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The Business of Art, LLC

We are a Modern and Contemporary Art Advisory with a Latin American FOCUS.

"It would probably take 3 or 4 people to replace Alex Slato. That's because he is accomplished in so many areas of the art world that are usually separate specialties. [He is] An anchor of the art world."

 - Opulence Magazine


  • Insurance Purpose

  • Market value (sale price)

  • IRS Charitable Contribution

  • Estates & Trusts Valuations

We have been in the Appraisal Business since 1990.


The Business of Art, LLC provides Appraisal Reports, Art Consultation, and Collection Management.  We are a personal property valuation company which appraises all areas of antiques, decorative, and fine art. We specialize in 19th and 20th century paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and multiples.  We carefully research and document our appraisals to accurately reflect current market trends. 

We are committed to safeguarding the confidential information of our clients.  Please know that we hold all of our clients’ personal information provided to our appraisal service company in the strictest confidence and in accordance with the 2020-2021 Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and the Principals of Appraisal Practice and Code of Ethics of the International Society of Appraisers (ISA).  We do not disclose information to third parties, except as specifically authorized by our clients, or as required by law. 


Our Appraisals Reports are used for:

  • Insurance Coverage

  • Charitable Contributions for IRS Submission

  • Estate Tax for IRS Submission

  • Equitable Asset Distribution in Divorce and Inheritance

  • Damage and Loss Claims Reports

  • Documentation of your Art Collection

  • Advice for Sales and Acquisitions

  • Advice for Consignment to Auction

Collections Management

  • Inventory and individual file

  • Current value of collection


Condition Reports

We have the skills to properly inspect your work of art and give you a clear and concise report of the current state of your work to be able to recommend the correct procedure or simply to be able to sell your work better.

Conservation & Restoration

We work with the best conservators in the Nation and have a network of specialist that will respond to any particular need that the damaged work requires. From a simple cleaning to an accidental damage we will provide the best profesional to the work.


Packing, Shipping and Storing

Whether you want to pack and ship overseas or across the country. It may be a short storage needs or you are taking a long vacation, we can best advise you to the needs of your collection.  We have strong relationships with exceptional companies that have AAA reputation and the best and safest procedures.

Inventory and individual files.

From photographing your collection, to getting a certificate and making sure all the files are complete, we have several great programs as well as profesional to get your collection up to date for Museum exhibition lending, Peeping for a sale, or to get a loan on your collection.

Non-Profit Business Development


After serving for over 20 years in the non-profit industry of greater Los Angeles and managing a successful fundraising campaign for a growing museum during a major expansion.  We have acquired the capacity to coach and create programs that specialize for small and medium institutions.  These include:

  • Individual or Department coaching

  • Development Plan 

  • Capital Campaign

  • Board Development

  • Fundraising Events & Auctions