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I have a penguin scotch decanter that plays music, estimated…

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I have a penguin scotch decanter that plays music, estimated from 1955. I have not been able to find anything like it online. Can you help?

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Unfortunately that is all I know about it, one collector told me he estimated the worth at apx. $1500.00. It belonged to my husbands grandfather. I do have pictures if that helps

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It is in great condition, plays the song Lala's theme, was made in Japan and has a cork stopper

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I have attached four photo's if you need more just let me know. Thank you Lori
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This mid-century modernist musical penguin decanter has an estimated retail value of $200-250.

I truly wish I had better news.

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

These sites are excellent and more upscale but fees are higher. I only recommend them if you have several items to sell.

Rubylane.com
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cyberattic.com
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https://www.justcollecting.com/about/selling

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

Ultimately, to obtain these retail values we assume the piece or set is in good condition and that the final value depends on sale geographic location.

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.

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