A free online appraisal can help you understand whether your antique, art or collectible is valuable. With very little time spend - you will know if you should sell, keep or throw away your items. This is a how to guide to understand how you can get the best possible free online appraisal.
A paid appraisal at Mearto will provide you with a guaranteed appraisal from a former auction house specialist within 48 hours. We will check if your item is of a type and value typically sold in one of the above auctions and collect appraisals from the relevant auction houses on your behalf.
Do you have valuable objects you would like to sell at an auction? Then you can get a free online appraisal from some of the auction houses suggested above. These auction houses has different specialities and they provide free appraisals to different kind of valuable items. Some auction houses only provide free appraisals to highly valuable items. While others are doing free online appraisals for almost all special objects that has a certain collectible value. Also every auction house has different departments with specialists that are experts in their category. Make sure you write and ask about the free valuation from the correct department as it will improve the chance for you to get a free appraisal.
You are also welcome to do your own free appraisal in the Mearto auction results database. You can access the auction price database with more than 1 million realized prices from top auction houses around the world, allowing you to conduct your own comparative analysis in valuing your object and discover what it is worth for free.
Upload description and image of your item
Auction houses evaluate and send you an online estimate
You decide whether you want to sell or keep the item for now
It takes 5 minutes to describe your item and take pictures. Where as a physical auction evaluation can take hours and cost for transportation.
If you decide your item is worth more to you than what the auction houses have evaluated it to, you don't have to sell it.
It is completely free - there are no hidden fees or additional costs when you ask for a free online appraisal
By collecting appraisals from multiple auction houses, you are sure to get the item to the best possible market
Submit your item to one of the above suggested auction houses. Then you will probably receive a free appraisal within a few weeks.
No! If you feel your item is worth more to you than what the free appraisal suggest at auction, then you don’t have to sell it. No auction house offers a free appraisal and demand that you sell it.
No! Auction houses will provide you with an estimate that are subject to change when further inspection is done. Also, it is not allowed to use the free appraisal for insurance purpose. It is not a formal written appraisal.
Most auction houses strive to provide an answer as quickly as possible. However it can take weeks.
If an item does not fall within the interest of the auction houses - you are not guaranteed an appraisal. It can also be too difficult for them to provide the appraisal online because of the limits with photo and description.
Make sure you provide high resolution images. Take from different angles in a neutral background. Also make sure you add all the necessary information for the auction house to conduct a proper online appraisal. Where did you get it? Did you inherite the item? For how long has it been in your family? Can you prove this with images or something else? Did you buy it? For how much and where? What information can you add to the item that is not known? What is the condition of the item?
It is basically up to you. The auction house provides you with a free appraisal - which is the estimate that they believe it is worth if put up for sale on their auction. You can tell them you want to sell or not. If you sell a consignment process will begin.
Free appraisals are offered by every auction house - most of them are now doing it online. It is their best estimate of what the specific item could achieve on the market if sold by them.
Auction houses often host valuation days, where the local community can attend and meet the experts from the auction house. This is often very interesting and you will receive a physical examination that are better than an online appraisal. It can be time consuming and there is often a lot of people waiting in line to receive an appraisal.
You can find local antique dealers online that have items similar to yours. These dealers are often very experienced and have seen thousands of items. If you go visit them and ask it is very likely that they will provide an appraisal. Be careful though - if they want to buy it - it is perhaps more valuable than what they indicate.
There are lots of local antique markets that you can attend, and it is definitely a place where you can find local experts. If you live close to a big city - chances are pretty good that an antique show is hosted there a few times a year. Go look for antique and art dealers that have similar items and ask them to help you identify the value.
There are many popular tv-shows that look for interesting items to showcase in front of experts. While this can be a longshot - since they only look for the very interesting items - you will receive a thorough appraisal of your item for free, if it is chosen for showcasing. Also some tv-shows, like the Antique Roadshow, offer a free appraisal to attending guest of the event.
Free online appraisals is not meant to be used as a formal document that indicates the value. If documentation is important for you because of probate, insurance or settling an estate. You need to pay a professional appraiser to do the work.
In general the free appraisals from auction houses are trustworthy - because they offer it on the open market. If you get a free appraisal from a local dealer, it is important that you have checked the value from other sources as well. Also professional appraisers do not offer to buy an item and if they do you should not accept it.
Knowing what your treasures are worth is fun and offer a good story around the dinner table. It won´t provide you with an official documentation, but it is a good indicator to the monetary value of an item.