Credentials & Experience

 

  • Trusted 25 years in antiques, business & residential contents.

  • USPAP Report Writing Standards

  • Auctioneer with Continuing Education

  • Education

Appraiser's Qualifications

Work Experience

 

Personal Property Appraiser, Reno, Nevada, 2014 – Present

Responsibilities include traveling around Nevada and California appraising objects and full estates, including identification of art, jewelry, machinery and general personal property, preparing USPAP compliant appraisal reports for estate tax, charitable contribution, and insurance claims; providing heirloom or asset identification for equitable distribution in estates and divorce; experienced consultant in estate management and auction placement.

 

  • Highlights include the research and auction placement of a portrait attributed to Sir Henry Raeburn; the inventory and market value appraisal of1000 piece silver dollar collection; estate tax appraisal of a large scale, riding railroad; the equitable distribution appraisal of 250 gold nuggets; loan collateral appraisal on a horse trailer; estate tax appraisal for a multi-million dollar estate including construction equipment, collector cars and fine art; wildfire damage claim appraisals for residential contents, antiques and collectibles, including sterling silver and Inuit carved chess set; large antique and semi-automatic firearm collection in divorce settlement.

 

  • Maintain extensive library and subscriptions to online databases on antiques, collectibles, art and autos for online sales, auction records and product/artist research

 

  • Attend local and regional auctions, estate sales, antique stores, art galleries, dealerships, second hand and consignment stores to keep abreast of the market

 

 

Auctioneer, Reno, Nevada, 2010 – Present

Responsibilities include: evaluating collections, organizing and liquidating numerous estates, private collections and small businesses, identifying and cataloguing objects, marketing, and live and online auctioneering of estate, business and farm assets.

 

  • Highlights include realizing $28,000 for a non-operating Ford Fairlane with retractable roof; the sale of a McIntosh sound system for $32,000; the exhibition and sale of 20th Century art, jewelry and decorative arts from a Lake Tahoe estate; the liquidation of the largest independent antique store; the dispersal of assets from the last remaining souvenir shop in Reno; and the sale of antique books dating from the 1500’s to 1850 from a private collection.  Additionally, she has been responsible for appraising and selling various private collections, operating farms and ranches, and many estates.

 

Contract Auctioneer, Minden, Nevada, 2006 - 2010

Online re-seller of antiques, residential contents and business equipment, 2003 - 2006

Personal Property Appraiser, Clinton, Washington, 1999 - 2004

Auctioneer, Clinton, Washington, 1997 - 2004

Estate Broker, Clinton, Washington, 1996 - 1998

Estate Broker, Libertyville, Illinois, 1994 - 1995

Antiques Dealer, Libertyville, Illinois, 1986 – 1995

Operations Manager, Sports Turf Construction company, Mundelein, Illinois 1986 - 1995

Museum Technician, Lake County Museum, Wauconda, Illinois, 1984 – 1985

 

Certifications and Degrees

 

  • Certified Machinery and Equipment Appraiser, NEBB Institute, 2019

  • Graduate Personal Property Appraiser, National Auctioneers Association (NAA), 2018 - Present

  • Accredited Member, International Society of Appraisers (ISA), 2018

  • Member, International Society of Appraisers (ISA), 2014 – 2018

  • Certified Estate Specialist, National Auctioneers Association (NAA), 2014 – Present

  • Auction Technology Specialist, NAA, 2013 – Present

  • Graduate Auctioneer, Missouri Auction School, 1997

  • Certified Estate Broker, Edinboro University, 1996

  • Bachelor of Arts-History, University of Missouri, 1986

 

Professional Licensing & Approvals

 

  • Licensed Reseller and Bonded Auctioneer, State of California

  • Privilege Auctioneer License, Reno, Nevada

  • Licensed Business, State of Nevada, Nevada Department of Taxation, State of California

  • Appraiser, Lyon and Churchill County Public Administrator and Guardian

  • Auctioneer, Carson County Public Administrator and Public Guardian

  • Auctioneer and Appraiser, Storey County Public Administrator

 

Professional Appraisal Education

 

2019  McKissock: Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice 2020-21 7 hr. Update

2018  International Society of Appraisers: Advanced Appraisal Report Writing

2017- 2018  International Society of Appraisers: Appraisal of Antiques, Furniture and Decorative Arts

2017  McKissock: Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice 2018-2019 7 hr. Update

2015  McKissock: Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice 2016-2017 7 hr. Update

2015  International Society of Appraisers: Appraisal of Fine Art

2015  McKissock Education: 15 hour USPAP Qualification Course

2015  International Society of Appraisers: Core Course in Appraisal Study

1999  Certified Appraisers Guild of America: Certified Appraiser Course

 

Asset Specific Courses Attended

 

  • Colored Stones Essentials, Gemological Institute of America, 2020

  • History of Interior Design, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, 2019

  • Watches, Pearls, Diamonds, Colored Gemstones, Gemology Equipment, Colored Gemstone Simulants and Treatments, Institute of Jewelry Appraisal, 2018

  • Determining Value: An Appraiser’s Perspective, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, 2018

  • Appraising in the World of High Net Worth Clients, International Society of Appraisers, 2018

  • Charitable Contributions: Federal Tax Deductions 2018, American Society of Appraisers, 2018

  • Appraising Wine, Appraisers Association of America, February, 2018

  • Looking at Modern Art, University of Oxford, 2018

  • Art History courses: Art of Oceana, Native America and Africa; Western Art; Contemporary Art; Collecting Art Today; The Intelligent Collector, Truckee Meadows Community College, 2016-2017

  • The Business of Art: Dynamics of the Art Market, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, 2016

  • The Business of Art: The Value of Art, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, 2016

  • The Business of Art: Art as an Alternative Investment, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, 2016

  • 16 hour Expert Witness class, National Auctioneers Association, 2015

  • Conference and Show, National Auctioneers Association, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014

  • Appraisal Studies and Antique Identification, Edinboro University, 1996

  • Fakes and Forgeries, Edinboro University, 1996

 

Connoisseurship Lectures and Tours Attended

 

  • Anne Brigman: The Symposium, Nevada Museum of Art, 2018

  • Ceramics in the West, Nevada Museum of Art, 2017

  • Reflections in American Impressionism, Nevada Museum of Art, 2016

  • The Five Stages of Burning Man, Nevada Museum of Art, 2016

  • Impressionist Painting Techniques, Nevada Museum of Art, 2016

  • Tahoe City Museums Tour, 2016

  • Henry Ford, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 2016

  • Washoe Traditional Baskets and Beyond, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 2016

  • Nevada Capitol Building and Marjorie Russell Clothing and Textile Research Center, 2016

  • Artifacts at the Nevada Historic Society: Backroom History, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 2016

  • Nevada First Ladies Inaugural Ball Gowns, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 2016

  • Reading Historic Photographs: A Look at Family Albums, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 2016

  • Folk Life Art, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 2016

  • Pablo Picasso, Las Vegas, 2015

 

Presentations, Talks, Seminars Given

 

  • Liquidating an Estate, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Nevada, 2017

  • Scams, Scoundrels and Circumstances, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Nevada, 2017

  • Get Your Assets in Order, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Nevada, 2017

  • Treasures in Your Home, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Nevada, 2016

  • Appraisals and the Appraisal Process, Anderson, Dorn & Radar,  2015

  • What’s It Worth?, travelling lecture to metropolitan and rural Seattle area Senior Centers, 2004

 

Professional and Cultural Memberships

 

  • National Auctioneers Association, 1997 – 2004, 2010 - Present

  • International Society of Appraisers, 2014 – 2018

  • Nevada Museum of Art, 2016 - Present

  • The Decorative Arts Trust, 2016 - 2018

  • Nevada Historical Society, 2016 - Present

  • Antique and Collectibles National Association, 2016 - Present

  • Smithsonian Institute, 2015 - Present

  • Certified Appraisers Guild of America, 1999 – 2004, 2017 - Present

 

Community

 

  • Actively attend public auctions, estate sales and resale stores to keep abreast of the market

  • Attend museum exhibit openings and art fairs

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