Culvertons Antiques

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Recent book valuations confirm the declining value of good ordinary books - but also the rising prices for unusual & unique works.

Current book valuations offer an insight into the changing patterns of trade, which are almost wholly attributable to the impact of the internet and the creation of the ‘global market’.  Wealthy collectors and investors are now constantly aware of the small percentage of ‘blue chip’ works that appear online, driving prices ever higher.

The continual decline in interest for some traditional areas of book collecting in the UK has partially been offset by dealers and auction rooms bringing an international clientele within reach through on-line selling platforms. Foreign language works, a niche and neglected area in the past, have also seen an increase in demand from collectors and readers worldwide. Good ordinary books are declining in value, as dealers are understandably only showing interest in commercially viable works - huge choice online for the remainder is depressing values further. Transparency of sales results have all but eroded the barriers of the once sacrosanct relationship between dealer and collector – leaving both parties searching for the unusual and unique which cannot be so easily found, valued and replaced.

Tim, our book specialist, together with our general valuer will help clients navigate through this turbulent market - giving guidance as to the most cost-effective route to maximise revenue and offering positive options regarding donation to institutions and charities, whilst conducting themselves with discretion and impartiality at all times.

Our impartial, competitive and confidential services

Book valuations and appraisals are services offered by Culvertons throughout central & southern England, principally in Surrey, Sussex, Kent and Hampshire, and including London.

An accurate estimation of the value of chattels (moveable goods) is a requirement by HM Revenue and Customs for Inheritance Tax purposes. It is also often required by the legal profession for divorce proceedings, and insurance companies for financial protection cover. Whether a valuation of books forms part or all of what is submitted, a Culverton's report meets the legal requirements placed on solicitors, executors and businesses, as well as private individuals.

If you wish to arrange an appointment or have a question about our services or how we would assess items in your possession please send us an email via our contact page.

Culvertons also offer a most competitive package of additional services relating to the handling of estates, which aims to reduce the burden placed upon executors and solicitors.

Culvertons‘ knowledge, experience and advice are just a phone call away.

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