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Meet Lily Yu

Lily Yu, certified art appraiser, advisor and curator,  offers over 20 years experience working in the fine art world. As owner of AGENT ART she is a highly sought-after advisor to private collectors, institutions and corporate clientele. As a former artist, gallery owner, gallery director, dealer, curator and educator, Lily Yu is the collector’s crucial key to wise buying, selling, and collecting fine art. Known for building strategic and highly personalized legacy collections, her keen eye, passion and concierge-level of personal service set her above other advisors. As a certified appraiser, specialized appraisal valuations are available for 20th Century Art, Contemporary Art, and Photography. All appraisals conform to USPAP, Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, and may be used for the purpose of pricing, charitable donation, estate planning, bankruptcy, insurance or division of assets. Located in Carmel, California, on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula, evaluations are available worldwide. Lily Yu is a member of the IFAA.

Specializing in 20th Century Art, Contemporary Art, and Photography.

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SERVICES
Art Advisor

Navigating the art world can be confusing and intimidating even to seasoned collectors. Having your own art advisor can save you from costly mistakes and can open up opportunities not available otherwise. As a client of Agent Art you will receive the following services and benefits:

Unparalleled access to traditional, modern and contemporary prints, drawings, paintings, sculptures , new media and photography from a cultivated selection of preeminent international galleries, dealers, auction houses and art fairs.
Privileged access to artworks in private collections and artworks unavailable in the open market.
Expert consultation and guidance regarding your art investment strategy based on your own aesthetic, budget, and space.
Comparative market research and detailed price analyses provided for making solid financial long-term investments.
Confidence in your purchases from the knowledge that the source, artwork, and price have all been vetted for you by an expert.
Full curatorial services supporting the creation of highly individualized, extraordinary, substantial art collections for a person, a family, or corporation.
Professional assistance with coordinating archival framing, delivery, installation and storage of artworks.

My aim is to provide art collectors with all these advantages and protections so that they can focus on the pure joy of art itself, while collecting and building a living legacy. It will be a pleasure to work with you.

Art Appraisal

Lily Yu is a certified art appraiser with the International Fine Art Appraisers. Members of the IFAA establish and maintain the highest level of ethical conduct, professional standards, and methodological uses of appraisal valuation estimates based upon their knowledge and extensive “hands on” experience. Ten years of active fine art experience is the minimum requirement for consideration for membership in the organization. Lily specializes in 20th Century Modern Art, Contemporary Art and Photography.

Certified appraisals are available for:

Insurance Valuations
Estate Settlements
Divorce Settlements
Buyer-Seller Assistance
Charitable Donation

If you would like an appraisal of an artwork, please send the following information:

Name of Artist
Title
Medium
Size
Date
Additional Important Notes

Lily Yu will contact you about sending images of the artwork and will discuss your needs in detail. An estimate will be provided for the cost of the appraisal and an agreement will be made. A physical examination of all artwork is required and a minimum of two weeks to complete the written report.

Testimonials for Lily Yu

Collectors say……

“Lily Yu is a professional’s professional. When appraising several art pieces for my family, not only did she give current value, but she explained the history of the various styles, the specific pieces, the artists execution and skill levels, how she determined authenticity, and how she came about her appraised values. Her skills and expertise were truly extraordinary. It was an education for me and a great service for my family. I highly recommend her services if you’d like to understand your pieces on a personal level and their place in the art world at large.

~ Kyle K.
Collector, Monterey, CA

“Lily Yu is an artist and a professional,  who has the ability to navigate you through the art world making artistic buying decisions that are right for your needs.  Lily has a wealth of knowledge of many artists and their work .  I highly recommend Lily when selecting your art.”

~ The Hart Collection
Beverly Hills, CA

“I trust Lily Yu with our art portfolio, appraising, replacing, re arranging, and eliminating. For example I have tried for years with  no satisfaction to have a artwork authenticated. She went the extra mile with an interesting  case….  And her fees are certainly reasonable to put to rest  a 35 year art mystery. Top marks!”

~ Terry & Kay Sullivan
private collector, Carmel, CA

“Lily Yu is a treasure. She has not only helped us find some incredible art,  but she has taught us a great deal about art and collecting.  We would never make a major investment without Lily!”

~ Julia & Tim
private collector, Laguna Beach, CA

Non Profits say…..

“Lily helped the Monterey Symphony with a very unique piece that was donated to us. She was efficient, easy to communicate with and motivated to get the job done. She would be our first call again!”

~ Nicola Samra Executive Director,
Monterey Symphony

“Lily has a great eye for art, a thoughtful way of selecting just the right pieces for different types of events and guests, and has always provided exceptional customer service to my contributors””I am filled with appreciation for the thousands of dollars Lily has helped me raise for the worthy causes I’ve been involved with.”

~ Allyn Cioban,
Director of Development for the Saban Community Clinic

Art Professionals say…….

“With Lily’s knowledge, dedication and conscientiousness you couldn’t ask for more for your art collection! Agent Art is just the best!”

Anne Martin,
Sugar Press, Los Angeles

“Lily Yu is a consummate professional: educated, honest, effective. All my dealings with her have been worthwhile and pleasant experiences.”

~ Jonathan Greenberg,
Vice President, Senior Specialist in Valuations,  Sotheby’s, New York

“As a fellow professional in the art business, every job that Lily has been involved with has been organized and well thought-out, always resulting in satisfaction for the client.”

~ Bill Gallagher
Operations Manager Display Services and Fine Art Storage, Orange County, CA

Attorneys, Financial Advisors and Estate Planners say…….

“Lily’s infectious enthusiasm, expertise and professionalism makes her an ideal appraiser. Her personal outreach, understanding of what a collection means for the collector beyond monetary value, and tireless investigative work is unmatched. I hired Lily to prepare an appraisal and give expert trial testimony. Her meticulously researched report gave detailed valuations for each piece that has also proved exceedingly helpful for insurance purposes and ensures future generations will understand the rich history associated with each piece and artist. She was highly engaged with a combination of enthusiasm for the works of art, deep level of expertise with the subject matter and heartfelt desire to meet the needs of the client. She always responded promptly and courteously to even the most naive of questions and confidently navigated the often intimidating world of museum curators, gallery owners and artists to deliver an excellent report. Please consider her should you need a certified appraisal for any reason, such as insurance valuations, estate or divorce settlements, and charitable donations. I recommend Lily without any hesitation.”

~ Brian Turlington
Attorney at Law, Monterey CA

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