Ashley & Associates is an Auckland–based fine art appraisal and consultancy firm.
Our areas of expert knowledge include painting and sculpture, photography and prints, Māori and Pacific artefacts, antique and decorative objects, rare books and manuscripts, and cultural heritage objects.
Ashley & Associates adhere to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and the International Valuation Standards (IVS).
Our associates include Victor Wiener Associates, LLC, New York.
Our client’s include-
Alexander Turnbull Library
National Museum of the Royal New Zealand Navy
The New Zealand Parliamentary Service Te Ratonga Whare Pāremata
Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga
Museum of Transport & Technology
Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science & Heritage
Hocken Collections Uare Taoka o Hākena & University of Otago
Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision
Victoria University of Wellington
Len Lye Centre
A&A also works closely with art insurers and brokers and, in conjunction, have completed large-scale appraisals for local councils, museums and private clientele.
Ben Ashley, Director and Principal Appraiser.
Formerly Rare Books Manager, Valuations Manager and Head of Fine Art at Webb’s Auction House, Auckland, Mr Ashley founded Ashley & Associates in 2016. He has managed large-scale evaluations for New Zealand’s most significant museums and institutions. Acting internationally as an art insurance claims consultant, Mr Ashley has worked extensively on large-scale claims involving damage to fine art and cultural objects. He also consulted on projects relating to the 2010 and 2011 Christchurch earthquakes and the 2016 Kaikōura earthquake.
Mr Ashley is the Rare Book and Asia-Pacific consultant for Victor Wiener Associates, a leading appraisal firm based in New York, and the literary executor of the estate of New Zealand poet, Sam Hunt. He also provides consultancy services to the Spark Foundation regarding the Spark Art Trust collection.
Antonia Milsom, Senior Appraiser and Advisor.
Formerly Head of Valuations at Webb’s Auction House, Auckland, Ms Milsom is also experienced in managing large-scale appraisals and has completed valuation projects for local museums, institutions, and galleries. Ms Milsom provides consultancy services to private clientele regarding collection management and sales and has experience commissioning private and public sculpture.