Anne Weston & Associates, LLC, is a specialist fine art and antiques appraisal consultancy. We provide consultant services for estate and trust purposes, insurance coverage, equitable distribution and family division appraisals. All written appraisal reports – whether for insurance, estate or gift tax purposes—conform to the standards set by the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). The principal of the firm, Anne Rogers Haley, AAA, is a Certified Member of the Appraisers Association of America. She is recognized as a qualified appraiser by the Standards of the Internal Revenue Service (Publication 561(4/2007). Ms.Rogers Haley is USPAP (Uniform Stands of Professional Appraisal Practice) compliant (2007, 2005) certified.
Insurance Appraisals are an essential component of an antique or fine art collection. We prepare comprehensive written insurance appraisals for a single item or an entire collection. After careful review of my excellent professional credentials by Chubb Personal Insurance, I am included in the Masterpiece Protection Network.
We also prepare Equitable Personal Property Division Appraisals. It is not unusual to require assistance when dividing or giving items to members of a family. Sentimental value can impact the difficulty of dividing the objects equally. Fair market value appraisals are an appropriate way to assist in the decision process: a procedure that is often emotionally charged for those involved. Anne Weston & Associates are not dealers, nor are we associated with any particular auction house. We are an independent appraisal firm.
Why Choose Anne Weston & Associates?
We are a team of experienced appraisers who provide written appraisals tailored to the needs of the client. Whether it is a general household appraisal or a collection of antiques or fine art, Anne Weston & Associates, has available—dependent upon the project—specialists in fine art, ceramics, jewelry, silver, American and European furniture and decorative arts.
A decade spent working in England – and now having a satellite office in London—Anne Weston & Associates has a multi-layered network of specialists and contacts who can provide assistance in determining value and/or the appropriate marketplace. A recent gift appraisal of an aviation trophy to the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum required assistance from a specialist trophy dealer—one who had handled sales of rare aviation objects from the Golden Age of flight—the 1920’s and 30’s.
Estates and Trusts Consultancy
Working with a variety of people with regard to the myriad of Estate and Trust requirements is a key component of the company. Attorneys, accountants, beneficiaries and other interested parties have to contend with the tangible personal property of a decedent. Whether it is to provide a written fair market value appraisal report for IRS purposes, to inform family members of monetary values, or to realize the cash value through sale, Anne Weston & Associates, LLC, provides confidential and impartial advice. We are not affiliated with any particular auction house. We are an independent appraisal consultancy; our fees are not determined by commissions or payments from outside parties.
We recently handled an estate in Connecticut which required a multi-pronged approach to the sale of the entire contents. Determining that the best venue for the finer pieces would be through public auction, we had representatives from three prominent auction houses visit the premises and provide written proposals. After discussion with the family, one auction house was chosen for this purpose. Since many of the pieces would fetch higher prices if sold outside of Connecticut and the overall estimated value of the collection was great enough to offset the significant expenses of transport, insurance and other costs, a mid-Atlantic auction house was chosen. It was a tribute to the family that the star lot of their late mother and father’s collection was sold to the Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum during this part of the process.
Another local auction house was chosen for the better household furnishings, including books, textiles and collectibles. The general household items, such as kitchen paraphernalia, garage contents and standard furnishings, were sold by another method, the house sale. Items not sold during this final process—the on-site weekend house sale—were given to charity. As per the Executor’s request, all of the personal property was sold before the estate was settled, insuring that all parties, including the IRS, were in agreement as to the total values.
For the most up-to-date IRS regulations, forms and publications, visit www.irs.gov. This link does not imply a relationship to, or recognition, approval or sanction of this appraiser by the IRS; rather, the link is simply provided as a convenience mechanism for the taxpayer’s ease of reference. Furthermore, there is no marketing relationship between this appraiser and the Internal Revenue Service.