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Serving Colorado/

Southern California Since 1998



Colorado (303) 918-6597

California (562) 818-8741

e-mail - bouldergallery@msn.com

Estate Liquidation Services

Superior, Personalized, Professional Experience

Our Appraisal & Estate Services offers a full range of options for those who need to sell the contents of an estate, home, or collection. From the free on-site consultation to the final accounting, we handle every aspect of your sale with care and professionalism. We strive to get the highest realized value for your possessions, whether we are auctioning your collectibles on e-bay, selling to a dealer/ collector or running an on-site tag sale, we creatively and diligently provide you with the results that you desire.

How The Process Works

Our knowledge and expertise, Appraising Personal Property, gives us an advantage over our competitors. One of the most vital aspects of profitable asset liquidation is to determine the best marketplace to sell assets. knowing the appraisal process make it possible to direct your assets to the venue where the highest possible value can be realized in a timely manner. We employ a variety of methods including auction, dealers, collectors, consignment, tag sale, and tax-advantaged charitable giving. We evaluate each item separately to determine how it fits into an overall disposal strategy that meets your needs.

Steps for the Estate Liquidation Process

  • Initial estate walk through
  • Contract negotiation
  • Pre-estate sale staging & set-up
  • Estate sale
  • Post-estate sale clean-out & donation process
  • 90 day consignment period for unsold items

Types of Liquidation Property

  • Residential Estates
  • Business Estates
  • Individual & Corporate Collections
  • Forced Liquidation of Assests
  • Downsizing or Relocation

Related Services

Our services include appraisal services for probate, estate tax, marital distribution, bankruptcy, and non-cash charitable donations. We will provide fully compliant IRS ready form 8283 for your tax return preparer. Finally, we also provide premises clean-out service for the convenience of our clients.

    Inventory & Commission Schedule

    Because each situation is unique, we tailor our fees to individual needs. In general, fees are based on the actual sale price realized for the individual item. The estimated sales calculations are provided in our inventory report prior to the sale. Once the sale is complete we provide the client with the same inventory report with one column reflecting the estimated sales price and the next column reflecting the actual sold price for each item. This not only ensures an accurate accounting of what the item was valued at but also what it actually sold for.

Our Guarantee:

  • Accurate Inventory Control
  • Sales documentation on each item
  • Complete premise clean-out service
  • 90 day post sale consignment follow-up
  • Compliance with neighborhood covenants
  • Sensitivity to clients pocessions
  • Professional and pleasant client relationship
  • insured


Appraisal Services

Honest, Accurate and Professional

Masterpiece Appraisals is a personal property appraisal company dedicated to providing appraisal services of the utmost quality to corporations, attorneys, insurance companies, and collectors, thereby, allowing them to maximize the value of their possessions through accurate, thoroughly researched documentation.

Our Specialty Areas

  • Antiques & Decorative Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Residential General Contents

Types of Appraisals

  • Estate Probate
  • Insurance loss or Replacement Vvalue
  • Division of Assets
  • Charitable Donations
  • Resale Purposes

Types of Property

  • Residential Contents
  • Fine Arts
  • Collectibles
  • Religious Items
  • Decorative Arts
  • Unique Items
  • Deconstruction Items

Why Choose Us?

Because we are knowledgeable and trustworthy professionals whom, through continuing education stay on top of many issues that can and do affect our industry.

    • Experienced Professionals with over 30 years experience in various types of fine art, collectibles and decorative art.
    • Since 1995, we have had practical personal property appraisal experience.
    • Expert witness experience.
    • Previous fine art Gallery owner from 1998 until 2004.

Our Assurance: Highest Ethical Standards

  • The American Societies of Appraisers Code of Ethics.
  • (USPAP) Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisers Practice.

Our Guarantee: Exceeding Report Writing Requirements

  • Insurance Companies
  • Individual Collectors
  • Law Firms
  • The Internal Revenue Service
  • Corporations
  • Financial Institutions



Professional Credentials

Richard Burmood has completed the required appraisal courses from the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), which is one of the main appraisal societies that, in 1987, founded The Appraisal Foundation (TAF).

Since 1989, the United States Congress has recognized TAF as the source for the development and promulgation of appraisal standards and qualifications. In addition he has also current on the (15) hour (USPAP) Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, and Ethics principles course.

Richard Burmood has over three decades of fine art experience as curator and owner to some of the finest art galleries in the world. He has studied art extensively and has his BFA from the Laguna School of Art and Design, in Laguna Beach California. He has over 500 appraisals to his credit that represent major law firms and insurance companies as well as national universities, celebrities, museums, government officials, non-profits and individual collectors

Appraisal Process


The Appraisal Process: Thorough and Reliable

Although we customize our services based on our client needs, here is the typical process steps of how our service works:

Inspection: The appraiser examines the property for condition, identifying marks and characteristics; if the property is not available for inspection due to loss, theft, or water/fire damage, the appraiser has to make some assumptions based on the history of the item that is being appraised. Photographs of the property prior to the loss are often used.

Research: The research time includes time taken to identify marks, dates, find comparable data, verify the appropriate markets for the items, and consult with various experts if need be. Locate extensive comparable auctions results, and all available sales data are necessary steps to evaluate the property.

Report: The final document will provide a clear and concise explanation of the valuation. It will have a title page with the type of valuation and effective date, letter of transmittal giving the purpose and intended use, location and date of inspection. It will have a definition of value and limiting conditions, description of property with photos, a list of all the comparable property and their values, a narrative section detailing the scope of the project and market conditions, a signed certification, an acknowledgment that the appraiser has no fiduciary financial interest in the items in question, there is also a glossary of terms, bibliography, and the appraisers qualifications/credentials.


Customer Comments

Thank you Richard for your professional, timely, and accurate, estate taxation appraisal report during a time in which our family was grieving over the loss of our mother. I am very impressed with the quality of work and the detail in which it represents.

Mark Udall, United States Senator


This is one of the most informative reports I have read in a very long time, thank you for your time and effort!

Cindi Brewster, Attorney Denver, Colorado


Richard, I am very impressed with your appraisal and the depth in which you researched my fine art, Thank you!

Dmytri Gershengorin, Denver, Colorado


I am very pleased with your appraisal report, I had no idea what my Picasso's were worth and I am impressed with the amount of work that went into the valuation. I have had other pieces of art appraised with no explanation of value of even a signed certification, I highly recommend you to anyone looking for an honest, accurate appraisal report.

Paul Gerstenberg, Hilo, Hawaii


We searched every where for a reliable appraiser for our Salvador Dali collection. We are very happy that we found you right here in Colorado, our referral from New York made a great recommendation, Thank You!

ACC Student Senate, Aurora, Colorado


Thank you so much for taking the time to value the art collection in our presidents home. We had no idea that the foundation had such an enormous and important collection of western art. We feel confident that our insurance policy is finally up to date.

CU Foundation, Boulder, Colorado


The Vance Kirkland Museum recommended you to me and I am very appreciative for your professional accurate valuation of my charitable contribution appraisal report.

Mr. John Forry, Phd., New York, NY



Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few common questions our clients typically have. If you have other questions, please use our E-mail us page to send us your questions and we will respond as soon as we can.

Q: What is personal property: Anything that you can own other than your business; like antiques, residential contents, art, furniture, collections, collectibles, silver, pottery, jewelry, memorabilia, toys . . . everything inside the house.

Q: What is an appraisal: An appraisal is a legal document or a verbal opinion, which describes the subject property and estimates its value.

Q: Who is qualified to appraise: A qualified appraiser is someone who has studied Valuation and Appraisal Sciences and has successfully completed a series of courses offered by anyone of the eight associations that help form the legislation that created the Appraisal Foundation. A qualified appraiser holds current member status in one or more of the associations affiliated with the Appraisal Foundation, like the ASA (American Society of Appraisers) or the AI (Appraisal Institute.

Q: How are the fees calculated: Appraisal fees based on valuation are not ethical, and it is a strict violation of USPAP. We follow the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), and our fees are calculated by the job or hourly. In some cases, the client and appraiser can agree upon a specified amount. In other cases, additional fees may be necessary for extensive research for rare or unique items, the use of outside consultants, expert witness testimony, or travel time, are always agreed upon before incurring the fees.

Q: How do i know if I need an appraisal: You need one if you are procuring insurance for replacement or making a claim, estate probate, doing a division of property for divorce purposes or other litigation. Moving, and disposing of an estate might require an appraisal to satisfy all of the estate needs. To confirm the value of personal property for sale or collateral purposes to satisfy the IRS when making charitable donations or paying estate taxes to assist with estate planning and establishing net worth is also a necessary fact of life..

Q: How long is the appraisal valid: The market conditions are always changing so important appraisals should be scheduled for review sometimes every year, but the standard is 2 to 5 years. USPAP requires that you keep the file for 5 years or two years after court decisions are finalized.



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