Is my item worth having Appraised?
Our records from 1996-2015 show that 85% of the items sent to us for appraisal have been worth more than $500.00. If your item happens to be worth less than our fee there’s no charge. Nobody wants to spend money to find out an item is worthless. What’s even worse though is finding out that something you gave away, or sold for a couple of dollars to clear out your basement or garage was quite valuable.
Items such as the ones pictured here are unexpected surprises for our customers. Nearly all the items we have appraised were just considered curiosities by their owners, none really had any idea of the item’s value until they contacted us. One shown above, is a complete set of 8 Walt Disney Seven Dwarfs books from 1938. This set sat packed up with a pile of children’s books, yard sale material, considered to be junk, but copies of this set in good condition have sold at auction for $2000.00.
Why should you use our service?
- We have been providing Antique Appraisals for Insurance, Estate, Tax & Probate purposes since 1959.
- Current Appraisal information for a wide range of antiques & collectible items can be hard to find, even on the internet.
- Have your appraisal emailed directly to you in 48 hours.
- Price guides already two years out of date when published and often give only a minimum of information.
- Specialized reference information regarding Antique Appraisals is expensive and often difficult to find at your local library or bookstore.
- Professional appraisers fee’s range from $75.00 to $400.00 per hour, we have a wide range of appraisal services from $1.39- $24.95 U.S
How do we get our appraisal information?
- We monitor all the major Auction Houses world wide for the most up to date sales results.
- We monitor Auction sales results from several Online Auctions daily and add these results weekly to our database.
- We subscribe to all the Major & Minor Antique & Collectible trade publications.
- Our Reference library is constantly growing, some of our books about Antique collecting & restoration date to the 1820’s!
We regularly participate in Roadshow type events, shows and auctions to maintain contact with those in the trade.
What will my appraisal look like?
We use the same research methods for our Online Appraisals as we do for our regular appraisals.for Insurance, Tax or Estate purposes we follow the USPAP guidelines (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice).Note that our appraisals are based on the images and information you send us, please read our disclaimer about Hypothetical Appraisals