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A certified personal property appraisal is often needed for the purposes of insuring a valuable item or collection, equitable division of an estate, determining estate tax liability, or for documented reporting of a charitable donation.

– The process can be explained in three easy steps –

Understanding The Project

Fill out our online form and tell us about your needs; from what items need to be appraised to what type of appraisal is needed.

Review And Research

Our certified appraisers will look over each item in-depth and conduct needed research to identify the items and their value.

Appraisal Report

The appraisal will come in the form of a USPAP-compliant appraisal report which will detail each item, its appraised value, and how the report can be used.

(Collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Nancy Daum, and Emile Galle art glass)

Understanding The Project

The first step in the process is for us to understand the scope of what you need to be appraised; from what types of items are involved to how large the project is. We also want to understand the reason you’re needing an appraisal. This will enable us to budget the right amount of time for your project and clearly communicate with you what to expect in the process. We have a quick 3 minute online form which leads you through the process of describing your needs. We’ll then schedule a time for the appraisal, which can either be at your location or at our offices in Kansas City.

Review And Research

Our certified appraisers will look over each item in-depth: taking into account its age, condition, construction, and the brand or artist who made it. We’ll measure and take photographs of all the significant items. From there, our appraisers delve into research by first identifying and authenticating the items. We then employ our vast pricing resources to determine an appraised value. We utilize our years of hands-on experience, along with books, periodicals, various online pricing databases, and personal connections with specialists in the field.

(Thomas Hart Benton Lithograph)


(1st Edition Charles Dickens Books)

Appraisal Report

The appraisal will come in the form of a USPAP-compliant report. USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) ensures the appraisal meets a certain quality standard developed by the Appraisal Standards Board of the Appraisal Foundation. The IRS requires appraisals over $5,000 submitted for their use to be USPAP compliant. The report will include an inventory with descriptions and photographs of the items, market analysis, appraised values assigned to each item, and information on how to use the report. If you’re ready to take the next step, you can start by filling out our appraisal form or by giving us a call to discuss your project at 913-815-0505.

What items are worth appraising?

A certified appraisal is a legal document that can be used by the IRS and in legal proceedings. Because of the significant ways that they can be used, our appraisals are thoroughly researched and detailed. Our appraisal rate is $150 an hour with a one-hour minimum. 

Below we’ve listed out a sampling of the items, brands, and categories that tend to be a better fit for needing appraisals:

Original Art & Sculpture
  • Original oil paintings
  • Watercolors
  • Prints: lithographs, woodblocks, linocuts, and etchings
  • Original animation art and cels
  • Original comic book art
  • Bronze sculptures
  • Carved marble, alabaster, and onyx sculptures
Mid Century & 20th Century Designers
  • Herman Miller
  • Charles and Ray Eames
  • Knoll
  • Henry Bertoia
  • Eero Saarinen
  • Paul McCobb
  • Paul Evans
  • Milo Baughman
  • Tommi Parzinger
  • Le Corbusier
  • Hans Wegner
  • George Nakashima
  • Edward Wormley
  • Gerald Thurston
  • Arne jacobsen
  • Florence Knoll
  • Greta Magnusson Grossman
  • Jean Prouve
  • Gio Ponti
  • Marcel Breuer
  • Isamu Noguchi
  • Documents and signatures
  • Maps and atlases
  • Natural history prints
  • Artifacts
  • Photographs
  • Militaria 
  • Notable Collectables 
  • Railroadiana 
  • Entertainment Memorabilia  
  • Musical Instruments
  • Scientific Instruments
  • Quack Medical
Art Glass, Porcelain, & Pottery
    • Lalique
    • Steuben
    • Tiffany
    • Galle
    • Daum
    • Waterford
    • Bohemian art glass
    • Meissen
    • Sevres
    • Royal Bayreuth
    • Villeroy & Boch
    • Weller
    • Rookwood
    • Newcomb College  
    • Grueby
    • Teco
Contemporary Designer Furniture & Decor
  • Henredon
  • Bernhardt
  • Maitland Smith
  • Baker
  • Restoration Hardware
  • Pottery Barn
  • Hooker
  • Ethan Allen
  • Arhaus
  • Crate & Barrel
  • Hancock & Moore
  • Henkel Harris
  • Hickory Chair
  • Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
  • Theodore & Alexander
  • Jeffco Furniture
  • Karges
  • King Hickory
  • Thomasville
  • Paul Roberts
  • Seasonal Concepts
  • Ekornes
  • Sherrill 
  • Century
  • Drexel Heritage 
  • Wildwood
  • Stiffel
  • Frederick Cooper
Decorative Arts
  • Silver
  • Metalwork
  • Objects of vertu
  • Clocks and timepieces
  • Lamps & Chandeliers
  • Mirrors
Antique & Primitives
  • English antique furniture
  • American antique furniture
  • Pennsylvania Dutch furniture
  • American primitives and graniteware
Books & Manuscripts
  • Rare and antiquarian
  • Signed
  • First editions
  • Libraries and collections
  • Original manuscripts and holographs
  • Galley proof
Jewelry & Watches
  • Precious and semi-precious gemstones: Diamond, Ruby, Emerald, sapphire, etc.
  • Gold, sterling, and platinum pieces
  • Tiffany & Co.
  • Cartier
  • Tivoli
  • David Yurman
  • Georg Jensen
  • Rolex
  • Omega
  • Patek Philippe
  • Michael Bondanza
  • Lagos
  • Jack Kelege
Luxury Accessories & Couture
  • Hermes
  • Chanel
  • Louis Vuitton
  • Christian Dior
  • Valentino
  • Yves Saint Laurent
  • Burberry
  • Cartier
  • Christian Louboutin
  • Oscar de la Renta
  • Gucci
  • Jimmy Choo
  • Prada

If you’re unsure if your items warrant an appraisal, please fill out our form and we’ll walk you through the process.

Ready To Take The Next Step?