Over several days, I received several emails from an individual who had purchased a small wildlife painting. The man purchased it from an antique sale for $40.00. He then wanted to know what it was worth. First, I asked him what he wanted to do with the painting? Did he want to sell it and if so, how much profit margin did he want to make? His answer was the usual one where people will often say they have no idea. Time after time, purveyors like ourselves make recommendations and the people will say, “Well I thought it would have been worth more.” So the answer is, they did know what they wanted for it.
I then told the man what we were willing to pay for the painting. Responding again, he persisted on wanting to know the rough value of it. Answering him again, I told him I could not appraise it as I had made an offer to purchase it. The man became insulted and finally told me he had seen on our website we did appraisals.
The key statement which we should note here is if I or we, as The Meadowlark Gallery are going to want to buy this item then it is a conflict of interest for us to be in the capacity of an appraiser.
Purchasing or placing on consignment with us will never be in the role of an appraiser or appraisal but only as a western and sporting fine art dealer. Please do not allow yourself to be caught in a scenario where an appraisal service is offered and the additional option to purchase.
The following is from the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice 2010-2011 Edition, page U-7.
An appraiser must perform assignments with impartiality, objectivity, and independence, and without accommodation of personal interests.
- must not perform an assignment with bias;
- must not advocate the cause or interest of any party or issue;
- must not accept an assignment that includes the reporting of predetermined opinions and conclusions;
- must not misrepresent his or her role when providing valuation services that are outside of appraisal practice;”
Appraiser Professional Profile
Gary L. Temple
118 North 29th Street
Billings, Montana 59101
- Bachelor of Art Degree in Speech from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, 1973.
- Western College of Auctioneering, Billings, Montana, 1978.
- 2010-2011 Complete Online Course in Personal Property Appraising, featuring (USPAP) the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice from David J. Maloney, Jr., AOA CM.
- Financial background in banking and the savings and loan industry for seventeen years.
- Prolific in welded metal sculpture for nine years (1984-1993) and currently is active in the marketing of western and sporting fine art.
- Together Marylee M. Moreland and Gary Temple have created, framed, and sold artwork since 1978.
USPAP Compliant. Accredited Appraiser, Appraisers National Association.
- “Hans Kleiber: A Reference Manual,” Volumes I and II, by Marylee M. Moreland; 1994, 1996.
- “Edward Borein, Cowboy Artist,” a video tape, by Harold G. Davidson, produced and edited by Gary L. Temple and Marylee M. Moreland
- “Hans Kleiber, Wyoming Printmaker and Artist” by Marylee M. Moreland and Gary L. Temple, 2004.
- “Robert W. ‘Bob’ Meyers, Artist of the South Fork” by Marylee M. Moreland and Gary L. Temple, 2006.
- “Elling William ‘Bill’ Gollings, A Cowboy Artist” by William T. Ward and Gary L. Temple, 2007.
- Introduction by Gary L. Temple for “Richard E. Bishop: Etchings, Drypoints and Aquatints, An Illustrated Compilation of Bishop’s Works on Paper by Russell A. Fink, 2008.
- “Gollings, More of the Story” by William T. Ward and Gary L. Temple, 2009.
- “Perspective: Elling William Gollings [1878-1932]” by Gary L. Temple in Western Art and Architecture, Summer/Fall, 2009.
- “Hans Kleiber and Bill Gollings, Wyoming Printmakers” by Gary L. Temple in The Log, Sheridan County Historical Society and Museum, Spring 2011.
- “A Daily Reminder, Cowboy artist Elling William Gollings painted the vanishing West” by Gary L. Temple in Big Sky Journal, Lifestyle in the Northern Rockies; Arts 2011.
- "LeRoy Greene" by Gary L. Temple and Marylee M. Moreland, 2012.
- Seminar on Hans Kleiber at the C. M. Russell Art Show and Auction, 1995.
- Seminar on Robert W. ‘Bob’ Meyers at the Cody Country Art League, 2006.
- Seminar on Elling William “Bill” Gollings at the Jackson Hole Art Auction, 2007.
- Seminar on Hans Kleiber at the Sheridan Fulmer County Library, Sheridan, Wyoming; 2008.
- Seminar on Elling William “Bill” Gollings at the Sheridan Fulmer County Library, Sheridan, Wyoming; 2009.
- Seminar on Elling William “Bill” Gollings for the Sheridan County Historical Society and Museum, 2011.
- Award from the Wyoming State Historical Society for “Gollings, More of the Story” by William T. Ward and Gary L. Temple.
- Honorable Mention from the Wyoming State Historical Society for the magazine article, “Perspective: Elling William Gollings [1878-1932]” by Gary L. Temple in Western Art and Architecture, Summer/Fall, 2009.
Research and Expertise Accepted
- Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana
- C. M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana
- University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, Wyoming
- Whitney Gallery of Western Art, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming
- Safeco Insurance Companies
- State Farm Insurance Companies
- Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP, Kansas City, Missouri
- Travelers Insurance Companies
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