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Antique Relic Appraisal: Things You Need to Know

If you own a religious relic and want to get a good deal, you need to learn more about appraisal services. Religious artifacts are incredibly valuable items that should be subject to special methods of determining the fair market price. In this blog post, we explain how an antique relic is appraised and what key factors affect the value of relics.

How and why is antique relic appraised?

Religious relics include antique icons, manuscripts, saint’s attributes, church utensils, and other items related to the past. The evaluation of such objects is essential for every collector and antique owner. If you want to sell or buy a particular artifact, insure it or move it to another city or country, you need to know its exact value.

Antique relic appraisal is a complex process performed by experts in the field. The appraiser considers the object’s features, provenance, and auction prices and relies on their own experience and knowledge. It is best to use the services of a group of specialists so that you can get a more objective and accurate appraisal of your artifact.

What factors affect the religious artifact price?

There are quite a few factors that affect the final cost of your religious artifact. Let’s take a look at the key things to consider during the artifact appraisal.

  • Age of the artifact. Typically, the older the object, the higher its price. However, an icon by Andrei Rublev will cost more than an antique icon by an unknown master.
  • Materials. Sometimes, iconographers decorate the images with precious metals and stones. The value of such relics will be higher than those created using common materials.
  • Historical value.
  • Condition of the relic. Serious damage can significantly reduce the value of the item.
  • Degree of restoration.

If you need an accurate antique relic appraisal, feel free to contact Russian Icon Collection. Our experts offer professional appraisal services and provide individual treatment for each item. You will first need to send a high-quality photograph of your artifact and then ship the item to our New York office. After analyzing the factors mentioned above and the features of the relic, we will provide you with a detailed report regarding the market value of the piece. Besides, we will offer you our price in case you would like to sell the relic. Please contact us today for details!

We Buy Icons and Antiques

Russian Icon is always looking to purchase authentic antique Russian icons and religious artifacts created in the 19th century or earlier. We are interested in all types of quality hand-painted icons and relics. Our team of professional experts has a wide range of knowledge in a variety of areas related to Eastern Orthodox Church icons and is able to handle the purchase of even the most valuable collection. Moreover, Russian Icon offers accurate, honest financial appraisals for all possible religious icon collections, ranging from full estates to single items. In other words, if you are looking to sell your antique icon or a whole collection, you are in the right place! Just let us know, and we will give you the true value of your Orthodox icon or religious artifact. We will be happy to handle any of your selling needs while providing an unrivaled personal service. At Russian Icon, we believe that no antique icon collection is too large!