I love what I do. It can be difficult and challenging but never boring. I never know what I might see, but I usually see amazing things every day. I’ve worked in houses, apartments, warehouses, offices, banks, vaults, and government facilities.
My work has taken me onto yachts, inside wine cellars and out in the sun. I work with attorneys, investors, bankers, auctioneers, flea market and antique dealers, collectors, artists, restorers, government workers and other appraisers.
It is one of the things I love about estate work: You can feel the passion people have for their possessions. They hang them on the wall, display them on a table, put them on a shelf or behind glass in a display cabinet; sometimes they are all over the house. I’ve seen collections take over a warehouse or become a small museum. However large or small the number of items, the depth of feeling for them is always there.
I grew up in Fort Lauderdale, and opened a used and rare bookshop here after graduating from college in 1974. In 1989, I became a senior member of the American Society of Appraisers specializing in rare books and manuscripts. When book-buying habits changed I closed my shop and expanded into appraising art, antiques, and residential contents. I am currently a certified appraiser of personal property with the International Society of Appraisers.