The Value of History specializes in the evaluation, review and formal appraisal of personal items and contents across several categories including Fine Art, Historical Artifacts, Antiques, Rare and Antiquarian Books, Estates and Collections.


Personal property often requires a USPAP-compliant appraisal for obtaining insurance, settling an insurance claim, estate fair market value, documenting a charitable contribution, outlining equitable distribution, supporting a long-term financial plan, or appearing as an expert witness. Whether it’s a public or private item or collection, or an entire household or estate, I have a formal Appraisal Report, Value Discovery Consultation or Sales Advisory Opinion to serve your immediate needs or long-term goals!

Value Discovery and Risk Mitigation

Markets are no longer self-contained or purely local affairs. It is common for even the most modest auctioneer or broker down the road to draw participants from around the world. Because of this, the value of fine art, better antiques, rare books, and historical artifacts continues to rise, even in these otherwise uncertain times.

I work regularly with trust officers, philanthropic giving directors, institutional and corporate collections and archives, insurance agents, adjusters and claims managers to discreetly address their clients’ needs in a variety of situations and environments. I am here to help protect your significant assets against loss or damage as well!

All appraisal reports are written for clarity and in compliance with the Uniform Standards of the Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), IRS rules and regulations, and to the report writing standards of the International Society of Appraisers (ISA).

I also assist and consult with other appraisers when outside expertise is needed to complete an unusual or complex project.

Click on the tabs above for more information about my specialty areas, then give me a call at (816) 289-5400 to discuss the kind of appraisal or consultation that is right for you, or send me an email.

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