Every day valuable artworks and antiques can change in value.
In the event of calamity, fire or theft it is imperative you have your precious artworks and antiques documented and correctly valued. Astute collectors ensure that their collection is the subject of a registered valuation lodged with their insurance company.

The ART+OBJECT team has over thirty years experience providing advice to New Zealand's leading institutions, public galleries, museums and libraries as well as private collectors and estates.

In recent years the A+O team of Ben Plumbly and Leigh Melville have completed significant valuation mandates for Te Papa Tongarewa, Sarjeant Gallery - Whanganui, Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, The Canterbury Museum, The Govett Brewster - New Plymouth, The University of Auckland and numerous local bodies and specialist institutions such as the Heritage New Zealand.




In simple terms that means only ART+OBJECT valuations have the depth, rigour and professional recognition required by New Zealand's leading collectors, museums, corporates and public institutions. It is this quality of valuation advice which is now available to the private collector.

In the last five years the valuation division has completed over 1500 valuations including many significant valuation mandates for public collections and key visual arts events such as New Zealand participation at the Venice Biennale.


Recent commissions include:

1. Christchurch Art Gallery:                           Entire Collection.
2. Dunedin Public Art Gallery: Entire Decorative Arts Collection.
3. Hocken Library: Entire collection including art, books and
4. Elms Mission Station Tauranga: Entire Maori Art and Pacific Art collection.
5. Auckland University: Art collection and on-site Marae.
6. Rotorua Museum: Entire collection (2007), re-valued 2009.
7. Hawke's Bay Museum: Entire collection (2008), re-valued 2009,
2010, 2011.
8. Marti Friedlander Photographic Archive:
9. Richard Quinn Crown Lynn Collection and Archive Purchased by the Portage Ceramics
Trust in 2007, based on the
valuation provided.
10. North Otago Museum: New Zealand pottery collection
11. Te Awamutu Museum: Entire collection.
12. Waitakere City Council: Peter Sauerbier Art and Sculpture
13. City Gallery Wellington: Parihaka Collection.
14. Taonga of 100 marae: In association with Waka Atawhai.
15. Collection of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust Entire contents of 10 historical
16. Otago Museum: Cave Art pictograph collection.
17. Auckland Museum: Taonga collections, special 
18. Auckland City Council: Aotea Square sculpture.




Ernst and Young: Art collection in Auckland,
Wellington and Christchurch. 
20. Sarjeant Gallery: Entire fine arts collection.
21. Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa: Numerous special projects.
22. Pompallier Diocesan Centre and Catholic
Entire collection of art, 
photography and important
historical items.
23. Auckland City Libraries:  Photography collection.
24. Kingitanga Taonga: The collection of the Maori King
comprising some 7000 items,
many of which were historically
unique. Undertaken with the
assistance of Waka Atawhai, the
University of Waikato and Te
Puni Kokiri. 
25. Creative New Zealand: Official Valuer of the 2011 Venice
Biennale Project, Michael
Parekowhai's On First Looking
into Chapman's Homer.
26. Govett Brewster Art Gallery: Entire collection, including the Len
Lye collection. 
27. Tauranga Art Gallery: Entire collection.
28. The Dowse Art Museum: Entire Art, Applied Art and Object
29. 2012 Te Papa Entire art collection
30. 2012 Historic Places Trust Seven South Island Properties
31. 2012 Buried Village Rotorua Taonga