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Appraisal Services

PAUL DE LONGPRE (French/American, 1855-1911) "Red and White Carnations," Watercolor on paper
PAUL DE LONGPRE (French/American, 1855-1911) "Red and White Carnations," Watercolor on paper, Sold for $16,380

Fine Art & Estate Auctions

Perhaps you have cleaned out your attic or a home of a loved one and discovered a number of antique items. You may even have come across some unusual art objects and don't know where to turn to find out if they are valuable. Entering our second decade as a trusted California auction house that sells to worldwide buyers, Michaan's Auctions can give an auction value on your pieces and help you find out if they would be attractive to buyers at auction. Please read the details below about how to obtain your appraisals, and have our fine art and antiques specialists review your items.

The first step in selling property at auction is to obtain a free informal appraisal of the item. Bring us your paintings, antiques or other items and we will have our specialists give you an on the spot verbal auction value. If you have a large collection we can come to your home (please see details on this page about that service). This includes an estimated auction value, which is an educated judgment from the specialist based on the market as to what the object will sell for at auction. You will also be provided with information on the appropriate auction, a timetable and an explanation of our terms of sale. Michaan's Auctions can work with you, providing comprehensive services from appraisal to sale, whether you have one item or an entire estate's collection of art and antiques. Free appraisals can be obtained in the following manner:

  1. Appraisal Appointments – Michaan's specialists are pleased to meet with you in your home, if you have 20 or more items or at our Main Gallery. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (510) 740-0220 or e-mail .
  2. Weekly Appraisal Events – Held every Wednesday from 10 am – 1 pm. These weekly appraisal events are held in our Main Gallery where our specialists offer verbal auction estimates for what they feel it will sell for at auction. There is a limit of five items per person and no appointment is needed. These fine art and antique appraisals can give you an idea about the value of your pieces, which can help you decide if you would like to sell them at auction. Please call (510) 740-0220 for more information. If you do decide to sell at auction with us, become acquainted with selling at our auctions, by checking our monthly calendar for each week's events and auctions.
  3. Submitting Photographs – Please send clear images that depict the entire piece and a few detail images of any markings or damage to the piece. You may send images online using our Free Online Appraisal form or mail your photographs to Michaan's Auctions, P.O. Box 489, Alameda, CA 94501.
    1. Get a Free Online Appraisal
    2. Download appraisal form

Off Site Appraisal Events

Michaan's Auctions also hosts appraisal events at your chosen facility. Contact us to set a date and time to host your own "What's it Worth." These events are considered community service events in which we are happy to participate in.
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