Martin Willis, generalist appraiser has been assisting people through appraising antiques & fine art for over 40 years, and in the antiques and fine art trade for 47 years (as of 2017). In addition to running Seaboard Estate & Appraisal Services, he is the lead generalist appraiser for The Appraiser’s Registry of New England, which serves mostly the Boston region.
As a second generation auctioneer & appraiser, he has been involved in handling tens of thousands of antiques, collectibles and fine art pieces. He was the Auctioneer of major collections and estates such as The Josiah Bartlett Auction, signer of The Declaration of Independence, Estate of Jack Sharkey, Heavyweight Champion of The World, 1932 and the exclusive appraiser for TV mogul Merv Griffin’s entire estate including all of his California properties and estate appraiser for talk show host Tom Snyder. among many more.
Martin is actively performing insurance, estate and fair market appraisals, as well as the appraiser of major corporate and institutional collections.
Past board member of The American Decorative Arts Forum, Northern California. Listed as a lifetime member in the National Register, Library of Congress in Who is Who in America, charter member of the Board of Director’s National Antiques Council, past board member of the National Auctioneers Association, past Vice President and Board Member of the New Hampshire Auctioneers Association.
Lecturer on antiques and auctions for dozens of clubs and institutions, writer for What’s It Worth column, Sunday San Francisco Chronicle, contributor to Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles 2014, Lamp & Glass Section, contributor for; Antique Trader and WorthPoint as well as a blog writer.
Martin Willis is available for lectures on auctions & collecting antiques, contact him for further information.
Martin started broadcasting The Antique Auction Forum in August 2009 with shows involving interviews with key players in the antique, fine art, collecting and auction world. The podcast was rated number one in the antique and arts category of iTunes.
Martin has worked closely with people going through many varying states of transition and provided assistance through a network of trusted companies and individuals who have provided effective service from soup to nuts. This includes auction houses, and his own estate sale services.
Seaboard Appraisal service is named after Seaboard Auction Gallery which Martin’s father, Morgan Willis built and owned in the 1970s-80s.
Martin has a vast knowledge of fine art, sculpture, American & European antique furniture, mid century modern and Danish modern furniture, American & European decorative arts, American art glass, American & European silver, primitives, country pieces, and a variety of collectibles.
Specialist associates include: Jewelry, Coins & Stamps, Asian, Ancient Antiquities, Native American, African & Ethnographic, Militaria, Civil War, Sports Collectibles, Hollywood Entertainment, Rare Books, Autographs, Ephemera & Documents.