Ripley Auctions has a thirty-year history in the valuation of estates, collections and personal property for a world-wide audience to establish the estimation of what individual pieces will probably sell for at auction. Our knowledge resource team includes a cadre of internationally-recognized art and antiques experts with experience at the highest levels of the profession.

Ripley Appraisal Services also offers written Certified Appraisal Reports for all of your related personal property needs: Insurance Scheduling; Family Division; Estate Settling; Charitable Donations; Divorce; and Inventory.  This paid service will be of use to attorneys, bank trust officers, the collector community, claim adjusters, heirs, executors, and insurance agencies and companies.

Senior Appraiser J. Scott Keller is very pleased to announce his association with Ripley Appraisal Services, serving as Senior Appraiser and Of Counsel, while continuing to serve his clients, after over thirty-one years in the practice.

Scott’s company, Blackard and Geiger, Limited, has been noted for a number of high-profile appraisals.  Scott was President of The Decorative Arts Society for seven years, and President of the Asian Art Society for two years, both at The Indianapolis Museum of Art/Newfields.  Scott taught courses in art history of the decorative arts at the Herron School of Art and Design, in Indianapolis, for fourteen years as well.

Brothers Dan Ripley and Dave Ripley are third-generation Indianapolis art and antique professionals, with extensive experience both from owning a retail gallery and from their internationally-acclaimed auction house history.

The research to establish valuations for auction is the same research to establish values for Certified Appraisal Reports, so now Ripley Appraisal Services brings over sixty years of expertise to the appraisal profession!

Please contact Dave Ripley at [email protected], or 317-251-5635(o) 317-657-0191(c), or J. Scott Keller at [email protected], or 317-637-1829, to schedule a consultation.

Appraisal Services: All Appraisals conform with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) of The Appraisal Foundation, Washington, D.C.

Types of Appraisals: Ripley Appraisal Services complete appraisals for private individuals, attorneys, accountants, insurance agents, museum curators, college administrators, executors and personal representatives of estates, estate planners, bank trust officers, real estate agents, etc.

Personal Property Appraisals
Written Certified Appraisal Reports
Fair Market Value for  Estates, Guardianships or Trusteeships
Retail Replacement Value for Insurance Scheduling
Fair Market Value for Bankruptcy
Estate Equitable Divisions and Gifts
Retail Replacement Value – Used for Sale
Fair Market Value for Divorces, Donations and Damage/Loss
Insurance Replacement Coverage
Consultation Services- Ripley Appraisal Services work closely with clients to understand their requirements and offer an array of additional services.


Potential Sale Estimates (Estimated Range of Value)
Auction House Estimate of Value Consultations
Restoration and Conservation Consulting
Pre-loan Museum Inventory and Appraisal Valuation Services
Consulting on Buying and Selling
Collection Assessment and Cataloging
Collection Inventory Management and Curation
Pre-loan Museum Inventory and Appraisal Valuation Services
Sampling of Appraisal Clients

Museums- Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum, Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Conner Prairie, Ball State Museum of Art, Eiteljorg Museum, Indiana University Museum of Art, Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Morris-Butler House
Schools, Colleges and Universities- Indiana University Foundation, Indiana State Museum, Taylor University, Ball State University, Butler University, University of Notre Dame, Wabash College
Estates- Earl Townsend, Virginia V. Ball,  Wilbur Shaw, Judge James Anton, George Hipp, Mrs. Robert D. Orr, Elizabeth G. Fortune, Mary F. Hulman, Ruth Lilly, Fred Duesenberg, Clarence Cagle,
Attorneys- Barnes and Thornburg, Ice Miller; Bingham, Farrer & Wilson; Locke Reynolds; Scopelitis, Arvin, Light & Hanson, Robert York & Associates
Insurance Companies- Allstate, Farm Bureau, State Farm, Safeco, Farmers Insurance, Indiana Farmers Mutual
Examples of Collections Appraised: Fine Art, Antiquities, Fine and Costume Jewelry, Native American Artifacts, Italian Glass, Sculptures, Bronzes, Sterling Silver, Russian Icons, Tiffany Glass and Lighting, Tapestries and Textiles, Sports Memorabilia, Americana, Folk Art, Primitives, Advertising, Asian Antiques, MCM Design and Furniture, Autographs and Documents, Motor Sports and Indy 500, Books, Clocks, Designer Clothing, Coins, Contemporary Art, Decorative Arts, Entertainment, Furniture, Militaria, Musical Instruments, Minerals, Photography.

Certifications and Memberships: American Society of Appraisers Personal Property Levels 1-5, Ethics and Standards, Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (U.S.P.A.P.). International Society of Appraisers

Contact us today  [email protected]  or 317-251-5635