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Questions about Value
"Lladró values seem to be all over the lot. When you look
at a broker's web site, the prices are way up there, but you can buy the same
things for a fraction as much on eBay. What's the real value of my item?"
If you've ever watched the popular PBS series Antiques Road Show
, you'll know that there are at least two kinds of "value" in the world
of antiques and collectibles.
"Replacement value" for insurance purposes is generally higher than
estimated "auction value." Then, of course, there's the price at
which the item actually sells, which may be above or below the estimated auction
value. In other words, "value" is a relative rather than an absolute term,
and the item's value to you for resale purposes will depend on a variety of factors: how much you
paid for it, how scarce the item is, how motivated you are to sell it, how
long you could wait for the item to move, etc.
In the Lladró field, Janet Hammer's
A Retired Collection are widely accepted by the
insurance industry as replacement values, for the practical reason that she's
often the only one with ready access to the scarcer pieces. But that doesn't mean
you'll be able to get her prices should you decide to "cut out the middle man"
and sell items from your collection directly - because you're not Janet
Hammer and don't have her reputation in the field nor her network of
On the other hand, I've never accepted the notion that eBay is somehow the new benchmark for collectibles pricing. It's
hard to factor the price of inconvenience, undeclared condition problems,
a limited range of items offered, shipping damage, and the occasional outright fraud
into "eBay values." Besides, values are often volatile even on eBay.
What's "the eBay value" on an item that sells for $100 on eBay one week,
$25 the next, and $250 the week after that?
I bought "Dreamy Kitten," Lladró #6567G from an authorized dealer.
Sure I could have gotten it cheaper on eBay. But so what? I could also have
ended up with the flowerwork chipped or damage in shipping. Internet auctions
aren't always the bargain they're cracked up to be - no pun intended!
(Photo by the author from her own collection.)
speaking, the scarcer your item is (i.e., the more limited its availability
to other collectors), the more likely it is you'll be able to name your
price. For items more readily available, the greater the chances
that you'll have to compete with others trying to sell the very same
item, and that always tends to drive prices down. (If you've tracked
eBay trends over time, you already know that's exactly
what's happening there: a quite narrow range of Lladró items offered
over and over again.)
I have a Nadal I want to sell, but I can't find out
what model it is. Can you help me identify it, and how much is it worth?
This may be, hands down, the question that
lands most often in my email inbox. Nadal does have
its own web site
where it has a photo catalogue of issues in current production only. Until
recently, the site was run out of th UK and was in English as well as
Spanish. That web site appears ti have been shut down, and the new company
web site is entirely in Spanish.
This is a photo of the labeled end of an original Nadal
box. Retaining the information from original boxes seems to be virtually the
only way that people would know the identity of retired Nadal issues. Unfortunately,
most people don't keep the boxes.
I know of no catalogue
anywhere in any language for Nadal retired issues. Nadal has always
had less of a global retail profile than Lladró, even though Nadal is the
older company (founded in 1917!). Unfortunately, the company itself, which is
still in business, has not been very interested in nor cooperative with
collector efforts to identify retired issues, and they did not respond to my
offer to set up a historic catalog for Nadal here on "El Portal Porcelana."
So I'm afraid that I can't tell you anything at all about specific retired Nadal
models, though not for lack of trying.
Questions on Value of "Seconds"
Value Issues with Prototypes
Questions on Damage & Restoration (1)
Questions About Authenticity
Questions About Buying & Selling
A Collector's Book of Retired Lladró
by Peggy Whiteneck
Old Line Publishing, LLC
Ever since its founding in the 1950s and its subsequent, stellar rise to global prominence,
collectors have been fascinated with the singular modeling and attention to detail in
Lladró Spanish porcelain figurines. Eventually, collectors discovered that Lladró
wasn't just one brand, but several. At the same time, other companies began to sprout up all
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