True Story:

A gentleman here in Phoenix, Arizona viewed online auction offerings to be sold in California.

Condition reports for three of the items were not available until the day of the sale.

Nancy Martin, ASA, seasoned appraiser of antiques and decorative arts, was employed to view the property for description accuracy, condition observations and qualitative commentary.

  • Measurements were not accurate in all cases
  • Condition issues caused two of four items to be ruled out for potential purchase
  • Qualitative issues forced the elimination of the third item for potential acquisition
  • Martin’s experience guided the degree of bidding on the remaining item

Conclusion: ¬†Martin’s fee was money well spent, benefiting hugely the potential purchaser.

A condition report from auction house arrived the morning of the sale, at which time the house representative wrote “All 3 are in overall good condition.”

Nancy Martin, ASA Antiques & Decorative Arts

To locate designated ASA appraisers in other parts of the country, American Society of Appraisers.