Sell your item directly to a
This is the way that you can realize the greatest return possible.
But it also is the most difficult to find that "buyer" unless you do a
garage sale. And that isn't the answer.
Sell your item to a gallery.
You can sell your item to a gallery. Typically you and the gallery
will determine a likely market (retail) price for your piece, based on
the recent sales of comparable items. A gallery will probably
offer you 50% of the prevailing retail market price for your item.
Most galleries don't buy outright, but may consider taking your item on
a consignment basis. (The upside of selling is that you will realize an
immediate payout...but not as much as if you consign your piece to a
gallery.) At River Trading Post we only accept secondary market items on
a consignment basis.
Consign your piece to a gallery.
You can consign your piece to a gallery. But be aware that it can
take a while to sell your "very special piece." Maybe even a few
But your odds of selling you piece are much greater on a consignment
basis, even it it takes time to do it. And, in the long run, you
will realize a greater return than you will from selling it outright.
Usual consignment fees from a gallery range from 40% to 50% of the
Place your piece at auction.
If you have a serious quality item, (one that you believe is worth
$10,000 or more), you can place your item for sale at an auction.
There are but a few auction houses that we would recommend (Bonham and
Butterfields, Cowan's, Sotheby). The great thing about auctions is
that you might have a quick sale for your item. But you have to be
prepared to pay sellers fees, and other fees charged to you by the
River Trading Post Can Help You
If you have an item, or a
fine Native American pieces that you wish to liquidate, call us.
We will be happy to discuss alternative approaches to selling your items
that will best meet your own needs, including simply placing your items
at one of the top auctions.
Dont Know How Much
Your Item is Worth?
While we aren't appraisers in a literal
sense, we know enough about things that we can give collectors a solid
idea about the value of many items in today's market. We are happy
to do that for you for a very nominal fee.
If you wish an appraisal or a formal
valuation of your entire collection, including a detailed report, we
suggest that you read about appraisals, valuations and how we may be
able to help. Read our guide:
River Trading Post American Indian Art Evaluation Services.
If you consign your item to
River Trading Post, your item will be featured in one of our galleries
(Chicagoland, or Scottsdale), will be featured on our website.
There are ways to market the
item that you want to sell. If it is a quality item.
If you believe that we can
help, just call us. Toll free -866-426-6901.