You’ve heard the story before. Someone sells of something – it could be a painting, vase, or even a comic book – only to later find out that it’s worth hundreds, thousands, or even millions. This has happened before, when people have sold off property that they didn’t realize was rare or collectable. This is why, before selling off these things, it’s best to take it to an expert.
An antique appraiser can mean the difference between giving away a treasure and holding onto something that is invaluable. However, you want to find a good one, and that means finding an accredited appraiser who upholds a strong ethical and professional code.
When an appraiser has completed his assessment, you should be provided an estimate on the item’s value, a full description of the item, and the value of what a buyer would pay you. The appraiser will often charge anywhere from $200 to $400. This varies depending on their expertise, experience, and location.
Certified appraisers should be sought out first before taking them to a collectibles dealer, because an appraiser will give a price assessment with no conflict of interest. Since they’re not looking to buy, you can rest assured that they will provide you with an honest judgment of your items value.