Appraisal Inquiries

Area Art Appraisers and Auction Houses 

Following standard museum professional policies and IRS guidelines, museum staff members may not provide dollar value appraisals for estates or federal tax deductions. They must be done by an independent, certified, appraiser. Most of the larger art auction houses have staff members who can provide this service.

In order to do an appraisal they normally request good color photographs of the work as a whole (front and back), photos of details such as the signature, any marks, labels, etc., on the back, and the appraiser may require other photos and information. Appraisers vary in areas of expertise, staff size, services provided, and fees.

We suggest you search for a fine art appraiser near your location who is familiar with the type of art object you want appraised by one of the following methods:

1. Contact the American Society of Appraisers
11107 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 310, Reston, VA 20190

Call Toll-Free 800-ASA-VALU (800-272-8258)
or 703-478-2228
Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time


2. Visit their website where you can geographically search for appraisers by specialty (discipline personal property, specialty fine arts)


3. Contact one of the art auction houses listed below:


  • Caroline Ashleigh Associates, LLC
    1221 Bowers street, #1863
    Birmingham MI 48012
    (248) 792-2929

  • DuMouchelles Art Gallery
    409 East Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 48226
    (313) 963-6255


  • Laurette E. McCarthy, Ph.D., AM
    308 E. 10th Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46202
    (812) 236-3820

  • Sharon Smith Theobald, ASA
    Appraisal Associates International
    3746 Westlake Ct.
    West Lafayette, IN 47906-2118
    (765) 463-1270


  • Richard-Raymond Alasko
    832 West Superior St., Suite 201
    Chicago, IL 60604
    (312) 491-9760

  • Bonhams
    4044 N. Lincoln Ave., Box 293
    Chicago, IL 60618
    (773) 267-3300

  • Christie’s
    875 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 3810
    Chicago, Il 60611
    (312) 787-2765

  • Leslie Hindman Auctioneers
    1338 West Lake St., Chicago, IL 60607
    (312) 280-1212 

  • Sotheby’s
    188 East Walton
    Chicago, IL 60611
    (312) 475-7900

This list is provided as a public service only. The individuals listed must be contacted at the discretion of the consumer. Please know the Museum warrants neither the quality, nor the accuracy of the work done by any person or company on this list, or any other appraiser cited by museum staff members.