Karin A Costa, ISA AM, Antiques, Furnishings + Decorative Arts



Karin A Costa
ISA member since Aug 26, 2014

(775) 722-2776 (Office)

60 Horseshoe Circle
Reno, NV 89508 map

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Karin Costa, ISA AM, is a generalist personal property appraiser, advisor and estate manager in the western United States, including Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Karin has been active in the antiques and collectibles market as a dealer since 1987, as an estate broker between 1994 to 1997 and as an auctioneer since 1998.  In 1999, she began preparing appraisals for estates and small businesses.

As a generalist appraiser, Karin appraises a broad range of collecting areas and asset classes serving fiduciaries, banks, private collectors, and individuals.  Having sold items through auction and brokerage for many years, she has knowledge of the antiques, collectibles and residential contents market for objects dating from the 17th Century to the present day.  She is versed in small business contents, including assets in restaurants, retail, grocery, office and warehouses; construction, farm and ranch equipment; and workshops. including metalworking, woodworking and artist's studios.

She has broadened her knowledge and appraisal capabilities in the areas of fine art, jewelry, and wine through Sotheby's Institute of Art, wine appraising coursework, the Gemological Institute of America and the Insurance Institute of Jewelry Appraisal and other programs of continuing education and connoisseurship.  Thorough research, a large personal library and subscriptions to databases, market knowledge and contacts with a network of asset specialists are resources used in appraising her client's assets.

Karin works with clients in navigating the complex details of asset disposition, appraisal and collection management.

~  Auction and gallery consignment placements

~  Private treaty sales

~  Estate and downsizing management: inventory (probate, guardianship, moving), appraisal, heirloom distribution, supervision of donations

~  Private auctions for equitable distribution in estate, divorce and business dissolution

~  Collection, archive, household and business inventories

~  Advisory and consulting services

~  Appraisals for estates, divorce, equitable distribution, insurance (claim, coverage), loan collateral, present worth of income producing property (equipment, art, etc.)



  • Collectibles
  • Decorative Arts & Accessories
  • Furniture
  • Objet d'art & De Vertu
  • Silver


  • Appraisal Review
  • Consultant
  • Equitable Distribution
  • Estate Probate
  • Insurance Claims
  • Non-Cash Charitable Donations
  • Tax Deductible Gifts

Performs Appraisals Of

  • Art
  • Books
  • Business Contents/Inventories
  • Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment (FF&E)
  • Jewelry
  • Tools - Antique
  • Tools - Modern
  • Transportation
  • Wine


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