Joseph Francaviglia is a Vice President and Director in the Valuations, Trusts & Estates department at Bonhams. Based in Los Angeles, he joined the company in 2008 and develops relationships and mutual business opportunities with trust & estate attorneys, trust officers, wealth managers, certified public accountants and other fiduciary and professional advisors throughout the U.S. Francaviglia acts as the primary point of contact for fiduciaries and their clients, providing guidance and access to Bonhams' services, including appraisals, auction sales and private treaty sales.
During his time at Bonhams, Mr. Francaviglia has been instrumental in bringing a number of important collections to market, including Property from the Estate of Elizabeth Colyear Vincent, the Estate of Nancy M. Daly, the Collection of Sir Daniel Donohue, the Collection of Margie and Robert Petersen, the Estate of William M. Keck II, the Estate of Jackie Collins, as well as property from numerous other estates and private collections.
Mr. Francaviglia also oversees appraisal and valuation services for Bonhams in the U.S., ensuring compliance with generally accepted appraisal standards, as well as all relevant IRS requirements. Over the past 10 years, he has successfully and consistently defended Bonhams' valuation opinions against contrary opinions made by the IRS Art Appraisal Services and Art Advisory Panel.
In 2017, Mr. Francaviglia became a regular auctioneer at Bonhams' auctions in Los Angeles. He was honoured to have been on the rostrum for the sale of an exceptional Tlingit rattle, circa 1770-1790, at Bonhams' auction of Native American Art in December 2017. After numerous volleys of bidding, he finally brought down the gavel, culminating in a final price of $504,500 (including buyer's premium) against a pre-sale estimate of $100,000-150,000.
Prior to joining the Bonhams, Mr. Francaviglia was a Director at David Zwirner, currently one of the most significant international contemporary art galleries. Mr. Francaviglia also spent 10 years at Christie's in New York as a Senior Manager and Vice President in its Trusts, Estates & Appraisals Department. Highlights of his tenure included the sale of prominent estates, as well as corporate and private collections throughout the country, such as the Collection of C. Ruxton and Audrey B. Love, Personal Property from the Estate of Bobby Short and the Refco Collection of Contemporary Photography.
Mr. Francaviglia frequently makes presentations on the art market, appraisal, valuation and related issues. He has presented to the Estate and Gift Tax Section of the California State Bar, Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, as well as a number of other estate planning organisations.
With a B.A. in Art History from Rutgers University, Mr. Francaviglia has completed coursework at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, as well as continued education in association with the Appraisers Association of America. He has also completed current requirements of Uniform Standard of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).
Mr. Francaviglia is a member of the Beverly Hills Estate Planning Council and the Los Angeles Estate Planning Council.