Investigative Services

  • Analysis of fake artwork & forged artist signatures
  • Art theft investigations, & recovery
  • Auction house, dealer, and gallery due-diligence
  • Catalogue RaisonnĂ© research & validation
  • Certificate of Authenticity- verification of historical records
  • Fine art specialty insurer investigations & loss mitigation
  • Museum theft & employee investigations
  • Provenance investigations, ownership disputes, and title claims

Insurance Investigations

Claims investigations related to specialty fine art insurers, carriers of property, casualty, or title insurance are conducted in strict confidence and within the legal requirements of California law, including Fair Credit Reporting Act and right to privacy. Key areas of our investigations often include:

  • Analysis of evidence & video surveillance
  • Arson & intentional destruction of property
  • Certificate of Authenticity (COA)
  • Forgeries, theft, and recovery
  • Inflated appraisals & insider fraud
  • Internal/employee investigations
  • Witness interviews

Investigative Reports & Litigation Support

Our services to claims insurers and law firms include analysis of discovery, locating bank accounts, business & corporate records, fraud examinations, witness interviews, and covert surveillance. We provide factual reports supported by court admitted evidence and serve as subject matter experts in civil and criminal cases.

Current Client Base

  • Art Collectors
  • Art Dealers & Gallerists
  • Artist Foundations & Private Museums
  • Financial Institutions
  • Law Firms
  • Insurance Agencies
  • Federal & State Agencies

Referral Services

  • Artwork appraisers & experts
  • Forensic/lab examiners
  • Artwork Security

Professional Licensing

Curtis L. Novy is licensed by the CA Bureau of Security & Investigative Services, License # PI 188926


FIS investigations are conducted in a professional manner with the highest level of honesty and integrity. All work is conducted in the strictest confidence to protect client privacy. FIS complies with all state and federal privacy laws, including the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). CA Private Investigative Agency, License PI188926.

Contact FIS

FIS is available for consultation Monday-Friday, 8am to 5pm PST. FIS may be reached by phone or email to discuss your general needs.


Call or Text: (858) 336-0520

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