Detecting Fakes: Provenance Evaluation

On the heels of yesterday’s post about real vs perceived provenance surrounding a client’s personal property comes an article posted by the FBI on April 6th that I was made aware of earlier today.

While my post was more about provenance as it is believed by the item’s current owners, the FBI’s article makes an important point that dovetails with my own about reevaluating formal provenance. This is an area where your appraiser will want to take extra time to make sure there are no anomalies – and you should want them to as well!

Whether the item is fine art or a historical piece, legitimate provenance usually makes a big difference to the valuation! The best way to ensure your appraiser is versed in tracing histories and detecting fake claims and records is by confirming they are members of a reputable appraisal association like the International Society of Appraisers (ISA), Appraisers Association of America (AAA) or American Society of Appraisers (ASA).

Perhaps you don’t need an appraisal but would like someone to evaluate your provenance — let me know if I can help!

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