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Here’s How We Appraise and Buy Russian Icons

Today, many owners of precious Christian relics decide to sell their old Russian icons. A logical question arises – to whom to turn with their antique Orthodox icons for sale so that to receive an adequate appraisal of the icon’s value and market price. At Russian Icon, we buy Russian icons after their expert evaluation according to a set of criteria – quality, age, rarity, condition, desirability, and region in which the icon was produced.


An icon’s quality should not be confused for its condition. Quality means the performance of the icon, presence of the fine detail and bright pigment, as well as the sophistication of the brush strokes. Some icons look simplistic, while others are realistic and deeply detailed.


The icon’s condition determines its price as well. The better it is preserved, the higher it is priced. However, some collectors prefer to buy Russian icons in their intact, old-looking condition because it creates a more natural feel of an old relic.


Professional icon appraisers at Russian Icon look at the region in which the icon was produced. Some schools enjoy greater popularity than others, so, for instance, a rare, old icon painted by a representative of the famous Palekh school will surely be priced times higher than an icon of the same condition and age but produced by an unknown artist.


By a rule of thumb, antique icons are priced higher than young icons. In such a way, you definitely have higher chances to get more money for Russian religious icons of, let’s say, the 15th- or 16th-century production rather than for a 19th-century work. However, it’s not a universal rule since a Russian icon’s value is also determined by the school and the painter.


Some types of icons are more appreciated than others because they are rare. Icons like “The Last Judgment” are unique, so collectors buy Russian icons of this kind for much higher prices than more common icons may be sold.


Demand for a specific icon determines its market price; in such a way, appreciators of icons depicting specific saints or specific religious scenes buy Russian icons of this kind for premium prices. It’s better to monitor the market for such inquiries as your icon may be a highly desirable item for some collector.

Get your item appraised today – there may be a serious collector waiting to buy Russian icons from your collection!

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!