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Appraisals Research Guide

Though the Getty cannot offer any appraisal services, this guide offers information on how to conduct your own appraisal research.

Contact Appraiser

An appraiser is a professional who determines the value or authenticity of a work of art or other materials. Before hiring, you may wish to inquire about the appraiser's qualifications and fees. 
American Society of Appraisers 

Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America 

Antiques Roadshow (Public Broadcasting System television show)
Online Appraiser Index with contact information of experts that have been featured on the show. 

Appraisers Association of America, Inc. 
Search online database for association members. 

This auction house also features valuation days when patrons can bring in a limited number of artworks for a brief appraisal. 

Christie's Appraisals, Inc. 

International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR) 
Provides authentication services (Telephone 212-391-6234). IFAR charges an initial, non-refundable $250 deposit at the inquiry stage. This will be applied to the basic $2,000 cost if IFAR is able to undertake the research and the client and IFAR agree to proceed. 

International Society of Appraisers 

An expert-reviewed, online marketplace for valuable fine and decorative arts. Provides free appraisals for items over $1,000.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions