Art Appraisal Expert Witnesses
Cahn Litigation Services is skilled and experienced at identifying the ideal expert to provide expert witness services for valuation matters, and is frequently called upon by law firm clients to find an art appraisal expert. An art appraisal expert witness typically has a background and expertise in artwork, appraisal methodologies, and/or museum curating. Most often the expert witness chosen has a professional appraisal practice, and is member of an industry organization such as the Appraisers Association of America.
Art appraisal is a somewhat subjective craft, involving a financial evaluation versus aesthetic evaluation. An art appraisal determines the present value, or fair market value, of a work of art. An appraiser compares data points from sources such as an art auction house, private collectors, museum curators, art dealer, galleries, and/or specialized market analysts to arrive at a value. As examples, the work of art in a valuation case could be fine art, decorative art, contemporary art, sculptures, asian art, antique items, painting, watercolor, prints, spray paint art, drawings, ceramics, textiles, carpets, silver, rare manuscripts, or historical memorabilia. An appraisal could be undertaken for reasons including financing and investment purposes, tax purposes, Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA) cases, estate valuations, charitable contributions, or an insurance claim.
Some important U.S. cases of note:
- Andrew Crispo Gallery, Inc. v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue
- Angell v. Commissioner
- Drummond v. Commissioner
- Estate of Robert Scull v. Commissioner
- Nataros v. Fine Arts Gallery of Scottsdale
- Estate of Bernice Newberger v. Commissioner
Litigation support by an art appraisal expert witness could include research, expert report, expert opinion, and expert testimony in court. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may request a testifying expert with prior testifying experience. Clients may also seek a qualified appraiser for pre-litigation consulting work.
Art Appraisal Expert Witness - Representative Bios
Please Note: All Cahn Litigation expert witness searches are customized to attorneys' precise specifications and preferences. Attorneys are encouraged to discuss search parameters with a Cahn search specialist.
The below expert witness bios represent a small fraction of those Art Appraisal experts known by Cahn Litigation Services. These bios are provided to give lawyers a sense of the Art Appraisal landscape.