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FAB New York
15 East 76th Street
NY 10021
Alex KatzRed Tulips1967

Collections & Estates

We offer a full range of Collection Management Services and work with Estate Lawyers on valuing and selling art.

Fine Art Collection Management Service. Fine Art Brokers provides a full range of services for clients who have an existing fine art collection, including cataloguing, research, valuations for insurance, coordinating logistics and arranging installation.

Drawing on our extensive knowledge of market trends and price movements, we can also advise our clients in the long term, suggesting new acquisitions and which pieces to sell and when. For example, in 2018 we arranged a museum donation for a client which was highly tax efficient: a major work of art was donated at a valuation of approximately $20 million more than the purchase price 7 years prior.

Estates and Fiduciary Trust Services. We work with Estate Trustees and Fiduciaries in the valuation and sale of single works and entire collections. We can often achieve high sales prices through discreet private sales and can use our contacts to negotiate excellent auction commissions.

the FAB
No deal,
no fee
Our commitment to putting our clients first means transparency on all costs and no fees charged without a completed deal.
Asher B. DurandProgress (The Advance of Civilization)1853

Services for Collection Management

Collection Planning and Budgeting

Research and Cataloguing

Valuation and Insurance Appraisals

Curatorial advice

Institutional Lending and Donation

De-accessioning guidance

Legacy goals

Conservation advice

Services for Estates & Fiduciaries

Valuation and sale advice

Private sale negotiations

Negotiation with auction houses

Estate planning

In the late 1990's we advised an American client on the acquisition of this wonderful Cezanne at auction. This involved assessing the painting's condition and its value compared to other works by the artists as well as its resonance with the client's collection. We then installed the painting in the client's apartment. Sadly, the owner passed away and, after updating the valuation and discussing sales options with the estate trustees, we were able to achieve a price in excess of the auction valuation through a private sale.

PAUL CÉZANNEAuvers-sur-Oise, Vu des Environs1876–77

“I selected Ray Waterhouse of Fine Art Brokers to assist me in managing the sale of an estate art collection over which I was trustee… Ray’s commitment led directly to achieving the best results for the estate…I can, without reservation, recommend Fine Art Brokers to anyone requiring similar advisory services. Ray was a delight to work with. Not only did he prove to be an advisor possessed of extraordinary expertise, but a person of the highest integrity."

Richard D. Baum, Trustee, San Francisco