Valuing objects in cultural collections

For Immediate Release
Wed, 08/02/2017


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association

(312) 280-5052

CHICAGO — The subject of valuation has always been challenging for museums and public collections and is becoming more urgent as monetary values of many items continue to break records. There is an increase in lending, with more loans requiring a value for insurance. Cultural collections and exhibitions are expanding to all corners of the world while, at the same time, lenders are becoming more risk-averse. “Valuing Your Collection: A Practical Guide for Museums, Libraries and Archives,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, addresses the issues and offers some solutions, ranging from high-value to low or no-value collections and discussing a range of collections including fine art, archives, science, and photography. Inside, Freda Matassa covers such key issues as:

  • questions of valuing public and private cultural collections;
  • assigning values to individual objects or an entire collection;
  • legal and ethical considerations;
  • discussion of authentication and attribution;
  • the insurance business and valuation;
  • guides to valuing different types of collections;
  • a range of case studies showing valuation across multiple sectors; and
  • sample templates with criteria for valuing different objects.

Matassa is a well-known UK expert on collections management who advises, teaches and lectures internationally. Currently Director of Matassa Toffolo, a museum-standard art consultancy, former Head of Collections Management at Tate Galleries and co-founder of the European Registrars Conference, she is expert adviser on several European projects for museum standards and to the Minister of Culture on Immunity from Seizure. She was named one of the Top 50 Women to Watch in the arts and is also the author of “Museum Collections Management” (Facet, 2011) and “Organizing Exhibitions” (Facet, 2014).

Facet Publishing, the commercial publishing and bookselling arm of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, is the leading publisher of books for library and information professionals worldwide. ALA Store purchases fund advocacy, awareness and accreditation programs for library professionals worldwide. Contact us at (800) 545-2433 ext. 5052 or