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

You can visit their website where you can geographically search for appraisers by specialty (discipline personal property, specialty fine arts)


2. Contact the Appraisers Association of America, Inc.

Appraisers Association of America, Inc.
212 West 35th Street, 11th Floor South
New York, NY 10001
Tel: 212.889.5404 x 14
Fax: 212.889.5503

or use their online tool "Find an appraiser"


3. Contact one of the art auction houses listed below whose services include appraisals for insurance, taxes, estates, etc.:


  • 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



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

  • Bonhams (Chicago Office)
    200 East Randolph St., Suite 5100
    Chicago, IL 60601
    (773) 267-3300

  • Christie’s (Chicago Office)
    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 (Chicago Office)
    980 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1815
    Chicago, IL 60611
    (312) 475-7900

This list of area appraisers is also attached as a PDF.

This list is provided as a public service only. The individuals listed must be contacted at the discretion of the consumer.

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 Snite Museum staff members.

(updated June 26, 2019)