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Offline Carterofmars

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« on: September 23, 2006, 04:59:54 AM »
What is the best source for values of Murano or 50's glass?

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« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2006, 11:43:27 AM »
Value is a subjective thing based on what the market is prepared to pay at the time. You could have different levels of value: for instance boot fair value, eBay value, auction room value, antique shop value, and the printed price guide book value. All will be different and on the day of sale all could be out of the window if no-one wants to buy or if someone wants to buy so badly that they are prepared to pay way over the estimated value for an item.
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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2006, 11:51:37 AM »
In my experience, price guides for glass are just as useless as price guides for other antiques.  More useful for a beginning collector is a good picture book, and Leslie Pina's Italian Glass is one of the best, although the experts on this board have stated that many of her attributions are dubious.  The problem with some of the other guides is that they show mostly museum quality pieces that are out of the range of most collectors.  One side note - collecting books, especially monographs, can be worthwhile.  They shoot up in value after they go out of print.


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