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What is an Arnart porcelain cinderella coach worth

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it is a porcelain coach with a girl inside a driver and 4 horses rearing up. The horses' reins are a chain being held by the coachman.
Submitted: 10 years ago.
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Expert:  The Geezer replied 10 years ago.
The best measure of value for any luxury good, like porcelain, is the retail price at which you can buy replacements or similar pieces. That price puts a definite ceiling on the "value". Should you try to sell such a piece of art to a dealer they will offer you 25%-33% of the retail price at best. Thus if you try to sell it to a private party collector they will offer you 50-60% of the retail price, tops.

Of course, if you find exactly the right buyer and they just HAVE to have what you are selling, you could negotiate a price closer to retail replacement cost. But even the nicest jewelry can be bought at many retail stores.

With that in mind, here are three Arnart pieces available for under $20 plus shipping.

http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?sofocus=bs&sbrftog=1&fcl=3&rsippc=100&from=R10&satitle=porcelain+Arnart&sacat=66516%26catref%3DC6&sargn=-1%26saslc%3D2&sadis=200&fpos=ZIP%2FPostal&sabfmts=1&saobfmts=insif&ftrt=1&ftrv=1&saprclo=&saprchi=&fsop= 1%26fsoo%3D1&coaction=compare&copagenum=1&coentrypage=search&fgtp=

Here are several other Arnart pieces in the same price range:

http://www.thefind.com/query.php?query=Arnart+porcelain+coach

Here is an Arnart piece that sold at auction for $20 - see Lot #1006:

http://www.proxibid.com/asp/CatalogPrint.asp?aid=3558

Here is a pair of pieces for $10:

http://www.ioffer.com/i/Original-ARNART-Creation-Couples-Figurines-8368063

It would be reasonable to conclude that your piece is worth about $20, considering the number of Arnart pieces being offered for that much or less.
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