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Determining the valuation of fine art is vital for art business professionals. This ability requires a set of skills comprised of detective research, knowing where to look, who to consult, how to unravel a mystery, and much more. This course will provide participants with a thorough introduction to art research methods, using traditional print formats as well as online databases. Participants will learn about the essential tools for valuation consideration, including comparables, provenance, Getty Object ID terminology, ArtTactic analytic reports, fair market value, retail replacement value, catalogues raisonnées, and more. Through a combination of lectures, guest speakers, site visits to galleries, museums, and artist’s studios, and a library orientation, participants will receive an intensive introduction to the art of research and valuation.

What you will learn…
• To examine works of art, ask the right questions, and become conversant with terminology specific to art market research and valuation (such as Getty Object ID).
• To select comparables thoughtfully and appropriately, and to understand the approaches for assigning values to a variety of artworks.
• To identify the major databases for fine arts and how appraisers use them.

The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    This course was offered as a 4-week course in 2019.

    If interested in receiving notification when this course is open for 2020 registration, please write to our Enrollment team at

    2020 dates and enrollment will be available in December.
  • Faculty


    Joanne Kesten, Adjunct Faculty, Summer Institute, New York

    Click here to view all of our faculty members. Our instructors are award-winning Sotheby's Institute faculty, recognized thought leaders, and professional experts in the art world.
  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    • Fine Art Research and Valuation Methods

    • Research Using Print Formats and Online Databases

    • Selecting Comparables

    • Provenance Research

    • Getty Object ID

    • ArtTactic Analytic Reports

    • Fair Market and Retail Replacement Value

    • Using Catalogues Raisonnés

    • Assigning Value to a Variety of Artworks

    These topics are subject to change.
  • Course Fees & Enrollment

    Course Fees & Enrollment

    2019 4-week course pricing: $3,750
    2020 pricing to be announced in December, including special offers on course combinations.

    If interested in receiving notification when this course is open for 2020 registration, please write to our Enrollment team at
  • Contact Information

    Contact Information

    For further information or course advisement, please contact:
    Hayley Black, Admissions Advisor
    Tel: 212-897-6644 Or Request Information

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