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How Do I Help My Clients Find the Value of Their “Stuff”

As organizers, we help our clients to organize and disperse property, but we also need to be sure we’re recognizing the value of their possessions.  It’s a two-step process  — first, you must determine what type of value is needed and then second you need to uncover the right kind of information to find that value.

Jenny Pitman will explore the different approaches to values that an object can have, i.e., what are the differences when determining values for insurance, estate tax, fair market for planning purposes and auction? When is an estate tax appraisal needed and what is involved?

Then, using a visual survey of major collecting categories, including fine and decorative arts, jewelry, furniture, silver, Asian art, stamps, coins, books and manuscripts, Jenny will explore what type of property is gaining and losing value in the current market. She’ll also provide tips to quickly identify objects and offer guidance about what information you’ll need to provide to the experts to get an accurate value for your clients.

Jenny Pitman joined Doyle in 2020 in Business Development, after an extensive auction career spanning 25 years. Toronto-born Ms. Pitman began her auction career at Sotheby’s Toronto before she joined Christie’s New York as a Silver Specialist. She served as Vice President and later Head of Sale at Christie’s, and her tenure with the international auction house spanned 17 years. In 2016, She turned her focus to fostering client relationships in Westchester County, NY and Connecticut as a specialist for Rago Auctions. She has also been a columnist, including authoring the monthly “What’s Collectible” column for Westchester’s WAG Magazine.

Ms. Pitman received her B.A. from McGill University in Montreal and her M.A. at the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts in New York. At the BGC, she was honored with the Clive Wainwright Award for outstanding thesis. In 2017, she obtained her Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America.

As an auction veteran widely respected in the field for her expertise and extensive connections, Ms. Pitman is a trusted guide for clients wishing to sell single pieces, collections, or estates. Today, she works extensively with appraisers, financial advisors, attorneys and executors, organizers and senior move managers. She is an active member of estate planning, jewelry and decorative arts associations

Jenny Pitman, Business Development / Connecticut Regional Advisor at Doyle
Tel: (212) 427-4141, ext. 208
Cell: (917) 745-2730

175 East 87th Street, New York, NY 10128

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