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What are Antiques Worth? A Guide to the Collecting Market in 2013

Commonplace porcelain and glass items generally do not perform well at auction

“You don’t know until you ask,” a client told me the other day. I had just told her that her family’s antiques were not valuable enough to perform well at auction. In the antiques appraisal and auction business, people often show up with entire truck loads of antique items that they hope to auction. I do regularly find rare and valuable items, but just as often I have to say, “no, thank you” to everything.… Read More

Where Have All the Young Dealers Gone?

Dealers are the heart of the antiques business, the cheerleaders, and the energy that keeps the whole system flowing. They cultivate collectors. They hunt at all hours of the day and night, in the four corners of the globe, at auctions, flea markets, antique shows, shops, and online for treasures at the right price.

Sell This at Auction! 3 Strong Performers in the American Art and Antiques Appraisal Market

The American antiques market has recently seen a strong comeback from previous seasons. While collecting trends come and go, some objects always find favor with bidders and consistently hold their value. It’s good to know what’s hot at auction right now; it’s better to know what remains popular year after year. That’s your best bet for selling auction-ready property and netting the highest price possible, no matter what the collecting climate.

The New Collecting Trend: Diversification

Richard Wright Collection

Richard Wright’s collection (Auctioned at Skinner in October 2009) focused on Art Nouveau furniture, but ranged from cold-painted bronzes to Doulton-Lambeth stoneware to arts and crafts lamps, and of course, antique dolls.

Has anyone ever told you to stick to one, specialized collecting area? You can tell them a new trend is emerging, and diversification is the name of the game.

I’m sure you’ve heard that a diversified investment portfolio is a good idea, but we both know that  collecting stocks is not nearly the same as collecting antiques.… Read More