We specialize in hosting carefully curated auctions tailored for exclusive, high-value items that may not align with the standard format of an ‘estate sale.
For more than ten years, Appraisley has been delivering Art & Personal Property appraisals. We are US BASED in Colorado. Our expertise encompasses a wide array of Fine Art (paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, ceramics, glass, etc.), as well as Decorative Art (silver hollowware, furniture, etc.). We also work with Native American art & jewelry. And antiques, collectibles, luxury goods, residential and household items. We do not appraise gems, coins, stamps.
Why hire us for your art appraisal?
We have extensive appraisal experience with art, antiques, collectibles and other personal property. We strive to bring you the very best professional experience. Our appraisal process always begins with an emphasis on honesty and compassion.
• Accredited Member International Society of Appraisers, ISA
• Accredited Member Appraisers Association of America, AAA
• Meets the Appraiser Qualifications of the IRS
• Appraisal Foundation USPAP Compliant
• Trusted, Unbiased, Transparent
• Bonded, Insured, Background Checked
How does appraising work?
Gathering accurate information for an appraisal is crucial. This can involve using special lighting, magnification, accurate measurements, etc. Looking at the back, bottom, or inside of an item can often reveal hidden clues. Information on the provenance (where it came from) is sometimes important in putting a value on an item, but not always.
An appraiser develops an “opinion of value” based many things, including research and experience. The results are in no way contingent upon the fees.
Fine Art/Prints, Multiples
Our certified professional appraisals can be used either for Insurance, Estates, Divorce, IRS Donation, Liquidation, etc. As with any good art appraiser, our fees are not connected with outcome, but are based on our hourly rate. The final cost of an art or personal-property appraisal can range depending on the hours of research required.
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“I’ve worked as a fine artist (oil painting and lithography) and an art director nd graphic designer. I grew up around art, antiques and old books and I love history. I’ve appraised hundreds of thousands of items. Living in Colorado means you are likely to come across practically anything when appraising art!”
I am an accredited member of both the International Society of Appraisers, ISA and the Appraisers Association of America, AAA.
I provide appraisals of household contents including Fine Art (paintings, works-on-paper, prints, sculpture) and Decorative Art (furniture, porcelain, glass–a broad category) as well as some collectibles. My appraisals have been used for Federal Estate Tax filing, Equitable Distribution, Estate Planning, Division of Assets (Divorce), Market Analysis (for resale), Charitable Contributions, etc..I have trained to give Expert Witness testimony and litigation support, and insurance coverage and claims. I often work with High Net Worth, HNW clients.
I regularly advise and represents parties in the auctioning their art. I have volunteered for two regional history museums providing walk-in appraisals.
Appraisal Experience: General Appraisal Experience Includes: Fine Art/Paintings, Sculpture, Prints; Decorative Art; Collectibles. Specialization: Generalist
Meets the Appraiser Qualifications of the IRS (Publication 561 (4/2007)
Accreditation: Accredited with International Society of Appraisers (ISA) 2023 • Appraisers Association of America (AAA) 2020
Recent Coursework Completed: Fundamentals of Nazi-Era Art Provenance Research, Denver University–College for Art Collection Ethics–Symposium, 2023 • How to Judge a Book by Its Cover–Lecture, 2023 • Books of Hours: Time, Desire, & Piety–Lecture, NYC, 2022 • USPAP 7-Hour Online Course, 2022 • Ask the IRS–Lecture, 2022 • AAA National Conference, 2021 • Black Photography–Lecture, 2021 • Appraising Collections–Lecture, 2021 • How to Write a Bulletproof Expert Witness Report, American Society of Appraisers (ASA), VA • Antiquarian Books–Lecture Series, 2020 • Working With Insurance Companies–Lecture, 2020 • Appraising Oriental Rugs and Carpets–Lecture, 2020 • Appraising Public Art: When, Why & How,–Lecture, 2020 • German Art: Expressionism to Bauhaus–Lecture, 2020 • When All Is Not Lost: Appraising Partial Loss in Fine and Decorative Arts–Lecture, 2020 • Advanced Issues in Appraising–Lecture, 2020 • Art Market Metrics: An Overview–Lecture, 2020 • USPAP 7-Hour Online, 2020 • Damage & Loss: Who and What You Need to Know–Lecture, 2020 • Legal and Ethical Aspects of Appraising–Lecture, 2019 • Market Analysis: When, Where and How Much to Write–Lecture, 2019 • The In’s and Out’s of Templates–Lecture, 2019 • Matrimonial Valuations–Lecture, 2019 • Appraisal Writing Workshop–Lecture, 2019 • The Middle Market: Art Auction Case Studies, 2018 • Research Methods for Appraisers–Lecture, 2018 • Theory & Methodology–Lecture, 2018 • Appraising Jewelry–Lecture, 2018 • Antiquities: Caveat Emptor–Lecture, 2017 • USPAP 15-Hour NYC, 2017 • Mid-Century Modern Design–Lecture, 2017
Education: University of Colorado at Boulder, CO • Awarded BA Geography, + some graduate work toward MFA
Christie’s Education, London, UK • Business of Art, Summer School
Art Students League of Denver, CO • Studied oil painting under master artist Quang Ho
University of Colorado, Continuing Ed., Boulder, CO • Archival and Fine Art Framing Techniques
Minneapolis College of Art & Design, Minneapolis, MN • Illustration/Design studies (non-degree seeking)
Minneapolis Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN • Letterpress/Book-making/Box-making
Awarded Grant Colorado Creative Industries, for Christie’s Education, London UK
Aurora History Museum “Antique Appraisal Events”
Sponsor Colorado Music Festival
Children’s Hospital of Colorado, Parent Advisory Board, Aurora, CO
Emergency Family Assistance Association, Boulder, CO, Guild
Accredited Member International Society of Appraisers, ISA • Appraisers Association of America, AAA
Member Boulder County Estate Planning Council
Member Women in Digital Agencies Network
Member Plein Air Artists Colorado
Member Friends of Painting and Sculpture “FOPAS“ Denver Art Museum
“I have a great interest in contemporary and estate jewelry, and do my own custom metalsmithing and jewelry design. I love hearing about family histories, heirlooms, and special treasures passed through the generations. The endless learning process of art and jewelry appraisal services keeps me engaged and passionate about this work.”
Kacey Milwicz has worked as a professional art appraiser for over 4 years, providing art and personal property appraisals for individuals, attorneys and trusts throughout Colorado. She has developed a strong background in estate jewelry, sterling and household contents, with extensive experience in research. Current and compliant with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, USPAP, she is also a credentialed gemologist. Kacey often provides curated liquidation services for her client’s decorative art and jewelry. She has volunteered for a regional history museum providing “antiques roadshow” appraisals.
Grand Canyon University, B.S. Phoenix, AZ
Completed Appraisal and Art Courses: Uniform Standard of Professional Appraisal Practice, USPAP 2017 • USPAP 2019 | Boulder School of Metals: Advanced Silversmithing Techniques | International School of Gemology, ISG: Introduction to Watches • Pearls Course • Diamonds • Colored Gemstones • Gemology Tools and Techniques • Created and Treated Gemstones • Personal Property Appraising • Registered Gemologist Appraiser Practical Module
Boulder Valley School District
American Society for Jewelry Historians, New Rochelle, NY
Boulder Art Association Boulder, CO
Need additional services?
We are pleased to announce that we will be expanding beyond art appraisals to include more auction services featuring Seasonal Online Auctions through Invaluable.com and Auction.net Our next auction is expected to be held in September 2020.
We also offer shipping and cleanout services through various partnerships.
Contact us for more information.
Personal property appraising
The independence, expertise and experience of a appraisers is critical to establishing a credible valuation. As appraisers we follow the the U.S. Congressionally authorized source of Appraisal Standards and Appraiser Qualifications set forth by the Appraisal Standard’s Board through the Appraisal Foundation’s code of ethics of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).