Messenger Art provides independent formal valuations for; insurance, superannuation, fair market, family division, matrimonial, probate, estate, loss assessment, cultural gifts and pre-purchase report.


We work on behalf of public institutions, corporate and private clients and their professional advisors (solicitors, accountants, wealth managers and executors).

Valuation Reports

We provide written valuation reports for single items to diverse

We provide pre-purchase acquisition reports for those considering acquiring art from auction, dealer or gallery (reporting on value relative to market analysis, condition, provenance) to ensure our clients avoid regretful choices.

Our field of expertise includes Australian and International Art and Decorative Arts (all categories, including antique and modern furniture).

We evaluate the specified effects in relation to national and international auction records, quality and each artist’s reputation in the arts community.

We draw on an academic knowledge of art history and extensive experience working with Australian and International fine and decorative arts.

We provide the highest levels of discretion and complete confidentiality.

Insurance – based upon the cost of replacing an object with something comparable from auction, retail source or reputable dealer.

Fair Market – value refers to the price which an object would be expected to realise on the secondary art market.

Family Division – value is based on the market value of each object, for the purpose of providing a fair distribution of joint assets.

Superannuation – value reflects the market value of the assets in the Fund.

Probate – value an item can realistically expect to achieve on a secondary market, when it forms part of an estate of a deceased person.

Matrimonial - fair market value required by the courts for the purpose of matrimonial settlement.

Estate – value refers to the price which an object would be expected to realise on the secondary art market.

Items and objects we value include fine art, decorative arts, antique and modern furniture, household effects/chattels.

Valuation Categories

Our clients are assured a comprehensive and expert service.

Director Jane Messenger (Bachelor Arts Hons and Master of Arts, The University of Melbourne) is:

Accredited Valuer: Federal Gov. Tax Incentive Scheme for the Arts.

Certified Practicing Valuer: Auctioneers and Valuers Association of Australia (AVAA)

Registered Valuer: Art Consulting Association of Australia (ACAA)

Member: International Association of Art Critics (AICA)