In the last few years, we had a collection of African Art appraised for estate purposes. In our case, it was an extremely laborious project added to many other issues we faced and to the emotional toll of loosing a loved-one. I highly recommend you have your collection appraised for estate planning purposes as soon as possible. It will be much easier for you to do it than for the executor of your estate (you want to do it for insurance purposes anyway). The appraiser can update earlier appraised values as needed during the estate process.
Importantly, I recommend you catalog your collection (including photos, detailed notes and descriptions, location and values) and keep updating it on a regular basis. The executor and beneficiaries will (or should) really appreciate your effort.
Unfortunately I don't know of any appraisers in your area. I believe the appraiser we used (on the West Coast) could have appraised pre-Columbian and Oceanic art as well.
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Sent: Sunday, February 03, 2008 11:36 AM
Subject: [African_Arts] Appraisal
For insurance and estate planning purposes it has been suggested that
I have a professional appraisal of my collection. While primarily
African, I have a number of Oceanic, Pre-Columbian and Amerind
artifacts too. I would prefer any comments from the group as to
suggestions and experiences, good and bad. I suspect it may take one
or more appraisers, due to the divergence of the collection. I live
in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Thank you, Dave