Art Valuation – April 7th, 2015

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Whether you are a lawyer assessing the value of your client’s artwork or an artist wondering how it is done, Dave Buck and Michelle Dunn Marsh will be speaking on the essentials for art valuation and addressing the multiple “values” that can be ascribed to an artwork, using photography as primary examples. Learn more about the terms of hard costs, retail value, and sold for at auction, as well as matters that affect the values determined for some of these items. Receive feedback concerning issues such as the condition of the artwork (a unique work, vintage, signed, editioned and the size of the edition), if there is provenance or documentation, and whether the print was made by the photographer, a designated printer or made in the lifetime of the artist or posthumous?

Other common questions that will be answered:

  • When does a lawyer need to determine the value of an artwork?
  • What are the elements of fine art valuation?
  • What are the challenges in determining fair market value?
  • What are helpful resources for the legal practitioner?


About the Presenters

Dave Buck is a shareholder at Riddell Williams P.S. in Seattle where he concentrates his practice on commercial real estate, business counseling, nonprofits and wealthy individuals.  He advises many organizations in the Pacific Northwest, including The Bullitt Foundation, the YMCA of Greater Seattle, the Seattle Aquarium Society, the Frye Art Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, Antioch University, and ShadowCatcher Entertainment.
Dave is President of the Frye Art Museum, a trustee and past Chair of the ArtsFund board, the Vice-Chair of the ArtsFund Foundation,  and a member of the Advisory Boards of the Washington Art Consortium, Centrum  and The Film School. He  has often been named one of “Seattle’s Top Lawyers” by Seattle Magazine, one of “Seattle’s Top Business Lawyers” by Seattle Business Monthly, a Best Lawyer by The Best Lawyers in America®, and a Washington Super Lawyer®. He  has achieved an AV Preeminent® rating from LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® and  received annual Pro Bono Publico Commendations from the Washington State Bar Association. He served as a law clerk at the U.S. District Court in Seattle,  is a graduate of Leadership Tomorrow and is a co-founder of Artist Trust.


Michelle Dunn Marsh is executive director at Photographic Center Northwest, and founder of Minor Matters. Over the last two decades, she has served in executive and creative roles in the fields of art photography and publishing. Dunn Marsh’s professional experience includes fifteen years with Aperture Foundation in New York City, first as a designer and later as deputy director for the organization, and as Co-Publisher of Aperture magazine. She was senior editor of art and design at Chronicle Books, San Francisco, and was a tenured professor in graphic design at Seattle Central Community College. She is a graduate of Bard College and past president of its Board of Governors.



April 7th, 6 PM @ Riddell Williams | 1001 Fourth Avenue, Suite 4500, Seattle, WA 98154

(please see security when arriving)


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