In a time of economic uncertainty and highly publicized art thefts and damages, knowing how to value, protect and maintain a collection is increasingly important. Caring for works of art and other valuables requires specific expertise in each phase of the ownership process, so knowing the right questions to ask and how to find to identify trustworthy experts is crucial. o help collectors and allied professionals know what questions to ask – and to illuminate challenging issues that may not have been anticipated – the Appraisers Association of America has created The Experts’ Guide to Collecting. Withers Bergman, LLP made the publication possible. Compact, $10 ($5 for AAA Members; discounts apply for bulk orders) and 32 pages long, it can be purchased on the Appraisers Association of America website by downloading this form or calling 212.889.5404 x11, and will also be available at selected art fairs beginning this season.

“Our goal is to provide collectors with a comprehensive tool that contains everything they will need to know from the moment they begin thinking about buying a piece of fine or decorative art,” said Aleya Lehmann Bench, Executive Director. “This includes information they may not anticipate needing to know, from how to perform due diligence when making a purchase, to ensuring that their insurance coverage protects them in the event of a theft or damage.” The Experts’ Guide to Collecting was written by the AAA’s Advisory Council, a 20-member board comprised of front line experts in the art appraisal, art shipping, art insurance, art conservation, art law, art public relations and related fields. Their clients include the art world’s top collectors, institutions and organizations.

About the Appraisers Association of America
The Appraisers Association of America, established in 1949, is the premier national association of personal property appraisers who focus on fine and decorative arts. With a membership of over 700 independent appraisers in 100 different areas of specialization, the AAA’s roster of well-established professionals has the widest range of experience and expertise in their respective fields. Many members are either former curators at major museums or heads of departments at auction houses; several are specialists on popular television programs and other shows devoted to antiques, and contributors to art and antiques publications. The AAA, which is associated with the highest level of professionalism, is a dynamic association that is simply unmatched in the field of personal property valuation.

AAA appraisers work with private and corporate art collections as well as partner with collectors, attorneys, accountants, museums, educational institutions, trusts, brokers and insurance carriers to reflect the highest industry standards. All of our members are required to be certified according to the highest professional standards, known in the field as USPAP Seasoned professionals, members serve public and private collectors alike to deliver independent, ethical, and objective valuations for insurance, estate tax, charitable donation, equitable distribution, and liquidation purposes.


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