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Is the Estimated Value of this Toy $30,000 or $2,000?When it comes to handling contents claims, adjusters meet all types of challenges when assessing valuation, especially with fine works of art or unique collectibles. Without the proper paperwork and authentication, adjusters can find themselves in a tough spot, and the last thing adjusters, carriers, or the insured want is to get into a “he said/she said” argument that could hold up a claim settlement for weeks.

The Case of the Merry Makers Toy provides a great example of how having the right information can quickly clarify the true value of a unique collectible and save everyone a lot of time and unnecessary headaches.

Case Background

The insured issued a claim for a colorful tin wind-up toy believed to be from the 1930s. This toy appeared to be a Mickey Mouse representation — a four-mouse band made from lithographed tin. The insured was claiming $30,000 as the value of this vintage toy. The insurance carrier outsourced the research on the replacement value of the collectible to a contents claims firm with a team of experts schooled in assessing the valuation of fine arts and collectibles.

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