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Guide to Top Experts Giving-Away Appraisals, No-Charge
- Who Are The Appraisers?
- How To Get Free Appraisals
- Finding Appraisers, by Specialty
- Find Ballpark-Values without an Appraiser
- Finding Good Local Auctioneers & Experts
- How To Get a Free-Appraisal from Antiques Roadshow
Who Are The Appraisers?
They're top-experts with years of experience, studying and handling some of the world's rarest items within their field of expertise.
Their ability to spot treasures are both legendary and well-documented throughout the many media stories we report. For example:
- Painting thought to be Inexpensive-Print, makes $1.6 million
- $15 Ring from Flea Market, Fetches $847,000
- Unwanted Vase Kept Hidden in Attic Shoebox Sells for $19-Million
- Old Baseball Cards Found in Trash, Fetch $3 Million
- And a lot more
While the results above are most certainly not-typical. They are true, and were life-changing for the folks who benefited from the appraisers keen eye.
If you were to personally hire a specialized appraiser at this level, their rates could exceed $400 per hour, plus travel expenses.
So, why are they free? Auction houses cover the cost, because they hope to find items you'll consider consigning with them, in upcoming auctions.
This provides a high level of motivation to both the appraiser and auctioneer to find valuable items, through their free online appraisal process.
How To Get Free Appraisals
While appraisals from top auctioneers are free, they're not guaranteed. The likelihood of an appraisal goes up, with the uniqueness, rarity and value of your item.
However, the odds-of getting a free-appraisal, or finding a ballpark-value for most-items, can still be better than 90%, following these...
- Research Prices. This helps you do a quick do-it-yourself ballpark-valuation for most items, worldwide. And, it helps:
- Decide if it's worth pursuing a free-appraisal.
- Find-out how much buyers pay for items like yours, on eBay.
- Identify auctioneers, with the most success selling your item.
- Why? Because small details can make a big difference in an items value. An in-person appraisal may catch details that might go unnoticed in an online photo.
Obviously, not not all items going to meet the standards required for a free online appraisal, from a top-tier expert. They simply have to keep their focus on high-value items to function economically as business.
However, this can be a good-thing. Because if you have a valuable-treasure, there a high possibility they'll spot it, because that's all they fook for.
However, if you find-out your item doesn't meet the standards of a top-tier auctioneer. Try finding reputable auctioneers, galleries or dealers in your area, and look for free-appraisal information on their websites.
Smaller shops sometimes have an informal appraisal process, simply done by exchanging photos and information by email.
If you don't see it on their site, email-them. Asking your version of the following (feel-free to copy, paste, tweak):
I have a [write a description of your item] I'm considering selling, and was wondering if you may be interested in selling it in your shop, as a consignment?
If you are interested, would it be possible to get a copy or link, to your consignment-agreement, detailing fees. Along with a free ballpark-estimate for its resale value?
And, if you need any additional information or photos, please let me know how I can help. By contacting me at: (write your preferred contact method).
Thank you for your time.
If they won't do a free ball-park appraisals, move onto another auctioneer.
Finding Appraisers, by Specialty
List provides links to free appraisal pages, by specialty.
How To Get a Free-Appraisals from Antiques Roadshow
We're not affiliated with Antiques Roadshow in any way, other than being huge-fans due to the amazing-number of genuine-treasures they find on their show, and the reports we get to write about those treasures.
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LAST UPDATE / by James Massey, November 20, 2018