What's This Worth?
How to use the Internet to research the value of your antiques.
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Warmans Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide
Warman's Antiques & Collectibles 2014 Price Guide
This new edition offers a dazzling display of more than 2,000 color images in concert with insight, advice and valuations from leading experts from across the country.

 

 

 

 

Kovels Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide 2014
Kovels' Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2014
Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide 2014 is the most thorough, colorful, and complete price guide available, from the most trusted, well-known name writing on the subject today.

The book features wide ranging information, including more tips, marks, logos and photographs than any other competitive title.

 

 

Appraise your artwork at Artprice.com



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Antique Trader Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide 2014
Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles 2014 Price Guide
Featuring expert advice, detailed descriptions and vetted values - plus 4,500 new color images.

 

 

 

So, you think you may have something valuable. Fun. Trying to find out how much it's worth? I spend quite a bit of time visiting different antiques, collecting and appraisal websites, and I have tried to provide you with links for some of the best and easiest places to start your research.

I am not an antiques dealer or appraiser myself, but I have learned a few things from working with them over the years...

  1. Don't just walk up and ask an antiques dealer, "What's this worth?" The standard reply is, "How much do you want for it?" Many of them have spent years acquiring knowledge, and passing out free advice is not typically part of their job description. Also, don't sell your item to the same person you ask to evaluate it. Buying low and selling high is how they make their living.
     
  2. Quality is very important. Just because something is old doesn't necessarily make it valuable. The better its condition, the more it's worth.
     
  3. No matter what information you find regarding the value of your antique or collectible, it's only worth as much as someone is willing to pay you for it! Just because a price guide says your antique doorknob is worth $100, if no one will give you that much, then it's not. Sorry.


Lofty provides free professional opinions of value for your treasured items
Lofty is the Trusted Marketplace for Fine Art, Antiques Collectibles and Jewelry. Their team includes a network of 60+ specialists including qualified appraisers, auction house experts and professional dealers spanning all major collecting categories.

Lofty provides free professional opinions of value for your treasured items.  They also feature a vetted marketplace where people can buy and sell with confidence.

They are happy to provide a 100% free, no obligation evaluation for each piece their experts believe is worth over $500 and appropriate for sale on Lofty. Your complete privacy is assured, and their network of experts ensures that your items are identified and valued as accurately as possible. All you have to do is upload photos and a description of your item.

Lofty offers expert evaluations free of charge, with no obligation to sell. However, should you be satisfied with your evaluation, Lofty invites you to list your item on their fixed-price marketplace or in an upcoming live virtual auction.

There are no listing fees and no fees if items don't sell. Sellers are charged a competitive 10% seller’s commission, and Lofty handles all shipping and logistics on the buyer’s behalf.

Amati Instruments provide free valuations and appraisals for musical instruments, specifically violins, violas, cellos and bows
If you want to know how much your violin is worth, Amati Instruments provides free valuations and appraisals for musical instruments.  They specialize in violins, violas, cellos and bows.

With over 15 years in the business and having run the musical instrument department at Christie’s, Amati is at the forefront of violin appraisals and auctions.


Find the value of your antiques at eBay's completed listings
Most people will start their search at eBay. You can search through their completed listings to see if your item has sold recently, and see for how much.

Get an antique appraisal from Value My Stuff

Value My Stuff is the online appraisal company led by Patrick Van der Vorst and his team of 68 former Sotheby's and Christie's experts who specialize in over 48 collecting categories.

Once you upload photographs and details of your item, Value My Stuff experts will email you a PDF report and online certificate detailing your item's history and value within 48 hours or less. With the aim of extending expertise to everyone, Value My Stuff has been called,
"The Antiques Roadshow online."

How does it work? 
Step 1: Upload your photos and any information you have.
Step 2: Value My Stuff will assign you an expert appraiser from their specialist team.
Step 3: 48 hours later you will receive an appraisal straight to your inbox.

What do you get? 
Within 48 hours, your Value My Stuff expert will email you an appraisal of your antique or valuable with a PDF report and online certificate detailing your item's history and value. Your online certificate is held on a secure server so you can share your appraisal with others. Value My Stuff maintains the highest levels of security.

Planning to sell on eBay? 
If you're planning on selling your item on eBay, you can add the HTML code provided to link your listing to your online certificate. Show potential buyers the estimated value for your item! Value My Stuff appraisals are trusted worldwide.

How much? 
Value My Stuff pricing plans are the lowest on the web. 
(1 Credit is the cost of an appraisal)

1 Credit: $10.00 (Value 1 Item Quickly)
3 Credits: $25.00 (Save 12.5% on the normal price)
10 Credits: $75.00 (Save 20% on the normal price)

Be an Informed Seller. 
You want to make the most of what you have.  You don't want to waste your money by listing your item too high, and you really don't want to just give it away to some clever picker. If you have what you think is a potentially valuable antique, eventually you are going to have to have it appraised.

Value My Stuff offers you the most professional service for the most competitive price on the web. You'll be impressed by the quality of their appraisals.

 

search their appraiser approved database of actual prices for more than 750,000 antiques and collectibles!
The Kovel's have compiled a unique list
of more than 900,000 prices for antiques and collectibles sold in the United States, Canada and Europe.

The guide has been designed to provide relevant prices in a wide variety of categories. All entries are real prices, not estimates. Each entry gives a description, price, and year of sale so the information can be used to price items today, track trends, or for tax and estate purposes. Registration is free.

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Find out what it is worth in the Country Living appraisal column.
Country Living's "What Is It? What Is It Worth?" appraisal column is a favorite among readers. Let the experts from the leading auction houses in the country determine the value of your favorite collectible or prized family heirloom for free.

Buying and Selling Antiques provides lots of information
At the Buying and Selling Antiques website you may not find the value of your item, but it is still very helpful.  It was created by an Antiques Dealer with 25 years experience who provides all kinds of insider secrets into buying and selling antiques and collectibles in all kinds of situations.  It has links to all kinds of current articles as well.


5 factors that make an old or rare book valuable
5 Factors That Make an Old
or Rare Book Valuable

How to understand the basic factors
behind the value of antique books
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This is a special guest article by
Adam Weinberger of RareBookBuyer.com,
a book dealer with over 30 years of experience.

 

You can read some good information about antique appraisals at the Antique-Antiques website.
You can read some good information about antique appraisals at the Antique-Antiques website.

Harry Rinker knows a lot about antiques and collectbles values
Harry Rinker is a prolific antiques and collectibles writer. He hosted a show on  HGTV called Collector Inspector, a weekly show devoted to seeking out antiques and collectibles in private homes. Rinker makes numerous guest appearances at antiques shows, etc, where he lectures and/or conducts verbal appraisal clinics.

Internet, insurance companies and private clients utilize Rinker’s consulting services. You can get lots of good information in his columns. Here is a good Questions and Answers column.


Prices 4 Antiques is a searchable database which provides past auction prices for antiques, collectibles and fine art.
Prices 4 Antiques is a searchable database which provides past auction prices for antiques, collectibles and fine art.


Search the Antiques Roadshow Archive of appraisals
You might try exploring the Antiques Roadshow website.  They have a pretty advanced search tool.  They've been on TV for over 15 years now, so there is a small chance they have appraised something similar to your item. While you're on their site, try their, "What's It Worth?" Appraisal game.


Antiques and Collectables appraisals by Bath Antiques Online
Bath Antiques offers extremely reliable, highly accurate and completely impartial antique appraisals. They also have a free searchable antiques price guide with 1000's of rare antiques and novelty collector's items - each pictured, described and with their price guide.


Research the value of your antiques and collectibles at Price Miner
PriceMiner is a service from the combined efforts of eBay, GoAntiques and the Internet Antique Shop. You get instant analysis in the form of graphs and charts including average price, number of items included in the average, range of price from highest to lowest, and a current estimate based on today’s market conditions with a confidence factor.


The NumisMedia Fair Market Value Price Guide will tell you what your coins are worth.
If you want to check the value of your old coins, try the NumisMedia Fair Market Value Price Guide.



How much is your painting worth? 
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American Art Advisors free appraisal and brokerage offer
American Art Advisor offers a unique art brokerage service.   They buy original oil paintings and watercolors by "listed" 19th and 20th Century artists with auction records, such as Gruppe, Hibbard, Owen, Coppedge, Sandzen, Thieme, Cirino, Redfield, Lever, Scarlett and Kensett.


They will buy your paintings for top dollar, then put them up at auction with Sotheby's, Christies or any other auction house as 50-50 partners.

They don't buy prints, reproductions or limited editions.  As a rule, they do not buy art by living artists unless the artist has a track record at auction.  They prefer to buy art in original condition.   If necessary they will have your painting cleaned, restored and re-framed, at their risk and expense, and split these costs with you after it sells at auction.

Let them do a free Art Appraisal!

Les and Sue Fox, co-owners of American Art Advisor and West Highland Art Brokers, are professional art brokers and auction experts in the trade since 1977.   They are specialists in 19th and 20th Century American art, including Hudson River School, Impressionism and Modernism.

If you have a single work of art, a collection you're thinking of selling or if you're interested in building a fine art collection, please feel  free to contact them for free advice and recommendations. When you email them, please include the artist's name, size of painting, condition, any labels on the back and any known provenance or history of the painting.  Please don't ask them to appraise anything but paintings.