How to use the Internet to research the value of your antiques.
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.
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 an expert-reviewed, online marketplace for valuable fine and decorative art, including paintings, prints, and photography by listed artists and sterling silver, art glass and notable ceramics worth $1,000 or more. Kindly note that at this time Lofty does not provide evaluations for or sell any furniture, sports or entertainment memorabilia, collectibles, artist self-submissions or any of the items listed here.
Selling your fine and decorative art on Lofty is simple. Just complete Lofty's short online submission form to get started. If your item is appropriate for sale on Lofty AND worth over $1,000, an expert will identify, describe and value your item, and you will be invited to virtually consign to Lofty.
Lofty features a selection of our clients’ best Fine Art inventory on Amazon in the Lofty Fine Art Store, alongside property from a notable roster of international dealers. Partnering with Amazon allows Lofty to expose your paintings, photography, drawings, mixed media, and prints to an even larger audience.
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.
$10.00 for 1 appraisal.
$25.00 for 3 appraisals.
$75.00 for 10 appraisals
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 Kovel's have compiled a unique list of more than a million prices for antiques and collectibles sold worldwide. This online price guide has been designed to provide relevant prices in a wide variety of categories. Each entry gives a description, price and year of sale. The search function makes it easy. Registration is free.
Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide 2015
The Kovels' consistently create the most thorough, colorful, and complete price guide available. The book features up-to-the-minute, well-organized and wide-ranging information, including more tips, marks, logos, and photographs than any other competitive title.
Looking for information about antiques or need an appraisal? Now you can get answers to all your questions. Just ask an antiques experts on JustAnswer and get fast and customized answers to all your questions.
With the help of our expert community, we surface and publish the best collectibles. We warehouse that art content and add to it by researching its unique story and assessing its value. We are curators and consultants, determined to catalog the world's most exceptional art and share it with the world.
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.
How to understand the basic factors behind the value of antique books. This is a special guest article by Adam Weinberger of RareBookBuyer.com, a book dealer with over 30 years of experience.
Internet, insurance companies and private clients utilize Rinker’s consulting services. You can get lots of good information in his columns.
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.
If you want to check the value of your old coins, try the NumisMedia Fair Market Value Price Guide.
What's the best way to sell it?
West Highland Art Auctions offers a unique art brokerage service. They buy original oil paintings and watercolors by "listed" 19th and 20th Century artists with auction records. 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.
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.