While this list includes a variety of established auctioneers and galleries specializing in fine art, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art cannot guarantee that appraisals obtained from these sources are always accurate or reflect the continuously changing market for individual works of art. In general, valuations for insurance purposes can also vary widely from appraiser to appraiser and may also change substantially over relatively short periods of time. You are strongly advised to seek legal and/or professional financial counsel for appraisals obtained for tax purposes (i.e. tax-deductible gifts to non-profit organizations).
These national organizations have local representatives:
Appraisers Association of America, Inc.
386 Park Avenue South, Suite 2000 New York, NY 10016
Telephone: 212.889.5404 x10 for general inquiries
American Society of Appraisers
Art Dealers Association of America
International Society of Appraisers
Different periods, styles and countries have different specialists. Check the website for the specific expertise required (i.e. American Paintings; Furniture and Decorative Arts; Contemporary Art, etc.)
Christies’ New York
20 Rockefeller Plaza New York, NY 10020
Sotheby’s, New York 1334 York Avenue New York, NY
Doyle New York, Auctioneers and Appraisers
175 East 87th Street New York, NY 10028
Phillips de Pury & Co.
450 Park Avenue New York, NY 10022