Caroline Ashleigh Associates Receives 2013 Michigan Excellence Award in Business



The Small Business Institute for Excellence in Commerce (SBIEC) has selected Caroline Ashleigh Associates, apart from all its competitors, for meeting and exceeding industry benchmarks for customer service, product quality and ethical practices.


Caroline Ashleigh Associates receives 2013 Michigan Excellence Award 

October 21st 2013 - Caroline Ashleigh Associates has been selected for the 2013 Michigan Excellence Award amongst all its peers and competitors by the Small Business Institute for Excellence in Commerce (SBIEC).

Each year the SBIEC conducts business surveys and industry research to identify companies that have achieved demonstrable success in their local business environment and industry category. They are recognized as having enhanced the commitment and contribution of small businesses through service to their customers and community. Small businesses of this caliber enhance the consumer driven stature that Michigan is renowned for.

Caroline Ashleigh Associates has consistently demonstrated a high regard for upholding business ethics and company values. This recognition by SBIEC marks a significant achievement as an emerging leader within various competitors and is setting benchmarks that the industry should follow.

As part of the industry research and business surveys, various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the selected companies in each category. This research is part of an exhaustive process that encapsulates a year long immersion in the business climate of Michigan.

About SBIEC:

The SBIEC is a leading authority on researching, evaluating and recognizing companies across a wide spectrum of industries that meet its stringent standards of excellence. It has spearheaded the idea of independent enterprise and entrepreneurial growth allowing businesses of all sizes to be recognized locally and encouraged globally.

Particular emphasis is given to meeting and exceeding industry benchmarks for customer service, product quality and ethical practices. Industry leading standards and practices have been developed and implementation of the same has been pioneered by the dedicated efforts of the business community and commerce leadership.

About Caroline Ashleigh Associates:

Caroline Ashleigh Associates provides a broad range of appraisal and auction services for buyers and sellers. Some of the comprehensive services provided include advice on purchasing, selling, collection management, and investing in art and antiques. Caroline Ashleigh and the staff at Caroline Ashleigh Appraisers and Auctioneers have earned the company a reputation for convenience, quality, expertise and ethical practice. 

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Visit to Highclere Castle

Lady_Carnarvon_and_Caroline_AshleighLast week on a beautiful autumn evening, I was welcomed, together with a group of selected guests to a cocktail reception at Highclere Castle, hosted by Lord and Lady Carnarvon, in aid of a Kenyan Education Charity, which they support:

I was very inspired not only by the most gracious welcome to their glorious home which I received, but by the tireless dedication and support that Lord and Lady Carnarvon give to this very important cause for the advancement of education in Africa. It was uplifting to hear that two of the recent recipients of the LangaLanga Scholarship are young women, wishing to become future doctors, who will receive educational funding through University. This endeavor will help these young women realize their potential, for their families and their communities.Lordie

The Castle looked beautiful and it was a truly extraordinary experience, before returning home from the real Downton Abbey to watch the first episode of the long awaited fourth season of Downton Abbey on the television, which has already aired in the United Kingdom!



Leigh & Leslie Keno & Caroline Ashleigh at the DIA


Caroline Ashleigh joins Heritage Auctions



Caroline Ashleigh
Well known 'Roadshow' and HG-TV personality and expert


Dallas, TX - Heritage Auctions has announced that Caroline Ashleigh, longtime Antiques Roadshow and HG-TV appraiser, has accepted a position with the auction house as Consignment Director.

" I am extremely happy to be part of the Heritage team," said Ashleigh. "This is an exciting company, one committed to an expanding role in the world of fine art auctioneering and I look forward to being a part of that growth."


Ashleigh will continue operating from her home base in Birmingham, Michigan, using her internationally recognized expertise to bring in consignors and buyers from all over the world. Heritage Auctions is located in Dallas, New York, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Paris, and Geneva.


Caroline Ashleigh is a graduate of New York University in Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts, and is a certified member of the Appraisers Association of America. She is a current accredited USPAP Appraiser of the Appraisal Foundation in Washington, D.C.and has received specialized training in Art Crime Investigation, by the founder of the FBI Art Crime Team.

Ms. Ashleigh’s career began as a member of the educational department staff of the Detroit Institute of Arts and Cranbrook Academy. She became involved in appraising important collections, estates, archives, and has served as an art expert in court cases. She is a nationally known appraiser and has regularly appeared on Antiques Roadshow since 1997, and as an art expert on HG-TV.

Caroline Ashleigh has written scores of articles for a wide array of publications, and is a published author on art and antiques. She has been the subject of feature presentations in the New York Times, Art and Antiques Magazine, and Forbes Magazine, and lectures throughout the country on the subject of collecting and connoisseurship.


For more information, you can email Caroline at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


To reserve your copy of any Heritage auction catalog, or to discuss consigning your property for auction, please contact Caroline at 800.872.6467 ext. 1934


Heritage Auction Galleries is the world's third largest auction house, and by far the largest auctioneer of rare collectibles, with annual sales more than $900 million, and 500,000+ registered online bidder members. For more information about Heritage's auctions, and to join and gain access to a complete record of prices realized, along with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit


Want to get the up-to-the-minute updates and breaking news stories about Heritage? Get them as they happen at:;; Facebook: Heritage Auction Galleries.


Caroline Ashleigh - Heritage Auctions

"Collecting for Passion or Investment " by Caroline Ashleigh



Whether you are collecting for fun or as an investment, you need a long-term strategy. Get all the facts from appraiser,

Caroline Ashleigh, who has appeared regularly on HG-TV and Antiques Roadshow, who will be the featured speaker at

the Grosse Ile Yacht Club 29677 East River Road, Grosse Ile MI 48138, sponsored by the Grosse Ile Historical Society, 

 from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 9, 2012




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Genesee District Library Event






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Introducing New Service:


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Caroline Ashleigh Associates, LLC is pleased to announce a much needed service to your community:

We believe there should be alternative methods of liquidating valuable household contents and personal property by placing it in the proper venue, to ensure that it is not undersold, whether on-site or on-line.


Every estate sale conducted by is done with total dedication to due diligence, scholarship and ethical practice. Our skillful team of professional researchers and specialist appraisers are USPAP certified, and members of professional appraisal organizations. As nationally recognized appraisers, with over twenty five years of experience in evaluating art, antiques, collectibles and estate jewelry, we are experts at conducting very dignified and profitable estate liquidation sales.


We welcome your participation. For more details, please contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by calling us at 248.971.0233




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For Holiday Shopping, Think Books! Think Shoes!


As my friend and editor, Mark Moran, says: 


For holiday shopping, THINK BOOKS - THINK SHOES!

"Warman's Shoes Field Guide" by Caroline Ashleigh. This makes a

great stockingstuffer at a great price point for any woman with an

inner shoe craving.


Buy Now - $14.99:


Warman's Shoes Field Guide - Values and Identification by Caroline Ashleigh 512 pages pps in 1 Book.
Warman's Shoes Field Guide
"Ashleigh’s book makes me feel like dancing the night away….in one of those fabulous pairs of shoes. ·Sexy photos, delicious footwear and as the Guide states, “a riveting experience in footwear fun.” The only problem: I want to try them on, especially those purple ‘tulip heels’ by Prada!"· - Marsha Bemko, Executive Producer, PBS's Antiques Roadshow.
Massachusetts Museum Lays Claim To Dr. Kevorkian's Art

An Armenian museum sued the lawyer for Dr. Jack Kevorkian's estate, claiming he donated his artworks to the museum, not to a niece who claims them. The disputed works include 17 paintings, "writings, some musical compositions, a sweater and a hat."
The Armenian Library and Museum of America, of Watertown, Mass., sued attorney Mayer Morganroth in Middlesex County Court.
Kevorkian, who died in June, became famous for his work in assisted suicide. He was prosecuted unsuccessfully four times, and his medical license was suspended, before he was convicted of second-degree homicide in 1999, in a case in which he dismissed his attorneys and represented himself. He served 8 years of a 10-to-25-year sentence and was paroled in 2007, on the condition he stop assisting in suicides.
Kevorkian also was a jazz musician and painter.
The Armenian Museum claims that in 1999 it approached Kevorkian's curator, the Ariana Gallery in Royal Oak, Mich., to discuss mounting an exhibit of Kevorkian's art.
They agreed on the transfer of 17 Kevorkian paintings and other artwork, including "writings, some musical compositions, a sweater and a hat," according to the complaint.
The museum says the exhibit received considerable attention.
Because Kevorkian was in prison by the time the exhibition appeared, he asked that his sister, Flora Holzheimer, attend the opening on his behalf. During the reception, "Ms. Holzheimer announced that Dr. Kevorkian had instructed her to inform plaintiff that the art work was a gift to plaintiff from Dr. Kevorkian," the museum says in its complaint.
The announcement was made before a substantial audience, and was reported by a local newspaper.
In 2008, after Kevorkian was released from prison, the showed his work again, this time with assistance from the doctor, who explained the meanings of his paintings.
"During the intermission, Dr. Kevorkian stated that he was very pleased that he had donated his entire collection to the plaintiff," the museum says. Again, the donation was reported by a local newspaper.
"In reliance upon this gift, plaintiff maintained and continued to maintain the art work as part of its permanent collection during the twelve years that have since elapsed," the museum says.
But after Kevorkian died on June 3 this year, attorney Morganroth informed the museum that in a will written 17 days before his death, Kevorkian, who never married, had left his entire estate to his niece, Ava Janus.
Morganroth told the museum that the paintings in its possession are scheduled to be auctioned on Oct. 27.
The museum refused to relinquish the paintings, and in an Oct. 4 email, Morganroth accused it of "theft of the estate's property," according to the complaint.
The museum seeks declaratory judgment that it owns the art. The museum is represented by Harold Potter with Holland & Knight, in Boston.




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Actor Tony Curtis Auction Angers Family


Andy Warhol's Some Like It Hot Shoe
Andy Warhol's Some Like It Hot Shoe

An auction of property owned by the late actor Tony Curtis has angered his children, who say they were not consulted over the sale.

Among the items sold on Saturday was the star's jacket from Some Like It Hot, which raised $48,000

A signed print by Andy Warhol fetched $53,125

The items were sold by Curtis's sixth and last wife, Jill. His daughter Allegra said: "This is not what my dad would have wanted".

The sale, at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, California, made more than $800,000

It included work by several famous artists, including Warhol, Balthus, Picasso and Chagall, alongside Curtis's own paintings.

Movie memorabilia on sale included the star's Hollywood Walk Of Fame plaque and a dining table he bought from Marlene Dietrich.

Other lots ranged from a Faberge gold and sapphire cigarette case to a rosewood flute given to Curtis by Frank Sinatra.

His children said the artefacts belonged "in a museum".

"Jill Curtis is the only beneficiary of this auction. She did not consult us," Allegra Curtis, daughter of Tony's second wife, actress Christine Kaufmann, told The Hollywood Reporter.

"Jill's even selling off credit cards and driver licenses. She's also selling my dad's letters to Cary Grant, Jerry Lewis, Picasso... it's the dissemination of the estate of Tony Curtis. He deserves better."  Darren Julien, who ran the auction, disagreed.


Tony Curtis


"Tony came to many of our auctions with Jill and said he wanted Julien's to handle his auction after he died," he said.

"I know this is exactly what he wanted."

Curtis was one of Hollywood's most fondly remembered stars when he died last September, aged 85.

He made more than 120 movies, including Some Like It Hot, and Spartacus.





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