How can a single artwork have multiple values?


In this video, certified appraiser Jennifer Stoots illustrates how a single work of art can have different values, depending on the purpose of the appraisal and the needs of the client.

The art of appraising demystified.

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Jennifer Stoots, AAA

accredited fine art appraiser specializing in
Contemporary Art  ♦  Northwest Art  ♦  Photography
with resources available to assist with the appraisal of:
Early American painting, Popular Culture & Ephemera, and more.

Project quotes are based on the type of appraisal, the number of artworks to be appraised (& by how many artists), and documentation available (e.g., past invoices).

Appraisals are considered proprietary, such that your information, the information you provide and the appraisal results are confidential.

Insurance appraisals are important to have if:

  •  you need to schedule artwork on your homeowner’s (or renter’s) policy
  •  you are going to be moving, shipping artwork, or loaning pieces for an exhibition
  •  you’re in the process of estate planning

Donation & Estate appraisals for the IRS* are required when:

  • you have donated artwork worth more than $5,000 to a museum or institution and want the tax credit for the charitable gift
  • a family member or friend has died and a full accounting of assets has to be reported to the IRS for Estate purposes

*Our appraisals are IRS compliant (USPAP credential valid through January 2017).

Divorce & Dissolution appraisals are needed when:

  • a couple decides to divorce and needs to know the value of mutually owned property, to ensure that each person is compensated adequately
  • a business closes and has to sell off artwork bought for the office

Damage or Loss appraisals are essential when:

  • artwork is damaged, such that the insurance company can compensate the collector adequately for the loss in value
  • artwork has been lost or destroyed (e.g., fire or theft) and there is no current appraisal on file



Once in a while we encounter someone who goes above and beyond. Jennifer Stoots is one of those people. I emailed her with a simple question she could have replied to with a few words and a link. For that I would have been grateful. Instead she called to discuss the issue making sure she provided the best referral. Jennifer is a consummate professional who delivered more than I hoped for.
—David Paul Bayles, Photographer (David asked me to recommend an attorney that could help with his particular situation.)

David Paul Bayles, Photographer

I would recommend Jennifer in a heartbeat.  You don’t know you need her until you enter her world of buying, selling and appraising art.  Stoots is insightful and thorough and practical, personable and funny.

Ellen Van Fleet, Artist & seller of a rare painting by a significant 20th century artist

I highly recommend Jennifer for appraisal and consulting services.  I would describe Jennifer as conscientious, detailed and efficient; she is highly regarded by museum curators and has a well respected reputation.

Mark Schlesinger, Senior Property Manager, Schlesinger Companies

Of all the appraisers I’ve worked with in documenting charitable gifts of artwork, your work product was the most complete and professional, providing all  of the information required for a valid deduction.

Richard Solomon, CPA

I was extremely pleased with the work that Jennifer Stoots did in appraising several
photographs that I recently gave to a museum.
The research that she did was thorough and prompt and written up in a excellent and professional manner for IRS review.

Sherwin Simmons, Professor Emeritus Art History