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MORE FREE RESOURCES:
  • What's It Worth?: How to find the auction-value for almost any item sold on planet earth (free).


Free Auction Estimates

How to Get Them from Reputable Experts

The following website's can help you find reputable experts who are willing to provide you with free auction and sales estimates for many antique and collectible items.

Experts provide this service free (for items they sell) because they're hopeful you'll choose to consign your item with them. This earns a commission for their auction house or gallery.

Because accurate estimates require highly specialized knowledge (especially if an item's particularly rare) it's recommended that you get several estimates (at least 3) from different experts to compare your items valuation. Just as you would in any-other estimate situation (home remodel, car repair, etc).

Also, before consigning your items to anyone, see the Better Business Bureaus - Tips for Selling Through Consignment as a way to help insure that you're doing business with a reputable expert. (all links will open window)


eBay Website
PBS Antiques Roadshow: A treasure-trove of reputable experts who may be able to point you in the direction for your free estimate.

Helpful Tips:

  • Find experts who specialize in your item by clicking the 'View By Specialty' button on the Roadshow Appraiser page.

  • Contact those experts (contact information provided on the appraisers bio page) and ask for a referral to an auction house and/or gallery who may be interested in selling your item.

  • Contact the recommended auction houses and/or galleries directly (let them know who referred you) and ask if they'd be willing to give you an estimate for your item.

LiveAuctioneers.com Website
LiveAuctioneers.com: Links to 800+ auction houses, including some of the worlds largest and most renowned.

Helpful Tips:

  • Look for items similar to yours on the LiveAuctioneers.com Research Page.

  • Find the contact information for the auction houses who've sold those items (contact information found by clicking links with auctioneers name).

  • Contact the auction house directly and ask if they'd be willing to give you an estimate for your item.

eBay Trading Assitant Information
eBay Trading Assistants: Great resource for finding someone (locally) to help you sort and price a wide-variety of items to sell on eBay. See more

Helpful Tips:


eBay Website
Christie's Auction House: Provides free auction estimates for rare, high-quality items, like fine art, antiques and collectibles. See how to get your free estimate

eBay Website
Sotheby's Auction House: Provides free auction estimates for rare, high-quality items, like fine art, antiques and collectibles. See how to get your free estimate