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                   AL KOCHKA, AAA 


317 North Peterson Road , Muskegon, MI 49445 

Phone 231 719 0411           Fax 231 719-0411

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Al Kochka, AAA is a Certified Member of the Appraisers Association of America specializing in American and European painting, sculpture and graphic prints of the  21st, 20th, 19th and 18th centuries.  I have earned the right to use the designation “AAA” after my name by passing tests in appraisal theory, methodology and specific areas of expertise administered by the Appraisers Association of America, Inc.   In addition I have taken courses and passed the appropriate exam to qualify to prepare written appraisals in accordance with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.  I also hold a B.S. and an M.A. in art.

If you are seeking an Appraisal of art for any of the following reasons, then I can very likely be of assistance to you.


  • ·        Insurance Purposes
  •            Donation to a non profit charitable organization
  • ·        Divorce proceedings including equitable distribution
  • ·        Establishing Fair Market Value
  • ·        Probate of Estate for state &/or IRS requirements
  • ·        Bankruptcy
  • ·        Damage and Loss claims
  • Expert Witness in Lawsuit cases.
  • ·        Other

After a lengthy career in visual arts administration (24 years), that included positions in state art education management and in directing art museums, I retired in 1993.  I then started a second career as a fine art appraiser which has now reached a successful maturity of 16 years and is ongoing offering my services to the general public on a continuing basis.  Click on "Resume", to the left, to see and read my detailed resume.

I operate an appraisal business that offers appraisals of art in written form.  These are written after I have conducted in depth research to arrive at an opinion.  I am not a dealer in art objects and do not buy and sell them, but can offer advice on how to pursue that option if that is your goal. 

My clients include:

  • Individual and Corporate collectors
  • ·           Museums
  • ·           Universities and colleges
  • ·           Legal firms
  • ·           Accounting firms
  • ·           Insurance companies
  • ·          Others

I frequently travel to locations beyond my business address.   Clients who are possessors of small collections have found it most convenient and practical to bring their items directly to my business address.

An initial phone contact with a potential client is offered  without charge, to discover if I am the correct appraiser to satisfy your needs.  After that phone conversation a schedule can be set up to visit the items to be appraised, develop a condition report, photograph the items, study sales slips or other documents to establish provenance, conduct necessary research to establish value, write the report and establish the fee for my services.

“Al Kochka, AAA” is a Qualified Appraiser of Personal Property-Art under the guidelines of the Internal Revenue Service as stated in IRS publication 561.  This information is of special interest to clients who may be considering donating art objects to a charitable organization.

If the information on this web-site is of interest to you, please contact me via phone, fax or email and begin a dialogue.

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