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How do you get a free appraisal for an antique book?

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Obtain a free antique book appraisal online through sites such as Insta Appraisal, Barneby's and Country Living. Learn more about the book in question and gain a rough estimation by self-appraising the item.

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Insta Appraisal is a site that allows users to submit details about their antiques for an appraisal by an online team. In the Books and Manuscripts category, you can look at past appraisals. After submitting information about the book and its condition, including photographs, the site's community sends you an appraisal. If you want a faster appraisal, pay for premium processing.

Barneby's offers a similar service, letting you submit information about your item, along with photos. This information then goes to auction houses near you, which then offer estimates and potentially make offers. The Realized Prices section of the site lets you search for existing prices so you can compare your item with others.

Country Living lets antique owners send photos and details to their appraisers so to obtain a free estimate. The appraisal team recommends that users send in high resolution photos. An alternative to contacting a free appraiser is to use sites such as Kovel's to obtain information regarding previous selling prices to estimate the value of an item.

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