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Doris
Doris, Antiques Appraiser
Category: Antiques
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Experience:  Antiques store owner 10+yrs.Best of City Two Years. Collector 56+yrs.USPAP compliant. Member AOA.Founded part of antiques, silver & art collection at local museum.
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We have a coco-cola sign from I think the 1950's maybe early

Customer Question

we have a coco-cola sign from I think the 1950's maybe early 1960's I am looking for place to get a general value... but can't even find a history of the ad it is of a girl sitting putting on ice skates
JA: I always love having an appraiser look at my stuff. Sometimes its turned out to be surprisingly valuable. Is there anything else important you think the Antiques Appraiser should know?
Customer: do you need a picture of it?
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris replied 6 months ago.

Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.
I have been an antiques and art collector as well as dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.
I will be pleased to help you. Please know I do not send pop-ups. Thoughtful responses take time.

Photos are almost always required to give an accurate assessment.

Please send photos.

To send photos you may use the "add files" in the blue box link on your reply page or the "paper clip" found in the toolbar you see on your reply page.
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Kind regards,
Doris

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Here is a picture
Expert:  Doris replied 6 months ago.

What size is it in inches?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
i am not sure but would say 48' by 36' at least
Expert:  Doris replied 6 months ago.

48 feet x 36 feet? or inches?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
inches
Expert:  Doris replied 6 months ago.

Thank you for the information and photo. They really help.

Please allow me time to research the data required by your question, calculate current values and write my answer.

I want you to have the best answer.

I thank you in advance for your patience.

Kind regards,

Doris

Expert:  Doris replied 6 months ago.

Your sign is a rare 1950s Coke advertising sign. My research indicates that it would have an estimated retail value of $450-550 assuming good condition and depending on sale geographic location.

Online auctions like eBay generally bring wholesale selling prices.

If you would like to sell close to estimated 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.

Be sure to specify local pick up only for large items. That way the buyer would be responsible for obtaining his own insurance and transport.

These sites carry antique as well as vintage items.
Accept PayPal only.

Etsy.com - small fees - 20 cents to list plus 3.5% final price.
Artfire.com
Bonanza.com

These sites are excellent and more upscale but fees are higher. I only recommend them if you have several items to sell.
GoAntiques.com
Rubylane.com
Tias.com
cyberattic.com
trocadero.com

Or your nearest CraigsList.com where you can list items for free. Accept cash only.

In general, a private seller to a dealer, via consignment or at auction can expect 30-50% of estimated retail value.

Insurance replacement values are usually about 20% more than retail values.

I hope I have helped you.

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Doris

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