Laurence C. Zale Associates, Inc. understands the emotional, aesthetic, and financial catalysts that inspire collectors.

These forces guide our comprehensive and creative strategies for individuals, families, and corporations, from the early stages of building your collection, to selling or donating some or all of your artworks, collectibles and other personal property. Our broad knowledge of this process gives us the expertise to develop planned giving strategies for charitable organizations that are profitable to both the donor and beneficiary.

We work harmoniously with experts in the field of visual arts, and can collaborate with you, your financial advisor and legal counsel to provide independent and customized guidance in the following areas:

Acquisition: We navigate the visual arts marketplace of auction houses, galleries, and artist’s studios to cost-effectively fulfill your collecting goals, and work with you to determine what new acquisitions will enhance the value of your collection over time.

Preservation and Management: We examine what resources—cataloguing, object and title insurance, conservation, framing, and high-tech storage—are personally and financially suitable, and help you to implement them effectively.

Disposition: We analyze whether it is optimal for you, your family and/or company, to hold, to sell or donate your collection and, at the appropriate time, will contact our network of dealers, collectors, and curators to find an appropriate buyer or charitable organization.

Trust and Estate Planning: We develop a flexible strategy to prepare your collection for the unpredictable life forces of dollars, disputes, divorce, and death. Pinpointing the relevant areas of the tax code, such as the related use provision, can save time and anguish and often adds value.