Kovels.com Adds Thousands of New Prices to Its Online Price Guide


Sample Kovels' price guide listing
Sample price guide listing with illustration

Kovels.com has just added more than 40,000 prices and 2,500 new color photographs of priced antiques from the 2012 edition of Kovels’ Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide.

Kovels.com is the web’s largest free antiques and collectibles price guide. Like the book, the user-friendly Kovels.com online price guide is organized into over 725 categories that represent the most popular collecting interests—including Art Pottery, Depression Glass, Furniture, Jewelry, Sports Memorabilia, Toys and more. And each category includes a short description and history.

The Kovels.com online price guide is useful to both new and experienced collectors. It is a report of asked-for prices, gathered and edited by Kovels from sales at shops, shows, flea markets, auctions, magazines, newspapers, online sales, dealers, and other knowledgeable sources. No estimates here, no “suggested” prices. And all of the over 800,000 prices in the online price guide are dated so you can see what prices were both now and years ago—information used to identify market trends and as a guide for buying, selling, appraising, or settling an inheritance.

You can find almost anything among the Kovels’ added prices and thousands of pictures. A medical case of 50 glass eyes made in England about 1890 sold for $6,500. A brass Gothic-style dog carrier went for $403.There was even a coin-operated perfume spray dispenser with lion’s face sprayers that sold for $3,300. The highest priced piece is a c.1927 Poul Henningsen lamp for $202,213. The lowest price is 10 cents for a crown bottle cap marked “Hite’s Dairy Farm, Orange Juice Reconstituted, Sweetened, Sacramento, Califor.” And at 1 3/4 inch, it’s also one of the smallest.

One new influence that affected prices in the 2012 book was the booming demand for Asian antiques. Jade, ivory, cloisonné, and ceramics made in China, Japan, Korea, and other Asian countries have been selling for many times the estimate. Also, several important collections sold at auction—banks, carnival glass, cloisonné and toys—that offered rare pieces in close to mint condition, and Kovels’ 2012 book includes lots of their descriptions, and prices.