Wednesday, December 5, 2012

APPRAISING PERSONAL PROPERTY AND ESTATES IN MIAMI, FORT LAUDERDALE AND PALM BEACH - BEAUTIFUL OCEAN VIEWS

BEAUTIFUL OCEAN VIEW IN SOUTH FLORIDA

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida - Here is one of the views that lucky personal property appraisers in South Florida get to enjoy, however briefly. Both before and after taking inventory of the contents of beachside homes and condos in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties, I'd venture to say that 99% of us take five to enjoy the spectacular ocean views. In Miami Beach the most spectacular view I have experienced was from the Continuum Towers in South Beach where they boast "the very tip of the peninsula on the world's most famous ocean resort is reserved entirely for you." Harbor Isles in Fort Lauderdale offers great views of both the Atlantic Ocean and Intercoastal Waterway including the comings and goings of cruise ships. And in Palm Beach, the furnishings, antiques, art and other personal property of any home on South Ocean Drive we are fortunate enough to appraise provides those automatic "stop and smell the roses" moments.

When appraisal services are required for estate, donation, insurance or other purposes, please consider hiring The St Lucie Appraisal Company. We serve all of South Florida and deliver completed reports within a week. FYI, our fee for appraising the contents of a typical home or condo is $375.00 and up, cost amounts depend on the number of high-end works of art, antiques and other collectibles that may require additional research time.

The St. Lucie Appraisal Company
P.O. Box 2700
Fort Pierce, FL 34954
Tel: 772-359-4300
Fax: 772-466-8400
email: contact@stlucieappraisal.net 
Web Site: http://stlucieappraisal.net/


Keywords for this article: personal property, contents, appraiser, appraisal, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, county, furnishings, antiques, art, Florida, South Florida, estate, donation, insurance, collectibles, inventory

Updated 06-20-2013

Monday, November 12, 2012

APPRAISING COLLECTOR PLATES - FLORIDA HAS IT'S SHARE OF THEM



MIAMI BEACH, Florida - The world of collector plates is an almost infinite place where different styles and textures completely overwhelm any sense of there ever being an end to them. It's difficult to stay fully informed. A competent appraiser would do well to assemble a personal database from which to draw comps. The companies that produce these artistic gems are familiar to the general public, not only art and antique aficionados. Among the biggest of them are Bing and Grondahl, Bradford, Genton, Goebel, Hamilton, and Royal Copenhagen.

NORITAKE COLLECTOR PLATE

This gold luster plate by Noritake is edged in black. Hand painted on the front of the plate is a lady with huge upswept white hair decorated with multicolored flowers. She wears a grey and black dress and holds a doll in her left hand of a pierot in a checkered black and white dress. The plate is marked for Noritake on the back and numbered “29812”. It is in very good condition. It measures 8 1/2in in diameter and has a Fair Market Value of around $500.00.


MYTHOLOGICAL COLLECTOR PLATE
 
This hand-painted collector plate comes from Italy. It depicts a cherub riding over water on a fish. The artist created a border of foliage and fruit. It will cost you about $1,000.00 to purchase it.



PABLO PICASSO COLLECTOR PLATE

Pablo Picasso is known more for his paintings but his art also extended to plate design. This piece is a simple depiction of an orange and white bird against a swirling green background. Name recognition counts for part of the reason this particular collector plate is worth $5,000.00. Created in 1963, it is part of a very limited edition of 150.


SEVRES CABINET PLATE
 
Shown above is antique French Sevres hand-painted and Transfer Chateau des Tuileries Cabinet Plate with gilt highlights and signed center panel. It is decorated with a central scene signed E. Grisard, surrounded by raised gilding. Measures 11.25" Inches Diameter. Beautiful detail along with great raised gilt decoration and painted flowers. Excellent condition, free of chips, cracks, repairs or crazing. Minor loss of gilt decoration. Stamped on the bottom with Chateau des Tuilleries in orange. The Sevres mark appears on the back in blue surrounding the letter "s". The value of this collector plate is about $500.00


ITALIAN HAND-PAINTED PLATE
 
A 20 inch diameter, hand-painted Italian collector plate, Artistica's exclusive 'Frutta Fondo Terracotta' products feature one of the most refined hand-painted designs wholly surrounded by a striking 'Terracotta-Red'. The intricacy of every pattern is obviously a very important element in hand painted ceramics, but the painstakingly process of surrounding the design with a solid color, like in the products featured in this collection, is a complex and time consuming technique that adds great value to each single item. A collector can expect to pay $700.00-$1,000.00 for this item depending on condition. Appraised value, of course, would be higher.



MEDUSA SPAGHETTI MARINARA
 

In this work the artist, Vik Muniz is commenting on, and re-representing, Caravaggio's 1590 painting, Medusa. Muniz has rendered the Medusa in pasta marinara, which was photographed and transferred to a porcelain plate. This is a rare piece that sold for only $500.00 which illustrates an important thing to know when collecting plates - this piece was sold as a "collector plate only" and did not include the original box or cards that came with it. As with many other types of collecting, the original packaging is paramount to realizing the highest value for collector plates. Whether you collect by artist, manufacturer or theme, don't throw out the box!!

Updated 06-20-2013

Saturday, October 6, 2012

MURANO GLASS - AUTHENTICATING AND APPRAISING THE VALUE OF MURANO GLASS

Appraising and Authenticating Murano Glass

FORT PIERCE, Florida - Vivid colors and lively shapes are trademarks of Murano glass. Located off the coast of Italy in the shadow of Venice, the island of Murano's glass factories continue to produce exquisite works of art as they have since the 9th century. As with all collectibles, authenticating and appraising the value of these items is important. In the case of Murano glass, however, one finds there are no hard and fast rules to establishing the worth of a piece. Here's why.

Unlike many forms of art where values are based on the artists themselves, there are many more attributes that go into determining worth such as in what factories the items were produced. Also, something most collectors of glass are loath to admit, designers who were trained on the island of Murano but moved on to produce glass in other locations managed to create objects every bit as beautiful as actual Murano. Some of the Murano designers to look for are Venini, Pagnin, Martens, Poli Dalla Valentina Scarpa and Barbini while noted factories in Murano include Venini, Ferro & Lazzarini, Seguso, Vetri D'Arte, Cenadese and Barovier & Toso.

Many Murano pieces have no markings to identify makers or furnaces but the labels and signatures found are interesting as they range from quite generic-looking gold triangles indicating that the item was made in Murano to ornate examples more specific to the designer or factory. These are all indicators of genuine Murano glass. If a label simply states that the item was Made in Italy, it is not from Murano. It is important to note that fake red and gold "Made in Murano" labels are known to exist.

The different forms in which you can find Murano glass range from Art Glass to Vases, Figurines, Chandeliers, Beads & Jewelry, Fish, Birds, Ashtrays and Clowns. The symmetry, layering, differing tones of the same colors, pulled arms and rims - often curled, curving or twisted - and Aventurine (gold or copper flakes) are some characteristics of Murano glass. Others include ribbing, hobnail patterns, Bullicante (bubbles,) veins, elongated necks and items with murrines incorporated into the blown glass. It is important to be able to visually match a particular style or pattern to a designer or company.

An appraiser should possess as many original factory catalogs as are obtainable and, of course, be familiar with the three or four books that describe Murano glass in detail. Average collectors rarely encounter the types of studio pieces found in reference books and so need to rely on experts to identify and evaluate items in most collections and in the marketplace. If establishing values on specific categories or forms of art is what the appraiser does, he needs to dedicate himself to obtaining and cataloging comparable sales data and photographs from different sales venues. A sales catalog from a show at The Corning Glass Museum in Corning, New York is a good example.

The condition of the Murano glass is also important as mishandling and even improper cleaning techniques can compromise what is essentially perfection. An appraiser should look for chips, cracks flaws and restorations when determining condition. Generally the underside of the piece will show appropriate wear.

One last note refers to fake or replica Murano glass of which there is no shortage. Signs of forgeries most commonly include items that are obviously of inferior quality. Look for cloudy glass or out-of-proportion designs, misplaced bubbles, improper signatures and problems with color. Joining a collecting group is a great way to gain knowledge and avoid fakes.



The St. Lucie Appraisal Company
P.O. Box 2700
Fort Pierce, FL 34954
Tel: 772-359-4300
Fax: 772-466-8400
eMail: contact@stlucieappraisal.net
Web Site: http://stlucieappraisal.net/


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Keywords for this article: appraisal, appraiser, authenticate, collectible, collection, florida, glass, Miami Beach, Murano, value, Venini, Pagnin, Martens, Poli Dalla Valentina Scarpa and Barbini while noted factories in Murano, Ferro, Lazzarini, Seguso, Vetri D'Arte, Cenadese, Barovier, Toso.

Updated 06-20-2013
Updated 09-11-2013

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

APPRAISING ANTIQUE AND VINTAGE GOLF CLUBS - ONE APPRAISER'S STORY

APPRAISING ANTIQUE AND VINTAGE GOLF CLUBS
FORT PIERCE, Florida - The news of the appraisal company that placed the value on an antique and vintage golf club collection in a well-publicized matrimonial matter brought The St. Lucie Appraisal Company to the attention of a law firm specializing in trusts and estates. Developing a good reputation as a personal property appraiser, both for obtaining tax and estate work is beneficial. We also act on behalf of buyers and sellers, in matters of charitable donations, trusts, bankruptcy and divorce. In South Florida, while doing a tangible personal property appraisal for the attorney representing an estate, golf clubs came into play, but not antique or vintage ones.

It is sometimes with sadness that a personal property appraiser takes an inventory of people's possessions. Depending on circumstances, objects may be left in varying states of repose. Prescription bottles on the kitchen table waiting to be opened, half-scribbled notes of things to do on the fridge, every indication that a daily routine was taking place right up until they passed. A residence in a high-end golf community is liable to contain valuable golf memorabilia. Of particular interest at this residence was a limited edition print of a watercolor showing a crowded practice green at Mission Hills Country Club, signed by the artist, Dinah Shore.

In the garage was their Club Car golf cart. In the trays on both sides were golf gloves, tees and all of the necessary items they would need for their next round of golf. And, of course, off to the side there were golf clubs, three sets in bags to be exact. There were some old Ping woods and an early Big Bertha driver in there. Something was missing but what?

Later, that afternoon it dawned on me, there were no bags on the golf cart! Most personal property appraisers would assume the that the bags in the closet were their playing sets but I knew better. While Ping Eye2s and Dunlop blades might have been all the rage years ago, there is no way this upscale couple had still been swinging those sticks. A quick telephone call confirmed my suspicion. The golf pro informed me that there were two brand-new sets of clubs belonging to them in the bag storage room.

So I went back to the country club to inspect and photograph the two sets of clubs. The pro told me how much the two of them, who died just months apart, loved to play the back nine in the afternoon. Both had been taking lessons and had purchased these clubs from him just last year. His stories were a  nice conclusion to this day spent learning about a couple through the things they owned and the routines they followed.

But the best lesson that day was learned by my clients who discovered they had hired a very thorough appraiser. Because golf and golf equipment - not just antique and vintage - are things I'm familiar with, the estate's value grew by two new sets of golf clubs.

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Keywords for this article: appraisal, appraiser, golf, clubs, antique, vintage, collection, St. Lucie Appraisal, Florida, personal property, tax, estate, buy, sell, charitable donation, trusts, bankruptcy, divorce, Dinah Shore, painting, print


Updated 06/20/2013
Updated 09-11-2013

Thursday, September 6, 2012

DISNEYANA - FLORIDA'S CONTRIBUTION TO THE COLLECTIBLES MARKET - DISNEY IS EVERYWHERE!!


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FORT PIERCE, Florida - Whether you are buying, selling or collecting Disneyana, once Mickey Mouse and the rest of the Magic Kingdom become part of your life, expect many surprises. Disney collectibles and memorabilia abound not only in Florida but they have literally traveled to the ends of the earth. Here is an extremely sought after Lionel Walt Disney Circus Complete Train Set from the 1930's. Walt Disney had visions far beyond train sets, of course, but even his most trivial products are now  worth more than their weight in gold. Not only is the Disney name on this product, Lionel Trains, who manufactured and shares the billing on the box, is a powerhouse collectible itself.

This colorful complete set comes with a red wind-up engine that has some minor paint loss on the front.  This set also includes Mickey the Stoker engine, three circus cars, and all cardboard consisting of the Sunoco station, gas pumps, Mickey and Minnie running down the lane, Mickey Mouse tent, 11 tickets, circus truck, and Mickey Composition Figure. The cardboard pieces are in Excellent Condition, many never assembled are mint! Mickey the barker, of course, has light paint loss and wear.

If the set includes the original box with insert in excellent condition it becomes a valuable example. It is very difficult to find a complete set like this one. 
 
The value of this item, based on sales of comparable Disney toys, should be around $10,000 but in better economic times this train set would bring significantly more.

The St Lucie Appraisal Company can place a proper valuation on Disneyana for insurance, estates, buying, selling, bankruptcy, divorce and charitable donations. Besides Mickey Mouse, that's another good thing about living in Florida.
 
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The St. Lucie Appraisal Company
P.O. Box 2700
Fort Pierce, FL 34954
Tel: 772-359-4300
Fax: 772-466-8400
eMail: contact@stlucieappraisal.net
Web Site: http://stlucieappraisal.net/


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Keywords for this article: disney, disneyana, lionel, train, mickey mouse, memorabilia, collectible, buy, sell,  Florida, Orlando, St Lucie Appraisal, insurance, estate, bankruptcy, divorce, charity, charitable donation

Updated 06-20-2013
Updated 09-11-2013

Friday, August 24, 2012

WHEN AND WHEN NOT TO GRADE AND AUTHENTICATE ART, ANTIQUES AND OTHER COLLECTIBLES

GRADE AND AUTHENTICATE ART, ANTIQUES AND OTHER COLLECTIBLES 

PALM BEACH, Florida - Personal Property Appraisers research the history of prices things sold for to determine their fair market values. Inspections of collectible items usually reveal markings or other patterns that identify artists, manufacturers, series numbers and other important data crucial to establishing accurate valuations.

Any well-trained Personal Property Appraiser can grade an item, up to a point. When the values of art, antiques and other collections begin to approach astronomical proportions, a professional grader should be consulted. It is in these instances that the number of stops between poor and excellent begins increasing. Making a hundred-thousand dollar mistake doesn't make sound financial sense. Graders are expensive but, in many cases, invaluable at any price.

Here is an example of a grader's notes for a rare book. Personal Property Appraisers rarely delve this far into a book's condition. However, if that book presents itself as being worth from $1,000 - $100,000 depending on condition, a professional appraiser should advise the client to contact a grader of old books.

Contemporary treed calf, spines gilt extra, with gilt-stamped leather title and volume labels; leather worn at edges and moderately rubbed with joints cracking. Front pastedowns with private bookplates and signs that a plate was removed on front free endpaper (one vol. endpaper holed); impressions of old pencilled shelf numbers on title-pages (and one lightly inked old date). First two leaves of vol. III with upper margins stained and final leaf browned; some pages with a few spots of faint foxing, most clean and crisp.

Authenticating art, collectibles and memorabilia is more of a gray area. While there are respected Certificates of Authenticity to be found, the number of certifications that aren't worth the paper they are printed on are in no shortage.

As with grading, any well-trained Personal Property Appraiser can authenticate most items but once again, when a piece of artwork or an autograph has the potential to be worth thousands of dollars, why not bring in a third-party authenticator to be on the safe side?

Some third-party grading companies are Ace Authentic, Beckett Grading Services, Frameworth, Highland Mint, Icon Sports Memorabilia, James Spence Authentication, Major League Baseball, Mounted Memories, NFL Players Inc., Panini Authentic, Professional Sports Authenticators, PSA/DNA Authentication Services, Steiner Sports, Topps Collectibles, Tristar Authentic and Upper Deck Authenticated.

Some third-party authenticators are Ace Authentic, Beckett Grading Services, Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association, Grey Flannel, Highland Mint, Icon Sports Memorabilia, James Spence Authentication, Mounted Memories Authentication, MeiGray Group, Major League Baseball, Mounted Memories, NFL Players Inc., Panini Authentic, Professional Sports Authenticators, The Salvador Dali Society, Steiner Sports, Topps Collectibles, Tristar Authentic and Upper Deck Authenticated.

In addition to these companies, there are a number of art galleries that specialize in authenticating the work of a certain artist such as Peter Max, or a specific genre of art such as Russian Matryoshka.

As with any business venture, perform all due diligence before hiring any of the companies mentioned in this article. Our information age affords us the opportunity to investigate almost anyone through their product reviews and in discussion groups. Both our business and reputation at St. Lucie Appraisal Co. have benefitted greatly from our customers who took the time to review our services. Read reviews, write reviews and hire the best and most appropriate experts.

There is one caveat that should always be observed and that is never hire a Personal Property Appraiser, Authentication or Grading Service that has any past, present or potential future interest in the item. It presents a conflict, the IRS doesn't like it and, after all is said and done, you may not be pleased with the outcome either.

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Keywords for this article: antiques, art, authenticate, autograph, Certificate of Authenticity, COLLECTIBLES, fair market value, FLORIDA, grade, grading, MEMORABILIA, PERSONAL PROPERTY APPRAISER, sports
Revised 09-04-2012

Saturday, July 21, 2012

APPRAISING CERAMICS, POTTERY AND FIGURINES


APPRAISING CERAMICS, POTTERY AND FIGURINES IN FLORIDA
FORT PIERCE, Florida - The appraiser marveled at the pristine condition of the Beswick Huntsman figurine. The Carlton Ware hand-painted art deco plates were also impressive showing nary a crack or chip. Royal Doulton, Roseville and Moorcroft vases, bearing designs from around the world, each one individually wrapped in cloth and boxed, appeared as new as the day they were manufactured. Most remarkable of all were delicate Lladro and Royal Worcester figurines that survived without damage to any of the flowers, small animals and tiny teacups that adorned them. Now part of an estate dissolution, they were similarly packed with the same attention. This extraordinary collection had traveled thousands of miles, in this case from Europe to New York City to Connecticut to Miami, Florida. And at each location, they were displayed proudly by their owner so the question was how on earth did these pieces survive all of this transit unblemished with their rich colors and glazes intact?

In ceramics, designers and their inspirations have produced incredible art that rivals other art forms in their beauty. The added characteristic of their being three-dimensional enabled artists to add layers to their creative visions. Important and innovative designs from all over the world can be found in pottery and ceramics.

The value of the collectibles in Miami was almost a million dollars. The appraisal fee was one percent of that as the appraiser worked on the valuation over the course of many months. A world-class collection of ceramics and figurines, literally unmarked and unblemished, being found right here in Florida is the exception rather than the rule. Most items as well-traveled as these tend not to have been as well cared for. In legal matters such as estates, divorces, donations and bankruptcy proceedings, knowing how condition affects the value of personal property is a fundamental necessity that affects not only all of the participants but the appraiser and his reputation as well. One requires not only an appreciation of the arts. He must also have knowledge and dedication to do the thorough research that produces consistently accurate valuations for his clients.


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You may obtain appraisals for Charitable Donation Tax Credits, Collateral, Damage Claims, Equitable Distribution, Bankruptcy, Estates, Insurance Stated Value, Purchase & Sale and Diminished Value.

Appraisals of Personal Property, Art, Antiques, Furs, Musical Instruments, Boats, Classic & Custom Autos, Collectibles and Memorabilia, Electronics, Machinery, Motorcycles & Choppers, Furnishings, RVs, Trucks & Heavy Equipment. Business Valuations specializing in all types of small businesses.


 
 
 
The St. Lucie Appraisal Company
P.O. Box 2700
Fort Pierce, FL 34954
Phone: (772) 359-4300
Fax: (772) 466-8400
Email: contact@stlucieappraisal.net




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Revised 09-04-2012
Updated 06-20-2013
Updated 09-11-2013

Saturday, May 26, 2012

APPRAISING PETER MAX ART - HOW MUCH, EXACTLY, IS HISTORIC VALUE WORTH?

APPRAISING PETER MAX ART 

 

FORT PIERCE, Florida - Every now and then I get an extra- interesting object or collection to appraise. Here is a simple blue Levi Strauss denim jacket circa-1980 that was customized by Jim Karas' grandmother. In the mid-eighties, Jim was a budding artist in New York City. He became friendly with Peter Max who admired the denim jacket so much he asked if he could embellish upon it. Grandmother's adornments included a pop-art needlepoint of Jim surrounded by flowers, leather fringe at the hem, fringed leather pockets and leather back panel. It is on this panel that Peter Max illustrated a scene depicting Jesus Christ, Uncle Sam and a beautiful woman. There are clouds, there are stars, there is sun and it is signed "MAX 1985." In addition to this exquisite panorama, Max continued in acrylic, creating red and blue accents to the body and sleeves of the jacket. Very consistent with his style of art at the time. Below the needlepoint, Max continued the theme of grandmother's piece by drawing Jim's neck, shoulder and chest. Even though this was a mid-eighties composition, Max adorned the left shoulder with the numerals "2000" and the iconic Woodstock dove on guitar drawing. There seem to be roads that tell us Max's intentions were to show that there is a path from the peaceful 60s to the year 2000 and beyond.

Last, but certainly not least, in 1986, Max again saw Jim’s jacket and asked if he could add more art to it. The inside of the jacket shows a marvelous group of illustrations that includes a scene depicting Mt. Fuji and a mimicry of the needlepoint work that appears on the outside of the garment. Between the two drawings Peter signed it "MAX 1986."

DAMAGED BY FLOOD WATERS
 
It is highly unusual to come upon a three-dimensional work by Peter Max. We have seen his sculptures and his drawings on batting helmets and other objects but the vast majority of his art has been done on flat panels. Yet my inquiry about this piece to every major art dealer in the United States specializing in works by Peter Max drew a collective Y-A-W-N. Each of the gallery owners also slept through the part where Peter Max actually revisited this canvas one year later, added a completely new drawing to available space, and signed and dated it anew. Has Peter ever done that either before or since?
 

PETER MAX ART

As for Jim's denim jacket, Peter's drawings on it aren't the vivid scenes that the artist is known for. There is always less of a market for underdeveloped art, of course, so as an appraiser, I'll need to consider the historic value in determining its worth.

Unfortunately, this unique jacket was damaged in a flood that occurred after a deluge of rain hit South Florida. A restoration of the fabric could compromise or obliterate some of the art.

Historic art.

 
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You may obtain appraisals for Charitable Donation Tax Credits, Collateral, Damage Claims, Equitable Distribution, Bankruptcy, Estates, Insurance Stated Value, Purchase & Sale and Diminished Value.

Appraisals of Personal Property, Art, Antiques, Furs, Musical Instruments, Boats, Classic & Custom Autos, Collectibles and Memorabilia, Electronics, Machinery, Motorcycles & Choppers, Furnishings, RVs, Trucks & Heavy Equipment. Business Valuations specializing in all types of small businesses.


 
 
 
The St. Lucie Appraisal Company
P.O. Box 2700
Fort Pierce, FL 34954
Phone: (772) 359-4300
Fax: (772) 466-8400
Email: contact@stlucieappraisal.net





 
Keywords for this article: Peter Max, art, artist, painting, appraise, appraisal, appraiser, Florida, St Lucie Appraisal, Fort Lauderdale


Revised 09-04-2012
Updated 06-20-2013
Updated 09-11-2013

Sunday, May 20, 2012

DONATING ART, ANTIQUES, CARS AND COLLECTIBLES TO CHARITY - OBTAINING IRS TAX CREDITS IN FLORIDA

Appraisers of Donated Items in Florida
Art, Antiques, Collectibles, Personal Property, Cars, Trucks, Boats, RVs
DONATING ART, ANTIQUES, CARS AND COLLECTIBLES TO CHARITY - OBTAINING IRS TAX CREDITS IN FLORIDA 

FLORIDA - It's no secret that we're an older population here in Florida. While some of us have had to embrace austerity lately, many others are still in a position to offer assistance to those less fortunate. That's good news for non-profits. Charity is one way to make a positive difference. But a donation to a charitable organization need not be in cash. Many people don't realize that they can obtain valuable IRS tax credits while doing a good deed by contributing items like art, antiques, furniture, collectibles and other personal property. Motor vehicles such as cars, trucks, boats and RVs are also among the gifts that are acceptable donations. In order for an endowment valued at $5,000 or more to qualify, it is necessary to obtain an appraisal from a licensed professional which will accompany the item. The appraiser will also complete and sign the IRS Form 8283. The St Lucie Appraisal Company is one such firm providing appraisal services in Florida. You are welcome to call us if you plan to give valuable items to a worthy cause. Always consult with your tax advisor prior to making any decisions regarding donations.

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Our service area includes St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River, Brevard, Palm Beach, Broward and Dade Counties. Cities include Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Stuart, Palm City, Jensen Beach, Hobe Sound, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Lake Worth, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Coral Springs, Coconut Creek, Pompano Beach, Tamarac, Sunrise, Lauderhill, Plantation, Fort Lauderdale, Davie, Pembroke Pines, Miramar, Hollywood, Hallandale, Miami, Opa Locka, Hialeah, Coral Gables, Kendall and Homestead.

Diminished Value Appraisals throughout Florida including, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Jacksonville, Orlando, Pensacola, Fort Myers, Sarasota, Port Charlotte, Clearwater, Kissimmee, Melbourne, Daytona Beach, Ocala, Gainesville, Bradenton, Titusville, Panama City, Bonita Springs, Naples, St. Petersburg and Tallahassee.

Our rates for services are as follows:

Auto Appraisals (Donations, Bankruptcy, Divorce, Insurance Disputes) $125.00

Stated Value Appraisals (Antique & Classic Cars, Street Rods, Motorcycles, RVs, Trucks) $175.00

Diminished Value Appraisals (Determines how much less your car is worth after accident repairs) $225.00

Personal Property Appraisals (Contents, Collectibles, Art, Antiques) $225.00

All other services and additional time when necessary  $75/Hr.

You may obtain appraisals for Charitable Donation Tax Credits, Collateral, Damage Claims, Equitable Distribution, Bankruptcy, Estates, Insurance Stated Value, Purchase & Sale and Diminished Value.

Appraisals of Personal Property, Art, Antiques, Furs, Musical Instruments, Boats, Classic & Custom Autos, Collectibles and Memorabilia, Electronics, Machinery, Motorcycles & Choppers, Furnishings, RVs, Trucks & Heavy Equipment. Business Valuations specializing in all types of small businesses.


 
 
 
The St. Lucie Appraisal Company
P.O. Box 2700
Fort Pierce, FL 34954
Phone: (772) 359-4300
Fax: (772) 466-8400
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Revised 09-04-2012
Updated 06-20-2013

Saturday, April 21, 2012

APPRAISING SPORTS COLLECTIBLES, ART AND MEMORABILIA - FROM BASEBALL TO NASCAR TO GOLF

1993 Derek Jeter Rookie Buyback Card
APPRAISING SPORTS COLLECTIBLES, ART AND MEMORABILIA IN FLORIDA 

FORT PIERCE, Florida - In recent years, appraisals of all types of collectibles have shown a significant drop in fair market value. Sports memorabilia has been caught in that downward trend even though record prices are being paid for high-end autographed jerseys, vintage baseball cards, game-used items and many other types of art and souvenirs. The world of automobile racing, NASCAR in particular, provides a demand for collectors with vintage, retro and mid-century nostalgia still bringing high prices. An appraiser doing an evaluation of a golf memorabilia collection will find that custom golf bags that once belonged to professionals from the 40s and 50s sell for thousands of dollars.

The baseball card shown above was recently sold for $2,000.00 which represents an appreciating market for this particular item. The rarity of sports collectibles obviously adds a great deal to both their cachet and value. This one isn't vintage by any means but it's hard-to find and is a representation of one of baseball's most iconic figures. Among Derek Jeter's most sought after rookie cards is his 1993 SP Authentic Foil card. Upper Deck took this already popular card and took it to the next level by inserting 93 autographed copies of the card into boxes of 2009 SP Authentic Baseball. Upper Deck had each one signed personally by Derek Jeter and hand numbered to Ninety-Three. When the first copies hit eBay, bidding for it was fierce but now it will cost Jeter aficionados even more.
Back in the heyday of sports, professionals had no idea that their old baseball jerseys or racing helmets would be worth anything. Most of those things were given away to friends or simply disposed of. Those treasures are now lost to posterity. In collecting, rarity most often translates into higher value. Tomorrow, when the flood of collectibles and memorabilia of the current crop of in-the-know sports superstars hits the market, the market as a whole will become saturated and weak. By then, however, that 1993 Derek Jeter card will be selling for about five grand.

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Diminished Value Appraisals (Determines how much less your car is worth after accident repairs) $225.00

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You may obtain appraisals for Charitable Donation Tax Credits, Collateral, Damage Claims, Equitable Distribution, Bankruptcy, Estates, Insurance Stated Value, Purchase & Sale and Diminished Value.

Appraisals of Personal Property, Art, Antiques, Furs, Musical Instruments, Boats, Classic & Custom Autos, Collectibles and Memorabilia, Electronics, Machinery, Motorcycles & Choppers, Furnishings, RVs, Trucks & Heavy Equipment. Business Valuations specializing in all types of small businesses.


 
 
 
The St. Lucie Appraisal Company
P.O. Box 2700
Fort Pierce, FL 34954
Phone: (772) 359-4300
Fax: (772) 466-8400
Email: contact@stlucieappraisal.net





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Revised 09-04-2012
Updated 06-20-2013
Updated 09-11-2013

Sunday, March 25, 2012

APPRAISING FOSSILS, ROCKS & MINERALS - FLORIDA IS HOME TO MANY COLLECTIONS

WATERMELON TOURMALINE
APPRAISING FOSSILS, ROCKS & MINERALS IN FLORIDA

TAMPA, Florida - Rockhounds, as rock and mineral collectors are widely known, travel thousands of miles searching for the earth's treasures. High-grade mineral specimens are not only valuable. The thrill of discovering these one-of-a-kind examples of nature's finest art is uniquely satisfying. Appraising some of Florida's many collections is almost as much fun. Encompassing entire spectrums of color and shape with designs ranging from beautiful to simply awesome, minerals are a commodity like no other.

But assessing exact values using variables like type of mineral, it's origin, color, grade, weight, scarcity, luster, matrix, condition, etc. is a decidedly inexact science. Well-developed crystals can be clear as water or cloudy and opaque. Buyers often put premiums on little more than personal preference. Comparables, of course, present different obstacles for an appraiser because of the unique nature of each item being considered for comparison purposes. Generally, large fossil, rock and mineral collections provide the best investment opportunities for collectors. Prices for larger lots of quality examples usually sell for about half of what the collection would bring if sold separately.


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Here is a tremendous Azurite specimen featuring cluster of tabular crystals to 1.8 cm. It has very elegant posture, sharp Azurite blades with very well defined faces and edges. Brilliant and extremely lustrous - the best possible quality for that mineral. The color ranges from black to intense electric dark royal blue. The focal point of the specimen is an exquisite, fan-shape spray of Azurite blades beautifully perched at the top. The orange-brown host mineralization gives strong contrast. Very three dimensional. In superb condition - small contacts. This is a delightful and aesthetic specimen.

An appraisal of a fossil, rock or mineral collection should include declaration that there is no such thing as an absolute value when it comes to rare minerals. That's because it is a market-driven commodity affected by an ever-changing ebb and flow of demand. Locally extracted items are always of particular interest. Although Florida has little to offer by way of precious minerals with the exception of agatized coral, the State abounds with fossils which can be found on both land and sea. Regardless of fluctuations in sales volume however, prices of collectible minerals historically remain high.

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Our rates for services are as follows:

Auto Appraisals (Donations, Bankruptcy, Divorce, Insurance Disputes) $125.00

Stated Value Appraisals (Antique & Classic Cars, Street Rods, Motorcycles, RVs, Trucks) $175.00

Diminished Value Appraisals (Determines how much less your car is worth after accident repairs) $225.00

Personal Property Appraisals (Contents, Collectibles, Art, Antiques) $225.00

All other services and additional time when necessary  $75/Hr.

You may obtain appraisals for Charitable Donation Tax Credits, Collateral, Damage Claims, Equitable Distribution, Bankruptcy, Estates, Insurance Stated Value, Purchase & Sale and Diminished Value.

Appraisals of Personal Property, Art, Antiques, Furs, Musical Instruments, Boats, Classic & Custom Autos, Collectibles and Memorabilia, Electronics, Machinery, Motorcycles & Choppers, Furnishings, RVs, Trucks & Heavy Equipment. Business Valuations specializing in all types of small businesses.


 
 
 
The St. Lucie Appraisal Company
P.O. Box 2700
Fort Pierce, FL 34954
Phone: (772) 359-4300
Fax: (772) 466-8400
Email: contact@stlucieappraisal.net


 

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Revised 09-04-2012
Updated 06-20-2013