What is your poster worth?
You can now get your poster appraised online, via email. In response to the many
inquiries asking us for information about specific posters, requesting online estimates or
providing detailed appraisals for estate, tax and insurance purposes, we have decided to
provide a quick appraisal service for a fee of $12.95.
the information you provide (see below), we will prepare an analysis of the poster's
market and replacement values and other relevant information. Once we acknowledge the
receipt of the submission of your item for appraisal, we will complete your appraisal
within 1 - 2 business days. If we are unable to appraise your item, we will contact you
and discuss the problem at hand. Take a look at a
sample of a Poster Appraisal Certificate.
mail us to submit your Request for an Appraisal
Include an image (if possible) and
close-ups if necessary. Images are not necessarily required. In many cases, we can provide
an expert opinion about the value of a poster based upon textual information alone.
- Artist (if known)
- Title and other Text, Text in the margins or at the edges (printer
- Size (exact, please)
- Date (if known), Origin
- Condition (flaws like tears, paper losses, restorations), Paper Texture (thin,
thick, on/off linen)
- Ask any questions you would like to be addressed
that you will not necessarily have all of the above information and in all likelihood will
be able to fill in the gaps.
Submit your payment. We accept all major credit cards
but you can also pay by check.
We will contact you after we have received your email
and confirm your Request for an Appraisal. We might ask you more specific questions about
you poster to help us determine its value. From then on, it should take 1-2 working days
until we complete your request and send you the appraisal certificate.
for Request for an Appraisal now!
What determines the value of a poster?
Rarity: Posters were not meant to last. They were
produced in small editions (100 - 5000) and often printed on inexpensive paper. They were
used as announcements and thus were posted to walls or billboards to attract attention.
Once a poster had served its purpose, the next poster was glued right over it. As a
result, few copies survived and those that did were usually saved by the printer, the
client, or a museum. The rarity of an item is normally determined by its visibility (or
lack thereof) in the marketplace. It is nearly impossible to determine the exact number of
existing copies of a specific poster. Some posters are more commonly available than
others. Auctions are often a good measuring tool as to the rarity and availability of an
Condition: The condition of a poster is important. We generally
grade posters from (A) to (D). The higher the grade, the more desirable and valuable a
poster is. Yet, a poster in (A) condition might not necessarily be worth much more than
the same poster in (B+) condition. Tiny tears or creases are not always very significant.
On the other hand, a poster with significant damage (C) or major restorations will be
significantly less valuable than the same poster in a flawless state.
Rarity can often be more important than condition when it comes to determining
value. A rare poster in poor condition might easily be more valuable than a common poster
in very good condition. A collector would likely buy a rare poster in any condition than
not have it at all.
Artist: A poster designed by a renowned artist generally
attracts a higher price than a poster with a similar image by a lesser known designer.
Design and Subject Matter: A strong ski poster or a beautiful
image of the French Rivera will have a greater appeal to the majority of the public than a
poster promoting agricultural equipment or phone directories. Similarly, the strong
graphic design of a train image will attract more attention than a mere text poster for
the same railway company. The importance of subject matter, however, changes all the time.
Travel posters are currently hot in demand; chocolate or cigarette advertisements were
much more popular just a few years ago.
Economy: Values are determined by market supply and demand. Any
given state of the economy will have a significant impact on the collectability and
therefore the value of an item. If nobody buys posters, dealers will drop their prices and
auction houses will fetch lower results. The value of a poster is directly related to
Age: While w take the date / era in which a poster was made
into account when determining value, in and of itself, age does not necessarily make an
item rare or desirable. There are posters from the 1910s and 1920s that you can buy for
$150-200 while some modern graphic designs from the 1980s can command $1000 and more.
Provenance: Many posters are well documented through past
auctions as well as private and gallery sales. This is one of the best and most efficient
ways of tracing the value of a poster.
Our online appraisal (non-physical inspection) is based on the information
submitted by you, the customer. Since this information is hypothetical (digital or
photographic images, item description), we will not guarantee the authenticity or
genuineness of the poster to be appraised, but merely offer an opinion based on the
description and the images. We do offer professional appraisals (Physical Appraisal) to
determine the authenticity and value of a poster artwork.Please call us at (925) 673-3343
to discuss the details of a professional Physical Appraisal.