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Karpen Brothers pieces can sell quite well retail.
Your style Karpen Bros. armchair with cane inserts would have a retail asking price of $2500-4000 depending on condition and location.
Your style Karpen Bros. rocking chair would have a retail asking price of $3000-4500 again depending on condition and location.
Online auctions like eBay generally bring wholesale selling prices.
If you would like to sell close to retail , some ideas are:
The internet has your largest audience of buyers. Place small ads on these sites or set up your own small store on these sites.
I only recommend them if you have several items to sell.
A method that could be very effective would be to place a classified in the "Maine Antique Digest" It has a large readership of collectors all across the country.
I highly recommend this method. They only charge $25 for 25 words in a classified ad. This publication is a monthly newspaper as well as on their internet website.
Be sure to specify local pick up only. That way the buyer would be responsible for obtaining his own insurance and transport.
Another possible retail venue is your local Craig's List. Take cash only. Make sure a large friend is with you when you schedule potential buyers.
A private seller to a dealer or at auction can expect 30-60% of retail value.
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