The collectible value of an item is often determined by its age.

Even if you do not collect antiques or art, you can become the owner of a rare item that has collectible and historical value. Often, antique items are inherited from older relatives, acquired when buying real estate, purchased secondhand, or received as a gift. How can you independently determine the value of an antique item and find out its market price? The average markup of Moscow antique dealers when reselling items purchased from individuals is 250%. The collectible value of an item is often determined by its age, place of production, documented history of previous owners, and may have nothing to do with its appearance and functionality. The peculiarity of the antique market is that there are no fixed prices, but there are records of previous sales. To sell your item profitably, you need to know how much similar items have been recently sold for. Gather as much information as possible about your item and start researching! Carefully examine the item. Look for marks, hallmarks, signatures, and numbers. You can show the item to an appraiser and listen to their opinion, but do not sell it until you have obtained more information about its value from different sources. Enter the found information and a general description of the item into a search engine. For porcelain: marks and inscriptions on the bottom of the item. For jewelry and precious metal items: hallmarks on all detachable parts of the item. For books: publication information on the title page. For paintings: artist's signature and date on the canvas and reverse, etc. If you cannot find information about the item or the history of sales of similar items on your own, seek advice from collectors. To do this, register on one or several forums, post clear photos of the item, and provide all the information you have already found.