Donald W. Osborne, ASA, possesses decades of business experience involving the evaluation and valuation of goods. These include partnership in Garofolo & Osborne Antiques since 1974, work as an Auction Analyst, Contributing Editor and Editor-at-Large for Sports Car Market magazine, consultant for major collector car companies and organizations as well as the purchase and sale of collector automobiles for consulting clients and his own collection.
Mr. Osborne first contributed to Sports Car Market in 1994 and began working as an Auction Analyst in 2000; he became a Contributing Editor of the magazine in 2004 and Editor at Large in 2014. Sports Car Market is a magazine that covers the collector car market with an emphasis on auction reporting on an international scope. Mr. Osborne regularly writes profiles on Italian, French, German and American automobiles and reports on auctions, reviewing and evaluating all types of automobiles from the turn of the 20th Century to contemporary across the US and in Europe.
Mr. Osborne’s writing on collector cars has also appeared in The New York Times, BusinessWeek Online, Hagerty’s magazine, Road & Track, Art & Antiques, Palm Springs Life, The Wall Street Journal online and in the books “Keith Martin on Collecting Alfa Romeo” and “Keith Martin’s Guide to Car Collecting”, published by Motorbooks International. He also served as editor of Lanciana, the magazine of the American Lancia Club.
Mr. Osborne is a member of the Vintage Sports Car Club of America, Alfa Romeo Owner’s Club, American Lancia Club, Ferrari Club of America, Lamborghini Club of America, Maserati Club International, Zagato Car Club, Shelby American Automobile Club (SAAC), Rolls-Royce Owners Club and Bentley Driver’s Club among others.
He has also served as a Consultant Director, judge and Master of Ceremonies with the Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance in Westport, Connecticut, as judge at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Concours of America at St John’s and Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance in Michigan and Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance in Pennsylvania. He has been Master of Ceremonies at the Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue, Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance in Beverly Hills, Forest Grove Concours in Oregon, Santa Fe Concorso and On-field Commentator at Meadow Brook.
Mr. Osborne appears as a regular segment host on CNBC Primetime show ‘Jay Leno’s Garage’, commenting on collector car values and the attributes of value that contribute to their market appeal.
Mr. Osborne and Automotive Valuation Services offer consulting services to collectors and major collector car businesses across the country and in Europe. He has been a member of the American Society of Appraisers, and has earned the Society’s “Accredited Senior Appraiser” (ASA) designation. Mr. Osborne founded Automotive Valuation Services in 2004.
An operatic baritone whose solo career culminated in his debut with the Metropolitan Opera in 1985, he has turned to the drama of the collector car field to express his creative passions. Mr. Osborne lives in southern California, but regularly travels the country and abroad for projects.