Caroline Ashleigh


Caroline Ashleigh Associates, LLC
Birmingham, MI
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Ms. Ashleigh is a graduate of New York University in appraisal studies in fine and decorative arts, and is a certified member of the Appraisers Association of America since 1995 and an accredited member of the International Society of Appraisers, as well as a former member of the National Auctioneers Association of America. She has served as co-chairman of the National Conference Committee and midwest regional representative of the Appraisers Association of America. She is a current USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) compliant appraiser since 1997, and has completed specialized training in art crime investigation and has completed expert-witness training.

Ms. Ashleigh’s career began in the museum world as a member of the educational department staff and docent board of directors of the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit, Michigan, and Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She became involved in art appraising and founded Caroline Ashleigh Appraisers and Auctioneers, where she catalogued important collections, estates, archives, and served as an expert in court cases. She has worked closely with major museums and foundations, and served as a consultant to several major auction houses, including Sotheby's, Doyle New York, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, and as consignment director and personal auction concierge at Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas. She is a nationally known appraiser and regularly appeared on the PBS program ANTIQUES ROADSHOW for 15 years. Ms. Ashleigh lectures extensively on connoisseurship and is a columnist and author on art and antiques. She is a contributing author on arts and antiques to the Antiques Roadshow Collectibles Primer; the Antiques Roadshow Insider Magazine; Art and Antiques Magazine; All About Appraising: The Definitive Appraisal Handbook; Antiques Roadshow - Behind the Scenes; and Warman's Antiques & Collectibles Price Guides — 43rd and 44th Editions. She has been the subject of feature presentations in the New York Times, Art and Antiques Magazine, Forbes Magazine, Crains Business, Hour Magazine, and served as consultant to CBS News. She is the author of Warman's Field Guide published in 2010.

Caroline Ashleigh Associates, LLC is an appraisal and consulting firm that provides services for private and corporate collectors, museums, galleries, foundations, law firms, insurance companies, and auction houses throughout the United States. The firm received the 2014 Best of Birmingham Award in the Auctioneers and Appraisers category for a company that achieved exceptional marketing success through the implementation of programs that generate competitive advantages and demonstrable success by setting benchmarks in the small business community. Caroline Ashleigh Associates, LLC was also selected for the 2013 Michigan Excellence Award among its peers and competitors by the Small Business Institute for Excellence in Commerce for upholding business ethics and company values.

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is an antiques appraisal event and television production; we do not buy or sell objects, and conducting any business with an appraiser at the ANTIQUES ROADSHOW event is strictly forbidden.

If you decide to do business with an appraiser who has appeared on ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, please keep in mind these tips before consigning or selling an item:

  • Get more than one referral and check references
  • Get valuations of your item from more than once source
  • Compare options between different types of sellers, i.e., a dealer versus an auction house
  • If you are considering consigning an object for auction, be sure to inquire how the item will be priced, the size of the fee, and the expected amount of time the process may take. Find out what will happen if it doesn't sell.
  • Check the appraiser's professional associations (such as International Society of Appraisers, American Appraisers Association, National Auctioneers Association)
  • Consult an attorney before signing a contract
  • Whatever kind of transaction you decide to enter into, always get a detailed written receipt for your records

ANTIQUES ROADSHOW’s pool of experts are professionals with a wide range of experience in the antiques, fine art and collectibles community, and they are from a diverse background of auctioneers, dealers and appraisers.

All ROADSHOW appraisers are independent volunteers who donate their time and expertise to PBS and who pay their own expenses to be on the show. All business transactions are independent from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW.