Deborah Gerstler Spanierman


DGS Fine Art Consultants and Appraisal Services
Pleasantville, NY
Toured In
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Deborah Gerstler Spanierman is president of DGS Fine Art Consultants, Inc., a full-service fine art appraisal company and private art advisory founded in 2008. With over 25 years in the art business, Spanierman has a wealth of experience that is invaluable to both new and seasoned collectors. She earned a bachelor’s degree in art history from Barnard College/Columbia University and spent considerable time with Sotheby’s in the department of American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, followed by 10 years as associate director at Spanierman Gallery, LLC in New York. There she focused on sales and acquisitions of art among private collectors, corporations and museums, as well as curating important exhibitions for the gallery and traveling venues.

Spanierman is a certified member of the Appraisers Association of America and currently serves on their board of trustees and as president. She prepares appraisals necessary for insurance schedules; damage/loss claims; settlement of estate taxes for the IRS; determination of tax relief for the IRS in a non-cash-charitable donation; equitable distribution such as division of property in a divorce or business dissolution; disposition of collections or individual works; basis for collateral loans; and professional opinion of value.

Spanierman is an adjunct instructor at New York University’s School of Continuing Education and Professional Studies. Although she specializes in appraising fine arts, her status as a certified member of the Appraisers Association of America affords her access to premier appraisers in all areas of expertise, allowing her to service clients with varied collections and needs.

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