Rene Richard oil painting. Expert valuations of Canadian and International artwork. Working with estate executors and beneficiaries, trustees, banks and trust companies, lawyers and banks and the public

Certified Written Appraisal Services for Art, Antiques, Home Contents and collectables

  • We offer a wealth of hands-on experience for your personal property assets.

  • Certified professional written appraisal reports for paintings, bronzes and sculptures and other artwork, antiques, home contents, furniture and decor, antique silver wares, porcelains and ceramics, glassware and crystal, Persian and Oriental rugs, personal property and collector items

  • Marketing and selling consulting

  • Specialty auctioneering for corporate and fundraising events.

  •  Serving estate and private collector clients, and the legal, insurance, banking and trust professions.


Elliot Melamed has been involved full time in the fine art, antiques and collector markets as a professional auctioneer and certified accredited personal property appraiser for 37 years, first from 1986-2020 with Empire Auctions Inc, a Canadian based public auction house which historically handled 1,000 lots on a monthly basis in each city of operation and since 2020 as an independent appraisal consultant with Empire Appraisers and Consulting Inc.  His educational background includes a University of Toronto Honours BSc undergraduate degree, as well as a Schulich MBA at the post graduate level. Within the art and antique industry, he is a graduate of the Missouri Auction School and has a licensed auctioneer designation. He is an accredited member of CAGA (The Certified Appraisers Guild of America). Additionally, he has accreditation with the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) having attained the Diamond Grading and Coloured Stones Essentials Degrees. 

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Our Services

Independant and professional personal property asset valuation, selling solutions, along with professional auctioneering bookings for corporate and fundraising events 

Rare artglass including Lalique, Galle, Daum, Loetz, Tiffany, Waterford, Moorcroft, Swarovski, etc. Brokerage services and expert valuations of Canadian and International artwork. Working with estate executors and beneficiaries, trustees, banks and trust companies, lawyers and banks and the public

Estate Appraisals

Impartiality and complete discretion always guaranteed

Professional itemized and researched valuation of estate contents to allow for equitable asset distribution among estate beneficiaries. Working with estate executors, administrators and power of attorney fiduciaries in the GTA and beyond. 

Insuring your valuable assets during a relocation is very important. Heirlooms, high value art, rare antiques are very diffucult to replace. Protect your treasures from the hazards of moving with our registered insurance protection report and relocate with peace of mind.

Relocation Appraisals

Meeting All Of Your Appraisal Needs

Contemplating a relocation around the world or around the corner? Why not protect your valuables and heirlooms before your move?

Avoid complications from damage or loss that can occur during relocations. Register for one of our itemized valuation reports

and enjoy peace of mind.

We provide professional itemized valuation reports for the common contents of the marital home. In a divorce situation, assets must be divided to the common satisfaction of the spouses and we assist by defining the values of all items in the home which facilitates their equitable division.

Divorce Appraisals

Expert Appraisals

At Empire Appraisers, we provide timely, impartial and fully confidential valuation reports to our clients in matters of marital dissolution in order to facilitate an equitable and agreeable division of common assets. We work with both legal firms and the general public. Call or email us today to schedule a confidential consultation and be assured of the utmost discretion. 

Your home is your castle, your refuge and your sanctuary. Protect yourself and your loved ones with our itemized insurance report. Your family heirlooms, collections and mementos should have documented and verified valuations registered with your home insurance provider. Stay safe and protected.

Insurance Appraisals

Protect your special items 

Antiques, heirlooms and one of a kind items require expert valuation in order to be properly protected before loss or theft occurs.

The irreplaceable nature of a family’s treasured items cannot be quantified properly without written verification from a recognized expert.

We can also update your old and out of date appraisals to current values to verify that your items are properly protected. 

In the unfortunate event of theft or damage from accidental in-home occurrence or after a relocation, we can also assist by reporting on the original value of your object, before the damage, and allow you to gain insurance compensation.

Call or email today to schedule a consultation.


Selling Solutions

The power of experience

Our many years of involvement in the collector and art markets have allowed us to build a vast database of focused buyers and sellers. We can offer brokerage and marketing expertise on the options to get your items to the market and to serious buyers at fair values. 

Specialty Event Auctioneering

Specialty Event Auctioneering

Exceeding Expectations

Planning a corporate or fundraising event with items or services to auction to your audience? Add the flair and polish of an auction professional for a memorable evening and bring your results to the next level. And of course we are always happy to increase the success of your charity fundraiser by donating part of our proceeds back to your cause. 

The June 1, 2022  'Sheba Under the Stars' gala event was an amazing evening of inspiration, wonderful entertainment and fine dining, among old friends and new. I was honoured to participate in the program as auctioneer for the live auction component. I congratulate the committee for a first class event and a huge success. The event was attended by Sheikh Abdulla Bin Rashed Alkhalifa, ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the USA and Canada and he spoke warmly about the goodwill and cooperation between nations being generated by the Center’s excellence.

Out of the world’s top 250 smart hospitals, Sheba was just ranked #13 in Newsweek’s World's Best Smart Hospitals 2021, and first in Israel. This accomplishment demonstrates Sheba's place as a world leader, not only through its previous more general ranking as a Top-10 World Hospital, but also as a testament to the work of ARC, Sheba BEYOND and the full complement of innovative programs stemming from Sheba Medical Center.

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Self Selling

Get the facts

When electing to sell your own items, either privately or through an in-home estate sales firm, get the facts beforehand and don’t sell your items short. Obtain our market value survey of your items before pricing them for sale, and ensure that you ask reasonable prices and get yourself fair values.

Would you like to learn more about our comprehensive appraisal, consultative and auction services?

Call us today and book a consultation.

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Empire Appraisers and Consulting Inc.

22-110 West Beaver Creek Rd. Richmond Hill, ON. L4B 1J9. 


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