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Does Antique Glass Sell At Auctions?

Friday, April 15th, 2022



Because rarity is such a significant factor in value, it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for rare pieces. Look for items that have the following characteristics:



  • Unusual color – Certain colors, such as clear, white, pink, and green, are more common than others. If you’ve never seen a piece in a particular color before, there’s a good chance it’s rare and valuable.
  • Bi-color – A piece of glass that contains two colors can be more valuable than a single shade. This isn’t always the case, but if you have a bi-colored piece of glass, it’s worth investigating.
  • Unusual shape – A piece that does not resemble anything you’ve seen before is likely to be unique. Strange handle shapes, unusual items, and other anomalies can indicate the presence of something valuable.
  • Signatures – The artist’s signature is sometimes found on art glass. A signature can indicate a rare or even one-of-a-kind item.

Rare antiques can fetch tens of thousands of dollars, if not millions. Consider a 1909–1911 “Jumbo” T206 Honus Wagner baseball card that sold for $3.2 million in 2016 or an 18th-century Florentine ebony chest that fetched $36.7 million at a London auction house in 2004. But even so, not everything that is old is worth billions, which is why knowing how to recognize an antique when you see one is critical. An expert appraisal is usually the first step in identifying what might be valuable, especially if you have an antique room. 

Dealers in Antiques

Antique dealers can be picky about the types of antiques they buy from customers, but they have a strong opinion about the value of an antique glass piece. Whether or not you are able to sell your item to the antique dealer, your visit will almost certainly be beneficial. Once you’ve determined the price range for your antique piece, you’ll be able to visit other dealers and shops in your area without losing any money.

Public Auctions in Your Community

Local auctions are an excellent way to sell almost anything, especially glass antiques. Even if you do not always get the desired selling price, there will be times when you get more than you bargained for. The key to selling at auctions is to keep your antique item in immaculate condition and to provide a detailed history of its origins. If you don’t know the history of your antique, meet with a local antique dealer to get a brief timeline explanation before placing it up for auction.

Online Auction Websites

Joining an online selling website where you can register your items for sale or auction is a simple and effective way to sell your glass antiques. When it comes to antiques, your best bet is to sell it at auction so that collectors of that particular type of piece can bid at high prices. You cannot earn more money than the item’s final cost when you list it for sale. So, before you set a limit, consider the advantages of auctioning off your glass antiques.

Looking for antique glass pieces?

High Plains Auctioneers had many unique antiques at every auction. Whatever you’re looking for, we have something for everyone. Check out all of our upcoming auctions here and get ready to find something amazing.