Fine Art Appraisal in Chicago

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We offer professional appraisal of antique or contemporary art. Our experience includes identification, cataloging and valuation of large collections or individual works. We serve the entire Chicago region and come to your home or office for inspection. Our appraisals are “professional independent conclusions of value” qualified for use with the IRS, legal documentation for trust, estates, or litigation, and certified for insurance. We bill by the hour and can provide realistic estimates for most tasks.

We have experience with painting, prints, etchings, craft objects, decorative arts, cultural property, design, or sculpture. When you have an eclectic collection of works and objects we are generally able to include anything in the home (or garage).


Divorce Appraisal

Appraisal of Home contents. Appraisal of firearms, guitars, or even kitchen equipment.

Appraisal of firearms, guitars, or even kitchen equipment.


A dissolution of marriage needs a well-supported, expert appraisal report that will hold up during litigation. If you find yourself in a battle of assets while settling a divorce Adams Appraisal can assist your attorneys with an accurate description and value of personal property.  More than just an antiques appraisal, we can establish value for household contents as well as specialty collections such as guitars, firearms, tools, vintage vehicles, silver, art pottery, furniture, fine art, and much more.

You are assured the best in service with professional courtesy, confidentiality, and top notch analysis. Working through the sensitive needs of your situation is not a problem. Client confidentiality is among the core ethics of professional appraisal practice.

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Insurance Appraisals

Sterling Silver flatwareWe provide professional appraisals to properly insure all types of art, collectables, business equipment, and residential content. With many basic home-owner’s insurance policies do not properly address the value of the items you treasure most. If a claim must be made to an insurance company they may require proof of value to be established prior to the damage or loss. Even the most comprehensive policy does the individual no good if the replacement cost of the property has not been determined.

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Building Material Donation

If you consider donating building materials from your remodel or deconstruction. We are qualified to evaluate the fair market value of used building materials for donation to a not-for-profit organization. In order to claim substantial tax benefits the donation of material should be accompanied by an appraisal.

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312 715-7397


Estate Appraisal


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As the executor, or personal representative for a loved ones estate, you may feel overwhelmed by the prospect of handling all of the different aspects of the job. The staff at Adams Appraisal have worked with numerous estates and can be of assistance when dealing with the personal property.

We can assist with your estate tax reporting duties by determining the “Fair market value” as defined by the IRS and providing the required documentation.

We can assist you with the equitable distribution of assets by providing a non-partisan value for the items and provide full documentation tailored to suit your needs.

We can assist with establishing a baseline to determine capital gains when a decedent will liquidate assets in the future.

Call us for a free consultation.