The Golden Closet offers its appraisal services to museums, auction companies, and collectors for insurance and archival purposes.
Physical inspection: Our professionals inspect the wardrobe and props noting condition, construction, approximate age, distinguishing marks (including alterations, damage or wear), and labels or written markings to aid in verification. If an item has been damaged or altered we consult with a master tailor, property master, special effects experts, and other industry professionals to assist with documenting the change to the item.
Professional Photography: Each item is professionally photographed by our in-house photographer and utilized to document the construction, condition, labeling and other distinguishing traits that are significant to the documentation of the item. The photos are also used for in-house reference and correspondence with research consultants, expert collectors, and film historians.
Video/Photo Documentation: Video/film research is necessary to document the item's use in the production and to acquire screen captures and digital frame enhancements to confirm screen use.
Written Documentation: Detailed description of the item, the construction, and its use in the production. A summary of the information derived from reference and research materials, and additional written certification from inner industry sources related to the item's use (when available).
Market Value: An evaluation of documented sales results of comparable memorabilia items from prestigious auction houses and dealers is compiled for reference.
Appraisal: The appraised value of the item is generated and reflects the origin, condition, rarity, documentation, authentication, and current market value.
Presentations: Professionally designed, printed, & bound presentations which include a letter outlining the appraised value, detailed description, professional photos of the item.
THE GOLDEN CLOSET FEES:
The Golden Closet charges a rate of $65.00 per hour for the services listed below:
- Photography/image formatting
- Screen captures
- Item description / copy
- Documentation / Certification
Additional costs may include, but are not limited to:
- DVD/video rental fees
- Additional expert authentication
- Purchases of still photography
GC TERMS FOR APPRAISAL:
Our fees are non-negotiable, and we ask for a 20% deposit of the initial estimated cost of the project. Depending on the length of the project the client will receive an updated bill every 30 days, at which time the new balance will be due.
Disclaimer: The Golden Closet does not guarantee the authenticity of any item prior to completion of research. All fees are still applicable for items found to be inauthentic or unable to be confirmed authentic based on available information.