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ART PRICES PER ARTIST
appraiser codes and ethics
Association members are required to have
adequate knowledge of and agree to abide
by the "USPAP" Uniform Standards of
Professional Appraisal Practice.
AAIA, ASA, AAA, etc. appraisers do not
charge fees based on a percentage of the
value or outcome of an appraisal.
AAIA, ASA, AAA, etc. appraisers must
seek the aid of a qualified specialist
appraiser if asked to report on items
which are outside the scope of their
knowledge or fields of expertise.
All members must abide by the laws and
government regulations in the countries,
states, counties and municipalities
where they conduct business.
AAIA, ASA, AAA, etc appraisal reports
contain all relevant facts including the
following elements: a full description
of items; a statement indicating the
type of appraisal and its intended use;
the appropriate limiting conditions and
certification by the appraiser.
These are principles that every
appraiser should respect.
For obvious reason of conflict of
interest, a “respectable” appraiser can
not be involved in the sale of an item
to become his fee. The fee is always
independent from any interest in the
item that he appraises.
Now if you have a Picasso to appraise,
is it enough to have 5 years experience,
as required by most of these
We don’t think so.
A couple years ago, we introduced an
application for a major Appraisers
organization. We find out that we had to
pay $ 500.00 yearly fee, respond to a
questionnaire which had an attached
documentation with the responses
displayed, and show we had 5 years
experience in our field! That’s it!
We dissociate ourselves immediately from
this type of organization, because we
thought that PHD art historians with
almost 15 years cumulated university
knowledge, with almost 35 years
cumulated experience didn’t had to be
placed with individuals that know very
little about art history.
We never saw any Museum curator, or
Sotheby’s or Christie’s expert, with an
ASA, AAIA, AAA, label!
A Mercedes 500 SL, sold by a Mercedes
dealer shows a quality warranty
A Mercedes 500 SL, sold by a local
second hands car dealer shows another
type of warranty.
Our conclusion: An appraiser for Fine
Art, should have at least University
qualifications in art history, an
experience of 15 years, and able to show
at least a couple million $ artwork that
he appraised. We think this is a minimum
a customer should require from an art