New Guinea Shield Value
Want to find a New Guinea shield Value
Finding a New Guinea shield value can be very difficult. It is a specialized field. Very few auctioneers have the in-depth knowledge of this art form. A New Guinea shields value ranges from virtually worthless to tens of thousands of dollars. Getting it right is important. The vast majority of New Guinea shield are not very valuable. Any pieces that were made for sale tend to have very limited value. People who collect New Guinea shield are often after a shield from a particular area. They are almost always after a shield that has been made to be used by the culture that made it.
If you send me some images of your New Guinea shield and details I can help. Please include labels on the back, numbers and collection history. I don’t charge for helping determine values. Shields are big and have a high impact visually. For this reason, high-quality shields are sort after far more than mediocre examples.
I have a database of New Guinea shields that have sold for over a five hundred dollars. After I examine the images, I can compare your New Guinea shield to pieces sold. Then keeping in mind the current trends of the market I can give you a good estimate of what your New Guinea shield is worth.
When buying a New Guinea shields I go through the same process. I pay between twenty to fifty percent less than I can sell it for. On a low-value shield that is going to be hard to sell, I need a larger profit margin to make it worthwhile. A great piece, with high value, I can deal with a small profit margin. With the rare shield I want for my personal collection, I am happy to pay the market price.
Trash or Treasure?
Other things that affect New Guinea shield value
Where and how you sell a New Guinea shield affects its value. The majority of collectors do not have the time to find New Guinea shields in auctions. They are also reluctant to bid knowing they will have to organize third-party shipping, fumigation and quarantine inspections. Many pieces sold at auction reappear and sell again through dealers for far more only months later.
The New Guinea shield market has very limited collectors. This means that prices vary depending on what is being collected and by whom at the time.
The four main factors that determine value are Age, Rarity, Condition and Aesthetic appeal.
If you need an official written New Guinea shield valuation for insurance, then you need to pay for a certified valuation. Contact me I can help.
I am always happy to see new artifacts. Every piece is unique. I can definitely give you a value on what your piece is worth.
Not even sure if your shield is from Papua New Guinea? Read my article on New Guinea Masks or just send me an image anyway.