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  • Online Appraisal Form

  • Our Appraisal Department prepares numerous appraisals for estate tax and insurance purposes. The appraisers at SUSANIN’S have served the needs of banks, attorneys, estate managers, private individuals, collectors, museums, government agencies and universities for the past 20 years. Our appraisers are experienced in evaluating a variety of objects. Whatever the purpose, the appraisers at SUSANIN’S are well-equipped to give an accurate, properly-documented appraisal.

  • The reported analysis, opinions, and conclusions are limited only by the reported assumptions and limiting conditions, and are my personal, impartial, and unbiased professional analysis, opinions, and conclusions.

  • We have no present or prospective interest in the property that is the subject of this report, and no personal interest with respect to the parties involved. In addition, I have had no involvement in the transaction or appraisal of the property within the past three years and do not currently have interest in or have prospective interest in the property or parties involved.

  • We have no bias with respect to the property that is the subject of this report or to the parties involved with this assignment.

  • Our compensation for completing this assignment is not contingent upon the development or reporting of a predetermined value or direction in value that favors the cause of the client, the amount of the value opinion, the attainment of a stipulated result, or the occurrence of a subsequent event directly related to the intended use of this appraisal. Our fee is $200.00 per hour.

  • Our analyses, opinions, and conclusions were developed, and this report has been prepared, in conformity with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.

Interested in consigning property to an auction? SUSANIN'S offers complimentary evaluations of your item(s) based on photographs. Simply submit any information you may have on the piece(s) including the condition, provenance, measurements, etc. in the Comments section above. Attach up to six(6) images below. Please submit images in JPG format. Each image should be no more than 500kb. If necessary, additional images may be sent after the completion of this form to Be sure to mention that you submitted the form.

Online Appraisal Form


Academic Background

Bachelor of General Studies in Visual Communications; School of Fine Art, Journalism, Mass Communication, Education and Business Marketing, 1986, University of Iowa, Iowa City

International Society of Appraisers, member since 1994, Accredited USPAP, qualified, tested and passed, valid through 2015 Professional Background

President and Founder of Susanin’s Auctioneers and Appraisers, Chicago, 1994, auction sales in excess of $125,000,000.00

Co-Founder AuctionSmart LLC, proprietary auction software

Senior Appraiser “Antiques Roadshow Style” events for numerous charities

Charity Auctioneer; clients include Francis Xavier Warde, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boys and Girls Club, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Lincoln Park Zoo, Project Exploration, American Cancer Society, Alzheimer’s Association, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Adler Planetarium, American Heart Association, Chicago Food Depository, Infant Welfare Society, Palette and Chisel

Governing Board Member, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Member, 2004-present

Selected Corporate and Institutional Clients

Sears Corporation

Florsheim Shoe Company

Bank One

US Bank

BDO Seidman

Borg Warner

Aetna Plywood

Everen Securities

GATX Company

Northern Trust

LaSalle Bank

Mesirow Financial


Aronberg Goldgehn Davis & Garmisa Kirkland and Ellis

Holleb and Coff

Altheimer and Gray

Mayer, Brown and Platt

Near North Insurance

Northwestern Hospital

Mount Siani Hospital

St. Paul Travelers

JP Morgan Chase

Art Institute of Chicago

Des Moines Art Center

Indianapolis Museum of Art Milwaukee Art Center

Walker Art Center

University of Indiana