Donation Appraisal

A formal appraisal for artwork or collectibles must be submitted to the IRS for a donation of five thousand dollars or greater. Collector’s Fine Art Appraisal has performed many high level donations all of which have been accepted by the IRS. There are many nuances, complex issues and methodology, involved with  donation appraisals. Any misstep or lack of qualifications could result  in rejection of the donation value. Expertise is the utmost requirement  of an appraiser for a donation, of significant value, and acceptance by  the IRS.

True Story: A client seeks to donate a painting which is  already desired for acquisition by a notable museum. The artist is not  necessarily considered museum quality merit. However, the importance of  this artist and this subject matter, to American History for this  specific museum, is a curatorial enhancement. This artist trades  infrequently and poorly at auction and the most common marketplace for  this artist is the retail gallery environment. Correspondingly, a  donation appraisal is based on Fair Market Value and most common  marketplace, which in this case, is retail. The Fair Market Value for  this donation is retail value which is significantly higher than the  auction market. Ironic that an artist with relatively weak merit could  be valued at the highest level.



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Barbara Preston, Member Appraisers Association of America, NY