Find Cash in the Attic with a Good Antique Appraisal.

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5 steps to finding the best antique appraiser, from noted antique appraiser David J. Goldberg

When it comes to appraising and selling your personal property, you want the best appraiser you can find. To identify someone who can help you get fair market value or more, you will need an appraiser with a good network and knowledge of the auction houses. David J. Goldberg of The Appraisal Group says there are 5 important questions to ask.

According to New Orleans based fine arts and antiques appraiser, David J. Goldberg, people everywhere are looking at their family heirlooms, fine art and collectibles as sources of revenue. Trying to sell antiques and fine art yourself is time consuming and often, if it is not done correctly, actually results in monetary losses, Mr. Goldberg states.

For example, the owner of an historic mansion recently called Mr. Goldberg to look at a painting she wanted to sell for around $2,000. Mr. Goldberg estimated the painting’s value at approximately $200,000. He also knew whom to call to sell it. Without David J. Goldberg’s knowledge, the owner might have sold the painting for $2,000 and never known its real market value.

To help you find an appraiser who has the knowledge to assign fair market value and knows where to actually realize such high prices, Mr. Goldberg suggests you ask these five questions.

  • Is your appraiser ethical? You can check on an appraiser’s reputation by contacting the professional societies with which he is affiliated. In David J. Goldberg’s case, you would want to check with Certified Appraisers Guild of America.
  • Is your appraiser knowledgeable? An appraiser who has a large base of knowledge, or perhaps has been in the auction business, as was David J. Goldberg, or owned an antique shop or art gallery, has more hands-on knowledge and is more likely to be a walking price history.
  • Does your appraiser have enough experience? The more art and furniture he has seen, the better. A long-time appraiser will know how to spot both questionable and fine items. He will recognize exceptional paintings, for example, when he sees them and be able to gauge market trends.
  • Does your appraiser have a large network? The more professionals your appraiser knows, the better. Colleagues in the antiques trade and art field can help him correctly identify rarities. They can also lead him to the best buyers.
  • Does you appraiser have a track record? Find out if your appraiser knows how to conduct an auction or estate sale and market it nationally. High-dollar estate sales attract buyers from all 50 states, Europe and Asia. Case in point: in May, David Goldberg helped a family dispose of an estate with a nationally advertised $1,000,000 value. If your appraiser cannot do this, find another.

If you think that there is cash in your attic or your garage, be sure to follow David J. Goldberg’s five-guidelines for finding the appraiser that is right for you.

For more information on David J. Goldberg, Director of the Appraisal Group, please visit or call (504) 282-7611.

The Appraisal Group was founded in 1994 by David J. Goldberg and his father, Morton Goldberg. The Goldbergs owned the largest auction gallery in New Orleans and the South for many years. David Goldberg holds degrees from Columbia University and the University of North Carolina. He has taught course in antiques and appraisals at Tulane University for 14 years and been a professional appraiser for the past 15 years. (504) 282-7611.

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