How to use the Internet to research the value of your antiques.
Antique Trader Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide 2017
You'll find nearly 5,000 of today's most important and sought-after treasures complete with color photographs and full descriptions, including current market value. There's even a new section on reproductions.
Miller's Collectibles Price Guide 2016-2017
Miller's Collectibles Handbook & Price Guide 2016-2017 is the up-to-date guide to the collectibles market no dealer, collector or auctioneer should be without. Featuring more than 4,000 objects in full color, each with a detailed description and current price range, the book also offers what those in the know look for - how to spot that rare example that may be worth twenty times more than another piece.
Trying to find out how much it's worth? I've visited many different antiques, collecting and appraisal websites, and I've tried to provide you with links for some of the best and easiest places to start your research.
Although I'm not an antiques dealer or appraiser myself, I have learned a few things from working with them over the years.
Don't just ask an antiques dealer, "What's this worth?" The standard reply is, "How much do you want for it?" Many people have spent years acquiring knowledge, and passing out free advice is not always good business. 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.
Many people start their search at eBay. I've read that eBay's search is unreliable, so I set up this custom search box. Try it and compare the results.
Search 3 online antique malls: The Internet Antique Shop, Rubylane and GoAntiques.
This box will enable you to search 3 auction houses: Sotheby's, Christies and Heritage.
This box searches 3 magazine websites: Art & Antiques, AntiqueTrader and Antiqueweek.
WorthPoint is a huge resource for identifying, researching and valuing antiques, art and vintage collectibles. A good place to start is the Antiques & Collectibles Digital Library. It let's you search through hundreds of price guides, articles and classified ads.
WorthPoint’s price guide gives you access to more than 300 million historical prices and photographs. Their data is collected from both online marketplaces, including eBay, and from some of the leading auction houses in the country. They've even developed a visual search service for marks, autographs, patterns, and symbols.
You can try it for free. Use it for 7 days or for 7 price lookups.
“WorthPoint Chats with Harry Rinker” are fun videos featuring antiques and collectibles expert Harry Rinker talking about how to identify and value antiques and collectibles and current trends in the industry. Harry also appraises items submitted by WorthPoint subscribers.
Since September 2009, Value My Stuff has provided online appraisals to over 375,000 customers across the globe. Their strategy is simple: make the valuation process as easy as possible, offer the best possible expertise, and produce a written appraisal certificate all within 48 hours.
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. They have some of the world’s foremost experts on hand to give precise valuations for everything from pop memorabilia and militaria to contemporary art and toys.How does it work?
$15.00 for 1 appraisal.
$35.00 for 3 appraisals.
$100.00 for 10 appraisals
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're going to have to have it appraised.
“Barnebys.com is a search engine for art and antiques. Barnebys manage all auctions to be more available by gathering them in one place. They report realized prices from sold auction lots so you can compare similar objects with each other. If you want a more detailed estimation on your lots Barnebys offers you to submit an item for free online appraisal in four easy steps.
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 & Collectibles Price Guide 2017
The 49th edition of Kovels', the leading antiques price guide, includes 25,000 listings and more than 2,500 full-color photographs.
Kovels' is the most complete and best-illustrated price guide available, from the most trusted name in the industry. It features exceptionally well-organized, wide-ranging, up-to-the-minute information, and includes more tips, marks, logos, and photographs than any other competitive title.
Do you have an old book and would like know its value? The best way to find the approximate value of a book is to search for similar copies on AbeBooks and see what prices are being asked. Here is their Finding the Value of Old Books search page.AbeBooks.com is an online marketplace for new, used, rare and out-of-print books, and they have millions of secondhand and rare books listed for sale by booksellers around the world.
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.
Within this landmark edition, you'll find more than 60 collecting interests featuring items recently brought to auction through more than 70 auction houses.
Here is a good article from Liz Holderman, a Worthologist and appraiser who specializes in books and collectibles. She explains,"a single treasure is actually worth a variety of different values."
Search ArtPrice, the world leader in Art Market Information.
Prices 4 Antiques is a searchable database which provides past auction prices for antiques, collectibles and fine art.
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.
USA Coin Book is a massive resource for US coins with over 10,000 members. Anyone can look up coin prices and values, based on coin condition, for every US coin year, mint and major variety ever made, in a clean "Red Book" format. Each coin has it's own page with example images and pictures to diagnose specific major coin varieties. In addition, USA Coin Book is an alternative to eBay where members can buy, sell and auction coins and related items - with items for sale integrated into the price charts.
Everything is free to use and it's free to sign up.