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Valuing Your Collection

by Freda Matassa

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Valuing Your Collection : A Practical Guide for Museums, Libraries and Archives

This book addresses the issue of valuing objects incultural collections, ranging from high-value to low or no-value andfeaturing a range of collections including fine art, archives,science and photography. Practical advice is given on how to assign valuesand best practice examples are drawn from museums, libraries andarchives. The subject of valuation has always been challenging formuseums and public collections and is becoming more urgent as monetary valuesof many items continue to break records.

There is an increase inlending, with more loans requiring a value for insurance. Culturalcollections and exhibitions are expanding to all corners of the world,while, at the same time, lenders are becoming more risk-averse. ValuingYour Collection will address the issues and offer some solutions.

Content covered includes:questions of valuing public and private culturalcollectionsassigning values to individual objects or an entirecollectionlegal and ethical considerationsdiscussion of authentication and attributionthe insurance business and valuationguides to valuing different types of collectionsa range of case studies showing valuation across multiplesectorssample templates with criteria for valuing differentobjects. This book will be useful for curators of culturalcollections, professionals in museums, libraries and archives, cultural heritagestudents, private collectors, those involved with art insurance, artbusiness and anyone requiring practical guidance on valuation.

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