What's This Worth? How to use the Internet to research the
value of your antiques.
Antiques & Collectibles 2014 Price Guide
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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
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.
Quality is very important. Just because something
is old doesn't necessarily make it valuable. The better its condition,
the more it's worth.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can read some good information about antique
appraisals at the Antique-Antiques website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How much is your painting worth?
What's the best way to sell it?
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
They will buy your paintings for top
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.