Getting a specific dollar value
You will note that our ballpark valuations do not include specific dollar values. We are professional appraisers, thus it is unfair and unethical for us to give out dollar valuations at no charge when we charge others for this information. We offer these ballpark valuations in order to give you some idea of the general value of your item, but for us to give an actual dollar value, we must charge either for a "Professional Opinion of Value" or an appraisal. This is further explained on our appraisal page.
These items are not worth the cost of appraisal or restoration. If you like its appearance, enjoy it, but do not worry about its value. You can read more about decorative prints on Chris Lane's Antique Prints Blog.
Some of the reasons such items are hard to sell:
We carry quite a number of prints and maps like this; they are the sort of item which we are likely to have in our inventory for many years before finding the right buyer. These can be very nice, with considerable values, but until the right person comes along, they simply sit in our shop.
Such prints and maps are worth restoring and framing properly, and sometimes they can be worth appraising. However, in most cases you would still have difficulty in realizing the full value of this item if you wished to sell it. You can try an auction, but the item may not sell for much, and if you offer the item to a dealer, that dealer will have to build into his/her offer the fact that he/she might have the item in stock for many years. You will best realize the value of this item by keeping it and enjoying it, or by giving it to someone who will appreciate it, or by just holding onto it until you run across someone who is willing to buy it for its true value.
Note that we will usually make an offer to purchase such items. However, as noted, our offer will have to reflect the potentially slow turn-over and may not be as much as you would like to get.
If the item has condition problems or if it has been framed for more than about 10 years, it will probably need conservation and it almost certainly will need to be refit with archival framing materials. Our general advice to those who own prints such as this, where conservation or reframing is needed, is that if you are not willing to have this work done, you should seriously consider selling the item. Any old print or map that has condition problems or is framed improperly will almost certainly eventually fall apart and lose whatever value it has. That would be a shame for any item within this category.
Reproductions can have decorative value, but usually very little. If your reproduction is in good shape and is attractive, someone may pay you something for it, but only whatever he/she would pay to put an attractive image on the wall. Reproductions almost never have any intrinsic value. There are two main reasons for this: 1) the image was made photomechanically, without hand work and 2) more reproductions that are just as good can be made at any time, so there is no scarcity value.
Reproductions are rarely worth having appraised or restored. If you like its appearance, enjoy it, but do not worry about its value.
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