About Stefek’s Auctioneers & Appraisers
Stefek’s Auctioneers and Appraisers is a Michigan auction house that specializes in mid-century modern design, 20th century art, Michigan artists, and a variety of other categories. Since 2007, Stefek’s has steadily increased sales by approximately 20% each year and has secured itself as an international auction house that services the global market. Stefek’s helps clients with all phases of liquidating an estate with unparalleled customer service, and provides great attention to detail for every item consigned.
As an international auction house, our mission is to utilize Stefek’s expertise and international reach to provide our customers with a seamless experience from appraisal, clean out or liquidation, estate sale, and/or auction, and to achieve the strongest price and highest levels of service.
In 2000, Lori Stefek opened Stefek Estate Sales and quickly became a leader in that industry, conducting approximately 50 estate and moving sales each year. With the quality of items she was selling at the estate sales, she knew that many of the items deserved a global market. So after brokering items for several years to local and regional auction houses, she decided to open Stefek’s Auctioneers & Appraisers in 2007.
Stefek’s has steadily increased their sales approximately 20% each year and has secured itself as an international auction house that services the globe. We consider ourselves a “boutique” auction house because we not only help our clients with all phases of liquidating an estate, but we also provide unparalleled customer service to each client and every item that we consign. As an international boutique auction house, our mission is to utilize Stefek’s expertise and international reach to provide our customers with a seamless experience from appraisal, clean out, estate sale, and/or auction, and to achieve the strongest price and highest levels of service.
In 2004, Stefek’s began offering appraisal services to its client base. Lori Stefek is a certified appraiser of personal property with the CAPP designation from the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) and is USPAP certified. The CAPP designation is the highest level that the ISA bestows upon its members. Lori Stefek partners with many CPAs, attorneys, trust departments and banks in Metro Detroit as well as the tri-state area, Florida and Texas providing their clients with the proper type of appraisal (estate tax, charitable donation, divorce, or equitable distribution) needed.
In 2004, Stefek’s added a clean out service because of increasing client demand for this type of service. Many of our clients did not have enough items to conduct an estate auction by themselves, so we created a niche. For a flat fee, we sell what we can through private sales, donate the useful items to charity and clean out the home. We have conducted over 1,000 clean outs over the last ten years. Over the last ten years, Lori Stefek has sold over half million dollars at auction from items she has recovered from the clean outs – ensuring that her clients get the best possible return.
In 2005, after working for years with the major banks, trust departments, CPAs, and attorneys in Metro Detroit, as well as other states across the country, we began brokering high end antique items, furniture, and fine art to local and regional auction houses. Lori Stefek, at this time, obtained her diploma from the Missouri Auction School (MAS) and graduated in 2006. She also donates her time to multiple local charities as their guest auctioneer helping each charity to raise thousands of dollars.