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5 Tips for Making the Most of your Antiques Appraisal Appointment

So you’ve stumbled across a dusty heirloom stowed away in your attic? Maybe you’re redecorating and can’t find room for your bronze bust collection. Or perhaps your grandfather left you with his fine collection of wine, though you’re much more of a beer drinker.

When your antiques, collectibles, or fine art need a new home, an auction house can help. Read our blog series on Consigning Property for Auction to find out how the process works.… Read More

My Top 5 Antique Truths: Debunking the Myths of Antiques Reality TV

I’ve been an appraiser for over 30 years. I’ve also been behind the scenes and in front of the camera on Antiques Roadshow, the original and, in my opinion, best antiques reality TV show. Over time, I’ve noticed that many shows perpetuate certain myths about the antiques world. To get the most out of your viewing experience, keep the following truths in mind when tuning in…Truth #1: Antiques Appraisals Happen Every Day

Having Trouble Saying Goodbye? How Auction Can Help When Downsizing a Home

Downsizing a home can be an arduous process, both physically and emotionally. Once you’ve sorted through a lifetime of possessions and have decided what to keep, you still face the question of what to do with the material you don’t wish to retain. Whatever your reasons for downsizing: moving to a smaller home, simplifying your lifestyle, or raising some cash, here are three reasons to consider selling at auction.

Selling Antique Books, Part I: How to Tell a Rare Book From an Old Book

I’m an antique book appraiser, so I hear this phrase a lot, maybe eight or ten times a week. However, it doesn’t always inspire the excitement or anticipation that I usually feel at the start of a great antique book hunt. Old books aren’t necessarily rare books.

Consigning to Auction, Part IV: Auction Fees

Auction Fees

This blog post completes my series on Consigning at Auction. We’ll cover auction fees, as this is often an area where many people have questions. Auction buyer fees and seller fees are the industry standard. The fees pay for the work the auction house puts in to make sure your property reaches the best possible buying audience.

Consigning to Auction, Part III: The Auction Schedule

Antiques Auction Schedule

When should you contact an auction house to arrange to sell your property? You don’t have to wait until an upcoming auction is announced. Auction schedules for most major houses are planned six months to nearly a year in advance, so scheduling your property to sell in an upcoming auction is rarely a problem.

Consigning Property for Auction, Part II

Antiques Appraisal Online

If you’d prefer to bring your item to an auction house’s gallery, don’t just drop by. Call first to make an appointment, to be sure the right specialist will be on hand to view your property. Bring all supporting documentation with you and tell the appraiser all you know about an an object — how long it has been in your family, where it came from, when it was purchased, who owned it, and how it came into your possession.

Consigning Property for Auction, Part I

Antiques Appraisal Process

If you’re a collector of art and antiques or the heir to a family estate, no doubt you’ve thought about consigning some of that property to auction. So what might be stopping you? I’ve been an appraiser for over thirty years, and I’ve helped thousands of clients successfully auction their fine tangibles.

What’s Your Pembroke Table Worth?

One of the guiding principles behind understanding the value of antiques is the notion of “good, better, best”— the idea that seemingly similar pieces can vary in quality, construction, and history. These differences often result in a wide range of prices for the same kind of item. Understanding the “good, better, best” principle, and knowing as possible about a particular piece will ensure that as a buyer, you don’t pay too much, and as a seller, you estimate your antique accurately so that it sells well at auction.

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