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Can the Library value an item for me?

The Library does not provide a valuation service for any type of item. Nor can we provide valuation details for items held in the Library’s collections. A list of approved Australian valuers, can be found on the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program website. You can also search for certified auctioneers and valuers via the Auctioneers and Valuers Association of Australia website. There are also a number of other resources you can use to value your item.

For books, you can check up to date information on market values by using online second-hand book searches. A list of these can be found on the Library’s eResources under the subject Book Trade. You can contact individual Australian Antiquarian booksellers and search their catalogues. A list of booksellers and their contact details can be found on the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB) website. There are also a number of auction price records for books published that may be of assistance. These include Australian Book Auction Records and American book prices current, also available online. You can also try BiblioBot, an online instant book appraiser.

For art work, there are electronic resources you can use to check information on current market values. Onsite examples include Australian Art Auction Records On-line: including New Zealand and Australian Art Sales Digest . Published records of past art auctions can be found in the Art Sales Index.

For maps, you can check up to date information on market values by using online map auction price records such as Antique Maps Price Guide. Published records of past map auctions can be seen in Antique Map Price Record. Lists of individual map dealers can be found at MapRecord Publications and Old maps - Marketplace.

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Last update: 2012-11-22 14:24
Author: General Reference Enquiry