationships with top artists , collectors and dealers world wide and with decades of purchasing and selling both art work and collectibles.