Appraisers of Fine Arts
Specializing in Fine Art

Ruth Slyngstad
Ruth Slyngstad

Q: I have a work of art and I want to find out if its worth having it appraised without spending a lot of money. Can Appraisers of Fine Arts help?

A: Appraisers of Fine Arts will be happy to review your work of art. Estimates are provided prior to the inspection. If we feel that the work of art does not merit additional research or an appraisal, there is no charge for our time.

Q: How do you determine the appraisal fees?

A: Fees are determined by the amount of time involved to perform the appraisal. In agreement with good ethics and IRS standards, appraisal fees are not based on the value of the property being appraised. Additional fees needed for authentication of the work being appraised is the responsibility of the client.
Q: What is your accreditation?

American Society of Appraisers (ASA) is a rigorous academic affiliation through which the appraisers at Appraisers of Fine Arts have completed all courses necessary to abide by ASA’s standards of values and principles. We pride ourselves in our attention to detail and assessment of the accuracy and completeness of our appraisal reports. Appraisers of Fine Arts will regularly revise and improve its accreditation in order to keep up with the current market and address pressing appraisal issues.  Fine art appraisers are not licensed, and they are not required to have any specific education, experience or membership in a professional organization, such as the American Society of Appraisers. Therefore, it is important that you ask any potential appraiser for her/his credentials.

Q:  What should my finished appraisal have in it?

A: Appraisal reports must meet the criteria necessary to for IRS standards and other legal affiliations. Appraisers who do not have the education, experience or affiliation with a professional organization may not have the training necessary to write a comprehensive appraisal report. An appraisal should always state the kind of value being determined, such as fair market value (FMV), replacement value, etc. It should specify all procedures that were used to estimate the value. It should logically explain in detail the path taken to determine the value and be backed by factual evidence. The appraiser’s qualifications should be outlined and the appraisal should be signed by the appraiser.



Ruth Slyngstad, A.M.
Accredited Member of the American Society of Appraisers

Tel: (408) 656-1060
Los Gatos, California
email: Ruth Slyngstad.


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