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Auctioneers and Appraisers

Make the Most of your Online Antiques Appraisal

An online antiques appraisal, called an auction evaluation, is the quickest and easiest way to get an expert appraiser’s opinion. Best of all, a Skinner online auction evaluation is free of charge.

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6 Tips for your Online Antiques Evaluation

Submit an Online Auction Evaluation Form

Please submit just one item at a time for evaluation using the online auction evaluation form. Read about getting an evaluation for a large collection or estate.

These six tips will help you get the most out of your online evaluation:

1.    Good Pictures

Pictures really are worth a thousand words – especially when they’re in focus.  The better your image, the more information an expert appraiser will have to help them determine value.  For the best results, use good lighting and include a photo that shows the entire item.

2.    Important Facts

Once you’ve taken a picture of the whole item, well lit and in focus, don’t stop there! Let us know about any identifying marks or signatures, medium or material, the dimensions if not obvious in the photo, numbers of items (if a set). Take close-up photographs of any important details you notice.

3.    Additional Information

Once you’ve taken a picture of the whole item, well lit and in focus, don’t stop there! Let us know about any identifying marks or signatures, medium or material, the dimensions if not obvious in the photo, numbers of items (if a set). Take close-up photographs of any important details you notice.

  • Artist or maker
  • Medium or material
  • Dimensions in inches
  • Identifying marks or signatures
  • Country of origin
  • Period and style
  • Number of items in a set or service

 4.    Submit the Online Form

Fill out the form completely and attach your JPG images. You may attach up to a total of 15 MB of files. If you have a large group of images, we suggest contacting our Appraisal & Auction Services team at 508.970.3299 so that they can assist you with the process.

Click the “submit” button only once. There will be a slight delay as your images are uploaded. Once complete you will see an onscreen confirmation and will receive an email letting you know that the form has been received by our team.

5.   Consignment Deadlines

Skinner’s twenty specialty departments hold auctions on a rotating schedule. Even if you’ve missed one consignment deadline, another auction will be coming soon. In fact, consigning well in advance of an auction date gives the auction house the necessary time it takes to research, catalog, photograph, advertise, market, and promote your pieces to buyers, often resulting in higher prices for your property.

6.    Hearing from Us

Skinner expert appraisers receive hundreds of auction evaluation requests every week. We read every message, and if your property is a good fit for a Skinner auction and the value exceeds our minimum lot level, we will respond within three to four weeks.

In the email response, our specialist will provide a professional opinion of the value of your item. This auction estimate is based on expert knowledge of the current market and comparisons to similar items that have sold recently.

If you are asked to consign with Skinner, congratulations! We take it on good faith that you submitted an evaluation form because you are considering selling your item at auction. The response will include “next steps” for consigning with Skinner.

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