Valuation Services

Leonard Joel is the only auction house in Australia with a dedicated Valuations department, offering a broad range of specialist expertise and accurate identification, appraisal and auction of single items and entire collections.

Our Valuations team works alongside institutions, lawyers, insurance professionals, accountants, government bodies and private individuals to provide in-depth knowledge and advice to clients on a range of valuations.

Complimentary Valuations
Complimentary verbal valuations are available in our Melbourne and Sydney salerooms by appointment. In addition, we host a complimentary Valuation Evening in Melbourne on the first Wednesday of every month from 5pm and in Sydney, we host a Valuations Day every Wednesday from 10am. No appointment necessary.

*Please note that, during busy times, we can only spend 15 minutes with each client. If you have several items for valuation, please make an appointment with one of our specialists. 

Private Collections & Estates
Leonard Joel provides a comprehensive valuation and auction management service for Private Collections and Estates with one central point of contact for executors, benefactors and fiduciaries. Our Valuations department works alongside Leonard Joel specialists, marketing and operations teams to provide a seamless experience; from probate and family division valuations through to cataloguing, photography, packing, removal and auction of all items.

Written Valuations
Leonard Joel provides written valuations and tailored solutions for Market, Insurance, Probate, Family Law / Matrimonial Division, Loss Assessment, Superannuation, Cultural Gifts and Family Division.

Please contact Head of Valuations, Caroline Tickner for further information or to arrange an appointment.

Types of Valuations

Establishing what type of valuation you need and for the purpose required is fundamental to the valuing process. Leonard Joel can assist you with understanding your requirements. The following types of valuations can be performed.


    Market value describes the value of an item when selling on an open secondary market. It is based on our professional opinion of what the item may reasonably expect to realise at public auction.


    The full cost, including GST, to either replace an item in the condition as sighted with a similar item or the cost to have that item manufactured or remade in the current retail market.


    The value of an item which can be realistically achieved on a second hand market. It is used and required for deceased estates so that probate may be granted.


    To value an item for the purpose of establishing a fair market price on an open secondary market. This type of valuation is used in estate planning.


    The value required by the courts for the purpose of matrimonial settlement. This is a market value allowing for appropriate marketing and without time restraints of what is fair and reasonable in a second hand market if a price needed to be realised.


    The value of an item after it has been lost. The item is appraised from either photograph or a previous valuation and is the retail replacement value.


    This valuation is for the purpose of giving value of what the item may reasonably expect to realise at auction.


    This valuation is for the purpose of gifting an item to an institution.  We are currently able to assist with art work for the Cultural Gifts Program for the Australian Government.

Caroline Tickner
Head of Valuations

With twenty years' local and international auction experience, Caroline's specialist knowledge spans jewellery, decorative arts and fine art. Caroline was Manager of Leonard Joel Jewellery from 2003-2007 and is a qualified gemmologist, diamond technician and a registered valuer with the National Council of Jewellery Valuers. In 2017, Caroline established Australia's first dedicated auction house Valuations Department, at Leonard Joel.

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