Can You Sell Vintage Ivory at an Estate Sale?

Yes, well I mean, maybe
…let me explain…


Material Culture Auctions (Estimate $700.00)

In the viewpoint of the marketplace there really are two kinds of ivory. Contemporary Ivory and Vintage/Antique Ivory. Each of these two categories of ivory are treated very differently. In the case of contemporary ivory, you don’t stand much of a chance legally selling it, in most of the US. Its sale has for many obvious and good reasons been banned here in the U.S. In the case of Vintage and Antique Ivory, proper sales channels do exist, in other words there are places you can sell  Vintage and Antique Ivory.

But you have to be careful.

How you sell Antique or Vintage Ivory
depends on what state you live in


Main Auction Gallery (Estimate $700.00)

In California, there is a high burden of proof to certifying the age and provenance of ivory. Just because you say it is old, or that it looks old, does not mean that it is old. Other states in the country seem to have more tolerance towards the sale of Vintage and Antique Ivory. So if you live in California, you will want to check in with the larger auction houses in the Mid-West and the East Coast, to see how they may be able to assist you.

Use common sense, ask lots of questions.

It is likely best to send your Ivory to Auction


Sant’Agostino Auctions (Estimate €30,000)

If I had antique ivory items like those above, there is no part of me that would want to offer them for sale in an estate sale, and I conduct estate sales. So, please heed my caution; ivory items of an extraordinary nature need to be offered for sale in one of the better auction houses in order to have them generate the sales results they deserve, national auction houses have far better ways of attracting the best national buyers. They get better results.

But make sure that the state where the auction house resides, has laws allowing for the sale of Antique or Vintage Ivory. Confiscations have occurred at auction houses, and once your ivory has been confiscated, there may be very little chance that you will ever be able to get your item(s) back.

Many Bronze Statues also Contain Ivory

Bronze and Ivory Statue by Edouard DROUOT Circa 1859-1945)

Antiques Supermarket (Sold for $18,000)

The biggest threat to your vintage or antique collection of ivory is that it might be confiscated at its point of sale. At this time in the U.S. for antique or vintage ivory, there is no prohibition to its ownership, there are only some restrictions to its sale, and these restrictions vary state by state. So learn the law and how those laws pertain to you.

Of course, as I usually suggest, get professional advice, it’ll save you so much potential frustration. Who needs to have their legal to own ivory, confiscated because of a faulty sales strategy? No one!

Here is a guide that can help a bit: A Guide to Wildlife and Plant Protection Laws

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Conducting Your Own Estate Sale? Don’t Lose Your Marbles!

Conducting Your Own Estate Sale? Don’t Lose Your Marbles!

It’s going to be difficult no doubt, but an estate sale is still the best way to sell personal property!


When you face a financial difficulty, you call an accountant, CPA. or at the very least, a bookkeeper.

If you face legal challenges, you call the best attorney that you can afford.

When you sell your home, most of you wouldn’t try to do so without hiring a Realtor.

You hire the above people because, it is the prudent course of action to take in order to best protect your assets, and or freedoms. You expect to pay these people, and hiring professionals also saves you tons of aggravation.

So why, would you ever consider Staging your own Estate Sale

Money, that’s what it often comes down to; people trying to save a few bucks will drive themselves mad, because they either think that estate liquidators charge too much, or they think that they can’t find someone they can trust.

Folks, give yourself a huge emotional break, find someone you can trust. Hire a professional. Save yourself the time and heart wrenching experience of conducting your own estate sale. Estate sales are hard enough for professionals to pull off, you may not stand a chance if you try to do your own estate sale. You more than likely will get picked!

Find Estate Sales Help

Read my Book: Liquidating and Estate

Find Local Estate Liquidators: Estate Sales.Net

Ask Questions: 20 Questions to ask an Estate Liquidator

It Takes Heart to Do Estate Sales Well, and These Two Ladies Have Plenty

I think this is a fun video from Renne Poole and her daughter Jessica – they conduct estate sales in the Las Vegas Area – Call Renee Estate Liquidation

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Could you have found this Action Comic #1 at an Estate Sale?


Cover of ACTION COMICS-1938 #1 Sold at Auction via Comic Connect.Com

Cover of ACTION COMICS #1 Sold for $2,161,000 at auction via Comic Connect.Com

(Graded a Very High 9.0)

This incredible comic, is like the Holy Grail of collectibles. Is it a mere stack of stapled, and folded funny book paper…a child tome of fantasy, a way out of the gloom of the impeding European war…a fluff piece of entertainment, never meant to be worth more than the .10¢ published purchased price?

A lot can happen on the way to a collectible becoming a collectible. The character of this Action Comic becomes an almost overnight sensation – the iconic man of steel, Superman. It is thought that of the 250,000 copies of this classic that were printed, only about 100 survive today.

Why does this matter?

This is a tale of two superman comics. One in unbelievably pristine condition…and one so tattered, soiled and dog-eared that it sells for less that a tenth of the price of the pristine Action Comic.

Condition Determines Value!

Cover of Action Comic #1 Sold at auction for $175,000 via Comic Connect.Com
This comic sold in 2013 at Comic Connect.Com for $175,000, you can read more about it here: Ken’s Korner
(Graded a Very Low 1.5)

What can you do if you find a comic like this…?

If you are an executor of an estate trying to figure out the difference between these two grades of comics (1.5 and 9.0), you will be at a real dis-advantage. Sure, you will be able to see some of the condition differences between the two, but are you the person who can tell the difference between a comic graded 2.5 and 4.5? This difference could be worth $25.000.

It takes years of experience to be able to understand the differences that exist within each grade, in the comic book grading systems. Here is a link to the Heritage Auctions Comic Grading Tutorial Page.

My firm suggestion, is that you seek out the advice and feedback of trusted experts…look for people who will act as your advocate, not people who are looking only to buy…

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America’s Youngest Picker Takes on Estate Sales…

Connor McCrory…Stages his First Estate Sale…

Okay, so Connor had a little help from the likes of William Seippel of WorthPoint – Martin Willis of Antique Auction Forum and Martin and Valetta Codina of Fine Estate, and lets not forget his wonderful parents – Aime and Steve.

Still, Connor McCrory conducted his first estate sale with aplomb, charm and more savvy than any other 8 year old could ever have done so…

What made this difficult estate sales process proceed smoothly for Connor, it’s simple. He had help.

Always, always, always, find someone you can trust to help you set up and stage your estate sale…never undertake the process alone…get information…and wisely use the information that you get…

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It’s A Contest! Why Did Someone Paint This Dog Red?

…Perhaps they thought it was a Great Idea…

Make Up A Story About Why Anyone Would Paint

This Hubley Boston Terrier Red

And Win!

$75.00 First Prize $50.00 Second Prize $25.00 Third Prize

Here Are The Rules:

  1. Make up a story, devise a theory or if you are the person who painted this poor dog red, tell us why you did it.
  2. Your story could go on and on or be as short as a few sentences.
  3. Extra points are given for wacky, zany, different or just bizarre.
  4. Your entry must be posted here as a comment to win…
  5. As an alternative to rule number one, you could tell us what we should do with the little doggy now that someone painted the poor thing red.
  6. Deadline for contest entry is:  September 15, 2011.
…By the Way Here’s…

What a Hubley Boston Terrier Should Look Like!

Antique Celebrity Judge: Karen Knapstein Of Antique Trader Magazine

Good Luck,

Martin Codina
CEO Fine Estate Sales

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