Appraisals

 
 

For thirty years, our experts have prepared appraisals for banks, attorneys, trust and estate officers, and family members who have been responsible for the dispersal of estates and collections.

We provide thoroughly researched, comprehensive, written appraisals whether they are for tax purposes, estate planning or dispersal, gift or charitable giving, or insurance purposes. Our experts provide USPAP-compliant appraisals (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal), for both fine and decorative arts, jewelry, and household contents for the purposes of insurance, estate tax, charitable donation, equitable distribution, liquidation, purchase, and sale. Our fees are competitive and follow industry standards.

 
 Pablo Picasso Football, lithograph in colors, 1961, appraisal – $10,000

Pablo Picasso Football, lithograph in colors, 1961, appraisal – $10,000

 Andy Warhol (1928-1987), Moonwalk (Red), 1987, sold for $120,000

Andy Warhol (1928-1987), Moonwalk (Red), 1987, sold for $120,000

 An 18kt. Rose and White Gold Diamond Ring by Mario Buccellati, sold for $21,600

An 18kt. Rose and White Gold Diamond Ring by Mario Buccellati, sold for $21,600

 
 

Auction Estimates

If you want to know what something is worth, our experts are available to give you auction estimates for several categories of treasured possessions. Fine art from early works to modern and contemporary, fine furniture and decorative art objects; fine jewelry, silver and watches; antique rugs, runners and carpets and rare books and manuscripts. What's It Worth? Friday is an event held every Friday for members of the public to bring their treasured possessions to Gray’s for a complimentary verbal valuation. This event takes place at Gray’s auction showrooms at 10717 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44102. Please contact the auction house to make an appointment. You may also email images to our appraisal department or use our mobile app to upload pictures to us. 

 
 
 

Trusts & Estates

Gray’s Auctioneers provides executors, fiduciaries and beneficiaries with confidential and customized appraisals and disposition services. All appraisals are prepared fully in accordance with USPAP guidelines and meet all current requirements set forth by the IRS.

We recognize that each client and appraisal situation is unique and often involves multiple asset categories and residences. Our Trusts and Estates department offers services that are tailored to meet our clients’ timelines and specifications.

Our specialists offer complimentary walk-through services with the goal of providing an accurate representation of each items’ value based on the current auction market. A detailed proposal outlining the manner in which a sale will be conducted from the initial value assessment, to removal of the property and settlement is provided to all parties involved.

Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

 

Authentication

Gray’s is able to offer authentication services for certain works of art. The art work in question will need to be examined in person before being accepted for authentication. The contract for art authentication will need to be signed by the rightful owner and a 50% deposit of the estimated costs will need to be paid before work can begin. Our researchers consult with the appropriate specialists and experts and where necessary travel to allow the art work to be examined in person. Certain scientific analyses may be necessary including, but not limited to X-Ray, infrared, pigment and media testing, and fiber analysis. A written report detailing our research and stating our opinion as to the artist attribution will be presented after completion. In some instances, the report may not be conclusive. Gray’s does not issue, “Certificates of Authenticity”.